Since 2014, we have led the effort to reduce the impacts of litter on the environment, economy, and people.

 

Our Mission

A Greener Future works hand-in-hand with local communities to promote environmental preservation through organized litter cleanups, educational programs, and events. Our expanding family of volunteers are committed to creating a clean, healthy environment that can be sustained for generations.


OUR STAFF

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Rochelle Byrne

Executive Director/Founder

Rochelle founded A Greener Future in 2014 after coordinating a shoreline cleanup in her community and deciding that one cleanup per year just wasn't enough. The experience of picking up garbage eventually led her towards the zero waste movement. She lives a waste-free lifestyle with her husband, Mike, and 3 year old son Linden.

Rochelle has completed eight years of environmental post secondary education and has held several employment positions related to environmental education at Fleming College, the Riverview Park and Zoo, and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. Rochelle is the 2017 Environment Award recipient for the City of Pickering.

 
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Chelsea Brash

Communications Intern

Chelsea is a nature photographer, travel enthusiast, and lifelong lover of our planet. From creating videos for an animal welfare project, to walking dogs, to guiding interpretive tours at a nature centre in the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica, her work history is somewhat eclectic. Whatever the project, she tries to instill compassion for the Earth and all living things in everything she does.

Chelsea studied Environmental Visual Communication at Fleming College and the Royal Ontario Museum. Using the skills learned through this program, she hopes to tell engaging stories about the work A Greener Future does, in order to educate and inspire people about waste-free living.

 

Our Board

Denisa Mertiri  Denisa is a lawyer who provides strategic advice to clients in the environmental space. The sea was Denisa's first love, having spent many of her childhood summers on the shores of Albania's Adriatic and Ionian seas. She developed an interest in marine conservation after witnessing the effects of climate change, development, overfishing and plastic pollution in the various regions where she has recreationally dived. Her mission is to support and strengthen other organizations and individuals working to create a cleaner and healthier environment.

Denisa Mertiri

Denisa is a lawyer who provides strategic advice to clients in the environmental space. The sea was Denisa's first love, having spent many of her childhood summers on the shores of Albania's Adriatic and Ionian seas. She developed an interest in marine conservation after witnessing the effects of climate change, development, overfishing and plastic pollution in the various regions where she has recreationally dived. Her mission is to support and strengthen other organizations and individuals working to create a cleaner and healthier environment.

Ariel Archibald  Ariel has been involved with A Greener Future from the very beginning. As A Greener Future grows so does her ever evolving role in our projects.  Ariel works at Yamchops in Toronto, it's a vegetarian butcher shop on College Street. You should stop by and say hello if you're in her area! She has been vegan for four years and was a vegetarian prior to that. She is an animal activist and cares "a whole awful lot" about the environment.

Ariel Archibald

Ariel has been involved with A Greener Future from the very beginning. As A Greener Future grows so does her ever evolving role in our projects.

Ariel works at Yamchops in Toronto, it's a vegetarian butcher shop on College Street. You should stop by and say hello if you're in her area! She has been vegan for four years and was a vegetarian prior to that. She is an animal activist and cares "a whole awful lot" about the environment.

Jessie Black  Jessie has played the piano her entire life, and just recently made the decision to make music her full time career. She is a recent graduate, earning a diploma in Music, and spent the summer working as a pit musician.  Jessie decided to get involved with A Greener Future because she loves what the organization is doing for the planet. She is a raw vegan, with a passion for health and nutrition, and consciously chooses to eat this way to help protect animals and reduce her impact on the planet.

Jessie Black

Jessie has played the piano her entire life, and just recently made the decision to make music her full time career. She is a recent graduate, earning a diploma in Music, and spent the summer working as a pit musician.

Jessie decided to get involved with A Greener Future because she loves what the organization is doing for the planet. She is a raw vegan, with a passion for health and nutrition, and consciously chooses to eat this way to help protect animals and reduce her impact on the planet.

Julie Taylor  Julie is a graduate of Humber College’s Bachelor of Creative Advertising program. She currently works at Drive Auto Group as a Digital Marketing Specialist and assists in managing dealership websites. She has always had an environmental interest and decided to join A Greener Future to expand her knowledge and brighten the futures of the people around her.  Julie grew up on a farm and spent her whole life loving animals of all shapes and sizes. She also loves to travel and can’t help but notice the different communities around the globe that could use more knowledge on the importance of litter cleanups.

Julie Taylor

Julie is a graduate of Humber College’s Bachelor of Creative Advertising program. She currently works at Drive Auto Group as a Digital Marketing Specialist and assists in managing dealership websites. She has always had an environmental interest and decided to join A Greener Future to expand her knowledge and brighten the futures of the people around her.

Julie grew up on a farm and spent her whole life loving animals of all shapes and sizes. She also loves to travel and can’t help but notice the different communities around the globe that could use more knowledge on the importance of litter cleanups.

Connor Brown  Connor is a Fleming College graduate from the Business Administration/Marketing program. He is currently working at Canada Cutlery Inc. as their Marketing Coordinator. He decided to get involved with A Greener Future to better educate himself and others on the importance of the environment.  Outside of work Connor has a keen interest in music and likes to think of himself as somewhat of a young John Lennon. Of course he had a ton of time to practice his guitar while growing up in the boonies.

Connor Brown

Connor is a Fleming College graduate from the Business Administration/Marketing program. He is currently working at Canada Cutlery Inc. as their Marketing Coordinator. He decided to get involved with A Greener Future to better educate himself and others on the importance of the environment.

Outside of work Connor has a keen interest in music and likes to think of himself as somewhat of a young John Lennon. Of course he had a ton of time to practice his guitar while growing up in the boonies.

Nicole Gilkes  Nicole has been working full time in education for the past seven years, she holds a diploma in International Trade and is a lifelong learner taking part-time courses in her spare time. She has a passion for the environment, is curious and enjoys learning new things, especially new ways to reduce waste and reuse items. She loves the outdoors and does her part to protect it by participating in community cleanups and collecting litter on her own.  Nicole is well travelled, she loves seeing new places and learning about new cultures. She is also newly married and loves spending time with her family and exploring with her two boxer dogs.

Nicole Gilkes

Nicole has been working full time in education for the past seven years, she holds a diploma in International Trade and is a lifelong learner taking part-time courses in her spare time. She has a passion for the environment, is curious and enjoys learning new things, especially new ways to reduce waste and reuse items. She loves the outdoors and does her part to protect it by participating in community cleanups and collecting litter on her own.

Nicole is well travelled, she loves seeing new places and learning about new cultures. She is also newly married and loves spending time with her family and exploring with her two boxer dogs.