Doris Treleaven, President
Eva Leon, Secretary
Debbie Morton, GMO Free Lead
Leslie Adams, General Manager
Dianne Watkins, vectorIAS Program Director
Daisy Radigan, EcoFilm Fest Lead
P.O.W.E.R.’s 2017 southwest field crew is headed up once again by recent graduate Rachel Greene, who has now achieved her Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree, with Honours. Rachel is joined by undergrad co-op student Luke Nych from the University of Waterloo’s School of Environment and Resource Studies, Mike Smeja, a horticulture grad currently studying Applied Science at Olds College, Alberta and Justin Baradi, an undergraduate Geomatics student also at the University of Waterloo. In the northeast, under the local supervision of Leslie Adams, we are pleased to welcome returning University of Guelph undergrads Aleks Spasevski and Francine Pauvif and newest crew member Michael Mann, a Georgetown District High School student, to the team.
P.O.W.E.R.’s 2016 field crew was headed up by Rachel Greene. As an upper year student in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, Rachel joined us for the final co-op placement of her undergraduate degree program. Laura McFarlan, an undergraduate co-op student at the University of Waterloo, as well as returning staff member Aleks Spasevski and new recruit Francine Pauvif, both undergrad summer students from the University of Guelph, rounded out the 2016 team.
In early 2016, winter Phragmites presence/absence mapping was undertaken on roadsides across Halton and Peel. Local volunteer Vince Fiorito and Program Director Dianne Watkins took care of areas south of Highway 5/Dundas. North of Highway 5/Dundas, University of Waterloo graduate students Nathan Decarlo, Andrea Bale and Patricia Huynh, as well as Georgetown local Jesse Paragamian worked together to get the mapping done.
Early in 2015, vectorIAS’s efforts were supported by Jack Zhang (UW) who helped us get our communications house in order.
During the 2015 field season mapping, management and outreach were taken on by Andrew Clouthier (York), Bernadeta Szmudrowska (UoT), Erica Tudo (UW), and Sam Hannah (GDHS) with coordination by Colin Cassin (UTM).
P.O.W.E.R.’s seasonal staff is funded in part through Service Canada’s Summer Work Experience Program.
Barbara Halsall was a devoted champion of the environment and founding member of Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources (P.O.W.E.R.), a local environmental not-for-profit organization established in Halton Hills in 1986. Barbara was involved in changing the Niagara Escarpment Plan; educating Halton Council about the impacts of waste incinerators; showing the impacts of aggregate extraction on our Niagara Escarpment; and championing and enabling thousands of youth to get outdoors, learn and plant thousands of native species in Halton Hills… Barbara taught many of us that you can make a difference. She gave P.O.W.E.R. a legacy to live up to as we continue the work she started decades ago.