Tracy is collaborative and strategic, with over 20 years of management experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Her deep interest in sustainable development grew from a 6-month volunteer experience in a small village in Ghana, Africa, where she learned how living with less could give us more. She’s a graduate of the Management Certificate Program at the University of Winnipeg and has an undergraduate certificate in Sustainable Community Development through Simon Fraser University. She has also taken courses on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, and completed a 5-day program on Truth and Reconciliation through Rights Relations at the Banff Centre. Tracy has worked with many rural and northern communities in Manitoba and is focused on expanding and diversifying Green Action Centre’s reach within the province.
Tracy is passionate about the environment and is proud to live in a walk-able and transit-friendly community with an urban forest and local stores. She has hiked, canoed, and camped in many parts of Manitoba, including a trip to Churchill to see the tundra and kayak with the belugas. Her love of the ocean and marine mammals led her to volunteer as a research assistant in the Belize Bottlenose Dolphin Research Project with the Oceanic Society. She is a former member of the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation’s grant review panel and an active board member of Green Communities Canada since 2016.
Living Green, Living Well Program Coordinator
Colleen aims to leave as little footprint on the world as possible and hopes to inspire others to do the same. She has an affinity for supporting local business, travelling, listening to live music, and spending time outdoors as much as possible. Colleen is an avid volunteer and advocate for waste reduction, mental health awareness, animal welfare, and gardening within her community.
Lea started her journey with the Green Action Centre in 2011, as part of the Active and Safe Routes to School Program. Her passion for food waste reduction led her to switch over to the Composting Program in April of 2019. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a degree in Environmental Sciences and is very passionate about the environmental education Green Action Centre is doing. Lea loves volunteering around the world, whether it’s with turtles in Costa Rica or on a farm in the Galapagos Islands, and has a love for learning and trying new things everyday.
Omid came to Canada in 2019 and has lived in Winnipeg since then. He came from a busy city in Iran with a different kind of pollution, therefore he can see the big difference between Winnipeg and his hometown—a difference worth preserving. In his personal life, Omid always tries to protect nature and is glad to now be part of a friendly, caring team that tries to make our planet a better place to live. He’s a former carpenter and enjoys playing soccer and spending time in the gym.
Cesar Flores grew up moving throughout Central and South America. His exposure to rural and indigenous communities throughout his years growing up have fueled his passion, respect, and hope in community development and indigenous knowledge to address the climate crisis and create alternative modes of relating to the land and each other. He has a Bachelor’s in International Development Studies focused on Community Development and experience in environmentally focused small-scale organizations, not-for-profits, grassroot and indigenous led movements. This has developed his understanding of collaboration with minority groups and Indigenous Communities. In addition to academic training, Cesar has received valuable life lessons in Northern Manitoba while gathering plants, ice fishing, and exploring the bush alongside friends and mentors. Cesar is excited to work alongside Indigenous communities looking to reduce waste as a Community Pathfinder on the First Nations Waste Minimization team.
Joel started working for Compost Winnipeg in 2019, and is excited to be doing a job which so practically addresses climate change and environmental degradation. He has a philosophy major and history minor from the University of Manitoba. Joel has always worked outside, and has spent many years tree planting in BC and doing landscape construction in Winnipeg. He loves canoe tripping, hiking, cooking and travelling. He is also a musician and does music production in his free time.
Chantel is Ojibway from Fairford First Nation and Sagkeeng First Nation. She developed her passion for the environment from an early age. She first learned about recycling back in elementary school and has strived to promote sustainable environmental practices through friends, family, and coworkers, ever since. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Urban and Inner City Studies from the University of Winnipeg, a Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development from Concordia University, and is a 2016 graduate of the 20/20 Catalyst program that provides 3 months of intensive training for First Nations, Inuit and Metis leaders across Canada on developing clean energy projects within their communities. She loves to read, chill out with her cat Venus, sing karaoke, and travel. She looks forward to working with First Nation communities on developing waste minimization efforts and resources here in Manitoba as part of the First Nations Waste Minimization team.
Durdana Islam has a PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Manitoba with several years of teaching experience at the University of Winnipeg. She has many peer-reviewed publications and won a number of awards for her academic research and publications. She worked with many northern Indigenous communities in Manitoba during her doctoral and postdoctoral studies.
Durdana’s heart is in creating a healthier and sustainable community. As a climate change researcher and a mother of two amazing kids, she is worried about her children’s future. She believes in the equity for all in a diverse and progressive society. It is through our determination and shared vision; we can accomplish real change to build a better world where social and environmental equity is addressed. She envisions a Manitoba where real action on climate change supports thousands of new jobs and saves Manitobans millions of dollars as we transform to a more efficient and green economy. Whether in the scope of university teaching, professional and volunteer work, she strives to connect with people and create a sense of community. Durdana believes in learning, growing and empowering others.
Durdana loves to read and paint in her spare time. She enjoys long walks in the park, kayaking, camping and fishing in summer; and skiing and skating in winter. According to her, “Nature feeds my soul”.
Growing up in Winnipeg, Kris quickly grew a passion for travelling and understanding cities, which is why she pursued her Bachelor in Environmental Design focused on Landscape + Urbanism at the University of Manitoba. After which she made it a priority to travel and explore cities to better understand the way cities function and the places you live affect your day to day life and how to make strong sustainable communities. Living abroad for the course of 5 years throughout Europe, two of which she gained her Masters in Architecture and Urban Design, Kris decided to return to Winnipeg after graduating. Working in the design sector and gaining promotional experience throughout the years, Kris has worked as a Graphic Designer, and Landscape + Urban Designer, from which she brings a unique creative perspective to her role. Kris has a new appreciation and perspective for her hometown since returning and is excited to be making a positive impact on the city.
Kris is also an Artist and a creative person in general; she enjoys thrifting and flipping to reuse items in new ways, photography and supporting local small businesses. Though she loves living in city centres, she also regularly gets out to explore nature and enjoys any sports on a board (particularly surfing). She is a believer in trying new things, experimenting and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.
Katheryn is an avid cyclist with a love for the outdoors. Born and raised in Manitoba, she is a dedicated four-season bike commuter that learned to enjoy getting around the city on two wheels, no matter the weather. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a focus on Music Therapy, she spent two months cycling with friends to St. John’s, NL, slowly experiencing some of the many faces of Canada and getting to know people and communities along the way. Katheryn spent time working as a bike mechanic and became involved with the cycling community in Winnipeg, then moved to Windsor, Ontario and worked with a local cycling advocacy group managing their community bike shop, the Bike Kitchen. Through this position, Katheryn discovered a passion for active transportation advocacy and non-profit work.
Kristen received a bachelor of science in environmental sciences, majoring in forest ecology at the University of Winnipeg. Kristen loves everything the outdoors has to offer, and has always sought a career in the environmental field, (especially when her jobs take her outside).
Kristen’s passions include reducing her waste and consumption, sourcing food from small scale farmers who practice regenerative and sustainable agriculture, learning about ways to incorporate permaculture concepts into her garden, trees and forests, canoeing, camping, and spending time out at the lake with friends and family.
Mel is a life-long environmentalist. She lives in central Winnipeg so that she can bike and walk almost everywhere she needs to go. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Theatre by the River, a professional, independent theatre company, and she is the Publisher at Great Plains Publications. She’s happy to be helping more people to commute in a healthy, sustainable way, everyday!
Beth has been with the Workplace Commuter Options program since 2006. She moderates the Active Transportation listserv in Manitoba, sits on the City of Winnipeg’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee as well as the OurWinnipeg Review Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Advisory Committee for Winnipeg’s first Transportation Master Plan. Beth is also a co-founder and past board member of Peg City Car Co-op, which introduced carsharing in Winnipeg. Since 2016, she has been part of the First Nations Waste Minimization program at Green Action Centre. This project supports First Nations communities through resources, school presentations, community events, and the Pathfinders project that works closely with specific communities to reduce and divert waste.
Nikole is passionate about animal activism and environmental sustainability. She has been plant based for most of her adult life, for both the animals and the planet, and is always looking for new ways to lessen her carbon footprint. Her current focus is learning how to avoid the fast fashion industry, and her goal for 2020 is to learn how to sew so she can make her own clothing (or at least alter thrifted items). Nikole is an avid reader and writer, and spends her free time volunteering at a local farm sanctuary.
Josep is a multidisciplinary project manager focused on environmental education and sustainable design. He is an innovative and visionary team player with 25 years of experience ranging from product design to creativity in education and the eco-movement. He is always keen to be involved in like-minded organizations, which help us reframe our understanding of how to live on the planet. Josep has a special interest in educating kids in their exploration of the natural cycles around them and their role in preserving Mother Nature. Having worked with organizations such as Evergreen Brickworks and Earthbound Kids, he has a deep seated belief that through education and innovation we can work together to make a better world.
In 2018, Amy started on contract as a Community Pathfinder for the First Nations Waste Minimization program. Her passion for waste minimization began in her childhood home in Pinawa, where she helped her parents with the backyard compost and worked a couple of summers at the town recycling depot as a teenager. In October, she completed a Masters of Natural Resource Management from the University of Manitoba. Her thesis studied ways to improve end-of-life vehicle recycling in northern Manitoba.
Tracy moved back to her hometown, Winnipeg, after spending the last 20 years in Edmonton, AB. For 18 of those years, she filled a variety of roles in a non-profit organization. She is an avid composter and loves to garden. Tracy is excited to work with the Compost Winnipeg team to help reduce waste in Winnipeg.
Alyssa has spent the past decade working in the food industry and is a recent graduate of the Niagara College food science and technology program. Her passions lie in sustainability and community involvement, which is what encouraged her to join Compost Winnipeg. She sets her intentions on cultivating a positive environment for all living things in and out of her life. One day Alyssa hopes to run an organic farm and continue sustainable practices like composting and living a minimalistic lifestyle.