About us

Green Communities Canada has been a leading organization promoting active school travel since 1996. We do this through research, advocacy, training, educational resources, events, partnerships, and on-the-ground programming.

We have a simple but compelling goal:

to make walking, cycling, and other forms of active, safe and sustainable transportation the norm for trips to and from school.

Learn more about our skills and the services we offer.

Our staff

Kate Berry

Senior Program Manager

Kate works with school boards, municipalities, public health and other civic organizations to promote active school travel and implement School Travel Planning in Ontario. Kate is a civil engineer and previously worked for Sustrans, a leading UK sustainable transport charity, where she managed the design and construction of active transportation infrastructure. Kate has also worked in Ontario as School Traffic Plan Coordinator for the Upper Grand District School Board, working with schools to improve traffic safety, reduce vehicle congestion, and increase student active travel.

Celenna Ciuro

Project Coordinator, Ontario Active School Travel

Celenna assists in the delivery of the Ontario Active School Travel project to promote active school travel and implement School Travel Planning in Ontario. Celenna’s academic work as a transportation and health geographer has evoked her interest in the importance of advocating for active transportation. Celenna is a Master of Science graduate at McMaster University, where she assessed the factors that influence the daily trip usage of Hamilton, Ontario’s bike share program SoBi (Social Bicycles). She has also contributed to the Hamilton Active Living Project, linking individual behavior data with built environment characteristics to assess whether neighbourhood perception has an impact on walking behaviours.

Armi de Francia

School Travel Planning Facilitator, Toronto

Armi has worked as an STP Facilitator serving Toronto schools since 2014. She is skilled at bringing together school communities and municipal stakeholders to promote and enable active school travel. Armi has a Masters in Urban Planning from McGill University where she focused her studies on community engagement. She previously worked at Montreal consulting agency, Convercité, where she conducted traffic studies, and obtained feedback from users with disabilities to improve public spaces and walking routes.

Laura Zeglen

School Travel Planning Facilitator, Toronto

Laura works closely with school communities in Toronto to identify barriers to active and sustainable school travel, particularly with regards to the built environment, and to collectively come up with solutions and plans of action to overcome these barriers. Laura has a background in education and public health. She has trained and worked as a teacher in New Zealand, and holds a Masters degree in Education and Public Health Policy from the University of Toronto. Her public health research includes exploring how the journey to school intersects with considerations of socioeconomic background, geography and gender.

About Green Communities Canada

Active & Safe Routes to School is a program of Green Communities Canada, part of our Canada Walks department. Founded in 1995, Green Communities Canada is a national association of community organizations that help people go green – in their homes and gardens, on the road, at work, and in the community. GCC and its member organizations work together to help Canadians:

  • improve the health of our communities
  • conserve resources for future generations
  • reduce pollution