Staff

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Brianna Salmon

Brianna is Executive Director of GreenUP.  They joined GreenUP in 2008, and over the past ten years they have worked across departments in a variety of exciting roles. Brianna has a Masters in Sustainability Studies from Trent University, and a second graduate degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University’s School of Public Administration.  In 2016, Brianna was recognized as one of Peterborough’s “Top 4 Under 40,” and in 2017, they received Trent University’s Young Leader Award for their work supporting a more healthy, sustainable, and active community. Brianna is honoured to be leading GreenUP, and to be furthering the work of this vital organization.

Ext. 203 | brianna.salmon@greenup.on.ca

Jaime Akiyama

Jaime Akiyama is GreenUP’s Transportation and Urban Design Program CoordinatorJaime holds an honours B.A. in Environmental and Resource Studies from Trent University and a B.Ed. from Lakehead University.  For over 15 years Jaime has worked with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and has taught and volunteered with various groups within the Peterborough community.  She is passionate about the natural world, children, and her community so she is very excited to be part of GreenUP and combine these passions. Beyond GreenUP, Jaime can be seen pedalling around the community, enjoying baked goods, and playing outside with her family. 

Ext. 210 | jaime.akiyama@greenup.on.ca

Vern Bastable

Vern Bastable is the Manager of GreenUP Ecology Park and Landscape Programs. Vern has been an integral part of GreenUP’s urban forest program and the operations of the tree nursery in GreenUP Ecology Park. He earned an Ecosystem Management Diploma from Fleming College and is an Ontario certified tree seed collector. Vern’s expertise is with urban forest management and municipal heritage tree designation.

Ext. 217  | vern.bastable@greenup.on.ca

Bev Bonner

Bev Bonner is the Manager of Finance at GreenUP.  Bev studied Business Administration and brings over 25 years of experience to GreenUP after working in the private sector. Bev is happy to be part of a community-based organization that allows her to work with a team of passionate workers who are so dedicated to what they do. Outside the office, you can find Bev walking the trails around Peterborough, preparing for her next long distance race or teeing up at a local golf course.

Ext. 215 | bev.bonner@greenup.on.ca

Glen Caradus

Glen Caradus has been supporting education programs at GreenUP for 14 years. He also bring to life the children’s performance outfit, the Paddling Puppeteers. For eight years, Glen has been performing his environmental puppet shows across Ontario, bringing important messages about composting, climate change, transportation, and the natural history of Ontario’s shorelines to children and adults alike. In addition to the Paddling Puppeteers and GreenUP, Glen works at Camp Kawartha and the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Hayley is the Coordinator of Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods (SUN) programShe has a decade of experience coordinating non-profit, community, and academic projects throughout southern Ontario. Hayley holds an Honours BA in International Development Studies from Trent University, and an MA and PhD in Environmental History from McMaster University. When she’s not coordinating SUN, you can find Hayley growing veggies in her backyard garden or researching the history of Ontario food and agriculture. 

Ext. 213 | hayley.goodchild@greenup.on.ca

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Leif Einarson

Leif Einarson is the Communications and Marketing Specialist at GreenUP. Leif has B.A. with Honours from Fraser Valley University in B.C., and a Masters and Ph.D. in English and Writing Studies from Western University in Ontario. For over 10 years, Leif has worked and volunteered with wildlife conservation projects. Leif is passionate about communications that get people thinking and acting. He has worked in education, marketing, wildlife conservation, and tourism. Leif is thrilled to empower environmentally sustainable action with the amazing team at GreenUP and our incredible partners. When he’s not at GreenUP, Leif can be seen enjoying life outside the ordinary, biking on our trails, paddling on our water bacon, and playing with his kids.

Ext. 202 | leif.einarson@greenup.on.ca

Brittany Harding

Brittany is the GreenUP Water Programs Education and Outreach Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Trent University, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Queen’s University, where she studied the role that outdoor and environmental education can play in sustainable action. Brittany is an Ontario Certified Teacher and when she is not at GreenUP, she works with Bachelor of Education students in the School of Education and Professional Learning at Trent University and as an Outdoor Educator with Camp Kawartha. Outside of the office Brittany can be found hiking and kayaking with her family, or trying out new creations in the kitchen!

Ext. 224 | brittany.harding@greenup.on.ca

Laura Keresztesi

Laura is the NeighbourPLAN Coordinator at GreenUP. Laura holds a bachelor of Community Design from Dalhousie University and a post-graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Fleming College. Since graduating, Laura has enjoyed working in the field of community development in a variety of different capacities. From helping to plant kitchen gardens in Tegucigalpa to working in a Toronto City Councillor’s office, Laura has been honoured to have the opportunity to work directly with neighbours, forming meaningful relationships and partnerships while working towards shared goals.  Laura is grateful for any opportunity to be outside.  She enjoys gardening, camping, cycling, pottery and is always eager to explore and imagine the world with her young children – as long as she’s had her morning quota of Yorkshire Gold.

Ext. 206 | laura.keresztesi@greenup.on.ca

Kristen LaRocque

Kristen LaRocque is the GreenUP Store & Resource Centre Coordinator at GreenUP. She holds a bachelors degree in Philosophy from Trent University. Her work and volunteer experience in the community of Peterborough covers a broad range of interests including sustainable and local food production, conservation of natural resources, and promotion of healthy active lifestyles. Kristen is an all-weather cyclist who looks forward to a future that includes separated bike lanes and an abundance of pedestrian crossings near all city parks. She is passionate about cycling safety and sustainable modes of transport. Outside of the office, Kristen enjoys running along the Rotary Trail and spending time with her adventuresome son, encouraging his love of cycling and the great outdoors.

Ext. 222 | kristen.larocque@greenup.on.ca

Amber Maynard

Amber Maynard is a GreenUP Store & Resource Centre Associate. Amber has an Honours BSocSc in International Development and Globalization from Ottawa University. Raised in Peterborough, Amber has been an active community volunteer for a variety of local organizations, such as Kawartha World Issues Centre, Heads Up for Inclusion, Jamaican Self Help, Lake Ontario Waterkeepers, and more. Amber is passionate about human rights, accessibility, the preservation of Indigenous Knowledge, environmental sustainability, biodiversity, culture and the arts. When Amber is not working at GreenUP you can find her enjoying the outdoors, supporting the local music scene, practicing Reiki, or helping out at locally organized community events.

Ext. 222 | amber.maynard@greenup.on.ca

Jenn is the Water Programs Coordinator at GreenUP. She has worked in water quality monitoring with the Otonabee and Severn Sound watersheds, and has led natural heritage programs for Parks Canada and Science North. Jenn has a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Guelph, a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication from Laurentian University, and a Master’s in Sustainability Studies from Trent University. Her M.A. research explored wetland restoration on rural lands within the Kawartha region. Outside of the office, Jenn spends her time cycling, rock climbing, and volunteering within the community. She is passionate about wildlife, especially creepy crawlies like insects and snakes! 

Ext. 208 | jenn.mccallum@greenup.on.ca

Karen is the GreenUP Water Education Programs CoordinatorKaren holds a BAH in International Development Studies with a focus on Sustainable Community Development from Guelph, and a B.Ed in Outdoor and Experiential Education from Queen’s Univeristy. With Karen’s passion for environmental sustainability and education, she has spent almost two decades working and volunteering on both the west and east coast, as well as many local and international environmental non-profits, camps, outdoor education centres, schools, and conservation authorities. Currently, Karen weaves Water Education with her work for the community collaborative Pathway to Stewardship and Kinship, as a co-founder and instructor of Hardwood Nature School, and as a long-time board member with the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario.

Ext. 207 | karen.okrafka@greenup.on.ca

Dawn Pond

Dawn is the Depave & Vibrancy Project Coordinator at GreenUP where she is involved in revitalizing neglected areas of Downtown Peterborough. Dawn holds a BSc. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Aberdeen and she graduated from the University of Manitoba with a research Masters in Pollination Biology. Dawn has been a member of the Peterborough Pollinators community group since moving to Peterborough in 2016 where she has been involved in efforts to encourage a pollinator-friendly Peterborough. When Dawn is not at GreenUP she enjoys creating art or spending time with her honeybee hive.

Ext. 200 | dawn.pond@greenup.on.ca

Heather Ray is the Manager of Water Programs. Heather holds an honours BES in Environmental Resource Management from University of Waterloo, Diploma in Environmental Assessment and Master’s of International Public Policy, focus on Environmental Policy and Global Governance, from Wilfrid Laurier University. Heather’s academic research focused heavily on the study of water and she brings years of experience working within the non profit sector supporting international, national and local initiatives. Heather is committed to joining a diverse range of people and perspectives, all with water and our environment as a common connection. Outside of GreenUP you can find Heather writing, farming, and playing outside.

Ext. 204 | heather.ray@greenup.on.ca

Dustin Stapleton

Dustin is the Registered Energy Advisor at GreenUP…bio coming soon!

dustin.stapleton@greenup.on.ca

Natalie Stephenson

Natalie Stephenson is the Active School Travel Facilitator at GreenUP. With an Honours BA in Environmental Resource Studies and Sociology from Trent University, she is passionate about the intersections between social and environmental problems. Natalie has a whole host of experience in grassroots community organizing. When she’s not working on School Travel Planning, you will find Natalie riding on our local trails with her two kiddos, and volunteering on community projects, including King Edward Community Garden and Peterborough VegFest.      

natalie.stephenson@greenup.on.ca | ext. 223

Lindsay Stroud

Lindsay is the Manager of Transportation and Urban Design Programs at GreenUP. Though always intent on caring for the environment and community, it wasn’t until Lindsay arrived in Peterborough and began volunteering at B!KE, that she realized the power that active and sustainable transportation had to truly change the world. Lindsay joined GreenUP as transportation program coordinator in 2012 and has worked with a passionate, inspiring teams to create Pedal Power, one if the province’s first in-school cycling education programs, and Peterborough Pulse, the city’s first Open Streets event. Lindsay holds an honours BSc in Zoology from the University of Guelph and a BEd from Trent University, and has enjoyed over fifteen years of organizing environmental education and community engagement programs for not-for-profit and government agencies. Outside of the office, Lindsay has worked with other inspiring teams to create Repair Café Peterborough and the Peterborough Tool Library, selfishly feeding her love of making and fixing.

Ext. 209 | lindsay.stroud@greenup.on.ca

Matthew Walmsley

Matthew is the GreenUP Water Education Programs Coordinator. He holds a Diploma in Ecosystem Management from Fleming College, and an Honours BSc. in Environmental and Resource Science from Trent University. His honours thesis explored the use of technology in environmental education. Matthew has worked as an educator at Camp Kawartha as well as at GreenUP Ecology Park. After work hours he can be found swimming in the Otonabee River in spring, summer, and winter!

Ext. 219 | matthew.walmsley@greenup.on.ca

Clea Charette is GreenUP’s NeighbourPLAN Community Connector for the Talwood neighbourhood. Raised just north of the Muskokas, Clea calls Peterborough home. After traveling near and far (including the UK, Turkey, and Peru) Clea earned a Bachelor’s of Management degree with honours through Athabasca University and completed the 3 year International Trade business diploma followed by the 1 year post grad Event Management Certificate at Fleming College. Clea continues studies in the International Development degree program at Trent University. Clea loves travel and culture, old films, reviewing wine on her personal blog, and her community garden. When Clea isn’t at GreenUP, you can find her at her Babar Too booth with self-made natural bath and body products at local farmers’ markets advocating for health and wellness.

clea.charette@greenup.on.ca

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Jill Bishop

Jillian Bishop  has been passionately involved in working with many aspects of our local food system for over 10 years. For the past five years, she has coordinated the Peterborough Community Garden Network. Her role is currently evolving and she now works with Nourish, where she continues to support and encourage the production, consumption, and enjoyment of locally grown food. GreenUP continues to collaborate with Jillian as she continues her amazing work at the Nourish office at the YWCA, 216 Simcoe St.

705-743-3526 Ext. 115 | growing@nourishproject.ca