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Issue 917 : July 2018
Tearing up pavement in Quebec

Sous les pavés, the Québec partner program to Depave Paradise, seeks volunteers to help “liberate the soil” in Gatineau, 17 July.

The project is the first of 12 depaves taking place in six regions of the province this year. Unneeded pavement will be ripped up and replaced with green infrastructure such as gardens filled with native species, permeable pavement, rain gardens, and trees.

The Gatineau depave site, Le Gîte Ami, is a community-based temporary shelter for people with social exclusion and homelessness issues. For information on how you can help, contact Clémentine Mattesco at clementine.mattesco@creddo.ca.

Sous les pavés is a project of the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre and is funded by the Government of Quebec and TD Bank Group.

And the award goes to…

City Green Solutions is the 2018 Green Communities Canada Member of the Year. The Victoria, BC, organization was recognized for its work in transforming the energy efficiency market and increasing home energy efficiency.

Each year, at its AGM, GCC awards the many champions who work and volunteer with GCC and its member organizations. See the full list of award winners.

GCC Board welcomes Duke Trifunovic

Duke Trifunovic, an investment and financial planner, has been appointed to the Green Communities Canada Board of Directors.

Duke is Treasurer of GCC member organization Green Venture, based in Hamilton. He referees children’s soccer, sponsors area sports teams, and is committed to advocating for a green, clean, and sustainable environment. Welcome, Duke!

Chris Birchall and David MacIsaac were reappointed to the Board at the 2018 AGM. GCC has a 12-member national Board of Directors, which includes a mix of member organization representative and members-at-large.

Louise joins the active school travel team

Louise Clunas has been hired as GCC’s 2018-19 School Traffic Management Facilitator for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).

Louise will work to improve traffic flow and minimize risks in school safety zones and routes. She has experience in the non-profit sector, has skills in business analysis and project management, and a passion for working with children, education, the environment and outdoors. She takes over from Laura Zeglen who will be on a one-year leave starting in August as she and her partner welcome their first child.

Harvesting water from air

Former GCC intern Anastasia Kaschenko is a regional finalist in the United Nations Young Champions of the Earthcompetition. Anastasia is co-founder of Majik Water, a company that harvests clean drinking water from the air.

Check out Anastasia’s project here. Competition winners will receive seed funding, intensive training, and mentorship to help bring their ideas to life.

Excellence in sustainability

Green Action Centre’s work to promote greener living has been recognized with a 2017 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Award in the Outstanding Achievement category.

Shown with the award are Compost Winnipeg Project Manager Kelly Kuryk, Workplace Commuter Options Coordinator Beth McKechnie, Executive Director Tracy Hucul, and GAC Board President William Dowie.

Our members are hiring

Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador is hiring an Education and Outreach Coordinator. Apply by 18 July.

reThink Green, Sudbury, ON, has an opening for an Energy and Sustainability Officer. Interviews start 10 July and will continue until the position is filled.

EcoSuperior, Thunder Bay, ON, seeks a Program Manager – Northwestern Ontario Regional Sustainability Consortium. Apply by 31 July.

Windfall Ecology Centre, Aurora, ON, has openings for Residential Energy Efficiency Advisors. Apply immediately.


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