For information about online certification applications, please contact your EcoSchools school board representative.
Lindsay Bunce, Interim Program Director
lbunce (at) ontarioecoschools.org,
Contact Lindsay regarding board level presentations and partnership/funding opportunities.
Lindsay is working on secondment to Ontario EcoSchools from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. With over a decade of local and international experience in environmental and sustainability education, Lindsay has partnered with all levels of government, the private sector, schools boards and various non-profit organizations to develop programs that increase awareness of environmental issues while initiating and supporting community action.
With undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies and Biology, a Masters of Education, and post-graduate certification in Environmental Education and Communications, a great deal of Lindsay’s work seeks to facilitate multi-stakeholder engagement, enhance collaborative projects, and promote a systems thinking approach to ecological literacy.
Lindsay’s favourite EcoSchools best practice is playing “honking goose noises” during morning announcements to launch a school-wide G.O.O.S. paper campaign.
Karli McCawley, Certification Specialist
kmccawley (at) ontarioecoschools.org,
Contact Karli regarding certification questions, workshops/events registration, and general inquiries.
Karli supports board representatives and teachers who are actively pursuing certification, as well as organizes workshops, creates curriculum documents/guides and works with EcoSchools Assessors.
Karli has experience within school boards as a previous environmental manager and holds degrees in International Development & Environmental Science and a graduate diploma in Science Communication and a Bachelor of Education (I/S – Science & Geography).
Her favorite best practice is recycling signs made up of real items such as coffee cups and plastic spoons that are taped up and put over the bin they are meant to go in. A great way for students of all reading levels to understand what goes where!
Stephanie van den Berg, French-language Program Coordinator
svandenberg (at) ontarioecoschools.org,
Contact Stephanie regarding the French language program, ÉcoÉcoles.
Stephanie acts as an advocate and support for Ontario French-language schools and boards participating in the program. Prior to joining the Ontario EcoSchools team, Stephanie completed an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Education (I/S Biology & History). Additionally, Stephanie worked for several years as a laboratory analyst in environmental laboratories.
Stephanie’s favourite EcoSchools best practice is Sweater Day, where schools lower the thermostat by several degrees and encourage students and staff to wear their most colourful sweaters. Not only does Sweater Day open the door for important conversations about energy conservation, but it also allows for students and staff to experience and explore how small actions can lead to big changes.
Raisa Jari, Communications Manager
rjari (at) ontarioecoschools.org,
Contact Raisa regarding the EcoSchools online community, newsletter submissions and the ontarioecoschools.org website (not the certification application website).
Raisa draws on over ten years of experience working in digital marketing, design and web development, to care for the EcoSchools website, online community, newsletter and best practices media gathering and sharing. Raisa's degree is in Media Arts at Ryerson University with post-graduate programs in interactive multimedia and 3D animation. Prior to EcoSchools, she founded and managed an environmentally responsible vegan catering business.
Raisa's favourite EcoSchools best practice is school gardens. They provide so much happiness in the form of delicious fresh food, beauty in biodiversity, habitat for wildlife, peacefulness and inspiration!
Elanor Waslander, Program Director
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Kaitlin Doherty, Program Manager
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