BCSEA Team Members
Melanie Lazelle, Cool It! Program Manager
Melanie is lucky enough to call Squamish, BC, her home, where she is honoured to live amongst the giant mountains and beautiful forests of the unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh nation. A sustainability project manager with a Master of International Development and experience across sectors and countries on a range of international development, social innovation, and education projects, Melanie loves community-building and creative sustainability education and seeing our elementary and high school students taking action throughout their lives.
Fergus Kinnaird, Cool It! Program Manager
Fergus has a background in environmental economics, climate change campaigning, and community organizing. Originally from Melbourne, Australia - Fergus moved to Vancouver in January 2020 to get closer to snowy mountains and BC's beautiful wilderness while continuing a career in environmental advocacy. Before moving to Canada, Fergus worked as an environmental economist and campaigner at the Australian Conservation Foundation, Australia's national environmental organization. In 2018, Fergus co-founded a not-for-profit community organization called Shift Australia that builds the skills, confidence, and capacity of young Australians to engage in democratic and civic processes. Fergus is passionate about helping others find their voice and gain the confidence to get active on issues that matter to them.
Manion Gartside, Cool It! Environmental Educator
Manon has been with the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) since 2006 and has been teaching its Cool It! Climate Leadership Training (previously Climate Change Showdown) workshops to students since the beginning. She has taught over 650 workshops and reached over 16,000 students and their families, providing them with strategies to reduce their energy consumption. Manon has a life-long passion for nature, sustainability and climate science and has been involved in numerous environmental organizations. She has a BSc in Earth Sciences, an MSc in Environmental Geochemistry and a Certificate in Permaculture Design.
Jen Fischer, Cool It! Environmental Education Program Officer
Jen Fischer is BCSEA’s Environmental Education Program Officer. An original Vancouverite who relishes being in nature with her beagle, Argyle. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Ryerson University (Toronto), in Environment and Urban Sustainability and a Master of Education from the UBC in Education for Sustainability. She is an Organic Masters Gardener (Gaia College), an Al Gore certified Corps Climate Leader, and was a 2017 SFU, RADIUS Fellow in Radical Doing. Jen is currently an SFU teacher’s candidate and has been working with children for over 10 years using farming as an educational modality. She is passionate about the intersection of climate education, civic engagement, and urban nature.
Laura Bamsey, Cool It! Environmental Educator
Laura is a leader in sustainability and environmental education for youth and adults, with over 10 years of experience in non-profit management, community based program development and facilitation. Laura is passionate about supporting youth to be empowered to take action in their communities and has done this through developing and facilitating workshops on energy and water conservation, zero-waste, food sovereignty with Outdoor education schools, the Katimavik Program, the Destination Conservation Program and Metro Vancouver's Youth 4 Action Program. She co-Directed the Elements Society, working with 12 districts across Alberta and BC to support sustainability action in schools. In 2007, she supported the administration of BCSEA's Climate Change Showdown (now Cool it!) Program and is excited to be back facilitating Climate Leadership Training across the Lower Mainland.
Cyndi Jarvis, Manager Provincial Administration
Cyndi, originally from Calgary settled in British Columbia several years ago. She has many years of experience working in the non profit sector, both in Administrative and Human Resource positions.Cyndi joined the BCSEA in 2018 and is excited to be part of this organization!