Carbon Conversations TO Volunteers

Meet the Team

Meet the people who have brought you Carbon Conversations TO.

Brianna Aspinall

Brianna Aspinall

"I felt first hand how the anxiety of climate change can hurt us, and on the search for a solution I found Carbon Conversations UK. I am excited to work along side the Carbon Conversation TO team to bring this project to Toronto and help you explore your own approach to climate action."

Stephanie Barraco

Stephanie Barraco

"I was a participant in CCTO's first six-week session in 2018 and found the program so helpful and meaningful that I applied to volunteer with the group as an extension of my personal climate action plan. I am thrilled to be part of this team and to help address climate change from a place of care and compassion."

Sandra Cardinal

Sandra Cardinal

"I am a lifelong environmentalist. I love wild places, family farms, and the vitality of downtown cities. Like you, I want clean air, clean water, biodiversity and the cultural shifts we need to support humans at our very best. Recently retired from the world of higher education and now an empty-nester, the time's right to bring my passion for sustainability to the forefront with a leadership role at CCTO. My experiences as an adult educator, theatre-maker, program consultant, (grand)parent and all-round rabble-rouser are all on offer as I join the CCTO team."

Amy Castator

Amy Castator

"As I learned more about the global impacts of climate change, I felt a responsibility to reduce my own carbon impact and help others do the same. Carbon Conversations TO has enabled me to share my love for nature with the Toronto community and help me stay motivated in being an advocate for climate action where I live."   

Tania Cheng

Tania Cheng

"I believe that re-examining our societal values, attitudes, and behaviours is key to unlocking the systems change that is needed to tackle climate change. Carbon Conversations TO holds space for these critical and difficult conversations and shifts feelings of guilt and paralysis into responsibility and tangible action. It is a privilege to be part of this important initiative."

Dana Decent

Dana Decent

"As a queer environmentalist committed to making the world a better place, I am honoured to contribute to CCTO. It aligns deeply with my desire to connect, learn and grow. I'm excited to share this innovative approach!"

Erick Dransch

Erick Dransch

"I enjoy learning about my carbon impact and helping others understand their impact on the world. I look forward to sharing the results of our research with you, and I hope that Carbon Conversations Toronto helps you gain the motivation and confidence to tackle climate change."

Divya Joy

Divya Joy

"I was drawn to CCTO's behavior-based approach to solving one of the biggest challenges of our times. A storyteller at heart and a strong believer in learning from each other, I love how this group addresses the emotional complexities of climate change and harnesses the power of community-building. Proud to be part of this initiative and look forward to contributing to making climate action tangible and possible."

Scott Kennedy

Scott Kennedy

“As someone who is still in the early stages of their own journey of climate awareness and personal environmental responsibility, CCTO’s unique focus on the intersection between climate change and psychology really fascinated me. I look forward to raising more awareness about our organization’s programs and messaging, while learning more about environmentalism from the rest of the great team here at CCTO.”

Peter Lane

Peter Lane

“My climate change anxiety led me to CCTO and their textbook "In time for tomorrow?". After talking through my emotions and working with the textbook I found myself able to communicate more effectilvely with my peers and my relationships are better because of it. I'm now dedicated to helping others deal with their climate change anxiety and being part of an amazing team.”

Susan Ludwig

Susan Ludwig

"My early days were spent with my family camping, canoeing, and thriving in rural Alberta. Those roots provided a passion and love for the environment that continues to drive me.  As an adult educator and facilitator, I was thrilled to work with this young and engaged team. Carbon Conversations empowers individuals to have the confidence and a plan to change behavior and take action around climate change. "

Allison Merz

Allison Merz

"Attending the six-week sessions with Carbon Conversations TO in 2018 opened my eyes to so much more than simply how to reduce my personal carbon footprint. Volunteering with CCTO allows me to continue that learning journey while supporting a cause that I am passionate about, and helping others to benefit from the various programs that CCTO offers."

Sonya Nakoneczny

Sonya Nakoneczny

"After completing the Carbon Conversations TO six-week session, I went from feeling helpless to feeling empowered. For me, this was a fundamental catalyst for addressing tough issues and finding the motivation to act. CCTO inspires me to think differently and I appreciate being a part of this passionate and vibrant community."

Aryne Sheppard

Aryne Sheppard

"I have always felt connected to the natural world and spent my childhood camping and fishing. Over the past 20 years, I have worked in the social change sector, and learned that human conversation and personal transformation are essential. No real change can happen without a deep commitment to growth and meaningful engagement with one another."

Tara Wilkie

Tara Wilkie

"I am excited and proud to start Carbon Conversations TO with this dedicated and knowledgeable team. It is time to start using the field of psychology, the power of group learning, and camaraderie to inspire positive change."

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