TRCA’s Annual Professional Development Day

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Professional Development Day! Applications for sessions, speakers and workshop leaders for 2019 are coming soon! Please check back here if you are interested. 

A look back at this year’s event…

Voices of Our Region: the Loud, the Unheard and Everyone in Between
When: September 13, 2018; 8:30am – 4pm
Where: Black Creek Pioneer Village

Keynote: Tara Zupanic, Director, Habitus Research, The Nature of our Cities: the role of green spaces in supporting healthy, resilient, equitable communities

2018 Schedule and Sessions

About this years keynote

The 2018 PD Committee is thrilled and excited to host Tara Zupanic as our keynote speaker this year! Here is a bit more about Tara:

Tara is the Director of Habitus Research where she works both locally and internationally to advance equity in environmental health and climate change policy. For over 15 years, Tara has focused on the relationship between the environment and human health with an emphasis on disadvantaged communities and child wellbeing. Her recent reports for the David Suzuki Foundation and Toronto Public Health, in collaboration with EcoHealth Ontario, led to the Toronto Board of Health’s recommendation to significantly increase the city’s urban green space, particularly in historically under-served neighbourhoods. Tara is co-founder of the Centre for Environmental Health Equity, based at Queen’s University, where she served as Associate Director. Tara holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. She lives on a small farm in Caledon with her family, and a growing gang of rescue pets.

About TRCA’s Annual Professional Development Day

The largest event in Ontario for experiential educators and environmental professionals to meet, grow and reconnect with our professional purpose.

Once a year in September, as school classrooms are settling in for a new year, TRCA invites experiential educators and environmental professionals from Toronto and the GTA to join in on a day of learning, reflection and growth. Together, they hone their skills, expand their horizons, share their experiences and reconnect with why they entered into their industry in the first place – to protect, connect with and nourish our environment and through education, empower residents from our shared communities to do the same.

Looking Back at 2017

PD Day 2017 Keynote Speakers

It is with great excitement and honour that the PD Day 2017 Committee announces our dynamic keynote speakers Professors Pascal Murphy and Sarah Jean Harrison, Ryerson University, Co-founders of Peace Flag House.

Join us to kick off the day with positivity and inspiration as Pascal and Sarah Jean share their keynote address Adventures in Creating Positive Social Change.

More on Pascal Murphy and Sarah Jean Harrison

Sarah Jean Harrison

Sarah Jean Harrison is a social justice activist, educator, publicist and digital storyteller that believes in the power of a good story to change the world. She holds a BAH in Women’s Studies and a Masters in Environmental Studies. Sarah Jean has been an educator in the fields of social and environmental justice for over 12 years and is currently an Instructor at Ryerson University where she teaches on homelessness and poverty. Her educational approach draws upon the work of Paulo Freire and Popular Education, focusing on the notion of praxis – combining theory with practical action. Sarah Jean applies her educational approach to developing strategic communications for ethical and sustainable non-profits, businesses and lifestyle brands at Peace Flag House, a community-orientated creative agency she co-founded in Toronto, Ontario that focuses on cultivating positive social and environmental change.

Pascal Murphy

Pascal is an award winning Instructor at Ryerson University who teaches in the areas of Homelessness, Disasters and Social and Environmental Justice. He was critical in the creation of the Social Justice and Peace Studies program at King’s University College at The University of Western Ontario and completed his degree in this program in 2004, followed by a Masters in Environmental Studies at York University in 2009. Today, Pascal is Board President for St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society, one of Toronto’s largest non-governmental/non-profit affordable and supportive housing providers. Pascal is a passionate advocate for social justice, a vocal advocate for the LGBTQ2S+ community and co-founder of Peace Flag House, a community-orientated creative agency in Toronto, Ontario focused on cultivating positive social and environmental change.

Take a look back at previous events with this video: