Our Staff

Stephanie Bush

Deputy Director of Halton Environmental Network
stephanie@haltonenvironment.ca

Stephanie rediscovered her passion for the environment and gained a new understanding of climate change during a period of study and self-reflection. With two young children and climate change concerns increasing, Stephanie left her career as a Social Worker to dedicate herself to taking action on climate with the goal of inspiring and guiding others to do the same. In 2019, she joined the Halton Environmental Network as the Program Manager for Greening Sacred Spaces – Halton-Peel.  As the current Deputy Director of HEN, Stephanie hopes to bring a social justice and equity lens to the issues of climate change and looks forward to engaging more people in the conversation.

Katrine Handley-Derry

Marketing Manager and Generation Green Program Coordinator
katrine@haltonenvironment.caKatrine is the Marketing Manager for Halton Environmental Network (HEN) and Program Coordinator for Generation Green,- a program designed by youth for youth with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Halton community. Katrine has been working for HEN since summer of 2018. Before joining HEN she had many experiences engaging with the community in a number of ways from event coordination, social media management and website development. She has worked on stakeholder engagement and partnership development for: the television show Daily Planet and at the Toronto International Film Festival on their Canada 150 project and Industry Services Department coordinating events and developing partnerships within Canada and beyond.

Katrine Handley-Derry graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master’s of Environmental Science, following undergraduate studies in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Film. With her passion for engaging audiences, she travelled and lived abroad, developing my language skills in both French and Spanish. Outside of her academic and professional career, she is a landscape painter.

Lisa Kohler

Executive Director
lisak@haltonenvironment.ca

Lisa’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 certification as an Accredited Partnership Broker. With a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. With internationally-recognized leadership for inspiring climate change initiatives, Lisa has an influential role in Halton. She is the orchestrator of the Halton Climate Collective, a dedicated team of leaders focused on advancing local action. In addition to engaging the community in climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, she champions successful HEN programs including Generation Green, Halton Food, 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 serves on Community Energy Taskforce for the Town of Oakville, City of Burlington’s Climate Action Committee, The Low Carbon Transition Steering Committee and the Climate Change Resilience Steering Committee for the Town of Halton Hills, the Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable, Halton District School Board’s Environmental Management Team, Green Communities Canada National Board of Directors, Chair of the Halton Region’s Natural Heritage Advisory Committee. For the last two years Ms Kohler has enjoyed being a member of the City of Toronto’s Urban Forestry Grant Review Panel. Lisa is the Climate Realty Regional Organizer for the GTHA West.

Atish Pereira

Development Manager
atish@haltonenvironment.ca

Atish Pereira graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master’s in Environmental Science following an undergrad degree in Honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Biology. His passions are hiking, gardening and learning about various flora and fauna species across this great country.  He is very passionate about current climate change challenges and excited about the vital role organizations such as Halton Environmental Network play in engaging local communities to combat these issues. He hopes to utilize his experience fundraising for the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance to secure diverse funding resources to support Halton Environmental Network's essential programs, ensuring long-term sustainability. 

Alyson Prokop

Community Garden Coordinator
alyson@haltonenvironment.ca

Alyson has been with Halton Food since 2018, as Education Coordinator coordinating our community gardens in Burlington as well as developing and delivering programs for Burlington elementary and high school students and the community. Alyson's passion lies in local food production and strengthening our connection to growing food. With a BSc in Plant Biology, MSc Plant Pathology, as well as a Diploma in Outdoor Education Alyson has worked for certified organic farms and built a rich career as a botanical instructor and community garden coordinator the past 15 years. Alyson loves teaching others about the benefits of being able to grow their own food and make good food choices - especially through applied learning and you'll often find her in the garden with compost-encrusted hair, mud on her face and always with a cup of tea in hand.

Jaynie Purcell

Manager of Volunteer Services and Administration
jaynie@haltonenvironment.ca

Jaynie Purcell graduated from the University of Guelph Humber with a Degree in Media and Communications and a Diploma in Public Relations. As a proud member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Jaynie has a passion for protecting and preserving the environment in honour of our ancestors and on behalf of future generations. At Halton Environmental Network, Jaynie is stepping into the role of Manager of Volunteer Services and Administration. With industry experience coordinating and engaging volunteers and a background in the Non-Profit sector, Jaynie welcomes this opportunity to combine her experiences and passion for the environment. She is excited to create rich and meaningful opportunities for volunteers in the Halton Community. In her spare time, Jaynie enjoys camping, hiking, running, snowboarding and volunteering within the Halton community.

Andrea Rowe

Director, Sustainable Environments

andrea@haltonenvironment.ca

After leaving the corporate world to raise her two boys, Andrea rekindled an appreciation for nature from her childhood. In 2017, she joined the Halton Environmental Network in the Greening Sacred Spaces program, helping Faith Based Organizations reduce their environmental impact through greening initiatives. Additionally, as the Program Manager for Halton Food, HEN's newest program, she also supports community gardens and garden-based education throughout Halton Region. Recent projects have included implementing gardens at elementary and secondary schools, supporting food gardens and programming in Community Housing neighbourhoods, establishing Canoe Gardens and other pollinator gardens, and supporting social organizations' clients through garden based initiatives.  Andrea now also facilitates "Depave Paradise" projects throughout Halton, removing asphalt and pavement to create new pollinator gardens.

 
 

Georgia Wiggins

Educational & Virtual Programming Developer 
georgia@haltonenvironment.ca

Georgia is in her second year pursuing a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, majoring in Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Her studies focus on environmental sustainability including climate change, environmental policy, and ecology. With a strong personal passion for sustainable fashion, she enjoys upcycling clothing to give garments a second life and divert textile waste from landfills. In her spare time she also enjoys drawing, hiking, running, and learning new languages. Georgia believes in promoting sustainability at a community level and has co-organized a climate strike, planned a clothing swap, and was active in various environment focused student clubs. She is very passionate about current environmental challenges, and is interested in finding innovative solutions to these problems. Georgia is very excited to be able to work with Halton Environmental Network to further explore community level initiatives to contribute to a sustainable future.