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On selling our house: rethinking priorities

Our friends and family were shocked when we told them we’re selling our house only two years after buying it. We moved from a two bedroom condo to a four+ bedroom house in the hopes of entertaining more, hosting out-of-town family, perhaps starting a family of our own - basically a full house, like a… Continue reading On selling our house: rethinking priorities

Research, Uncategorized, urban forestry

Over the Years We Grow: National Scale Progress in Engagement and Research at Tree Canada

Originally published on The Nature of Cities: May 8, 2018 Over the past four years in leading the Engagement and Research portfolio at Tree Canada, I have had the opportunity to watch the organization grow, contribute to designing programs that move beyond tree planting efforts, and to create a network of knowledge sharing for Canada’s urban… Continue reading Over the Years We Grow: National Scale Progress in Engagement and Research at Tree Canada

arboriculture, Research, urban forestry

Inspiring communities and influencing change: Towards a deeper understanding of arborist roles

Last week at the International Society of Arboriculture Ontario Chapter (ISAO) Annual Conference in Huntsville, Ontario, I had the opportunity to present my two sociological research studies to over 550 delegates: First, an overview of findings from my doctoral work about arborist perspectives on language, labour, agency and education in southern Ontario; and, second, the preliminary… Continue reading Inspiring communities and influencing change: Towards a deeper understanding of arborist roles

Research, Travel, urban forestry

Diversity in urban forestry

This past week I had the opportunity to participate in the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) International Round table workshop and pubic event called, “Do Rainbows Come in Green? Urban Forests and Multicultural Citizenship”. The three-day workshop was coordinated by Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, and held in Vancouver at the University… Continue reading Diversity in urban forestry

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Look More Closely, Think More Deeply: Experiences from the 2017 US Forest Service International Urban Forestry Seminar

As published on The Nature of Cities: July 23, 2017 One adage I want to share after finishing the US Forest Service Inaugural International Urban Forestry Seminar is: look more closely, think more deeply. This was something that one of the presenters said to us on our first day in Chicago and it stuck with me… Continue reading Look More Closely, Think More Deeply: Experiences from the 2017 US Forest Service International Urban Forestry Seminar

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Women in Trees: Sharing Experiences and Lessons Learned

When Fleming College Professor of Urban Forestry, Katrina Van Osch-Saxon, first asked me to speak at the one-day Women in Trees Conference and Awareness Day on Earth Day 2017, I didn’t know what to expect or what I could offer. When I first started my career in urban forestry I often found myself surrounded mostly… Continue reading Women in Trees: Sharing Experiences and Lessons Learned