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.
Gun Koleoglu // Intern // Osgoode Hall Law School’s EJS Clinic
Gun Koleoglu is a third year law student at Osgoode Hall with strong interests in environmental justice and urban sustainability. A biologist by trade, Gun’s love of science and passion for social justice have led him to pursue a career in environmental law. Gun volunteers with Fair Change, a pro bono legal clinic serving Toronto’s street-involved community, and writes for GreenPAC, a non-partisan environmental political organization. Gun holds a B.S. in biology from Middle East Technical University and a B.Sc. in environmental biology from the University of Guelph. Before narrowing his focus to honeybee genetics and welfare as a master’s candidate, Gun worked studied bees across the world, from the tropical rainforests of Central America to the plateaus of Central Anatolia.
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!
Mary Chartrand // Intern // Ryerson University’s EUS Practicum
Mary Chartrand is a second year Environment and Urban Sustainability student at Ryerson University. Raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, she feels a strong connection to the ocean, and spends as much of her time as possible in (or in close proximity to) water. Having spent her early twenties travelling, swimming and experiencing city life wherever she could, Mary is now excited to begin her university career in a program she feels passionate about. Particularly interested in policy and planning within the urban environment, Mary hopes to gain the skills necessary to help ensure present and future members of Toronto have access to spaces where they feel they can connect to nature, as well as each other. While exploring the city on her bicycle, swimming, and spending time in High Park are her favorite pastimes, Mary can usually be found in her sunroom, reading and studying with her cat, Audio.
Stefanie Mifsud // Intern // Ryerson University‘s EUS Practicum
Stefanie Mifsud is a fourth year Environment and Urban Sustainability student at Ryerson University. She was born in Vaughan, but was raised in Toronto, where she attended an arts high school for dance, and post secondary in marketing. Stefanie has always been passionate about the environment, and is especially interested in wildlife conservation. She hopes to harness her skills to encourage students and youth alike to participate in positive actions towards reducing climate change. Lastly, Stefanie has a tabby cat named Penny Lane, who enjoys listening to Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy to name a few.
Melissa Nichols // Intern // Ryerson University‘s EUS Practicum
Melissa Nichols is a senior year student in the Environment & Urban Sustainability program at Ryerson University. Raised in Southern United States, she has experience adjusting and living in both rural and urban areas. She has recently found a passion in astronomy, environmental justice, and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). She is very involved in Ryerson’s community with the hopes of making it an inclusive well-loved community. Melissa spreads positivity and pushes her team to do their best at everything they do. With this internship she hopes to spread Our Horizon’s idea and influence individuals to become activists for their beliefs and ideas and to make positive changes in their community and the world.
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.