Natasha is experienced in fostering environmental stewardship through behaviour change campaigns and community engagement. She brings a background in program management and community outreach combined with experience as a long-time volunteer with various organizations including Toronto Green Community and Live Green Toronto Volunteers. These experiences provided opportunities to learn more about how environmental issues affect not only individuals but whole communities. Natasha welcomes the opportunity to contribute her expertise and her experience to help support the Toronto Green Community in creating more sustainable neighbourhoods.
Sheri Doxtator is a citizen of and currently resides on the Oneida Nation of the Thames Settlement (located southwest of London, Ontario). She was elected to the position of Yehsʌnowá:nʌ (Elected Chief) in June 2014 for a two year term, ending in July 2016. From 2006 – 2010, Sheri D held the position of an Elected Council member of Oneida with pride and honour. She has sat on various committees, boards and as an executive level board member. Sheri held the seat of President of the Board of Directors for Twataya’Takenhas (pronounced DWA DAH YA DAH GIIN HAAS) Incorporated (a.k.a. TTI), the for-profit arm of the Oneida Nation of the Thames.
Sheri D’s work experience includes Fundraising, Economic Development, Business Development, Corporate Development, Entrepreneurship, Health Research and Administration. She has also worked along side some well-known First Nations leaders and leaders in science. To name a few previous employers: Chiefs of Ontario, Southern First Nations Secretariat, Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre, Bank of Montreal, London Health Sciences Centre, and the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians. Most recently, Sheri D has continued on the entrepreneurial path working as a consultant at her own business, Doxtator Enterprises. She has also volunteered over years with local organizations. She is a proud Iroquois woman with a long history working for a brighter future for all generations to come.
Ambika brings in many years of experience working for not-for-profits in the environment and education sectors in India. Since moving to Toronto, she has volunteered with the City’s Community Stewardship Program and is a Don Valley Brick Works Ambassador. She also volunteers with 10,000 Trees for the Rouge, where she is advocating for enhancing learning opportunities for the hundreds of volunteers they attract to their annual tree planting event. As a Rivers Rising Ambassador with Toronto Green Community, she has led walks in the St. James Town neighbourhood and brings in a fresh perspective to our understanding of the neighbourhood. Ambika holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree at the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto. In her research, she is exploring community engagement in the urban forest with a focus on recent immigrants. She strongly believes that recent immigrants need to be informed about local environmental issues to enable them to engage as responsible citizens in Canadian society.
Gabriela is an undergraduate student at York University completing her Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies with a focus on Urban and Regional Environments. She has a large scope of interests and experiences in the field of sustainability: from studying renewable energy at Reykjavik’s Icelandic School of Energy, interning in Disaster Management with World Vision in the Philippines, and working in the packaging sustainability industry promoting EPR principles at the Packaging Consortium in Toronto. She is excited to join Toronto Green Community’s board after working closely with many of TGC’s programs over the summer. She hopes to bring in new perspectives and insights to the links between urbanization and environmentalism.
Daniel is the Water Demand Manager for the City of London, and a former Water Consultant with Toronto Water. He monitors City-wide water consumption, leads efficiency and service improvements, and administers outreach and educational initiatives. He works with various industrial, commercial, and institutional organizations to optimize their water use, lower utility costs, and improve the sustainability of their operations. Daniel has a B.A.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a certificate in Data Analytics, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics from Ryerson University. He has completed tenures as a consultant for a large engineering firm, and various levels of municipal and federal government. His experience includes developing policy for the procurement of major public infrastructure, the design of drinking water treatment systems, and remediation of environmentally contaminated sites in the Canadian Arctic. In addition to operating his own small business, Daniel demonstrates a commitment to community development by providing business consultation and marketing services gratis to small, local organizations. He is a dog lover, entrepreneur, and ardent optimist who strives for developing solutions that balance usability and responsible stewardship of our natural resource
Honourary Patron: David Suzuki
“Green Communities are a great example of getting things done at the community level. We can all be inspired by their dedication to protecting the environment and making the world a better place for future generations.” DAVID SUZUKI