Carolyn joined Greenest City as the Executive Director in 2009, with more than eight years of experience working with charities in the GTA and in Calgary, developing and managing programs with a focus on community development through greening and gardening.
Between 2007 and 2009, Carolyn took a hiatus to live and work in the Middle East, an experience which profoundly shifted her perspective on the complicated relationships between geography, culture, socio-economics, and community and environmental health. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the West-End Food Co-op, and her past volunteer experience includes serving as Board President at Citizens’ Environment Watch (now EcoSpark) and leading Volunteer for Nature trips with the Federation of Ontario Naturalists.
The Vital People grant will allow Carolyn to attend three intensive learning opportunities. She will participate in the Authentic Management I and II courses at Anima Leadership in Toronto, the Social Change Institute at Hollyhock Educational Centre in B.C., and the Winter Institute at the Food Project in Boston, to learn about best practices in urban agriculture projects, youth employment initiatives and community engagement in order to position future growth at Greenest City.