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 science-based, curriculum linked workshops.
Our Mandate and Goals
The youth of BC 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. The goals of our society are to:
- Involve BC youth in sustainable land use and development through science-based, curriculum linked outreach programs
- Empower BC youth to realize their ability to make change
- Connect youth with resources to help them (and influence others) to make sustainable choices
- Increase student awareness of sustainable careers relating to land use and the built environment
Green Bricks Presenters
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 of curriculum development experience in sustainability education.
Diana is a sustainable design consultant with over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, specializing in the design of sustainable buildings. Diana founded her sustainable design practice, Eco-Integration, in 2006. She consults on sustainable building design for projects as well as 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 build a critical mass of people who can enact the change our world needs.
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 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.
Jess is an environmentalist with an Environmental Studies (BES) degree in Geography and Environmental Management. She has experience teaching in Ontario K-12 classrooms about water, wastewater treatment and waste management. When Jess caught the farming bug four years ago, she pursued organic agriculture, where she worked for various farms and operated her own farm for two years on Vancouver Island. Outside of the classroom, you will find her at Vancouver Farmers’ Markets and participating in a non-profit farming organization teaching youth how to grow local food.
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) / Managing Director Infrastructure Development, UBC
President of Green Bricks
Jennifer Sanguinetti is the Managing Director of Infrastructure Development at the University of British Columbia. Jennifer and her team are responsible for the planning and development of institutional facilities at UBC, collaborating with campus stakeholders to create great spaces for learning, research, and campus life on both the Point Grey and Okanagan campuses. She is the incoming chair of the USGBC’s LEED Steering Committee and past chair of the LEED Canada Steering Committee.
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.
Treasurer of Green Bricks
Órla is a practiced environmental consultant with over 16 years of 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.
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, a 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, WELL AP, 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 23 years Ray has held roles as a mechanical systems designer, mechanical systems supplier, building plant manager and for the last 15 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.
Director of Green Bricks
Helen has worked in a variety of roles, from environmental governance, to waste management, to modular development. Most recently, she was a Sustainability Project Manager at E3 Eco Group Inc, prior to joining Catalyst, a not-for-profit developer. As a Development Manager at Catalyst, she partners with other non-profit organizations to develop affordable housing through practical and thoughtful solutions that enhance our communities. Helen is passionate about enhancing our built environment via thoughtful and practical design and construction that is mindful of its inhabitants, communities, and partnerships.
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.