Create Action Interns

Our Interns East to West

Sabrina Gaulton |  Melissa Keough  |  Andrea Simpson
Mahogany LucasKeltie Gael Butler |  Sophia Horwitz
Amanda HacheyKathleen MoreauGeorgette Koblan
Cassiano Porto |  Marie-Pier Duchesne  |  Natalie Napier
Eric ChanClayton DrakeStephen GravelJennifer Muldoon
Meredith Davis |  Craig Hunter  |  Stephanie Skavinski
Kerri TattuineeRyan O’ConnorBarb Wilton
Alexis NazeravichMario GordonStephanie Clark
Carla PaulAlieka Beckett |   Tricia YoungSofiat Akinola
Ben ThibaultJuanita SchmolkeJason Blackman
Chelsea Calder |  Amanda Pollicino  |  Chloë Straw
Dibya ShresthaRobert NewellKelly HaysAlan Lore

Hi, my name is Sabrina Gaulton. I grew up in Anchor Point, a small fishing town in rural Newfoundland, where I currently live. I am a graduate of the College of the North Atlantic’s Textile Studies program. In addition, studied Fashion Design at Lasalle College in Montreal. Some of my projects involved dying fabrics, creating patterns, designing sketches and participating in a number of fashion shows. Moreover, one of my dresses was featured in Montreal Fashion Week. Currently, I am employed as a Social Enterprise Coordinator with the Straits-St Barbe Chronic Care Corporation, Flowers Cove, NL.

I play an active role in my community, where I started a daily walking group and participate in social activities such as snowshoeing and floor hockey. In my spare time enjoy designing clothes, hooking traditional rugs, reading non-fiction, playing sports and relaxing with friends and family. I look forward to building a strong relationship with the Canadian CED Network and making a difference in my community.

Sandi Badcock, originally from Bay Roberts, is excited to be working with FINALY! Working with youth through Service Canada Centre for Youth and with Housing, Food and Conference Services at Memorial University, Sandi has been active in youth advocacy, issues, and engagement. Sandi holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History and Political Science, and a Master of Arts (History) from Memorial University. While in university, Sandi was active in charity committees, student societies, departmental council, and student conferences. After all her hard work and dedication, Sandi was awarded the Paton College Crest for Excellence in Student Leadership through Housing, Food and Conference Services in 2009. Sandi enjoys history, boating, shoes, trivia, movies, Chinese food, museums, golfing, art, coffee, and good books. Sandi is working at FINALY! as the Youth Engagement and Environmental Coordinator and looks forward to the upcoming months. Sandi will be conducting workshops across Newfoundland and Labrador to discuss the environment, the impact of mining and oil and gas industries in Newfoundland and Labrador, sustainability in rural Newfoundland and Labrador and environmental economic opportunities with youth. Sandi hopes that this workshop will inspire youth to take action in their communities, either by starting their own economic venture, or voicing their environmental concerns to the community.

Andrea Simpson is still fairly new to the world of community economic development. She has been involved in both international work and local work surrounding “traditional” community development, so this internship placement with the Gung Ho Employment Co-operative has been a huge and great learning experience. She is finding the world of social enterprises very interesting and is now starting to feel more comfortable in using the language that goes with CED.

Andrea has a BA from UPEI where she majored in Anthropology and Sociology and minored in Women’s Studies. That program was followed up by a social work degree from Dalhousie, recently graduating with a BSW. She is hoping to get her MSW in the future and continue to work within community development and to use the experiences gained during this program to assist her in those endeavours.

Mahogany Lucas is from Pub city, Halifax Nova Scotia. If the smell of the harbour doesnt entice you to visit then the beer will. She earned her B.A in Sociology at Saint Mary’s Univeristy and worked for Scotiabank right after graduation.

She has a passion for music, and the arts in general.

Currently her journey has landed her in an Internship with CED and now I work for a non-profit organization called Black Business Initiative (BBI), you can check out more information here: Under BBI I coordinator a program called Business Is Jammin’ (BIJ) and their mandate is to educate youth between the ages of 8-30 about the opportunities in entrepreneurship. BIJ is a charitable organization and our strategic plan is to search for more funding and develop a Needs Assessment.

Essentially, I was hired to prepare a Needs Assessment to discover the kinds of programs youth between the ages of 15-18 would be interested in.

Thanks to everyone who’s sent me information on Needs Assessments, everythings helped so my job now is to present my findings to the board and eventually venture out into the communities and get their incite.

Keltie Butler started working for the Food Action Committee of the Ecology Action Centre in August and is happy to be sticking around for awhile. She loves food – growing it, preserving it, preparing it, eating it and, especially, sharing it. Over the last few years, she’s learned a lot about cooking and about food’s amazing ability to bring people together. Keltie has a BA in Political Science from St. F.X. and a Graduate Diploma in International Development from SMU. Since graduating, she spent a year teaching English in South Korea, worked for Katimavik in BC and lived, laughed and loved as a member of the Toronto Refugee Community Non-Profit Homes and Services. She loves traveling, biking, and foraging for food.

Amanda Doreen Hachey has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Canada (2004) and a Master’s in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Sweden (2010).  With economic and community development agencies she has worked with small-to-medium sized enterprises in strategic business planning and capacity building. She gained a global perspective and passion for developing economies during business development projects in Panama and with cooperatives in Vietnam. She has created strategic plans and process improvement recommendations for organizations in the financial industry and for various levels of government. Amanda is now in New Brunswick working with the Cooperative Enterprise Council, co-designing and co-facilitating a Cooperative Business Development program for women and is working to help businesses, organizations, and communities move strategically towards sustainability.Skills & Interests: Facilitation, Strategic Planning, Process Consulting, Small Business Counselling, International Development, Languages – English, French & Spanish,

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Kathleen Moreau has recently graduated from Université Laval (Master in Public Communications). She has worked with governments, non-profit organizations and private businesses. Public relations, marketing and social media are among her interests. On a personal note, she enjoys outdoor activities like skiing, snowshoeing or biking and she likes to listen to music to relax.

Kathleen is now working as a Communication Assistant for the Corporation de développement économique communautaire de Québec (CDÉC). With the non-profit business Commodus, she will help social enterprises and local businesses to promote their services in Québec City’s area. Commodus is a social broker that offers work-life balance services to employees. It is an innovative solution for employers to attract, retain employees and recognize employees’ contribution through reward systems.

Georgette Koblan is currently the Communications Assististant in the national office of the Canadian CED Network in Victoriaville, Québec. Her primary focus will be improving the Canadian CED Network’s information systems through newsletters, the website and other electronic communications tools.

Georgette has completed a university degree in social communications and human resources. She has worked in a number of community organizations around Trois-Rivières, most recently organizing a fundraising event for Bail-Mauricie, an organizing supporting people with disabilities.

Cassiano Porto has a bachelor in biology and a master’s degree in water resources and environmental sanitation. He is an avid advocate for sustainable development who was born in Porto Alegre (Brazil) and moved to Canada in 2010 looking for new adventures. He worked for three years as an environmental expert for the Brazilian Federal Justice.

As an intern in the Canadian CED Network’s CreateAction program, Cassiano is working as an environmental agent for ÉCOF-CDEC de Trois-Rivières (QC). His main task is to promote good environmental practices to local small business and social enterprises in the first neighbourhoods of Trois-Rivières. In his free time, Cassiano is passionate about outdoor activities (kayaking, hiking and scuba diving) and he is discovering new winter sports and entertainment.

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Cassiano Porto possède un baccalauréat en biologie et une maîtrise en ressources hydriques et assainissement environnemental. Il est un fervent défenseur du  développement durable qui est né à Porto Alegre (Brésil) et a déménagé au Canada en 2010, à la recherche de nouvelles aventures. Il compte trois années d’expérience en tant qu’expert en environnement pour la Justice Fédérale Brésilienne.

En tant que stagiaire pour le programme CréeAction du Réseau canadien DÉC, Cassiano occupe le poste d’agent à l’environnement au sein de l’organisme ÉCOF-CDEC de Trois-Rivières (QC). Son principal mandat est de promouvoir des bonnes pratiques environnementales auprès des PME et des entreprises d’économie sociale locales qui se situent dans les premiers quartiers de la Ville de Trois-Rivières. Dans ses temps libre, Cassiano se passionne pour les activités de plein air (kayak, randonnée pédestre et plongée sous-marine) et il découvre de nouveaux divertissements et sports d’hiver.

Natalie Napier is working with Community Opportunity and Innovation Network (COIN). Her focus is on the development and measurement of triple bottom line objectives for COIN’s social enterprise group. Natalie has a BA in Comparative Development, with a focus on community development, from Trent University, and an MA in Canadian Environmental History from Carleton University. She loves work that allows her to research, learn new things, collaborate, and scheme! In the past Natalie has worked as, among other things, a researcher, tutorial leader, waitress, communications officer, community development specialist, coffee courier, writer, and management and operations intern for an organic food distributor. Labour issues are necessarily among her interests.

Natalie is from Vancouver, BC, but has made her home in Peterborough, Ontario.

Eric Chan has 2 years’ experience working with stormwater management facility design in civil engineering sector. He also worked as a research associate at the Bioresource Engineering Department of the McGill University. He is currently the Project Coordination for Social Planning Council of Ottawa (SPCO)—a position she has held since October 2010.

At SPCO, Eric is currently involving in the Building Greener Futures Together program -The aim of the program is to identify and overcome some of the barriers to green residential renovations, including zoning and bylaw constraints, product sourcing and customer demand. Our goal is to develop a better working environment for green building practices in Ottawa. Also, we want to connect young people in Ottawa with internships in green building.

Eric is a LEED accredited professional and he holds a Master’s degree in Integrated Water Resources Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

My name is Clayton Drake, and I am from Sudbury, ON. I am interning with Myths and Mirrors Community Arts here in Sudbury. Check us out here. Myths and Mirrors was founded with the goal of giving a voice to the community through the arts. In a typical community arts project, a lead artist carries out large-scale projects with consultation and involvement of the community.

Myths and Mirrors hopes to become less reliant on government funding in the coming years, and so I have been hired to conduct a feasibility study to determine our readiness for starting a social enterprise. Hopefully, we can come up with an idea that will play to our organization’s strengths, and generate revenue for our organization in a manner that has a positive impact on our community.

Among other things, I am interested in snowboarding, reading, golf and hockey, but the bulk of my free time is spent writing and performing music.

You can check out my band Meadowlark Five here, and my band the Birthday Cakes here.

Stephen Gravel (Sudbury ON, INORD-Institute of Northern Ontario Research and Development) recently received his Master of Arts degree in History at Laurentian University in Sudbury Ontario. His research focus for his M.A was environmental history. His focused specifically on how differing perceptions of the forest have impacted the way forest products has been managed. As an intern at INORD Stephen will be working on two main initiatives. The first will be exploring community forestry as a model for the sustainability of northern forest-based communities. The second will be examining the links between the northern arts community, design, and the potential for producing value added in the Boreal-Shield communities. In addition to his work as an intern at INORD, Stephen looks forward to being part of community economic development endeavours in the future.

Jennifer Muldoon‘s passion for sustainable and progressive community development has grown from her past international work experience and academic pursuits. She has recently completed a Master degree in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph where her research focused on planning for more effective environmental education and evaluating environmental outreach activities in rural primary schools.

Jennifer has worked in the area of sustainable community development and education for three years which has taken her around the world to Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya. Jennifer completed a year placement with the Canadian Cooperative Association (CCA) in partnership with the Uganda Cooperative Alliance (UCA) where her principal responsibility was to support and strengthen farmer cooperatives in Northern Uganda. She assisted the establishment of sustainable income generating activities including cooperative tree nurseries and fuel efficient stove training for women and youth members. Jennifer is pleased to join the Canadian CED Network as the Ontario CED Event Organizer as part of the CreateAction program.

Meredith Davis (Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement – Waterloo, ON) is a recent graduate of a master’s program in Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph. Meredith is interested in local food systems as a tool for community economic development and more generally as a potential strategy for wider community change. She conducted her thesis research on farmers’ engagement with the local food movement in the Region of Waterloo. Her past experiences with community economic development include working on a Mayan women’s microcredit project in the highlands of Guatemala. Meredith will contribute to the work of Tamarack in promoting place-based poverty reduction across Canada.

I’m Stephanie Skavinski, and I’m working with the Food Security Research Network in Thunder Bay, ON. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, I am a graduate of Lakehead University (HBA Psychology, 2008) with an interest in social and community psychology, as well as a keen interest in local food issues. The Food Security Research Network (FSRN) is a perfect blend of academic and practical/hands-on work with a relevant community issue.

The FSRN is constantly working toward a stronger local food system via numerous community partnerships and initiatives, like the Roots to Harvest program which hires students in the summer to work in the Urban Youth Garden on a downtown lot, as well as helping out other local farms; throughout the winter Roots to Harvest offers educational workshops at local schools to teach children about food through science and technology. This is just one of many initiatives and projects that the FSRN is working on, and that I will be helping them with.

In addition to being a local food system assistant, I enjoy taking advantage of the natural environment surrounding Thunder Bay, reading, and dabbling in knitting, and am a regular patron of the arts, and fur-trade nerd (fur-trade era Canadian history, circa 1815), and a “budding” gardener (hopefully this upcoming summer!)

For more about the FSRN and what they do, check them out at

Kerri Tattuinee grew up in the community of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut and always had a keen interest in community development, including participating in community celebrations, volunteer work and ultimately encouraging community members to actively participate in the community events. Upon gradutation from high school in 2006 Kerri attended the Nunavut Sivuniksavut Training Program in Ottawa for a year and studied Inuit History and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. She now works for the Nunavut Anti-Poverty Secretariat with the territorial Government, and continues to learn more about Canada’s northern communities. Her role with the Anti-Poverty Secretariat will start with building community contacts, and then participate in the development of a community dialogue process. Our goal is to host 3 Regional Roundtable Discussions on Poverty Reduction in Nunavut, in the spring of 2011.With a strong sense of passion and self identity, she hopes to pass on the love of development and growth to other Inuit who live in Nunavut.
Qujannamiik. (Thank-you)

Ryan O’Connor is a recent B.A. graduate from the University of Winnipeg’s Political Science program. With experience in the non-profit sector and a keen interest in public relations and social media, he is excited to help build support for sustainable development as a Communications Assistant in the Canadian CED Network’s Manitoba office through a CreateAction placement.

His prior work experiences have allowed him to engage with urban issues such as heritage building preservation and youth employment. Ryan has recently had the opportunity to backpack on several continents and has noted the increasingly important role that sustainable cities play in our globalized world. He intends to pursue a Master’s degree in city planning in the 2011 school year, and believes the Canadian CED Network will provide an excellent foundation for his future career in the community development field.

My name is Barb Wilton and through the internship placement with the CreateAction program I am working in Winnipeg, Manitoba with the Elmwood Community Resource Center and Area Association as a Community Involvement Coordinator. For this placement I will be working to engage residence of the Chalmers neighbourhood (which is within the Elmwood community) in focus groups and events. These gatherings are intended to bring forward the voice of a number of groups from the neighbourhood. The hope is that these interactions (along with many others) can help to increase the relationship between the center and the residence of the area, so that they will want to be involved in future community development and neighbourhood planning in their area.

I have worked and volunteered in a few communities within Canada and Internationally with different non-for-profit organizations over the last eight years while working towards my degree in International Development at the U of Winnipeg. The year before finishing my degree I was elected as the Vice President Advocate of our University Student’s Association. For me, the common thread has been doing work that is rooted in a belief that communities can create local solutions to their social, economic and environmental challenges, which is just like CCEDNet’s mission.

Winnipeg is Alexis Nazeravich‘s hometown, and its diversity has influenced her from a young age.  Alexis’ passions stem from culture, land, and meaningful yet simple solutions.  Her past is a patchwork of experiences and opportunities ranging from teaching her cultural dance to young ones, to working with children and youth in Manitoba’s remoteness, volunteering in Mexico in an orphanage, treeplanting, cooking in remote bush camps, working with independent food establishments seeking local food, painting, landscaping, farming and, most recently, working with adults with a range of abilities in the UK.  Alexis is currently a Land Steward on a farm 30km outside of Winnipeg where she has begun an organic market garden and working part time with indigenous prairie plants during the growing season.  Food and growing food are some of her many passions,  equally enjoyed for their simplicity, necessity as well as importance in sustainable development.

Alexis completed a degree in International Development Studies from the University of Winnipeg, as well as internships on organic farms.  Currently, she is working on her Master Gardening Certificate and will soon begin learning more about growing/wild harvesting, preparing and using medicinal herbs through a local herbalist.

She moved to the city for the winter to engage with Food Security, Food Access and Greening Initiatives with the North End  through the North End Food Security Network.  The role entails supporting the requests from the community in regards to the topics mentioned.  Currently, she is assisting local gardeners in planning for 2011 and securing funds to continue their gardening and programming.  Additionally, there is the organization of workshops and sharing events, consulting over new garden proposals and assisting in the development of an implementation plan to work with local retailers to address some of the North End’s retail food access concerns (locally accessible healthy and affordable food).

Alexis is grateful to have the opportunity to take part in both her local community as well as the CCEDNet CreateAction community!

Mario Gordon was Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica. He immigrated to Winnipeg, with his immediate family at the age of nine. Mario has always been involved with athletics, and continues to participate in different leagues around the city of Winnipeg. On his spare time he plays on a Men basketball team, flag football team as well as a dodge ball team.  A recent University of Winnipeg graduate from the faculty of Urban policy and the Environment, A strong focus in the faculty was on poverty and social policy, housing and community planning, urban growth and urbanization. He enjoys research, and sharing information.

Mario is currently working as a community resource coordinator for the Portage la Prairie Community Revitalization Corporation (PCRC). The mandate of the PCRC is to enhance the well-being of the community by empowering citizens, improving neighbourhoods, fostering community spirit and building the capacity of community organizations.

Stephanie Clark is currently working with the Street Culture Project after seven years with the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement and The Students Commission of Canada in Toronto where she managed youth programs, researched youth engagement, worked extensively with children’s rights and the UNCRC, addictions, mental health issues, race, gender, poverty and identity development for youth from diverse life experiences at the municipal, provincial and national level.  Stephanie has worked to organize and deliver training and information workshops, conferences and programs for youth and adults from across the country and has worked with organizations to develop their capacity as youth-friendly, engagement based organizations.  Her current role in Street Culture is to assist in developing agency and housing policy as Street Culture ventures into the world of emergency housing.  As well, she is a key report and grant writer for the agency as well as a front-line programmer with the youth that participate in the agency.

Stephanie convocated with her BA (Honours) in Sociocultural Anthropology from York University in Toronto in 2007, supplementing her more than decade of experience in youth work with her a social research training foundation.

Before moving home to Saskatchewan this past April, she spent her leisure time coaching learn to swim and competitive programs for the Burlington Aquatic Club, Oakville Aquatic Club, and the Hamilton Aquatic Club in the Greater Toronto area.

Street Culture Project Inc. is a Regina-based youth-serving agency that works to create environments where participants, volunteers and mentors can choose to strengthen their personal support networks, advance personal skills & abilities and contribute to community activities and cultural initiatives.  We do this by providing interventions, housing and programming for young people dealing with addictions, criminal justice involvement and those who are homeless or under-housed.  We use social venture to provide opportunities for youth to gain skills, learn to develop independence and change their lives in positive ways.  Street Culture’s social ventures also contribute a significant portion of revenue to the agency and allow us access to unrestricted programming and staff dollars.

Carla Paul joined the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association (SCA) in the fall of 2010 and is a graduate of the Saskatchewan Cooperative Youth program. She holds a degree from the University of Regina in Kinesiology, Recreation and Sports Administration. After graduating, Carla worked as a project coordinator planning and organizing various cultural events in Saskatoon. Carla is very excited to take on the Regional Event Coordinator position.

Prior to working with SCA, Carla and her husband travelled for 10 months visiting New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Hawaii. Her greatest accomplishments while travelling were hiking Tongaririo Crossing and sea kayaking at Cathedral Cove. Carla hopes to travel again in the very near future. In her spare time, Carla enjoys running by the river and hopes to complete a half-marathon in the spring. She also enjoys reading the latest novel and spending time with her family and friends.

Alieka Beckett is a recent graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and currently holds an undergraduate degree in history and a certificate in theological studies.

For the last five years Alieka worked extensively in Saskatchewan’s north working with women and children implementing youth camps and women support networks. She also volunteered in Rwanda, Africa teaching swimming lessons and drama to youth. Alieka loves to travel, cook, and eat great food. In addition to practicing photography, Alieka is invested in the local and personal history of the people of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan, and assists people in writing their personal memoirs and family history. She is excited to working at the Saskatchewan Co-operatives Association in the area of sustainability. The current project involves helping SCA go paperless with online registration in addition to assisting developing co-ops becoming established. After Christmas she will be working with helping established co-ops rewrite their sustainability policy.

Hello, my name is Tricia Young. I grew up just east of Red deer, Alberta on a horse ranch. I am new to the culture of community economic development. However for many years I have been working with both international and local communities to develop healthy life skills and positive relationships. I have a diploma in Human Relations, Family Counseling and Life Skill Coaching. I have been working as a Youth counselor in social work for 6 years. Recently I have joined the Alberta Community Economic Development Network Cooperative and I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead and what I will learn from them.

Somewhat of a recent immigrant to Canada, Sofiat Akinola moved to Canada in 2000 and stayed till 2006, then moved to New Orleans, then Geneva and recently immigrated this year. I have a background in Sociology (B.A, McGill University) and MPH (Tulane University). For the past two years, I worked as a Research Associate/Project Assistant with an NGO in Geneva, Switzerland in the field of Migration, Health, and Development. Working in Geneva has made me sensitive to the issues facing immigrants such as cultural, language, health and employment barriers.

For my internship with CCEDNet, I am completing my placement at Momentum/Thrive in Calgary. Momentum is a not-for-profit organization that uses a Community Economic Development approach that offers hope and opportunity to people living in poverty. Thrive, Calgary’s Community Economic Development, brings people and organizations together to advance CED in Calgary. I am working as a Green Projects Assistant assisting with moving the Green Collar Jobs Initiative forward. This involves reviewing and identifying appropriate funding sources, proposal development, training curriculum focused on trades’ jobs in green construction and supporting Momentum’s Sustainability Audit Group (SAG) in reducing Momentum’s GHG emissions.

Ben Thibault is from Lethbridge, southern Alberta, born and raised. He received a biochemistry degree from the University of Lethbridge. It was all Lethbridge for 22 years. Then he broke free, hoping never to turn back. He got himself a law degree in the United States, where he focused on constitutional, environmental and international human rights law and policy. He worked summers for environmental non-profits in San Francisco and Amsterdam, and traveled to Papua New Guinea to research the human rights and environmental impacts of a large-scale Canadian-owned gold company and to help start a health initiative to reduce mercury exposure. He then clerked at the Ontario Court of Appeal, working on bigwig Toronto law stuff. Just as he wanted, right?

He went back. Ben works in Calgary for Alberta Acts on Climate Change, a joint initiative of the Pembina Institute and the University of Calgary. Now, he is happy to be back in southern Alberta, working with local community groups, both green and not so green (or not aware they are green yet), to encourage CED projects relating to renewable energy generation. He is ecstatic to find people involved in this back “home” and honoured to be working with them.

My name is Juanita Schmolke. I was originally delivered in Calgary, AB but raised in British Columbia. Presently, I reside in Dawson Creek, British Columbia (Commonly mistaken as “Dawson’s Creek”). Wide blue skies and the seemingly endless rolling foothills of the Northern Rockies dominate Dawson Creek (AKA Peace Country).

It is in my position  to work with the Kiwanis Enterprise Centre as a CreateAction Intern for the benefit of personal growth and development and related interest in Social Enterprise and community engagement. The Kiwanis Enterprise Centre (KEC) is a non-profit organization and is assembled to coordinate the needs of individuals of any age and in all sectors of the community who require business and entrepreneurial incubation services and support. KEC has very exciting plans for moving forward into the realm of Social Enterprise. This will help Kiwanis build long term strategy for continuing to deliver services to the Peace Country. KEC’S venture is called “Peace Media”.  My mission  is to support KEC’S plan with engaging  youth in community building and business activities, train youth in entrepreneurship, media and communications, technology and sales, develop products ready for commercialization, generate an entrepreneurial culture focused on creativity and innovation and finally grow and achieve sustainability as an organization. This Enterprise will serves as a training ground for youth, using new and established technologies. In addition to my placement, I enjoy Photography, and Dance.

My name is Jason Blackman and I am working with Tradeworks Training Society, a non-profit organization in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that helps foster sustainable independence by providing job-related skills training, counseling, and work opportunities.

We are exploring ideas for the startup of a new social enterprise. Social enterprise is exciting for me because it offers the potential to meet community needs and objectives in a creative, flexible, and financially sustainable manner.

I have a BA (Honours) in Urban Planning from Concordia University in Montreal and a MA in Planning from the University of British Columbia. Since the completion of my studies I have had the opportunity to work in municipal government and the private sector and I am looking forward to working in the realm of the social economy.

Throughout my studies I have been interested in the ways that communities can be empowered to shape their future in a more inclusive manner. My research centered on the role that community economic development organizations and neighbourhood groups can play in moving toward more equitable forms of development.

I am originally from Winnipeg and I also spent several years in Calgary and Montréal before ending up in my current home in the hinterland of terminal city.  Winters find me leaving the soggy city for the slopes of Mount Baker & Blackcomb Mountain, where I do my best to make my sophomoric hurtling down the mountain look as effortless as possible.

Chelsea Calder was born is Calgary, AB and grew up the small city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Chelsea left for the big city in 2005 to complete her degree at Simon Fraser University. Throughout her university experience, Chelsea participated in the student union, volunteered with the Canadian Cancer Society and became increasingly interested in community issues. In her last semester at SFU, Chelsea was lucky enough to be a student in the Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue where she studied Community Development, Urban Sustainability and Food Security. These became passionate areas of interest for Chelsea and in 2009 graduated with a BA in Health Sciences. Since then, Chelsea has been dedicated to working in the community. She has done a number of things from working to engage youth to become more involved with their community, to setting up tables for a weekly farmers market.

Now, as a intern with Tradeworks Training Society in Vancouver, Chelsea will be organizing the BC regional event. This event will be open to anyone interested in community economic development to learn, share and network. The event is hoping to be a catalyst in strengthening community collaboration among individuals, organizations, and government to become more committed to their own social, economical and environmental futures in BC.

Chloë Straw With roots spanning from the Northwest Territories to Prince Edward Island to the shorelines of BC’s west coast, Chloë Straw has been fortunate enough to witness and fall in love with most of what the Canadian wilderness has to offer! A background in community development highlighted by placements in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Ghana has taught her the fundamental value of community as a place to be inspired, nurtured and to get the job done! An aspiring researcher and educator, Chloe is thrilled to be working with the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal as a Resilience Researcher. Having recently identified just what it is that a resilience researcher actually does, she is all the more gung-ho about her involvement with this year’s CreateAction Program.

Dibya Shrestha is a recent immigrant from Nepal, with a Master’s degree in Environmental Resource Management from Germany. She has been involved in environmental and socio-economic research and outreach relating to land and water resource management. She developed a passion for community based action research after being a part of Leadership Victoria 2009-2010 cohort. She recently completed a community action project involving youth and community gardens on food security education and engagement. She joined Community Social Planning Council, Victoria as a Sustainability Assistant in October 2010, where she is assessing sustainability planning framework for Victoria through comparative analysis, key-informant interviews and focus group meetings. She is applying social media for documentation of 75 years history of Community Social Planning Council. In addition, she is researching food access and recovery models for Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable and providing logistical support for organising roundtables and annual gatherings. Dibya enjoys hiking, connecting with family and friends, visiting museums and galleries and volunteering with community organizations.

Robert Newell has a science-based undergraduate degree in Biology and Statistics but decided to transition into the social sciences during his Masters of Arts in Environment and Management.  His thesis and much of his work over the last five years has focused on the development and delivery of environmental education programs.  Robert has taken his passion for environmental education overseas, and he has worked as a conservation and community development project leader in Australia, South Africa, Thailand, and New Zealand.

Robert has returned from his globe-trotting adventures to the west coast of Canada, and now resides in Victoria.  He works as the Nature Events and Outings Coordinator for the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS).  In his work with VIRCS, Robert will organize a series of events and workshops for immigrants and refugees to provide them with education on local nature and environmentalism.

Kelly Hays has a degree in forestry and has spent significant time working in the forest industry, but now enjoys working in the highly dynamic interesting non-profit world of food security. He spends his weekends volunteering on a community farm, and enjoys the many aspects of food (growing, harvesting, cooking and sharing). His host organization, Cowichan Green Community (CGC), has been involved with food security for many years. CGC has produced a food security plan, a food charter, runs a farm to school program, built many community gardens and makes a direct marketing guide for farmers. Kelly’s position at Cowichan Green Community is start a food re purposing project, which involves finding otherwise wasted food (from grocery stores, restaurants, and other sources), and repurposing the food to help those how have barriers to safe and nutritious food.

My name is Alan Lore, I graduated out of the University of Northern BC in Prince George in April of 2010.  My degree was a BSc in Psychology, focusing on abnormal, developmental, and neuropsychology.  I was born and raised on Haida Gwaii, in the small town of Port Clements.  I played rugby and soccer all through university and college, soccer on the college team and rugby on the university squad, so I am quite a fan of sports.  I’ve done a few projects with the youth on these islands, including hula hooping, and poi spinning workshops at the local annual music festival three or four years running.  I’m a firm believer in clean beaches, clean towns, and clean energy although we currently run on deisel generators here which is about as environmentally unfriendly as it gets.  My only real experience with economic development was a 4rth year ED in rural communities course from the environmental planning program I took in university as an elective.  I’ve been spending my days since graduation trying to pay off these student loans that are huge and pretty lame.  I am currently working with Haida Gwaii Community Futures.


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