Greening Sacred Spaces Community Facilitator
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.
Greening Sacred Spaces Garden Coordinator
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 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.