arboriculture, Community, Engagement, Research, Uncategorized, urban forestry

Lived Experience, Essential Narratives, Part 1: How Stories from Urban Foresters and Arborists Can Inform Our Field at Large

As published in City Trees, September/October 2021 issue. Modified excerpt from the author’s PhD dissertation, Learning from Limbwalkers: Arborists’ Stories in Southern Ontario’s Urban Forests (Bardekjian, 2015). My background is rooted in English literature, creative writing, anthropology, and forest conservation. Throughout my studies, much of my experience and training focused on creative, applied, and technical… Continue reading Lived Experience, Essential Narratives, Part 1: How Stories from Urban Foresters and Arborists Can Inform Our Field at Large

Collaboration, Community, Engagement, Partnerships, Research, Uncategorized, urban forestry

Considering Diversity, Social Inclusion, and Equity through Urban Forest Collaborations

As published on Tree Canada's blog, June 8, 2021. At Tree Canada we do more than plant trees. A tree alone does not build a community simply by its presence; however, a community can be built around a tree when people are mobilized and engaged in various ways, and on multiple levels. In the past… Continue reading Considering Diversity, Social Inclusion, and Equity through Urban Forest Collaborations

Partnerships, Research, Uncategorized, urban forestry, Women

Where Women Choose to Walk: Paths to Improving Cities and Nature

Edited version published on Tree Canada website on March 2, 2021 “Boy, I’m sure glad I’m not your husband.”  I remember my mind racing over the last few minutes of the discussion at an event I was leading, and thinking about what, if anything, I had said or done, to warrant such an inappropriate comment.… Continue reading Where Women Choose to Walk: Paths to Improving Cities and Nature

arboriculture, Research, Uncategorized, urban forestry

Beyond Trees: Engagement and Research at Tree Canada

To commemorate my last day before starting my maternity leave, I wanted to follow-up on my article from May 2018, Over the Years We Grow: National Scale Progress in Engagement and Research at Tree Canada. Over the past year, we have accomplished several exciting projects within the Engagement and Research pillar of programs at Tree Canada. If… Continue reading Beyond Trees: Engagement and Research at Tree Canada

Research, Uncategorized, urban forestry

Recipe for Evolving Leadership: Seven Key Ingredients

Earlier this year, I was invited by TELUS in Montreal, QC, to share my professional journey and research initiatives at their Women’s Leadership event to an engaged audience of past winners of TELUS’ CHLOE Awards for Leadership Excellence, Emerging Leaders, Champions of Diversity and Community Engagement. Part of this presentation was to share lessons on… Continue reading Recipe for Evolving Leadership: Seven Key Ingredients