Director, Sustainable Environments
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.
Deputy Director, Halton Environmental Network and Greening Sacred Spaces Community Facilitator
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 graduated from the University of Toronto with a master’s in environmental science, following undergraduate studies in Ecology and Film. 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.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.