Lindsay Boucher is the Prairie Chapter Coordinator with Sierra Club Canada Foundation. She grew up in Edmonton spending a lot of time outdoors whether it was camping, canoeing or simply enjoying nature in her own backyard. This formed a strong appreciation for the environment from a young age. Lindsay graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in biology which fueled her passion for environmental work through a science-based approach. Her research experience specialized in environmental toxicology while her professional experience focused on addressing water quality issues in Alberta’s lakes. She enjoys her role with Sierra Club because she is able to deepen understanding of environmental processes through raising awareness on environmental issues coupled with engaging communities to become aware of their impact on nature – as well as nature’s positive impact on them.
David Currie is the Donor and Member Relations Coordinator for the Sierra Club Canada Foundation. He is a lifelong environmentalist who honed his policy expertise and development knowledge working for various Members of Parliament in the House of Commons and for Canada’s New Democratic Party. On Parliament Hill, he came to understand the interconnected nature of environmental policy and social justice by working on environmental, and housing issues. Prior to his work in electoral politics, David worked as a fundraiser for the Broadbent Institute, where he made use of communications experience gained working as a writer and script editor in Canada’s film and television industry. David is also the author of several eco-poetry and short fiction chapbooks, including the best-selling Bird Facts (Apt. 9 Press, 2014).
Conor Curtis, from Corner Book Newfoundland and Labrador, is Digital Communications Coordinator for the Sierra Club Canada Foundation. Since early childhood, activism has been a huge part of their life from organizing and logistics to protests and direct action. Conor was a founding member of the 4 O’clock Whistle Magazine as well as Climate Watch NL – an organization dedicated to a just transition for NL’s oil and gas workers, rapid decarbonization, and climate action. They continue to be inspired by the actions of the community-led NL fracking awareness movement, which successfully fought for a moratorium on fracking in the province.
Conor has over a decade of experience in communications ranging across citizens organizations, political parties, academic institutions, film and arts organizations, and on issues from environmental protection to refugee settlement. Most recently they worked as Manager of Community and Volunteer Services at the Whitehorse Food Bank helping address food insecurity in northern Canada. They hold an MA in Environmental Policy, and enjoy cooking, hiking, and music.
Tynette Deveaux is the Communications Coordinator for the Atlantic Chapter’s Beyond Coal campaign. She has an extensive background in media, having worked as a TV and video producer/director, radio producer, and journal editor and writer. Growing up in the Maritimes, she saw how communities suffered at the hand of big business as well as government. Through media and grassroots organizing, she supports those advocating for environmental, social, and racial justice. She lives in Halifax. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gretchen Fitzgerald is our National Programs Director. She has focused on environmental impacts of oil and gas and mining, volunteer engagement, and climate change. Having grown up in northern Newfoundland, Gretchen witnessed the impacts of the collapse of the cod fishery on her community and was drawn to marine biology and conservation ecology as a student at Dalhousie University.
She has produced a report on the harpoon swordfish fishery, spearheaded activity on marine invasive species and ballast water management in Atlantic Canada. Gretchen has participated as an expert in numerous environmental assessments, including the Joint Panel Review for the Digby Quarry. In her spare time she loves getting out in the garden to grow veggies, birding, and baking really good treats for her family (although reportedly not enough of them!)
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Caroline is the Senior Development Manager for the Sierra Club Canada Foundation. She has been involved in the environmental, arts, and social justice community in Canada for over ten years as a fundraiser, community organizer and project manager. She is passionate about systems change and doing her part in building a future that respects the environment, with regard for diversity of cultures, thoughts and experiences. Caroline has earned their Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Brunswick and their Master's of Environmental Applied Sciences and Management degree from Ryerson (soon to be renamed) University. Their roots in the Indian subcontinent, and journeys in the maritimes and Great Lakes regions inform them in their work. They currently live and work on the banks of Niigaani Gichigami (Lake Ontario/Leading Sea).
Hannah coordinates Sierra Club’s PEI Wild Child Programs, which are outdoor programs designed to connect kids to nature through play. She is a queer woman and settler, born on the Canadian Shield on the unceded Anishinaabe territory of Thunder Bay, Ontario. She has a BSc. and MSc. in Ecology, which have provided opportunities to research frogs, songbirds, fish, native pollinators, and invasive green crabs. Hannah now spends her time playing in the woods with kids and is committed to building a more inclusive world where differences are valued. Hannah spends her free time playing board games, nerding out about fungi, and volunteering with many community groups in PEI.
Kristina Jackson, MSc
Kristina has a master's degree in wetland restoration from University of Florida. In 1999, she volunteered with Sierra Club (US) and has never left. She was hired as a Community Organizer on Gulf of Mexico Sustainable Fisheries the month before Hurricane Katrina hit. She worked with Sierra Club on urgent issues in Gulf communities for three years.
Kristina also co-founded Classroom Nature, a charity providing hands-on science programs in economically disenfranchised schools. She says, “There are few things more rewarding than introducing nature to kids frequently excluded from field trips and guest speakers.”
Kristina and her family immigrated to Canada in 2010, where she began with Sierra Club Canada Foundation as Ontario Chapter Coordinator for four years, moving into other positions, ultimately to National Operations Director. Her favorite activities with Sierra are the tree plantings and the annual medicine wheel workday with the Peel Aboriginal Network in Brampton.
Charli Lawson-Lee (she/her) is the Data Tech and Tools Coordinator for SCCF. She has a Bachelors in Environmental Science and Studies from Trent University - her research focusing specifically on anthropogenic induced climate change, its impact on our ever changing environment, and the policies shaping this rapidly evolving global crisis. Immersing herself into nature has been a point of both positivity and reflection since childhood - gardening, farming, camping, hiking, canoeing, skating, skiing, etc. has brought her great joy in life and fostered the strong desire to conserve and protect our natural environment.
Previously, Charli worked as a Wildlife Research Technician where she gained extensive hands on experience working with a variety of wildlife species (including small brown bats, waterfowl, raccoons, foxes, skunks, opossums, ungulates, song birds, coyotes, etc.) and developed a strong passion for habitat and species conservation. This work has taken her to Eastern Canada, the Hudson’s Bay Lowlands and coast, Nunavut Islands, and Manitoba where she has marveled at the dynamic beauty of Turtle Island - for which she acknowledges her presence as an uninvited settler occupying these traditional native lands.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” - Rachel Carson
Julia coordinates the Nova Scotia Wild Child Programs. She has worked with children for over five years in many different settings, but particularly loves being able to work and teach in the great outdoors. For Julia, there is nothing more gratifying than watching children develop a deeper understanding and love for the environment around them. She wants to make such outdoor experiences as inclusive and accessible as possible. A life-long nature lover, Julia enjoys hiking, camping, cross country skiing, and star gazing. She is in the process of learning how to live a low-waste life and dreams of a future in an eco-friendly tiny house.
Paulina Retamales is the Edmonton & Area Wild Child Project Coordinator. She has a Bachelor’s in Education degree from her hometown in Chile, and a Master’s in Recreation & Leisure studies from the University of Alberta. She is an outdoor educator and trained Master Naturalist, with strong environmental ethos and extensive experience working with children, youth and adults. Paulina has taught outdoor education courses for the past 10 years and feels passionate about connecting children to natural areas and encouraging others to be active participants of the outdoors. She is a proud mother of two children and enjoys spending time with them in the river valley, exploring nature and exposing her children to nature to help them promote their awareness and importance of resource conservation. Paulina feels proud to be part of this amazing Wild Child program and she can't wait to share nature experiences with children, families and friends in the community.