AnnikaAnnika Chiasson, Executive Director
Born and raised in Moncton, Annika first worked for the NBEN as a summer student in 2013 and then again in 2014. Little did she know she would come back in 2016, bringing with her, her passion for nature, art, and technology!

CharlesTzomi Burkhart Jazwicki, Program Manager
Raised in the Rocky Mountains, Tzomi moved progressively east in stages before making a home in the Maritimes in 2011. With a diverse background in organic farming, interactive classroom activation, and a love of ecology, coordinating the Sustainability Education Alliance is a dream come true. Tzomi graduated from Acadia with a BA (Hon.) in Sustainability Studies and a double major in History in 2016, and when not in the office, can most likely be found in the garden or the woods - in any weather or season.

Zaheera Denath, Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative Project Coordinator
Zaheera Denath joined the NBEN in 2017. Having resided in various locales during her formative years,
(including South Africa & Kuwait) she has settled in with her husband and animal family in Albert County on a large acreage coined “the funny farm” because of her unconventional animal husbandry. Her methods utilise as much natural and holistic knowledge gained from her various cultural experiences. She brings this same dedication to her work at the NBEN, advocating for natural solutions to today's issues.

jordanJordan Kilgour, Sustainability Education and Youth Programs Coordinator
Originally from Ottawa, ON, Jordan completed her BSc(Envt Sci) in Environment and Resource Management in 2022 at the University of Guelph. She is broadly interested in education and engagement to support others in the climate movement and contributing to climate justice at the local level. Jordan is excited to bring her unique set of skills and experiences to her role at the NBEN. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, and baking.

saadiaSaadia Hara, Environmental Health Programs Coordinator
Originally from Chad, Saadia completed a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and a master's degree in Environmental Studies at the Université de Moncton. Her love for nature and her passion for interdisciplinarity led her to join the NBEN as the new Children's Environmental Health Programs Coordinator. In her spare time, Saadia enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and playing her guitar.  

DoriceDorice Pinet, Environmental Networker for the Acadian Peninsula and the Chaleur Region
Dorice holds the position of Environmental Networker for the Acadian Peninsula and the Chaleur Region. This position allows her to act as a link between organizations in the Northeast and those in the rest of the province. She is also on the lookout for programs, projects, and challenges in her region. Being concerned about climate change, she is actively involved in many community organizations and events that aim at sustainable and healthy solutions. In the winter you can find her on the cross-country ski trails, and in the summer she is by the water, on her bike, or in the community garden she shares with friends.

LilyLilian Barraclough, Nature-Based Climate Approaches Program Coordinator

Born and raised in Toronto, Lily moved out to the East Coast in 2016 and completed her undergraduate in Environmental Science at the University of King’s College and her Master of Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. Lily is passionate about supporting local governments and communities to mitigate and adapt to climate change, whether that is through active transportation and physical wellbeing, climate grief support, or developing nature-based infrastructure and this led her to join NBEN as the Nature-Based Climate Approaches Program Coordinator supporting municipalities with climate risk mitigation. Lily enjoys spending time with her horses and dog, playing viola and piano, reading, and spending time outdoors!

NatalieNatalie (Nat) Goguen, Biodiversity and Watershed Programs Coordinator
Nat is known for their kindness, leadership and knowledge of plant species. Committed to the community, she has dedicated her career and many volunteer hours to the non-profit sector with a focus on food security and environmental sustainability. Natalie is a part of many committees, boards and social events as well as the LGBTQ+ Community . Outside of work, Nat can often be seen at the beach or at live music events with her 2 kids. Other hobbies include: hiking, camping, visual arts, competitive axe throwing.

kieranKieran Rose Kelly, Communications Manager
Kieran had a patchwork career in education, activism, art, music and tech in Halifax before making their way back home to New Brunswick. Their current interests include Indigenous sovereignty, disability justice and alternative energy. When not in the office, they can likely be found exploring the woods with a feral cat by their side.

unnamed2May Martinez, Sustainability Education Alliance Coordinator

Raised in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia), May grew up with a love for forests, lakes, the ocean, and their creatures. She pursued her interest in protecting nature and studied Environmental Science at Acadia (graduated ’11) and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie (graduated ’15). Her interests expanded to include environmental education, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, watershed health, food security, and permaculture farming. May is new to New Brunswick, the land of the Wabanaki Peoples, and she is looking forward to getting to know the trails, lakes, and coastlines.

A.Page BioPicAmanda Page, Outdoor Learning Coordinator
Amanda's journey began with a Bachelor's in Marine Biology, and a minor in Psychology fueled by a lifelong passion for water. Amanda's love for the outdoors evolved into a passion for educating others, leading her to pursue a Master's in Environmental Management. Now, she merges her expertise in biology and ecology with her dedication to environmental education to inspire others to explore and appreciate nature. Join Amanda in discovering the wonders of the outdoors and fostering a deeper connection with our environment.

IMG 1152Olivia Malone, Administrative Assistant
Nature conservation and food systems are two of Olivia’s core—and often intersecting—interests. Upon receiving accreditation as a Registered Dietitian in 2021, Olivia has worked in counselling, consulting, and within the community setting. She now looks forward to contributing to meaningful work as the administrative assistant for both the NBEN and Foor for All NB. Outside of the workplace, Olivia enjoys spending time in nature and staying active with her dog in rural New Brunswick.

IMG 0804Emma Diamond, Communications Assistant
Emma, born and raised in New Brunswick to a family of farmers, developed a broad interest in the environment through her extensive experience caring for plants and animals. She is particularly passionate about maintaining a balance between what is taken from and returned to the earth. Emma is excited about her summer internship with the NBEN and is eager to learn. She is entering her second year of a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and plans to pursue a Master's followed by a PhD. Her goal is to become a forensic psychologist, continuously learning along the way.

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