Peterborough Organizing Committee

Steve Russell graduated from the University of Waterloo in Mechanical Engineering in 1968 and Management Sciences in 1969. He retired in 2008 having spent his entire career in health Information and Communication Technology (ICT). He worked across Canada and globally in Mexico, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. He witnessed first hand the impacts of climate change. He now volunteers with Age Friendly Peterborough (AFP), the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC)and the Peterborough Family Health Team (PFHT). He and Carol are proud parents of 6 children and 11 grandchildren. Steve is the treasurer of For Our Grandchildren (4RG),the local advocacy group to stop climate change. He is passionate about trees, health impacts and technology solutions.

Linda Slavin is retired from community organizing (social entrepreneurship, gender rights, anti-racism/colonialism, food security, anti poverty, environment and reconciliation) as well as international development through Trent, working 7 years in Mexico and Ecuador. She is a founding member of Sustainable Peterborough and sits on its Coordinating Committee and Food and Farming Working Group. She was a member of the Peterborough chapter of Project Ploughshares, working towards nuclear disarmament. She is a founder of the local Raging Grannies and ran for elected government office 5 times. Linda holds 6 awards for her work in community and international development. She enjoys cooking, reading, movies and walking.

Linda & Al Slavin

Alan Slavin is retired from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Trent University where he taught and did research on solid surfaces, with about 60 peer-reviewed papers. He holds teaching awards from Trent University, as well as provincial and national awards. He has worked in the past towards nuclear disarmament through the Peterborough branch of Project Ploughshares, and is a member of Science for Peace and Canadian Pugwash. He was on the steering committee that oversaw the development of the local Climate Change Action Plans, and is on the GHG Emission Data subcommittee of the Peterborough Environmental Advisory Committee. Al enjoys badminton, cross-country skiing, reading, and playing harmonica.

Alan and Linda are members of the climate activist groups For Our Grandchildren and the Peterborough Alliance for Climate Action.

 

John Harnett. Born in Cape Town and later education acquired in England. Became a social worker and worked for three years as a probation officer in London. In 1976 immigrated to Canada. Worked as a psychotherapist in a family service agency in Windsor, and later also worked in a hospital. Upon retirement moved to his present home south of Bancroft as he had become very attracted to the outdoor life – canoeing, hiking and Nordic skiing with a developing love of nature. He still works in Windsor once a month in a small private psychotherapy practice there. Became involved in Habitat for Humanity and has done six Builds – three in Canada and three in other countries.

In the last few years he has become very concerned about the Climate Emergency which has resulted in him joining For Our Grandchildren in 2019.

Guy Hanchet. Graduate of McGill University, B.Sc. Mathematics, 1972. Climate Reality leader trained by Al Gore in San Francisco in 2012, member of Citizens Climate Lobby since 2012, member of For Our Grandchildren National Steering Committee since 2009, Founder and Chair of the Peterborough Chapter of For Our Grandchildren, member of the Kawartha Loon Exchange Board of Governors, Co-Founder of Peterborough Leap Manifesto local chapter, participant in Peterborough Climate Change Action Plan Task Force. Guy has spoken many times on the topic of Climate change including as the warm up act for David Suzuki at the November 29, 2015 March for Climate Solutions in Ottawa before a crowd of 25,000.

Guy is driven to action by the need to answer his grandchildren when they ask “Grandpa, if you knew it was going to be so bad, why didn’t you do more?” He would like to be able to say “I did what I could.”

Drew Monkman. Drew Monkman is a graduate of Université Laval (B.A. Communications, 1976) and the University of Toronto (M.A. Education, 1992). He worked as a French Immersion teacher, until retiring in 2011. For over 20 years, Drew oversaw the development of a schoolyard naturalization project in Peterborough. Drew is a lifelong naturalist and writer whose nature column, “Our Changing Seasons,” appears regularly in the Peterborough Examiner. He is the author of three books, including Nature’s Year in the Kawarthas (2002) and Nature’s Year: Changing seasons in Central and Eastern Ontario (2012). Drew also co-authored “The Big Book of Nature Activities (2016) with Jacob Rodenburg. Drew also maintains a website (drewmonkman.com) where he posts past columns (500+), recent wildlife sightings, and information on climate change in the Kawarthas region of Ontario. Drew regularly leads wildlife walks and makes presentations on nature and climate change. He has been an active member of For Our Grandchildren since it began in Peterborough in 2013. Drew has also been involved with numerous other local environmental groups like Peterborough Pollinators, Peterborough Field Naturalists, and Pathway to Stewardship. In 2015, he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Trent University.

Drew has six grandchildren.

Kate Grierson is a graduate of Carleton University B. Eng. Lit/Sociology and Ottawa University B.Ed. and taught high school for over twenty years for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and The Trillium Lakelands School Board. Kate became a Climate Reality leader trained by Al Gore in Pittsburgh in 2017 and now provides presentations on the science of the climate crisis to the public. She also supports and engages in various environmental initiatives in both the Ottawa and Peterborough area. Kate is on the organizing committee of For Our Grandchildren as well as being on the organizing committee of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, Peterborough Chapter. This organization supports education for women and girls in Afghanistan.

Kate is an avid photographer having exhibited several times in the Spark Photography Festival; she spent six winters sailing the Antilles Islands with her husband and is a busy grandmother to six, who are her pride and joy.

Connie McCracken. New to our ‘For Our Grandchildren’, she became passionate about helping reverse climate change after the birth of her grandson.

Being plagued with many illnesses in her life, culminating in cancer, she spent many years learning how our minds and negative changes to our food and environment affect us. And has spent many years sharing how she recovered her health, hoping to help others. Now realizing how much climate change affects our health and so many other aspects of our lives, she hopes to be able to help educate people about the need to act now, for our children and grandchildren’s health. As there is ‘No planet B’.

She is the author of a children’s book “Indigo Boy & Crystalline Girl” which she wrote to help all children and their parents realize children are evolving and are all special. She was part of an anthology, “Courage under Siege: Adversity to Victory” to explain her journey to better health in the hopes of helping others. Her last book, “Nine Decades – Nine Lives: A Life in Pieces” tells the story of her father’s adventurous life and mentions some of the climate changes he lived through.

She has a background in Public Relations, working part of her time at Outboard Marine in the Public Relations Department. Leaving work to be a full time mother of two boys, she would later work again as an Executive Secretary/Assistant at Westdale United Church.

She has lived in Peterborough, Ontario her entire life and has been married for 46 years.

Other active members include:

  • Trish Campbell
  • Jan Laurie
  • David Morton
  • Patricia Morton
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