NatureHood and Health e-Dialogue

Tuesday, December 11th from 10:00 am - 11:30 am PST / 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST

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Join long time environmental advocates, researchers and a horticulturist as they share their experiences and thoughts on what we need to do to protect life as we now know it on the planet. This was a wide-ranging discussion on connecting the dots between nature and health. We wanted to explore leading a virtual conversation between four friends about their work on the environment for the environment. We also want to see whether or not an informal one-off e-conversation would be interesting to e-audiences."Listen in" on our e-Dialogue forum as these four discuss what they are fighting for, what sustains them personally, as well as their fears and hopes for the future. Visit Nature Canada to learn more about their NatureHood Program.


Paul Allison

PAUL ALLISON is the supervisor of gardens and grounds at Royal Roads University. He is originally from Cornwall, England and is passionate about nurturing people and communities to help them grow and thrive. After graduating from Cannington College in Somerset, England he worked on the design and construction of a large private garden and estate in Wiltshire. When completed, he went to work at Oxford University Botanical Gardens. Paul immigrated to Canada in the early 1980’s and started to pioneer and explore the relationship between people and plants and to help improve people’s lives one garden at a time. Paul is said to have the hands of a gardener, the mind of a scientist and the vision of an artist, all firmly rooted in the heart of a naturalist. He enjoys researching, teaching and sharing his passion for the health benefits of horticulture and has lectured extensively in North America, Asia, and Europe.


Ann Dale

DR. ANN DALE, held a Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development (2004-2014) at Royal Roads University, School of Environment and Sustainability. A former Trudeau Fellow Alumna (2004), she is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Science, chairs the Canadian Consortium for Sustainable Development Research (CCSDR), a Board Member of the World Fisheries Trust and the founder of the National Environmental Treasure (the NET). Her current research interests include governance, social capital and agency, biodiversity conservation, place-based and virtual sustainable communities. She is a recipient of the 2001 Policy Research Initiative Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Policy for her book, At the edge: sustainable development in the 21st century. Professor Dale is actively experimenting with research dissemination and social media.


Sharolyn Mathieu Vettese

DR. LESLIE KING is program head of the Master of Arts and Master of Science in Environmental Practice programs and the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice programs at Royal Roads University. She directs the Canadian Centre for Environmental Education in partnership with ECO Canada. Her research in Africa and the Arctic spans the topics of protected areas, poverty reduction, sustainable healthy communities, arctic sustainability indicators, aboriginal resource management, traditional ecological knowledge, and environmental governance. She has served on the Boards of many environmental, and community organizations as well as previously serving as Vice President, Academic at Vancouver Island University, Founding Dean of the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources at the University of Manitoba and the Founding Chair of the Environmental Program at the University of Northern British Columbia.


Bob Peart

BOB PEART is a biologist and educator as well as the Board Chair of Nature Canada. He has worked in the fields of parks management, land use planning and environmental education for nearly 40 years with government, the non-profit sector and as a self-employed consultant. Previously Bob has worked for Sierra Club BC, Parks Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Service, the BC Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, the BC Outdoor Recreation Council, the Royal BC Museum and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-BC Chapter. Bob has volunteered for numerous organizations related to these fields, such as the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative and the Grasslands Conservation Council of BC. In recognition of his work and volunteer contributions Bob has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the J.B. Harkin Conservation Medal.