Communications and engagement

Alaya Boisvert

Alaya Boisvert

Public Engagement Manager

Expertise: Government relations, environmental rights, facilitation, policy development, community engagement

Credentials: M.Sc. in strategic leadership towards sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology; BA in international development studies from McGill University

Passion: Bounding along beaches and forest trails with her spirited daughter

Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green

Lindsay Coulter

Senior Public Engagement Specialist and David Suzuki’s Queen of Green

Expertise: A green living expert for more than a decade, environmental leader and coach, community organizer, facilitator, media spokesperson (radio, TV, print, online), social media maven, courageous conversation starter

Credentials: University of Alberta B.Sc. in zoology, Margaret Wheatley’s Warrior for the Human Spirit training, Stanford University Compassion Cultivation Training

Passion: Naturalist, horse rider, gardener, community leader e.g., compassion circles, soap making, neighbourhood block parties, mindfulness and meditation, and a serious scavenger hunt

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Tracey Friesen

Director of Communications and Public Engagement

Expertise: Social impact media, documentary film

Credentials: Former executive producer of the National Film Board’s Vancouver studio; author of Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change; MA and MBA from Simon Fraser University

Passion: Mountain film festivals, travel literature and long weekend getaways in nature

Paula Hill

Public Engagement Specialist

Expertise: Sixteen years of experience as a social justice writer, advocate and researcher

Credentials: Cayuga nation, wolf clan of the Hodinohsó:ni’ (Haudenosaunee) of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory; working towards a master’s degree; BA (Hons) in public administration and governance; two years of in-house law clerk training

Passion: Loves dogs, especially the bully breeds such as pit bulls and bulldogs

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Winnie Hwo

Senior Public Engagement Specialist

Expertise: Sustainable Diversity Network, bringing new Canadians and Indigenous communities together; Richmond’s Butterflyway Rangers project

Credentials: Former news and current affairs director for Fairchild Television, and reporter for the Vancouver Sun and CBC Vancouver; won the first Chinese language Jack Webster Award

Passion: Bringing people together, including as a matchmaker

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Jode Roberts

Senior Strategist and Team Lead, Pollinator Projects

Expertise: Community building, marketing, media relations, urban beekeeping, visual arts

Credentials: Developed the award-winning Homegrown National Park Project and Got Milkweed campaign; volunteer with The Laneway Project, LEAF, Friends of Christie Pits and Not Far From the Tree

Passion: Leading community art projects, from musical bike parades and pop-up comedy shows to scale solar systems in city parks