Staff (alphabetically by first name)
- Anika Riopel, Active Transportation Program Officer
- Eliza Jackson, Sustainable Transportation Coordinator
- Julian West, Making Tracks Coordinator
- Natalia Diaz-Insense, Youth Active Transportation Coordinator - Mainland NS
- Stephanie Johnstone-Laurette, Youth Active Transportation Coordinator - Cape Breton & Eastern NS
Active Transportation Program Officer
Sustainable Transportation Coordinator
Eliza joins the Ecology Action Centre team as Sustainable Transportation Coordinator. Before joining the EAC, Eliza worked with the Planning & Design Centre to coordinate Switch: Open Street Sundays and she currently serves as the Chair of the Halifax Cycling Coalition. She is passionate about promoting healthy and sustainable ways to get around and works to ensure that all Nova Scotians have the option to walk, cycle, and take transit. Eliza holds an Honours Bachelors of Science in Geography and Environmental Science from McMaster University and a Masters of Planning from Dalhousie University.
Making Tracks Coordinator
Julian coordinates the Making Tracks Program for Nova Scotia, which builds child and youth active transportation safety, skills and confidence. He also coodrinates the Welcoming Wheels program, which provides free bicycles, safety equipment and safety education for new Canadians. Julian is a strong advocate for providing opportunities for people to lead active and healthy lifestyles. He has worked in many leadership roles including Public School Teacher. Julian holds degrees in Biology, Environmental Science, and Education. (Photo by Heather Bourque)
Youth Active Transportation Coordinator - Mainland NS
Natalia has been part of the School Travel Planning (STP) Program since 2009, and joined EAC as the Youth Active Transportation Coordinator for Mainland Nova Scotia in 2014. She brings to her work over 25 years of training and experience in teaching, academic program administration and filmmaking, and a strong commitment to community participation --in 2010 she received the Golden Apple Award from the Halifax Regional School Board for her volunteer work at Westmount Scool. Natalia holds a BA from the University of Barcelona, a Masters degree in Linguistics from Cornell University, and has formal training in Film. She is passionate about promoting walk or wheel to school initiatives, protecting our environment and advancing policies that promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, experimenting with multimedia & mixed media, refurbishing/repurposing 'stuff', gardening, hiking, camping and exploring the outdoors.
Youth Active Transportation Coordinator - Cape Breton & Eastern NS
Stephanie has been connected to the Active Transportation community for over 10 years, through ENGOs, grassroots community groups and regional committees, as well as multiple research projects. She has been working with the (amazing!) EAC since 2010. She’s intent on helping create communities that support safe, healthy, walkable & wheel-able spaces for all. Stephanie has an MSc in Environmental Management (University of London) and a BA in Philosophy (CBU). She and her family live and work in the beautiful island of Cape Breton; her not-so-secret passions are leatherback sea turtles, digging dirt, and her super kiddos, Oona & Osha.