Meet the Trainers!
Roland Chiasson-Aster Group: Environmental Services Cooperative
Roland Chiasson is a working member of the Aster Group, a cooperative that works on environmental solutions. He has worked with Parks Canada as a nature interpreter, and has taught school and worked with Nature NB as Conservation Educator. He is also the former education manager for Cape Jourimain Nature Centre. Roland is always enthralled with the sights and sounds he encounters during his woodland wanderings.
Melissa Fulton-Nature NB
Melissa Fulton, from Fredericton, is the Programs Coordinator for Nature NB. Melissa has over 7 years experience in outdoor nature education in New Brunswick. Her areas of expertise are nature interpretation and ecological/biological concepts, with a special fondness for insects. Melissa's favourite thing about being outside is enjoying nature's vistas.
Nadine Ives-Conservation Council of New Brunswick
Nadine has lived in New Brunswick for almost 22 years. She works for Conservation Council of New Brunswick as coordinator of the Learning Outside project. Nadine has a PhD in hardwood tree ecology and has been involved in nature education in various forms for over 20 years (from school visits and nature walks to university teaching). Her areas of expertise include general ecology, plant ecology, native plants, invasive species, climate change, wildlife friendly gardening, and phenology. Nadine heads outside to feel grounded, refreshed and re-energized, and to see what her non-human neighbours are up to.
Serge Larochelle-Groupe de développement durable du pays de Cocagne
Serge Larochelle is from Saint-Boniface in Manitoba and now lives in Cocagne in southeastern New Brunswick. Serge works for the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group on ecological maintenance and biodiversity projects. He completed a Masters Degree in resource management at the Université du Manitoba. He is interested in ecological gardening, composting, tree planting and establishing natural spaces. Serge recognizes the learning opportunities that arise when youth go out of the classroom to discover nature around the school yard.
Danielle Smith-Sustainability UNB
Danielle Smith is the Sustainability Coordinator with the UNB Sustainability Program. She brings a wide range of knowledge on Monarchs, Bird Identification, Wildlife Ecology, Forest Ecology, Sustainability, NB Wildlife, Wildlife Adaptations, Wildlife Friendly Gardening, Pollinators and Composting. Nature allows her to always be learning. It is so vast and changing that she is always discovering new and wonderful things.
Ian Smith -Parks Canada
Ian Smith is a Parks NB Program Manager, Grandfather, Outdoor Educator, Outward Bound Canada Instructor. He loves sharing nature with “soft-shelled turtles”.
The documentary film, Every Living Thing - experiencing a bioblitz, will take you on an amazing journey of what it's like to spend four weeks over two summers exploring all aspects of nature – fish, insects, plants, fungi, reptiles, amphibians and mammals - that live in NB’s own Grand Lake Protected Natural Area.
Celebrate the UN Decade of Biodiversity – host a film screening in your community!
Unlike reality TV, this documentary film features real scientists speaking about real issues affecting real people living in real communities.
Every Living Thing was produced by NB-based company, Flower Power Production, in collaboration with the New Brunswick Museum's BiotaNB program. BiotaNB is a 20-year biodiversity research project to identify and catalogue as many species in the province of New Brunswick, before human encroachment and climate change intensifies. The NBEN is partnering with Flower Power Production to promote community film screenings of this film across Canada.
New Brunswickers are invited to attend upcoming public meetings focused on priorities for the 2017-18 budget. November 16-December 5
Electoral Reform Provincial
The Commission on Electoral Reform is looking at alternative voting systems, voting age, and other election rules. Deadline: November 30
Navigable Waters Federal
Review of the previous government’s changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act. Deadline: December 7
Environmental Protection Act Federal
Comprehensive review of the provisions and operation of theCanadian Environmental Protection Act. Deadline: December 1
Modernization of the rules governing charities and their political activities. Deadline: December 9
Environmental Assessment Federal
Comprehensive review of Canada’s environmental assessment processes. Deadline: December 18
Review of the 2012-13 changes to the Fisheries Act made by the previous government. Comments welcome on restoring habitat protections that were lost and also on incorporating modern safeguards. No deadline mentioned but the committee responsible is submitting its report in “early 2017”.
National Energy Board Federal
A targeted review of the NEB’s structure, role and mandate under the National Energy Board Act. Deadline: January 17
Clean Air Act Operating Approval – Irving Provincial
Renewal of the Approval to Operate for the Irving Pulp and Paper Limited Reversing Falls Complex in Saint John. Deadline: March 7