The Green Communities Active & Safe Routes to School Team:
Jacky Kennedy, Director, Canada Walks
Jacky is the Director for Green Communities Canada Walks. Walking initiatives under this umbrella include Active & Safe Routes to School, which she initiated in Toronto in 1996; YWALK Youth initiatives; co-hosting Walk21 Toronto 2007 with the City of Toronto in October 2007; collaborating with Walk21 on a series of walkability initiatives including the Walk21 Canadian Walkability Roadshow and the 2009 Walking Master Class; Ontarians Walking Now; and Ontario Communities walkON. Jacky’s background is in project management at IBM but her children motivated her to join the environmental movement. Jacky has been involved in many successful sustainable community projects and this work led to Green Communities Canada. Jacky 'walks the talk' when it comes to Active Transportation, and enjoys cooking, good movies and fashion.
Stephanie Hahn, Manager, School Travel Planning
Stephanie Hahn. After earning an MBA at York University, Stephanie Hahn worked in Marketing for a construction company and then American Express before deciding to leave the corporate world. For the last nine years, Stephanie has been self employed, working on various projects involving writing, research, teaching and graphic design. She has been working with Green Communities Canada since September 2006 on School Travel Planning and the Walkability Roadshow.
Amanda (Mandy) Johnson, Program Manager, Canada Walks
Over the course of her career in the fitness, recreation, and health promotion sectors, Mandy has worked as a fitness club owner/operator, a corporate health promotion manager, a senior manager in municipal recreation, a community college lecturer, and a government consultant. Mandy started her own consulting company, Active by Nature, in 2007. Mandy provides consulting services related to Active Living, with special emphasis on Active Transportation. With Green Communities Canada, Mandy has been able to combine her passion for health and fitness (especially walking and cycling) with her concern for the environment and is currently working on the Ontarians Walking Now (OWN) and Ontario Communities walkON projects. Mandy enjoys presenting and was privileged to present at the Barcelona Walk21 Conference in 2008 and the New York City Walk21conference in 2009. Mandy is a certified Urban Poling Instructor who loves to go out walking with her poles wherever she goes!
Harry Sawchuk, ASRTS Program Consultant
Harry retired as Head of Physical and Health Education at Governor Simcoe Secondary School in St. Catharines after 32 years of teaching. Harry has been involved with ASRTS, locally, provincially and nationally for the past 14 years and he is currently the Chair of the Brantford and Brant County ASRTS initiative as well as Chair of the Brantford Walkability Task Force. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, past President of the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA) and a Vice President of the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD - now PHE Canada). Harry is an active community volunteer and uses his expertise to assist groups like Boys' and Girls' Club, Rotary Club, Brant County Healthy Living Coalition and the Transportation and Pedestrian Safety Committee. He is currently a partner in H&H Associates - consultants in Lifestyle, Wellness, Leadership and Personal Growth Programs.
Gabriel Sirois, ASRTS Coordinator, French
Gabriel is Green Communities’ French coordinator for the ASRTS program. He has worked extensively in the arts locally and internationally as a producer and performer. He brings his passion for the environment from the stage into the schools and community to develop stronger ties with the Francophone community in Ontario. Gabriel created project HEAT for Ontario Francophone schools, and in partnership with La FESFO (La Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne), is delivering the project in Ottawa, Toronto, Sudbury and Windsor.
Rose Bergeron, Program Support Coordinator
Rose combines project and personnel management skills with writing, communication and marketing abilities. Rose worked for a decade as a program coordinator and event organizer, then as a journalist, columnist and editor for the following 10 years. Rose's interests include humour, psychology and cartooning. Rose has been involved in advocating for the protection of the environment in various ways: as an environmental columnist, as an environmentally-friendly business owner, and as a participant in several environmentally-minded associations. On the week-end, you will typically find Rose strolling in a park with her son.
- Norman (Chang) Liu, French Translator
Chang worked for four years as Assistant Translation Coordinator at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), before spending 2 years in Bangkok to study Thai dance. By then, Chang had already been volunteer translator with ASRTS for three years, as a way to contribute to projects he truly cared about. Eventually, Green Communities Canada (GCC) became something of a chosen family. Chang has been freelancing with GCC for close to 6 years now, and he enjoys translating GCC’s unique mix of material—one that cuts across environmental, socio-political, educational and health fields. Born in Montreal, Chang has for many years called Toronto home, but was raised in the countryside of the Ottawa Valley, which may explain why he loves gardening and communes with nature as often as possible. Among his many other interests are the traditions of Thailand—dance, massage, food and language. Chang practically lives on his bike, and still has no plans to buy a car.
2007: Active and Safe Routes to School personnel take a break from walking, riding and promoting active transportation to smile for the camera.