LGL seeks to raise awareness of environmental issues and promote possible solutions through engaging and educating students, newcomers and other members of the community. LGL develops and implements programs and initiatives that promote sustainable practices within the community and provides opportunities for people to learn, get involved and foster an appreciation of their natural environment.
Preserve, Restore, Improve Links for Greener Learning (LGL) is committed to the preservation, restoration and improvement of the natural environment. Our goal is to instill and promote balance and sustainability in the relationship between humans and the environment.
Link and build relationships between education centres, newcomers, students, government, and community groups for mutual benefits. Encourage newcomers and students involvement within the community. Facilitate opportunities for newcomers and students to actively apply disciplinary knowledge and skills.
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Before coming to Canada from Colombia, Yaneth worked as an environmental lawyer for eight years an Environmental Organization. When arriving in Canada, With always having a passion for the environment and to further educate newcomers on environmental issues, she started a non-profit organization called Links for Greener Learning (LGL)
Monica Julieth Witvoet
Monica Witvoet is a Business Coach, Educator and Entrepreneur. She currently teaches entrepreneur workshops for immigrant women while running a successful e-commerce business, OSOhome, with her husband Chris.
Jenny Andrea Sanchez Alvarez
Jenny Andrea Sanchez Alvarez graduated with Business Accounting Diploma Niagara College in 2010. Her professional experience includes positions as Purchasing Assistant, Customer Service Representative and Administrative Support Staff at Core-Mark International from 2011 to 2013.
Holly has many passions, and first are her two boys, followed in equal parts by her passion for Niagara, giving back to the community, and her fantastic day-to-day role as Regional Manager of Business Banking Solutions at Meridian Credit Union. A lifelong resident of Niagara, dedicated to making her small world a better place for her children and enjoying everything Niagara has to offer while doing it.
As a professor of Environmental Management Post-Graduate Program at Niagara College, Katie Altoft is also a consultant for Carbonzero. Before joining Links for Greener Learning, Katie was the Director of Education for Earth Rangers and Project Manager for the Canadian Standards Association.
Erin is the Program Coordinator for the Niagara Community Garden Network and the Niagara West Community Gardens. Erin’s has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and is a Naturopathic Doctor and Herbalist. Her background includes teaching children, youth and adults about health and environmental studies.
Mike has a Double Major in Medical Science and Classical Studies from the University of Western Ontario. In 2014, at the age of 24, Mike was elected as the youngest City Councillor in St Catharines history. Mike now fills his time with property management, political consulting, and is involved in many community groups. He sits on the board of Crime Stoppers Niagara, The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 24, the Royal Niagara Naval Association, the Facer District Merchants and Residents Association, and is President of the Rotaract Niagara Club. He is an active volunteer with Central Community Church and Habitat for Humanity Niagara, and is a member of the St Catharines Rotary Club, the United Way of Niagara’s GenNext Cabinet, Seymour Masonic Lodge, the Royal Niagara Military Institute, and Junior Chamber International (JCI) St. Catharines
Ana has a Master’s in Education from Niagara University and a postgraduate diploma in Fundraising and Volunteer Management from Humber College. She has extensive experience in building community and corporate relationships, event planning and managing volunteers. She works with the fund development team to steward donors and build community relations at Habitat for Humanity Niagara. Ana is passionate about using her skills in education and development to make a difference in the community.
Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre - is a community based non-profit charitable organization whose team of professional
staff and volunteers provide vital settlement services to newcomers as they strive to create a rewarding new life in Canada.
Niagara College - Language Training Programs Workforce & Business development and Environmental Management &
Assessment Program-NC recognizes the difficulties many newcomers face upon arrival in Canada. They offer to arrange
programs and services that will help newcomers find the work and education that is right for everyone.
Brock University-DIG - Develop Integrate and Grow- exists as an outlet for alternative environmental education and action at
Brock through the production of local food on campus. As a community initiative, it supports learning through personal
experiences and teamwork.
Niagara Region - Water & Wastewater Services Division and Waste Management Services
YMCA of Niagara - Niagara-Employment and Newcomer Services
Small Scale Farms – Niagara Farm Project - The Niagara Farm Project is a “for community profit,” agricultural
organization established for the purpose of promoting interest in local sustainable farming practices and collaborating and
building a more locally based, self-reliant food economy.
Acer-Association for Canadian Educational Resources - Building an army of citizen scientists who can monitor, measure,
mitigate and adapt to the local impact of climate change in their own communities.
Open Arms Mission - A volunteer-driven organization, meeting the Physical and Spiritual needs of those in our