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Second generation Windsor changemaker

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The following blog post was written by Claire Ferris, an IMPACT! Youth Sustainability Training alumni.

In January of 2015, I was accepted into a new program called Windsor Essex Youth Advising City Councillors (WE-YACC). I was drawn to the program because I’d become interested in how Windsor’s municipal government worked and made decisions, plus I had a few ideas for the city of my own kicking around in my head. The purpose of WE-YACC was to bridge the gap between the city’s young people and…

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Taking IMPACT! Ideas Abroad

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The following blog post was written by Kristine Puzon, an IMPACT! Youth Sustainability Training alumni.

kristine puzon jtc profile picture.jpgI never thought of business as an avenue for advancing sustainability, but participating in IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training last year showed me what a powerful means this is to transforming our world. Since my participation in the program, I’ve seen my peers start green companies and raise awareness about environmentally friendly practices through sustainable products. (Shout out…

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Did you miss this interview with alumni Nikki Owens? Here it is again!

Tell us about yourself…

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Hello! My name is Nikki Owens and I’m 26 years old with a diploma in Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation from Lakeland College and a degree in Geography/Sociology from UBC. I am also currently pursuing a Master’s in Development Practice at the University of Waterloo. I love acro yoga, dogs, nature, travelling, drinking tea, reading, and binge watching Netflix.

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Sustainability on your skin

By Casey Shore

The following blog post was written by Kimiko Foster, an IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training alumni.

Two years ago, I started a business called Seeds of Change Workshops, which was an idea I developed at IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training. I’m an entrepreneur and an educator on toxic and non-toxic ingredients. Earlier this month I launched my second business, Miiko Skin Co., a natural skincare product line based on my knowledge of safe ingredients and principles of sustainability…

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Naturally Stepping Into Sustainability

By Casey Shore

NOVEMBER 23, 2015 - This weekend I was lucky enough to take part in this year’s IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training in Vancouver. This program is offered throughout Canada by the Natural Step and The Co-operators, which help develop youth leaders in sustainable development. Centering around a 3-day intensive workshop series; the program is designed to deepen existing knowledge on sustainability, while empowering participants to take direct action and champion positive change. It was an…

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Curbing CO2 Emissions with Lakewood Designs

By Casey Shore

This blog post was written by Andrew Hicks, IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training participant and founder of Lakewood Designs.

A couple years ago, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in the IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training in Ottawa. I have a passion for social change and environmental sustainability, so the IMPACT! training was a great place to bounce ideas off like-minded people and learn more about what it means to be sustainable. Going into the program, I was full…

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Minga Momentum

By Casey Shore

Guest blogger Amber Dyck share her story about how she integrated the knowledge learned from IMPACT! Champions into her local community...

In March, I had the great opportunity to go to the IMPACT! Sustainability Champion Training. I started the weekend without a concrete idea of an initiative to start, I had a couple of ideas, but nothing yet defined. The first day I floundered a bit, not knowing how to best utilize the information coming at me without a clear project in mind to direct it…

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How IMPACT! Made Me a Coffee Addict

By Casey Shore

As I stare into the dense jungle carrying a machete in my blister-worn hands, I begin to admire the many sprouting coffee seedlings, the (literal) fruits of my labour. It is my last day working in Santa Anita La Union, a coffee finca run by ex-guerilla combatants in Guatemala’s 36 year long war. This is one of the many eye-opening experiences I’ve had during my 40-day field course studying the coffee business in Guatemala.

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Only a year ago, when I was in full suit and tie attending a career…

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This blog post was written by Andrew Almack, 2 time IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training participant and Founder of Plastics for Change.
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Our journey started with a trip to Cambodia, a country with heart-wrenching levels of poverty and plastic pollution. Municipalities in this region struggle to manage basic necessities, let alone implement proper waste management systems. Cambodia is not unique in this regard. In developing nations throughout the world, waste management systems cannot…
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Anna Martin attended an IMPACT! Champions training session in the spring of 2015 and while she was there we captured a quick video about her amazing non-profit organization in Parry Sound.

Gumption: noun.
1. Initiative; resourcefulness
2. Courage; spunk; guts
3. Common sense; shrewdness.

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Mission: To mobilize, equip and empower individuals and communities with the resources, knowledge and structure they need to identify significant local health issues, determine…
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