A Warm Welcome to our Newest Staff Member

A Warm Welcome to our Newest Staff Member

Wendy Cooper, Program Innovator for Canada Programs, joined the Freshwater Future team in July. Wendy is helping to develop our programs in Canada using the learnings from the recent Ontario Great Lakes Needs Assessment so we can tailor our services so they are meeting the needs of current and future Canadian members. As part of that effort, she will be setting up Freshwater Future’s first Canadian office to increase our physical presence on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes basin.

Wendy has been an active member of the environmental community for over twelve years, focused on conservation but with a keen and growing interest in exploring the intersections between the environment, arts, and community and social development. She has an Honours BSc from Trent University in Environmental Science and Biology that led to initial work experiences with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Nature Conservancy of Canada. Wendy led the Georgian Bay Land Trust for eight years from 2003-2011 as their first Executive Director, helping the organization grow from a small, all-volunteer organization to a staffed organization with successful core programs supported by solid organizational management and strategic partnerships. She has also been an active volunteer, contributing in a variety of capacities for a number of organizations supporting environmental causes, including Freshwater Future. Wendy lives in Toronto but frequently escapes to explore nature throughout Ontario, Canada and internationally. Welcome Wendy!

To contact the Canadian office:

Freshwater Future
@ Centre for Social Innovation – Annex
720 Bathurst St.
Toronto, ON M5S 2R4
Phone: (416) 627-8343

 

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