Tracy-web-20150115-IMG_4084Tracy Hucul

Executive Director

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 100

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.

David Arial

Compost Courier

David is very excited to be joining Green Action Centre’s Compost Winnipeg team. He enjoys reducing his ecological footprint by actively commuting, composting and “leave no trace” camping. A passion for diverse cultures and places has lead him to other continents and countries where, early on, an understanding took hold that, “travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep & permanent in the ideas of living.” Also an actor, he holds a degree in drama from the University of Alberta, Augustana campus.

Sean Carlson

Active and Safe Routes to School

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 103

Sean long resisted the label of “bike guy” in his circles, but has since come to embrace it. He believes in simple living both for its personal benefits and lighter impact on the earth.

Sean practices yoga, writes, and tries to learn more about every interesting subject he comes across—which is all of them.

Lea Coté

Active and Safe Routes to School

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 104

Lea Coté has worked with the Active and Safe Routes to School Program since 2011, after starting out as an intern through the YMCA’s Youth Eco Internship Program. 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

Compost Courier

Derrick Cundy aka Derrick McCandless is the newest addition to 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.

Bethany Daman

Living Green, Living Well Coordinator

 

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 109
Bethany joined the Green Action Centre Team in 2018 as the Living Well, Living Green Coordinator. She is a Media and Communications graduate of Canadian Mennonite University who is passionate about storytelling and communicating, as well as living a sustainable lifestyle through reducing waste and choosing eco-friendly commuting options. In her free time, she enjoys biking, gardening, and cross-country skiing. Bethany encourages anyone who has ideas about living more sustainable lifestyles to contact her.

Staff- Sylvie Hebert - head shotSylvie Hébert

Composting

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 108

Sylvie Hébert has had a passion for sustainable living since she was a child. Without hesitation, Sylvie chose to pursue an environmental career, earning a degree in Environmental Science at the University of Manitoba.  She is interested in the Transition movement, outdoor activities such as camping and canoeing, sings in a French choir and keeps active by playing ultimate frisbee and practicing yoga.

Victoria Inglis

Indigenous Programs Outreach Assistant

Victoria is a poet, singer, sister, helper and protector. She is very active in the community, loves the wealth that our world provides for us, and hopes to increase awareness and take action on what we need to do as peoples to have clean water, clean air, and clean energy. We are excited that she has decided to share her vast array of skills with us.

Stuart ‘Eco Stu’ Irvine

Compost Winnipeg Shop Technician

Stuart Irvine a.k.a.Eco Stu is finally doing what he truly believes in !!!
Stuart has always been a adrenaline junkie – he was a motocross racer for 14 years –  but he has gained wisdom of the world. Now his true love has evolved into the love of mother earth. In 2013 Stuart sold his final fossil fuel driven vehicle and now feels that his Adult pedal powered TRIKE and public transportation is the only way to GO. He is a regular volunteer at both Winnipeg Harvest and the W.R.E.N.C.H. Since Stuart started his application process to gain employment with Compost Winnipeg, he’s been trying to sell the composting lifestyle to his brother, aunt’s, uncle’s and anyone else that would listen to the benefits of composting. Eco Stu is willing to do almost anything to do his part in SAVING MOTHER EARTH !!!

Michael Jordan

Compost Systems Coordinator, Compost Winnipeg

Michael joined the Compost Winnipeg team in 2018 and is passionate about helping Winnipeg realize how important and rewarding composting can be. He graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a BSc in Geography. He has always held a passion for the outdoors, gardening and will often be seen walking out of a grocery store balancing and juggling groceries to avoid plastic. Michael has worked on the Red River Mutual River Trail for 10 years and is an active touring musician/drummer, who can be seen performing almost anywhere.

Kelly Kuryk

Compost Winnipeg Project Manager

Phone: (204) 232-0025

Kelly taught herself to compost at 12 years of age and hasn’t stopped since. Since 1998, she has worked on a wide array of community, government and academic based projects related to environmental regulation, education, food security and citizen engagement. Kelly has a Bachelor’s of Environmental Science and a Master’s in Education. She is an active volunteer at the school of her two young boys, loves hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, gardening and puttin’ up the harvest for winter.

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Composting

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 106

Teresa Prokopanko (yes, it’s phonetic) loves dirt and hopes you will too! She has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Psychology from The King’s University (in Edmonton, AB), as well as a Master’s of Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba. She focused her studies on children and nature, behaviour change for sustainability, adult learning, and community gardens. Her passions lie in food sustainability and waste reduction, and she’s always experimenting in the kitchen! Teresa lives in Winnipeg with her husband, and they enjoy discussing city planning, loafing at the lake, volunteering at church, and going on bike adventures together.

Mel head shotMel Marginet

Workplace Commuter Options

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 112

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 (staff photo 3949)Beth McKechnie

Workplace Commuter Options | First Nations Waste Minimization

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 102

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.

Staff - Mary Mary Melnychuk

Environmental Speakers Bureau

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 101

Mary Melnychuk has been involved with Environmental Speakers Bureau for ten years. An experienced teacher, she has been involved in international development and environmental issues for most of her adult life. Her passion is helping people of all ages find simple, cheap, not-too-weird ways to live more gently on the earth. When she is not doing ESB things, she is a mum, a gardener, and a mean mezzo-soprano.

Heather Mitchell

Active and Safe Routes to School | Workplace Commuter Options

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 107

Heather has had a passion for nature and all things wild her entire life. Since studying biology and environmental science in university, she has had the opportunity to work and volunteer with many environmental non-profits, including placements in South Africa and Costa Rica. Heather also has a passion for education, community development, and working with children. With nature deficit disorder on the rise, she hopes to work alongside our youngest generations to create a greener and more equitable future. Heather will share her time between the Active and Safe Routes to School Program and Workplace Commuter Options Program.

jaretJaret Olford

Office Coordinator

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 111

Jaret has been with Green Action Centre in a number of roles since 2014. Starting out as our Commuter Challenge Coordinator, Jaret has also been a School Programmer with both our Environmental Speakers Bureau and Active and Safe Routes to School Program, a Compost Courier and Operations Manager with Compost Winnipeg, and of course his timeless role as  ‘Terra the Frog’.  Jaret is currently the Office Coordinator for Green Action Centre. He is ever excited to be doing something he loves for a cause he is passionate about. Jaret has been a cycle-commuter for over 15 years and enjoys working on bikes, birdwatching, and forcing his kids to help him in the garden.

Nicole Roach

Sustainable Transportation Program Coordinator

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 105

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!

Amy Smith

Community Pathfinder

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.

Marshall Wiebe

Compost Courier

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.

Kimlee Wong

Community Pathfinder

Kimlee joined Green Action Centre in 2018 on contract as a Community Pathfinder with the First Nations Waste Minimization project. A member of Sagkeeng First Nation, Kimlee grew up acutely aware of health issues stemming from environmental contamination. Sagkeeng is located immediately downstream of a pulp and paper mill that for decades released untreated effluent directly into the river upstream of the community’s drinking water and swimming areas. She holds an undergraduate degree in wildlife biology from Acadia University, a Masters of Environment from University of Manitoba, and worked in Southeast Asia on sustainable development issues as Sagkeeng’s environmental officer. With a background in science, Kimlee helped create the first national environmental training program for Indigenous youth. Upon learning that all people, including our newborn babies, carry a body burden of many toxins, Kimlee helped form the first group in Manitoba to raise attention to children’s unique vulnerability to toxins, called The Children’s Health and Environment Partnership.