Amy Smith

Lead Community Pathfinder

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 107

Amy has worked with the First Nations Waste Minimization Program for over four years. 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. She has 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. In her free time Amy enjoys cooking, spending time with family and being outdoors camping, canoeing or cross country skiing.

Beth McKechnie

Program Coordinator

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 102

Beth has been with Green Action Centre since 2006. For the first 10 years, she focused squarely on sustainable transportation. Since 2016, she is thrilled to be part of the First Nations Waste Minimization team. This program supports First Nation communities in Manitoba to reduce and divert waste through hands on assistance, resources, tools, school presentations, and community events. Beth continues to moderate the Active Transportation listserv in Manitoba and is a co-founder and past board member of Peg City Car Co-op, which introduced carsharing in Winnipeg. 

Chantel Henderson

Indigenous Programs Outreach Coordinator

Ph: (204) 925-3777 ext. 107
Chantel is Ojibway from Pinaymootang 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 earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Inner City Studies (University of Winnipeg), a Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development (Concordia University), and is the first cohort 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. She loves to read, sing karaoke, bike, and travel. She’s been with the First Nations Waste Minimization team since 2020 conducting RISE Webinar Series, school presentations, and developing content on waste reduction for First Nation communities in Manitoba including a new youth activity book which will be released in the fall of 2022.

Jordan Guiboche

Community Pathfinder

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 107

Jordan’s interest in community-based work began when he attended the Katimavik program after completing high school in Norway House Cree Nation. This led him to volunteer with various compost and environmental organizations, and gave him experience in connecting with organizations, resource-gathering, team-building, building community relationships, and facilitating. After spending 4 years working full-time in a classroom as an Education Assistant (EA) with the Seven Oaks School Division while also working on a degree in Education at the University of Winnipeg through the Community-based Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (CATEP), Jordan decided it was time for a career change. He has a strong sense of concern for the environment that fits well with the mission of the First Nations Waste Minimization program and Compost Winnipeg, where he worked briefly before moving over to the First Nations program. As a single Indigenous father, Jordan works to change stereotypes and provide a good future for his son Aldrian. In his free time, you can find Jordan jamming on his guitar, playing video games, long-distance walking, or taking care of his son.

Nicole Cook

Community Pathfinder

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 107
Born and raised in Winnipeg, with roots in Peguis First Nation, Nicole brings to the First Nations Waste Minimization team over ten years experience working with non-profit and Indigenous organizations to support community and economic development in Manitoba First Nation Communities. When not working she loves being outdoors at the lake; swimming, fishing, exploring new trails and collecting too many rocks.

For general questions about our program or supports we offer First Nations, please send us an email.