Executive Director: Giuliana Casimirri
Giuliana Casimirri has a PhD in collaborative forest management from the University of Toronto, a Masters degree in Forest Conservation and a variety of field ecology and community-based urban greening experience. Giuliana has researched and written about cross-cultural collaboration and community forestry in boreal and tropical forests and has participated in intergovernmental forums on forest conservation, biodiversity and Indigenous Peoples. Most recently Giuliana has worked in Hamilton to coordinate several urban forest inventory and stewardship programs and to build awareness of the need for stronger regulatory tools and collaborative planning for natural area conservation and enhancement. Giuliana’s email is: ED@oakvillegreen.org.
Education Program Manager: Beatriz Gomez
Beatriz Gomez is Oakvillegreen’s Education Program Manager. Beatriz has Masters degrees in Water Management and Education and has designed and delivered environmental education and outreach programs for a variety of audiences in three different countries. Contact Beatriz to: 1. Book an environmental presentation for your school or community group. 2. Register for an OCA Youth Stewardship event or workshop. 3. Inquire about how we can help you to plant trees/shrubs/pollinator gardens in your schoolyard. Beatriz’ email is: email@example.com.
Tree Planting Programs Manager: Anelia Tichkova
Anelia holds a Masters degree in Geography and Landscape Ecology from Sofia University and a Masters in Education from Fairfield University. Having combined her scientific and teaching skills she has pursued opportunities in both non-profit and educational sectors that would allow her to spread environmental awareness and love for nature through everything she does. Embracing over 9 years experience of development and delivery of environmental programs Anelia is active in her community and has developed a wide range of successful community engagement and capacity building experiences. Contact Anelia at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residential Tree Planting and Stewardship Coordinator: Mara McHaffie
Mara holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from the University of Guelph. She has worked with the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club on an urban forest inventory, completed field work in the Northwest Territories and conducted research on the association between plants and mycorrhizal fungi. Most recently, she combined her passions for plants, conservation and public outreach while working for Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton. She believes that fostering a stronger connection between people and the natural world is crucial in moving towards a more sustainable future. Mara is excited to spread her love for the great outdoors while working to make Oakville a greener place to live! Contact Mara at: email@example.com.