Our Team

Mary Scopino

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.

mary@haltonenvironment.ca
905.815.6185 ext.2

Agnes Richard


Greening Sacred Spaces Program Manager

Agnes received training from both Hon. Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and the Global Catholic Climate Movement as a Laudato Si’ Animator. Her acts of leadership include public and private speaking engagements, chair or member of community action teams, facilitator of public forums and mentoring youth activists. With a team of lay partners and the office for Discipleship and Parish Life, Agnes planned and implemented a series of workshops called “Change Starts with Us” for the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton.  

With the Lighthouse Pilot Project steering committee, Agnes worked closely with Greening Sacred Spaces staff in Hamilton and CREW (Community Resilience to Extreme Weather) to develop Extreme Weather Resilience Hubs in Hamilton, ON.   She was Chairpersonship of the St. Patrick’s, Caledonia, ON Syrian Refugee Committee and helped successfully settle a Syrian family of six. 

Agnes enjoys cross cultural artistic expression of place and experience, is enthusiastic about learning from Indigenous spiritual traditions and finds peace in her home garden.


agnes@haltonenvironment.ca
905.815.6185 ext.2

Andrea Rowe​

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.

andrea@haltonenvironment.ca

Katrine Handley-Derry

Network Animator

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.

katrine@haltonenvironment.ca

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