Tracy is collaborative and strategic and brings 14 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), and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Tracy has worked with many rural and northern Manitoban communities and wants to expand Green Action Centre’s reach to as many Manitobans as possible.
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 also sits on the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation’s review panel.
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.
Derrick Cundy aka Derrick McCandless is our senior most courier, and the official mechanical whiz of the Compost Winnipeg team. Derrick enjoys building things with wood and metal – anything from bikes to guitars. Derrick would like to leave the smallest human footprint possible, and loves recycling materials to build other useful devices. Keeping useful resources out of the landfill is one of Derricks passion. Music is the other, and you may see Derrick performing solo or with other bands. Derrick encourages anyone with an idea, be it a weird build idea or a musical project , to get in touch with him.
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. I 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 enjoyes 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 to address waste minimization in First Nation Communities as a Community Pathfinder.
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.
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 downtown 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 also serves as the Marketing Director at Great Plains Publications. Mel loves teaching kids theatre as part of the Native Youth Theatre program and volunteering for the YMCA-YWCA. 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 project at Green Action Centre. This project supports First Nations communities through resources such as the Recycling Toolkit, school presentations, community events, and the Pathfinders project that works closely with specific communities to reduce and divert waste.
Denae is an environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast with over six years of experience in event planning and programming. She is a University of Winnipeg graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, focused on active transportation and urban sustainability issues.
Previously Denae worked as a bicycle mechanic and instructor, and has been involved in organizing bicycle rides for women, LGBTQ+, and femme individuals to help create inclusive and safe cycling spaces. Outside of work, Denae is an avid skier and runner, exploring Manitoba with her dog Rhubarb.
Nicole is very excited to be a member of the sustainable transportation team at Green Action Centre. She is a philosophy and communications graduate from McMaster University, that has had a longtime passion for environmental sustainability. She has spent many summers leading hiking groups, tree planting across Canada, and volunteering with wildlife sanctuaries. Nicole enjoys carrying reusable bags with her at all times, tending to her house plants, and photographing her natural surroundings.
Nicole has lived in Winnipeg for over a year now and has experienced firsthand the unique challenges of navigating the city by foot, bike, and bus. She loves the challenges of breaking down the barriers Manitobans face in terms of Sustainable Transportation, and approaches this problem with openness, flexibility and a sense of fun!
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 project. 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.
Marshall joined the Compost Winnipeg team in 2018. He is a graduate of the Red River College Creative Communications program and has worked for various local organizations as a communications professional. He’s excited to be part of a team that helps support more sustainable communities in Winnipeg.