Header photo credit: Marg O’Reilly
The future of the planet and a healthy future for our three granddaughters got me involved in the issues and calls to action about climate control. I’m learning a lot having moved recently to Stratford. Being involved in local action impacting a global issue is fascinating, challenging, fun, and a great way to make new friends (who generously offer their trade secrets and wisdom!). No plastic straws at our house and we are making our own yogurt. Well, it’s a start!!
Christy Bertrand moved to Stratford in 2009 and has been the chair of Perth County Greenworks, a member of the city’s Energy & Environment Committee, and is now the President-Elect of Festival City Rotary. Having spent most of her career in print media and theatre, she migrated across Canada, wherever opportunity presented itself. Having experienced life in the city, in the forest, by the ocean, and on the farm, Christy enjoys learning about all the ecosystems wherever she goes, and finds it interesting how these systems affect the life that lives within them. Climate Momentum for survival.
Anne has a long history of volunteering for social justice and environmental causes. She grew up not far from Perth County and has lived in Stratford since 2013. She volunteers with CFUW Stratford, Amnesty International Stratford, and the Alzheimer Society of Perth. Climate momentum for the love of nature, community, and the future!
Emily was born and raised in Stratford and happily moved back here after receiving her Master’s in Environment from the University of Waterloo. She worked in the food tourism sector for several years before returning to school once again in 2017 and receiving her Environmental Management and Assessment certificate from Niagara College. She is currently employed at the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and is Chair of the City of Stratford’s Energy and Environment Committee.
Laura Cudworth has a master’s degree in journalism from Western University and worked as a reporter at The Stratford Beacon Herald for close to 15 years. She now teaches writing at Conestoga College to a diverse group of students. She is currently pursuing certification in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). This spring she will embrace the dandelions on her lawn as a food source for bees. Climate Momentum for all things wild and wonderful.
I’m incredibly fortunate to have lived and worked in Stratford for the past 25 years. More than anything I want to be part of a community that’s committed to the well-being of our world. Now that I’ve been blessed with grandchildren, I’m deeply concerned for them and the world they’re inheriting. It’s for the love of them and the planet that I’m part of Climate Momentum.
Don is an experienced broadcaster and writer who spent the bulk of his career working in Toronto radio before moving to Stratford in 2013. He is Board President of the Perth County Alzheimer Society and believes positive climate momentum begins in one’s own community.
Having a deep admiration and gratitude for nature, Mother Earth, all
elements and forms, I thought I was respecting The Universe by being an
avid recycler and reuser, until watching “A Plastic Ocean.” This documentary
has changed life forever. I now realize that we need to turn Reduce,
Reuse, Recycle to Eliminate, Extend, Evolve! Let’s Experiment, be
financially Efficient and Excited! Raising awareness, providing resources
and giving examples is key in leading the way in what may feel like an
overwhelming time. Spreading gratitude, unconditional love, hope, and
forgiveness is life changing. We are All One, so when one person
transforms, we all transform. Bring it ONTario!!
Marg (Mary Margaret) O’Reilly
Marg has enjoyed Stratford as her home for a number of years. Photography has become one of her “empty nest” hobbies. A favourite subject has been the beauty of nature in and around Stratford, so preserving our environment is a priority for her. Climate momentum for the love of all life!
One of the gifts of retirement is time. Time, as precious as money, can be donated to a cause and, for me, there is no greater cause than climate momentum and no better avenue than writing. Climate momentum for the love of this once pristine paradise and the young people who inherit it.
Larke spent 30 years as a reporter and editor for The Stratford Beacon Herald. Also an avid gardener, she’s deeply concerned about our environment and wants to do all she can to protect it. Climate momentum for the love of our planet.