Kirstin was born and raised in rural Ontario on the lands of the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations of the Grand River that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River. She spends most of her days off outside. Whether she’s climbing, skiing, hiking, gardening, or hanging out at the beach, as long as she’s outside she’s probably smiling!
Kirstin has a bachelor’s in Global and International Studies from Carleton University. She’s also halfway through a master’s degree in Community Engagement, Social Change, and Equity from the University of British Columbia. Her thesis studies the role that unions could play in climate change activism through a participatory action research project, where she is advocating alongside Kelowna’s transit union for better public transportation.
She believes that the key to climate action lies in helping one another meet our shared basic needs, like food, housing, and transportation. An equitable and transformative environmental movement will ensure everyone has what they need, without barriers, while we also live in harmony with the natural world around us.
As the farmland committee organizer, Kirstin is excited for the opportunity to support farmers who are working to rebuild our food systems. Working with both the Sierra Club BC and the National Farmers Union is a unique and exciting mission, and she’s ready to dive in!