ANNOUNCING…Two new key staff members

Dr. Giuliana Casimirri and Beatriz Gomez

Dr. Giuliana Casimirri
ANNOUNCING…Two new key staff members
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Karen Brock

Karen Brock

Karen Brock has a passion for protecting the environment and human health. Karen has been president of Oakvillegreen since 2011, a board member since 2010 and a volunteer with Ground Breakers, Oakvillegreen’s tree planting program, prior to that.

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Oakvillegreen Conservation Association (OCA) is excited to announce the addition of two key staff members to the OCA team. In keeping with the OCA’s 15-year track record of advocating to protect Oakville’s natural heritage and improving community sustainability, these two new positions will help us grow our organizational capacity, and extend our stewardship activities and educational programs.

Dr. Giuliana Casimirri has joined OCA as the new Executive Director. Giuliana 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. With this strong background and hands on experience, Giuliana will be a major advocate for the urban forest in Oakville. Most recently Giuliana has worked with the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club to initiate a neighbourhood tree inventory and woodlot stewardship program and build awareness of the need for stronger regulatory tools and strategic planning for tree and woodland conservation and enhancement.

Beatriz Gomez

Beatriz Gomez is joining OCA as the new Tree and Education Program Manager.

Beatriz Gomez is joining OCA as the new Tree and 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.

For the next two years Giuliana and Beatriz’ work will be supported through an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to coordinate OCA’s advocacy and education efforts, to encourage sustainable development, and enhance and build appreciation of Oakville’s trees and natural areas. Plans to develop a new backyard tree planting program and a schoolyard naturalization support program are also underway.

OCA is a non-profit, non-partisan environmental advocacy organization working to ensure Oakville becomes a healthy, resilient community.

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