Matt Hulse: BC Campaign Director
Matt Hulse is fast becoming a recognized authority (at least regionally) on the subject of climate change warnings on gas pump nozzles. He has been volunteering with Our Horizon since 2013 and assisted in drafting the legal report for British Columbia municipalities. He started in the position of BC Campaign Director in May and is currently touring the province advocating for the labels before municipal councils. (It’s what we like to call “The Roadtrip to Change All Roadtrips”!) Not only is this a great opportunity to explore this amazing province, but also to build support for the labels initiative in the lead up to its consideration at the Union of BC Municipalities convention in September. Check out his blog as he documents his journey across BC!
Matt was born in England and raised just outside of Kingston, Ontario. He studied physical health education, life sciences, and environmental studies at Queen’s University. He came West to study law at the University of Victoria and graduated in April, 2015. He would like a career in the field of environmental, aboriginal and municipal law, and will soon be working at the UVic Environmental Law Centre. He is an avid athlete – particularly the triathlon sports (though not yet all together) – and makes sure to get out and hike and camp wherever he is in B.C.
Sarah Attardo // Intern // Osgoode Hall Law School’s EJS Clinic
Sarah has a strong interest in environmental and energy law. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Environment and Resource Studies and minored in East Asian Studies at the University of Waterloo. Currently, she is Osgoode’s Environmental Law Society Co-Chair and the Legal and Literary Society’s Second Year Representative. She sits on the Osgoode Community Enhancement Forum where she has some fun (but secret!) ideas to get the Osgoode community feeling greater solidarity. Additionally, Sarah enjoys the work she does as part of Osgoode’s Sustainability Committee. After her first year, Sarah worked as a Research Assistant for Professors Stepan Wood and Faisal Bhabha which she continues to do into her second year. In her downtime, Sarah is an avid adventurer, exploring nooks and crannies of any city she visits. She spends her time running a multilingual blog (English, French, and Japanese), bakes one too many mini cheesecakes, sings and plays a variety of wind instruments – her favourite being the flute.
Katie Zaffino // Intern // Seneca College’s Green Business Management Program
Katie Zaffino is a student of the Post-Graduate Green Business Management Program at Seneca College. She graduated from Queen’s University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Studies and Psychology. Katie was born and raised in Toronto’s west end and loves the city. She also enjoys spending time up at her family’s property in Huntsville, Ontario where she can appreciate the rich opportunities to immerse herself in nature. She is an optimistic individual who strives to see the positive in everything she does. She is spending this year learning and developing new skills that will hopefully serve her in a future career in sustainability. Katie has always had an interest and passion for environmental issues and solutions. She cares about the Earth and all of the creatures that live in it, including her three dogs and new kitten!
Hayley Touchburn // Change Agent // High School Student
Hayley Touchburn is a high school student in Moncton New Brunswick. She has grown up by the forest and the beach; hence nature has always been an important part of her life. Starting in middle school, she has been involved in environmental projects such as an eco-friendly fashion show with a school club. After hearing about Our Horizon’s initiative from a friend, she knew that she wanted to contribute to their cause in any way possible. Since then, she has presented a resolution supporting Our Horizon’s idea to New Brunswick municipalities and over 50 municipalities have supported it. Other than the environment, Hayley’s passions include performing arts, triathlon, and a few too many TV shows and movies. After high school she is not sure of what she will study, but her biggest hope is to contribute in some way to building a more sustainable future.
Mylène Chavarie // Change Agent // High School Student
Mylène Chavarie is a student in the International Baccalaureate at École Mathieu-Martin. Raised in Notre-Dame, a small town near Moncton, New Brunswick, she has always felt connected to nature. Mylène has always had a passion for the environment and has been involved with many environmental groups, such as Vertige, her school’s environmental comity and NBEN (New Brunswick Environmental Network) where she is a representative on the steering comitttee. She has been volunteering for Our Horizon since 2014, after hearing about the innovative project from a friend. Mylène hopes to be involved in the environmental movement for many years to come. In her free time, she loves to travel, swim, or curl up with a good book.