Our Team

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.

Jayde Lavoie // Intern // University of Ottawa’s Conflict Studies & Human Rights program

Jayde Lavoie has always been a passionate person. After taking a World Issues course during a high school semester abroad, Jayde became aware of her desire to create positive change. She currently studies a degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights at the University of Ottawa, where she is learning how to direct her passion to a lifetime spent bettering the world around her. When she is not in studying, Jayde loves to be creative, through playing the guitar, singing, reading, writing, painting, and cooking! Jayde was introduced to Our Horizon through a volunteer placement at the University last spring. She found herself drawn to the idea, as it spoke to her desire to make society more aware, to create permanent change on a global scale, and to do so in a unique way. Jayde is excited to work alongside Nicholas – mostly because he promised to teach her french!

Nicholas Morin // Change Agent // High School Student

Nicholas is a volunteer for Our Horizon. He’s involved in the federal effort for Our Horizon as well as pushing for the warning labels municipally in Ottawa. Nicholas is a francophone high school student at Samuel Genest. He’s a eco-club member at his school with a vision for future Eco schools. Nicholas loves programming and sees a career in it. He’s competed in the Waterloo computing competition and sees Waterloo as his future University. One day he’d like to program video games. Our Horizon was introduced to Nicholas at an eco-schools event in Mississauga where Robert Shirkey was a panelist that presented his initiative and answered questions. With interests in politics, economics and the environment it was the perfect match for him. Nicholas started working on the project in Canada’s capital along with Jade Lavoie, a University of Ottawa student. “Together, dare I say it, we can save the world!” (Bill Nye the Science Guy), “With Stickers!” (Nicholas Morin).

Katie Zaffino // Intern // Seneca College’s Green Business Management Program

Katie Zaffino - 240x240Katie 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

HayleyHayley 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

MyleneMylène 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.

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