Green Goals is only possible with the amazing Eco Warriors who are working throughout the Milton community to bring greater attention to the sustainable living efforts of Milton and the Halton Region. The following contributors have offered valuable information that continues to help our region better understand how and where we can combat and adapt to our changing environment. Be sure to follow the link on their bio to learn more about their professional accomplishments and projects.
Ashley Raza grew up in Milton, Ontario and left in 2000 to study at the University of Guelph. There, she earned her Honours History Degree before departing for Queensland Australia to complete her Master of Teaching at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. While in Australia, Ashley paid attention to the environmental issues and messages that the country was sending its citizens. Between her studies, Ashley visited the Numinbah Valley Environmental Education Centre and learned about the important initiatives the state was making to teach environmental awareness to students. Her passion for environmental awareness was sparked from these independent learning initiatives and her future classroom lessons brought attention to the changing climate wherever the curriculum allowed it.
Ashley has over ten years of teaching experience in all grade levels from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and is working on making her next classroom a low waste learning experience. With ten Additional Qualifications completed that range from Intermediate History, Reading Part One, Math Specialist and Special Education Specialist, she also has a strong understanding of how to implement technology in the classroom as a low waste tool.
From 2014-2018, Ashley volunteered for the Guelph and District Multicultural Festival and was on the Board of Directors from 2016-2018 to run the social media accounts, schedule the main stage performances and co-organize two annual fashion show fundraisers.
In February 2018, Ashley started Green Goals on instagram as a public platform to discuss ways that the individual can make changes in their homes to reduce their plastic and carbon emissions. Since then, Green Goals launched a website and Facebook page to share important knowledge about our changing climate and steps that have been taken on a local, and global level. This platform also provides the community with information on businesses who are working on reducing their waste. Visitors who interact with this site have access to resources that offer options that can fit any lifestyle. Anyone who wants to support sustainably minded businesses in the region can find them through the Green Goals platform.
Eleanor Hayward grew up in Milton Ontario. Studying Social Sciences at McMaster University Hamilton for the past three years, she is particularly interested in Social Psychology and Political Science, motivated in service of her community with sustainable solutions to enhance the health of people and our ecosystem. She is a successful mature student, recognized with a part-time student award her first year.
Serving as past-president and current social media volunteer with MiltonGreen Environmental Association Inc., Eleanor is a co-founding member since 2006. Having operated as a registered not-for-profit since 2012, MiltonGreen has successfully led and participated in numerous projects and events for public education, empowerment & engagement with Eleanor’s community service:
-Advocated Halton Region to implement the Green Cart organics compost program over an Energy From Waste incinerator to extend the life of the waste management landfill site on Hwy 25 towards zero waste
-Encouraged Milton Town Council to pledge support of the Blue Dot Movement
-Partnered on a Monarch Waystation pollinator garden installation at the Italian Canadian Club of Milton
-Waste diversion (Blue & Green bin) efforts at many public town events including Milton Fall Fair, Milton Canada Day & Downtown Street Festival-Hosted North Halton Green Drinks for social networking around sustainable solutions
-Co-hosted Halton Green Screens for film screening events
Eleanor’s leadership has been inspired by program achievement and volunteer board experience with Toastmasters International, earning Competent Communicator and Leadership designations; critical practice in terms of gaining communication with leadership skill development for public speaking confidence, and introduction to parliamentary procedure. She has volunteered as a citizen representative for Milton on the Joint Municipal Regional Waste Management Committee for one term.
A regulated health professional for sixteen years, Eleanor practices Registered Massage Therapy as a sole-proprietor business woman in Halton, with passion for healing and connecting. Dynamic Balance Holistic Healing is registered with the province, currently operating from Be Yoga & Wellness in Burlington.
Eleanor works tirelessly to bring awareness of the current climate crisis that Halton Region and the globe is facing. Her contributions to Green Goals have helped to connect the eco-conscious Milton community together, building on collaborative opportunities that are evolving every day. Eleanor has an open personality, welcoming anyone who is passionate about discussing and sharing the message of sustainable living personally or professionally. Eleanor is one of Milton's strongest Eco-Warriors who demonstrates outstanding leadership among the sustainable living community and we're grateful for her support!
Eleanor was honoured to represent the Green Party of Ontario as Milton’s candidate in 2018 and has recently been invited to the Shadow Cabinet as Critic on Women’s Issues. She is driven to pursue political service this 2019 federal election. Visit her platform website below to understand how she wants to improve Canada's environmental policy in the Halton Region.
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