Our Staff

Lisa Kohler

Executive Director

lisak@haltonenvironment.ca
Office: 905-815-6185 ext. 1
Cell: 905-399-1332

Ms Kohler’s career in the environmental not-for-profit sector spans more than twenty years in the U.S. and Canada. Lisa has a degree in environmental policy and analysis and certifications as an Accredited Partnership Broker and an Al Gore Climate Reality Leadership Corps trainer.

With internationally-recognized leadership for inspiring climate change initiatives, Lisa has an influential role in Halton. She initiated the Halton Climate Collective, a dedicated team of regional and municipal leaders focussed on advancing local action. In addition to engaging the community in climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, she champions successful HEN programmes including Halton Green Screens, Oakville Ready, and Greening Sacred Spaces Halton-Peel Chapter. Lisa is skilled in collective facilitation, transitioning innovation and developing inter-relational strategies integrating climate action, environmental sustainability and the green economy.

Ms. Kohler is also a highly-regarded member in other organizations including the Town of Oakville’s Community Energy Taskforce, the Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable, the Halton District School Board Environmental Management Team, and the iMatter Canada National Board of Directors.

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Heather Govender

Program Director, Halton Green Screens

heather@haltongreenscreens.ca
Office: 905-815-6185 ext. 3
​Cell: 905-808-8586​

Heather graduated from the University of Toronto in 2018 with a PhD in Cell & Systems Biology, and Collaborative Program in Environmental Studies. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher and a passionate environmentalist both personally and professionally. Heather strives to live her life as close to zero waste as possible, and shares her waste reduction tips and tricks with family, friends, and the public through means ranging from casual conversations, to educational workshops, to formal presentations. Anyone who participates in her waste reduction workshops or presentations can expect to learn how their personal "garbage footprints" relate to over-consumption of the earth's resources, our growing problem of ocean plastics, and climate change. Heather has run the Halton Green Screens program and much of the educational programming for HEN since 2015.

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Agnes Richard

Greening Sacred Spaces Program Manager

agnes@haltonenvironment.ca
Office: 905.815.6185 ext.2

Agnes received training from both Hon. Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and the Global Catholic Climate Movement as a Laudato Si’ Animator. Her acts of leadership include public and private speaking engagements, chair or member of community action teams, facilitator of public forums and mentoring youth activists. With a team of lay partners and the office for Discipleship and Parish Life, Agnes planned and implemented a series of workshops called “Change Starts with Us” for the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton.  

With the Lighthouse Pilot Project steering committee, Agnes worked closely with Greening Sacred Spaces staff in Hamilton and CREW (Community Resilience to Extreme Weather) to develop Extreme Weather Resilience Hubs in Hamilton, ON.   She was Chairpersonship of the St. Patrick’s, Caledonia, ON Syrian Refugee Committee and helped successfully settle a Syrian family of six. 

Agnes enjoys cross cultural artistic expression of place and experience, is enthusiastic about learning from Indigenous spiritual traditions and finds peace in her home garden.

Mary Scopino

Greening Sacred Spaces Community Facilitator

mary@haltonenvironment.ca
Office: 905-815-6185 x. 2

Mary Scopino has been an educator for over ten years, working for the Halton catholic school board and multicultural newcomer centres throughout Halton.  During the past five years, she has enjoyed building a curriculum based on natural, purposeful and interactive hands on learning while educating students on different initiatives such as how important bees are for our environment and incorporating outdoor classrooms learning activities with recyclable materials. She has always been passionate on helping and building a greater community and integrating multiculturalism.  The years of working with newcomer families and their children have allowed her to become aware of the importance of our environment and the impact to our community.  Mary enjoys the outdoors and can communicate in both English and Arabic.

Andrea Rowe

Greening Sacred Spaces, Garden Facilitator

andrea@haltonenvironment.ca

After leaving the corporate world in 2005 to raise her two boys, Andrea rekindled an appreciation for nature from her childhood. She joined the Halton Environmental Network in their Greening Sacred Spaces program. As the Garden Facilitator, she helps Faith Based Organizations reduce their environmental impact through greening initiatives. Recent projects have included implementing school gardens at elementary and secondary schools, consulting on kindergarten playground rejuvenations, and assisting social organizations support their clients through garden based initiatives.

Katrine Handley-Derry

Network Animator

katrine@haltonenvironment.ca

Katrine Handley-Derry graduated from the University of Toronto with a master’s in environmental science, following undergraduate studies in Ecology and Film. Her passion is exploring how film can change people’s perceptions. Many of her experiences have involved engaging with the public in a number of ways: from being a Camp Director at Harbourfront, planning workshops to teach digital arts, to being part of the television show Daily Planet, bringing daily science programming to TV to spark the interest of children and adults alike. For the past 3 years, Katrine has worked for the Toronto International Film Festival on their Canada 150 project and then again in their Industry Services Department. At TIFF, she managed high demand periods, while striving to maintain excellent customer service. Katrine produces promotional videos and promotion material. With her passion for engaging audiences, she traveled and lived abroad, developing my language skills in both French and Spanish. Outside of her academic and professional career, she is a landscape painter.

Afreen Ghouse

afreen@haltonenvironment.ca
Cell: 647-524-6814

Afreen obtained a B.Sc. in Biology, with a minor in Psychology. She aspires to be an advocate for the younger generation and provide them with the voice + necessary tools for climate action change. Fiercely passionate in raising awareness for our deteriorating Earth, she is determined to motivate all who will listen - put on your eco-hat, and let us sprint together to create the universal change needed for a sustainable future. Utilizing her strength in creativity and event planning, she hopes to engage communities in an interactive way to promote this message. While a perfectionist to a fault (working on it), she whole-heartedly enjoys the detailed planning that goes into launching an event. To take breaks in between the adrenaline rush from coordination, she is an avid reader. Through the books she consumes, she loves becoming immersed in her imagination. She uses this to fuel her own writing style, and enjoys learning new mechanics in creating vivid descriptions and eloquent sentences to draw in a reader. Time is a luxury we do not have, so she is constantly searching for more opportunities to volunteer her time and make a difference.

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Alana Wong

Youth Animator

alana@haltonenvironment.ca
Office: 905-815-6185 ext. 1

Alana graduated from Brock University in 2018 with a BSc in Biochemistry (co-op). After completing several co-op work terms in the pharmaceutical industry, her interests shifted towards the environmental sciences. She completed her undergraduate research project studying the effects of different soil amendments on plant growth and silica levels in cover crops and grapes, and also worked on the organization and digitalization of the Brock University Herbarium. More recently, Alana has completed her Master of Environmental Science at the University of Toronto, and is now working as a member of the Halton Climate Collective, focusing on engaging youth to drive climate action in the community of Halton to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change. Outside of school and work, Alana loves the outdoors and is an avid athlete, playing provincial level soccer as well as many other recreational sports, coaching kids’ soccer, and watching sports in her free time.