Wanda Baxter – Program Sustainability Officer
Wanda Baxter has a Master of Arts and a subsequent Master of Environmental Design and has worked in regional and open space planning, environmental impact assessment, program development, advocacy and environmental education.Wanda approaches projects from an interdisciplinary perspective with the common thread of bringing sound research, public engagement and strategic planning to projects that involve sustainability, environmental awareness and policy. She first became involved with the Sierra Club of Canada Foundation as a student at the University of Calgary, and has been involved with the Atlantic Chapter since acting as the regional coordinator of Pedal for the Planet - a national, multi-organizational effort to create awareness of the importance of Kyoto leading up to Copenhagen via pedalling for the planet and raising awareness as we went. Wanda lives and works on an old farm north of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She is also an amateur musician, organic gardener, near lifelong vegetarian, runner and rollerblader.
Shelby Downe is a student in Charlottetown, PEI who believes in the moving forces of the natural world. She was raised in the rural area of South Rustico and so developed an acute awareness of changes in the environment, as well as an intuitive respect for the outdoors. Shelby first became involved in environmental activism by volunteering for events held by Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter in her province. She now takes part in other environmental initiatives like Save Our Seas and Shores PEI. She has a keen interest in photography and would like to pursue a career in photojournalism, specializing in social and environmental issues.
Emma Hebb - Chair
Emma Hebb attended Acadia University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Environmental Science. After graduation Emma got her career start at Sierra Club Atlantic, where she worked as Volunteer Coordinator for one year in 2010/2011. Since 2011 Emma has sat on the executive committee of the chapter filling various roles most recently as Chapter Chair. For paid employment, Emma has worked for various non-profits throughout Atlantic Canada using skills she originally learned at Sierra Club. Emma currently resides in Saint John, NB with her fiance Jason and cat Harley Quinn and works for the United Church of Canada in Youth Ministry.
Eliza Knockwood - Vice Chair
Eliza Star Child Knockwood is a Mi’kmaq woman from Abegweit First Nation with a vital, creative, and powerful voice. An active film-maker with over fourteen years experience in the film industry, Eliza is committed to storytelling with new media to bring the past into the future. Eliza Star-Child is a sought-after speaker for her ability to speak from the heart, bringing her unique perspective as a First Nations woman, single parent, and two-spirited person connecting with many people of all ages. Even though she has this minority status, her underlying passion is to connect with people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and socio-economic levels through her filmmaking and public engagement work, she is a passionate advocate for her diverse community, the land and sea.
Tony Reddin is a social activist and musician from Bonshaw, P.E.I., has been active in SCC since the Atlantic Canada Chapter began in 2001. A graduate of UPEI (BSc Physics), Tony was involved in the Maritime Energy Coalition for many years, and is presently the Energy Project Coordinator for the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island (ECO-P.E.I. Tony has served on the Atlantic Board for OXFAM Canada and is active in the PEI Food Security Network. He also volunteers as an educator at schools, as a community event organizer, and as a leader of singalongs, contra dances, nature walks, canoe paddles and discussions of other alternatives to fossil fuel consumption.
Ian Stewart joined King's University in 1995 as a teaching fellow in the Foundation Year Programme (FYP). After completing his BSc (Hons) at Trent University, he studied in the field of history and philosophy of science at Toronto (MA), and at Cambridge (PhD). Ian is currently an assistant professor in the History of Science and Technology Programme, and also teaches in the Foundation Year and Early Modern Studies Programmes. He is also adjunct professor at the Department of Classics, Dalhousie University, and Research Member, Environmental Information: Use and Impact (www.eiui.ca) at the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University. His research interests are wide-ranging, and include public understanding of science and the science/government policy interface in field of environmental science of fossil fuel extraction.