"A basic human need is the experience of community — feeling valued, accepted, cared for and recognized for your true self. Without joyful, exuberant conversation we feel isolated and depressed and pursue the empty paths of shopping and watching television. When you learn to care for those around you, you start to care for all of life."
How did these people get Queen of Green Coach jobs? I said only those who kick butt need apply — whether they make cheese, keep backyard bees or just love trees!
This fall, 14 new coaches join over 40 who came before them to "green" families across Canada. Over the next 12 weeks, they'll help people they know reduce household waste, choose more sustainable foods, minimize toxic exposure and build community.
Running Earth Works Farm with her husband, Brenda, Red Deer Alta. (@EarthWrksFarmAB) is a farmer, facilitator and project manager whose commitment to the next generation of environmental stewards has been deepened by the arrival of her son.
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Caillie, Calgary Alta. is a University of Calgary graduate with a bachelor of science, honours in anthropology. A former sustainability co-ordinator, she also has a passion for community building and food issues, from plot to plate!
As a Port Moody city councillor, Cynthia, Burnaby B.C. spearheaded initiatives such as B.C.'s first cosmetic pesticide bylaw. She now lives in North Burnaby with her four children and husband, is a business development manager at BCIT, and loves cooking, foraging and learning new things about her local environment.
Eva, Burnaby B.C. (@ecourbanfamily) has two children, is known as an eco-warrior, and loves the challenge of finding and trying natural remedies, urban eco-living approaches and gluten-free baking recipes for family and friends.
A two-year David Suzuki Foundation volunteer, Jennifer, Vancouver B.C. recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a biology degree, works for the Wilderness Committee and loves gardening, reading and exploring the great outdoors.
Mommy blogger Judith, Edmonton Alta. (@juicygreenmom) works part-time as a speech-language pathologist and has a passion for green living and helping others go green on a budget.
Kerri, Montreal Que. has a restoration of natural systems diploma from the University of Victoria and is a Green Angel with the Jellyfish Project. She's committed to protecting our natural heritage and leading a healthy and sustainable life while guiding others towards greener living.
Kerri, Winnipeg Man. is a third-time coach, mother of two and a lover of Winnipeg's many nature trails and provincial parks!
Lover of animals and the outdoors, Kimberly, Quesnel B.C. lives on a 40-acre farm with horses, sheep, cats and a dog. She authored 365+ Ways We Can Help Sustain Life on Earth — coming out this fall and raising money for the David Suzuki Foundation!
Kimmy, Rossland B.C. founded Peak Sustainability to help people interested in sustainable lifestyles. Her first book, out fall 2014, asks readers to choose love over fear to live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle — a radical paradigm shift she believes will change the world!
Laura, Scarborough Ont. (@treehuggermagee) is an industrial designer, mother and confessed tree hugger. She escapes big city life when she can to teach her son everything she knows about nature and conservation.
Third-time coach Stephanie, Langley B.C. works as a community recreation co-ordinator and loves finding ways to get to know her community and getting outside with her spirited two-year-old daughter.
Tracy, Vancouver B.C. is a librarian, scientist and nature-loving foodie. If she can bike there, walk there, re-purpose it, make it, find it or grow it — she will!
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green