About us

Green Communities Canada (GCC) has been a leading organization promoting active school travel for two decades. We do this through research, advocacy, training, educational resources, events, partnerships, and on-the-ground programming.

We have a simple but compelling goal:

to make walking, cycling, and other forms of active, safe, and sustainable transportation the norm for trips to and from school.

Learn more about the support and services we offer.

 

Our staff 

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Kate Berry                                           

Program Director

Kate works with school boards, municipalities, public health and other civic organizations to promote active school travel and implement School Travel Planning in Ontario. She is a civil engineer and previously worked for Sustrans, a leading UK sustainable transport charity, where she managed the design and construction of active transportation infrastructure. She has also worked as School Traffic Plan Coordinator for the Upper Grand District School Board, working with schools to improve traffic safety, reduce vehicle congestion, and increase student active travel.

Wallace Beaton                                

Manager of Community Engagement & Capacity

Wallace joined GCC as School Travel Planning Facilitator in 2009, becoming manager of the Ottawa Active & Safe Routes to School Program in 2011 where he grew a small pilot project into one of the largest, locally-funded programs of its kind in Ontario. He also introduced an innovative Walking School Bus initiative and was recognized by the City of Ottawa for his commitment to safe, sustainable school travel. He is a graduate of Queen’s University and Algonquin College and recently completed the Next Generation Transportation certificate at Simon Fraser University.

Celenna Ciuro                                       

Project Coordinator

Celenna’s academic work as a transportation and health geographer evoked her interest in the importance of advocating for active transportation. She holds a Masters of Science from McMaster University, where she assessed the factors that influence the daily trip usage of Hamilton’s bike share program SoBi. She has contributed to the Hamilton Active Living Project, linking individual behaviour data with built environment characteristics to assess whether neighbourhood perception has an impact on walking behaviours.

Fenella Hood                                           

Communications Coordinator

Fenella communicates Ontario Active School Travel program news to our audiences through multimedia storytelling. She completed the Environmental Visual Communication Graduate Program, Sir Sandford Fleming College at the Royal Ontario Museum, and has spent her career working with non-profits delivering social and environmental programming. Through writing, photography, and video, she conveys inspirational reports of progress in active school travel, and promotes the vision of a walking and wheeling student culture across the province.

Laura Zeglen                                               

School Travel Planning Facilitator

Laura works closely with school communities in Toronto to identify barriers to active and sustainable school travel, particularly with regards to the built environment, and to collectively come up with solutions and plans of action to overcome these barriers. Trained as a teacher, she holds a Masters degree in Education and Public Health Policy from the University of Toronto. Her public health research includes exploring how the journey to school intersects with considerations of socioeconomic background, geography and gender.

Louise Clunas                                               

School Travel Planning Facilitator

Louise works with schools, and municipal and community partners to improve traffic flow and minimize risks within school zones and routes to school in order to encourage children to walk and wheel safely to school. She has a background in project management and business analysis within the non-profit sector, with a focus on optimizing work flow, identifying gaps and mitigating risks. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences, Geophysics option, from the University of Waterloo. Louise works for Ontario Active School Travel in Durham Region. 

Isooda Niroomand                                      

School Travel Planning Facilitator

Isooda facilitates the Toronto Catholic School Board’s school travel planning programs. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning and a Master’s Degree in Urban Design from Iran, and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Design from McMaster University, focusing on Sustainable Community Infrastructure. Before joining GCC she was involved with the School Site Design Project at the City of Hamilton where she was introduced to the initiatives GCC undertakes toward encouraging more kids to walk and cycle to school.

Sanjana Sharma                                           

School Travel Planning Facilitator

Sanjana works as School Travel Planning Facilitator in the Town of Ajax. An engineer by training, she previously worked in the energy industry where she managed small to medium projects in the areas of planning, operations, and maintenance. Her community building experience includes leading the Oliver Bike Club in Edmonton where she engaged residents and helped increase their confidence with using bike lanes. 

 

About Green Communities Canada

Ontario Active School Travel is a program of Green Communities Canada (GCC). Founded in 1995, GCC is a national association of community organizations that help people go green – in their homes and gardens, on the road, at work, and in the community. GCC and its member organizations work together to help Canadians:

  • improve the health of our communities
  • conserve resources for future generations
  • reduce pollution
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