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Green Bricks Education Society Membership Form

With your support, we can continue to work toward our vision of involving youth on issues around sustainable development and empowering them to apply these concepts to their lives now and in their future.

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Green Bricks
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Green Bricks

Green Bricks Education Society is a not-for-profit charity organization that develops and facilitates programs to youth connecting sustainability and our built environment through curriculum linked workshops.

Our Mandate and Goals

The youth of British Columbia are at the optimal age to personalize an understanding of the issues around sustainable development and can apply these concepts to their lives now and in their future. For example, in secondary school many young people are dreaming of their first car so it is important to connect climate change to increased car use and therefore promote sustainable forms of transport.

The goals of our society are to:

Green Bricks Presenters

Fiona Zawadzki, B.A. (Hons.), B.Ed.
Fiona is the Director of Skye Consulting, established in 2000. Skye consulting provides a wide range of educational consulting services to the not-for-profit and public service sectors across Canada. Services provided include developing and facilitating educational program initiatives; designing and presenting teacher and classroom volunteer training workshops; and managing school and community-based events. Fiona is an educator with over 20 years curriculum development experience in the field of sustainability education.

Diana Klein, P.Eng., CSBA, LEED AP BD+C
Diana is a sustainable design consultant with over 25 years experience in the construction industry, specializing in the design of sustainable buildings. Diana founded her own sustainable design practice Eco-Integration in 2006. She consults on sustainable building design for projects, develops and facilitates on educational programming around sustainable building design. Diana is passionate about green building and sustainability education as understanding and experiencing solutions will help to build critical mass of people that can make the difference our world needs.

Kathryn Wynn Dulvy
Kathryn is an international scientific expedition leader and youth sustainability education specialist. She has worked in youth development, particularly in the teaching of life skills and environmental awareness for the past twenty years. She has taught in schools, field centres and on youth expeditions. These expeditions have spanned four continents, ranging from the Hindu Kush in Pakistan to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Alongside her teaching she also worked as a research assistant and logistics manager on scientific expeditions in Tanzania and Fiji. Before moving to BC, she was a Personal Advisor for a UK government agency (Connexions) wherein Kathryn provided advice and guidance and more substantial one-to-one support for vulnerable young people aged 13-19.

Silke Hockemeyer
Silke works in outdoor education and guiding, weaving environmental conservation through both fields. As an ocean kayak guide, Silke takes groups into remote areas of B.C. and connects individuals with nature as they paddle the province's coastlines. She has a degree in tourism management with a focus on sustainability, and has taught natural history and heritage interpretation through an outdoor college program. Silke has led many educational programs in several environments for both youth and adults. Some highlights include, snowshoeing while explaining adaptations of nature, ziplining and addressing the need for old growth forest protection, and paddling past fish farms while discussing the environmental woes. Silke's work is driven by her love for nature and her desire to create awareness.

Kirin Lamb
Kirin is an environmental and outdoor educator with a strong background in music and performance. Her experience as a Park Interpreter has taken her across Canada to Nova Scotia, where she interpreted for Parks Canada, to Alberta, where she developed and delivered nature-based musical amphitheatre programming for Alberta Parks, and home to the North Shore Mountains each winter where she snowshoe guided at Mount Seymour. Beyond presenting with Green Bricks, she also coaches rock climbing for kids aged 4-12 and is an assistant to local teen fiddle group the North Shore Celtic Ensemble.

Sarah Richardson
Sarah grew up exploring the forests and coasts of the Salish Sea, which led her to pursue a career creating positive environmental change through outreach and education. Since graduating from the University of Victoria with BSC in Geography and Environmental Studies, she has worked in a variety of capacities related to the environment, including whale watching naturalist, bird bander, coastal biomapper, dockside fisheries monitor, municipal kitchen waste program coordinator, and ENGO administrator. She is passionate about the significant impacts quality environmental education can have on the community, especially children and young adults, and in the summertime she takes the teaching outside as a kayak guide for a local ecotourism company.

Karly Pinch
Karly is an environmental educator and organic farmer, with a BA in International Relations. She has taught children, youth and adults in the areas of climate change and sustainability for over 5 years, as well as having worked in program coordination with a number of environmental and farming related non-profit organizations. She has lived and worked in Japan and Cameroon, but always calls Vancouver home.

Green Bricks Board of Directors

Jennifer Sanguinetti, P.Eng., P.E., LEED AP (BD+C) / Director Project Services, UBC
President of Green Bricks
Jennifer is UBC's Director of Project Services. Project Services is UBC's in-house project management team and part of the Infrastructure Development department. The team provides project management services for renovations, renewals and modernizations to offices, classrooms, buildings and infrastructure. She is co-chair of the LEED Canada Steering Committee, and is a past member of the CaGBC's Energy and Engineering Technical Advisory Group.

Paula Gallo, B.Ed, M.Pl / Educational Consultant, Save the Children
Vice President of Green Bricks
Paula Gallo is an Education Consultant with a focus on Child Rights and Teacher Training. Paula recently held the position of Senior Manager, Global Classroom at UNICEF Canada, managing the Rights Respecting Schools (RRS) initiative and working closely with key stakeholders within the Canadian education sector. Paula is currently working on an education consultancy with Save the Children in Sweden, creating resource materials and training modules for their international programming. Though based in Toronto, she relishes her wonderful years spent working in Vancouver with Lower Mainland teachers and school boards, and appreciates her ongoing connections with BC teachers and students.

Órla Robinson, B.Sc. Earth Science, M.Sc. Hydrogeology / Principal, Green Core Consulting
Treasurer of Green Bricks
Órla is a practiced environmental consultant with over 16 years experience working in the private, public, non-profit and academic sectors. She founded her own environmental consulting practice, Green Core Consulting, in 2009. With a technical background in water resource management, Órla has worked on a broad range of environmental projects such as environmental impact assessments, resource monitoring and management programs and collaborative research initiatives. Órla particularly enjoys the challenge of bringing multiple parties together to collaborate in the development of meaningful and sustainable environmental solutions.

Judy Valsonis, BA / Executive Director, Touchstone Family Association
Secretary of Green Bricks
Judy Valsonis has been a member of the senior management team of Touchstone Family Association since 1996. She began working in the social service sector in 1982 and benefits from having experienced the "child in care" system from a number of perspectives. Judy has been a foster parent, child & youth counsellor, supervisor in the community sector and has worked as a child protection Social Worker with the Ministry for Children and Family Development.

Ray Eldridge, AScT, CSBA, LEED AP BD+C / Building Systems Manager, PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.
Director of Green Bricks
Ray's background is mechanical engineering and power engineering both through BCIT. Over the last 19 years Ray has held roles as a mechanical systems designer, mechanical systems supplier, building plant manager and for the last 11 years as a mechanical and electrical systems manager with PCL Constructors. Ray has been fortunate to work on some of the largest projects in BC's recent history, including the Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion and BC Place Revitalization, as well as some of BC's most sustainable projects including the Okanagan College Expansions in Penticton and Kelowna. The Okanagan College projects are both pursuing levels of certification in the Living Building Challenge. Ray enjoys the challenge of meeting a project's sustainability goals while also meeting its financial goals.