ALUS adds three new positions to its national team to increase support for farmers and ranchers committed to delivering valuable ecological goods and services in their communities
Agricultural landowners across the country are increasingly taking the lead in delivering nature-based solutions to our most pressing environmental problems. To foster, recognize and support their efforts, ALUS continues to grow its national team, adding three new positions to facilitate the delivery of technical and financial support to farmers and ranchers committed to creating, managing and maintaining resilient landscapes that deliver vital ecological goods and services. Meet the three newest members of the ALUS national team who will help ensure existing and new communities and participants have the tools and support they need to succeed.
Jennifer joins the ALUS team from Montérégie in Quebec as its new Eastern Hub Manager and brings experience from the municipal and private sectors. Her experience has primarily been in the environmental field, where she focused on urban forestry and contaminated soils and groundwater.
“I’m excited to work at ALUS because concrete actions are being made today to better the environment. Having a job where I can make a positive impact on the environment and help communities on the ground is very motivating for me.”
Jennifer obtained her B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences at Concordia University in Montreal and has experience in the construction industry.
Calantha funnels her passion for words and the wild outdoors into crafting creative content and behaviour change marketing strategy to inspire on-the-ground action for environmental resilience and social good. Prior to joining ALUS as Project Manager, Communications and Events, she worked for an Ontario conservation authority developing and delivering private land stewardship marketing and outreach strategies.
“We all extract value from the natural environment, but many of us lack the tools to sufficiently pay for what we take. Agricultural landowners are uniquely positioned to restore and regenerate vital ecosystem services. I’m excited to join an organization that both recognizes and supports their efforts technically and financially.”
Calantha has also owned her own artisan bakery and has been involved in supporting and promoting local culinary and agri-tourism initiatives. When not deep in the words, you’ll find her deep in the woods running trails. She’s currently based in Wellington County, Ontario.
An avid environmentalist, Firas holds the conservation of nature as a driving moral force. His studies have taken him across Canada and as far as the Ecuadorean Rainforest, where he witnessed firsthand the value of community-driven conservation in at-risk areas. As Program Manager for New Acre Project, he aims to build meaningful connections with organizations looking to impart some good on the planet.
“As an environmentalist and outdoorsman, I’m always looking for every opportunity to impart some good on the planet. I’m eager to join a group of likeminded individuals actively working to enact positive change for all.”
Firas enjoys being outdoors in any capacity including camping, cycling, and swimming.
The growth of ALUS speaks to the capacity of the farm community to build environmental resilience for more sustainable communities. As the leading not-for-profit charity in its field, ALUS expects to continue to grow its team and welcome new communities in the coming months. Stay up to date with ALUS news. Subscribe to The Post, our quarterly e-newsletter.