About Relay

About Relay

A Canadian charity delivering hands-on quality programming about renewable energy, conservation, climate change and green careers.

Relay delivers renewable energy and environmental education programs in classrooms and communities. Relay is creating systemic change for a greener future and fostering the next generation of green energy leaders. We engaged more than 12,700 students and adults last school year during the pandemic.

Our Mission

Educate, inspire and assist individuals and communities in building a 100% renewable energy future.

Our Vision

A healthy, prosperous planet led by informed people and powered by renewable energy sources.

We Value

  • Sparking interest, innovation and creative problem-solving
  • Diversity in perspectives and participation
  • Environmental stewardship and climate change mitigation
  • Hands-on learning and teaching
  • Collaborative partnerships and co-learning for program design and delivery
  • Celebrating successes; and
  • Having fun while making a positive impact!

 


Annual Reports

Find out more about what Relay does and how we do it with the help of supporters and funders.

Click on the link below to open up a pdf copy of Relay Education’s latest annual report.

Relay-AnnualReport-2021-FINAL

                

 

Meet our Staff

Our team shares a unified passion for sustainability and commitment to education. We drive the organization forward through a diverse range of professional experience, creative personalities and do-good spirits.

Wesley Normington

Executive Director

wesley@relayeducation.com

Wesley is the Executive Director of Relay and is responsible for the organization's management, strategic leadership and partnership development. He enjoys reinforcing numerous Canadian stereotypes such as camping, playing hockey, snowboarding and making butter tarts.

Rebecca Swanson

Operations Director

rebecca@relayeducation.com

Rebecca manages operations for the organization, including managing staff and acting as our main contact for the western provinces and territories. She has a background in business and program development, with a Bachelor of Commerce. Based in the Calgary area, Rebecca loves any activities that involve mountains, music, bikes or skis.

Abasi Sanders

Youth Programs Manager

abasi@relayeducation.com

Abasi manages our Classroom and Field Trip Programs, oversees our facilitators and develops and delivers our curriculum content. Originally from Michigan, US Abasi has worked in education in various capacities for more than 10 years in North America.

Kelly Park

Communications Manager

kelly@relayeducation.com

Kelly leads the communications strategy for the charity to support our fundraising and programming activities, she engages with our online communities and is the in-house graphic designer, and photographer. Her personal interests include ultimate frisbee, travel, interior design and hiking with her rescue pup.

Aidan Nolan

Development Officer

416-583-2233 aidan@relayeducation.com

Aidan leads our fundraising efforts to ensure that the charity’s programming can be delivered in classrooms and communities across the country. He has a passion for community organizing, and also loves camping, canoeing, and pollinator friendly gardening.

Amanda Stanger

Indigenous Programs Manager

amanda@relayeducation.com

Amanda is our Indigenous Programs Manager and works in the Manitoulin Island/Sudbury region. She also delivers our elementary programs as a Workshop Facilitator in this area. Amanda has two Masters degrees in Environmental Sciences and Outdoor Education from York University. Amanda is First Nations from Timiskaming and she loves the outdoors.

Andrew Cahill

Green Careers Program Manager

andrew@relayeducation.com

Andrew manages the Green Collar Careers Program and delivers workshops to youth across Canada. He has an Honours Science degree from the University of Waterloo, and possesses a desire to advance the understanding of renewable energy and to connect young people to green careers. Andrew enjoys woodland walks, travel and reading.

Gemma Romano

Southwestern Ontario Coordinator

gemma@relayeducation.com

Gemma has a Masters of Environmental Education and is passionate about working hands-on with youth, teaching environmental education and sustainable stewardship. To connect to her surrounding environment, she loves walking in parks, camping, canoeing, gardening and learning about local wildlife and plants.

Katrina Gorrie

British Columbia Coordinator

katrina@relayeducation.com

Katrina is the B.C Coordinator and Workshop Facilitator based in Vancouver. She is completing her BA in Resource and Environmental Management and has her certificate in Environmental Studies. She has a passion for conservation, environmental issues and engaging her community. She loves traveling, hiking, knitting and long walks with a good podcast.

Dwight Peigan

Saskatchewan Coordinator

dwight@relayeducation.com

Dwight is our Saskatchewan Coordinator and Facilitator, based out of Regina. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and shares our passion for the natural world. Dwight is from the Pasqua First Nation and grew up in the Qu’Appelle Valley, where he enjoys spending time on the land and on the water.

Allison Bradbeer

Toronto Area Coordinator

allison@relayeducation.com

Allison has her BA in geography and is an OCT with extensive experience in outdoor and environmental education. She has worked with students of all ages and background and is a strong believer in authentic, hands-on learning. Allison is very passionate about wildlife and especially loves owls and foxes.

Jen Mulqueen

Workshop Facilitator - Toronto

jennifer@relayeducation.com

Jen Mulqueen is a Workshop Facilitator in Toronto. She has been working with students as a Roots of Empathy Instructor since 2010. Before that she worked in documentary production, helping to tell important environmental stories. Most recently, Jen has written a cookbook about eating for a healthy planet.

Jessica Middleton

Workshop Facilitator - Windsor

jessica@relayeducation.com

Jessica lives in Windsor and delivers programs throughout Southwestern Ontario. She has a master’s degree in biology, a teaching degree, and years of experience working in outdoor and environmental education. Jessica loves learning how to live more sustainably and dreams of one day building a net-zero energy home with her partner and a dog.

Emily Dodge

Workshop Facilitator - Eastern Canada

emily@relayeducation.com

Emily is the workshop facilitator and coordinator for Eastern Canada. She is based in Nova Scotia. Emily has a Master’s in Ecological Leadership and Education. She has developed and taught environmental programs for organizations across North America. Emily enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking and reading.

Kaylyn Jackson

Edmonton Workshop Facilitator

kaylyn@relayeducation.com

Kaylyn has a BA in environmental studies and a wealth of experience working with K-12 students, both in the classroom and during outdoor programs. Kaylyn has spent the last eight years working in the environmental education field and is an advocate for hands-on education. They are passionate about nature, native species, and place-based education.

Board Members

Eitan Dehtiar

Chair

Eitan is an independent consultant involved in supporting various development and logistics projects across Canada and abroad. As an interim senior executive, he has guided various organizations through periods of restructuring and change. Eitan holds an MBA from Queen’s University, and a CPA, CMA designation.

Pam Bastedo

Secretary

Pam is a passionate fundraiser with over 5 years experience working at the local, national and international level.

Adam Beaumont

Adam is the Vice President of Finance for Northland Power Inc., one of Canada’s leading independent power producers that operates & develops clean & green energy projects in Canada, US, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Scott Snowden

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Danny Deleary

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Chris Senior

Chris is a designated CPA, CMA with many years of experience in professional services, most recently in the travel industry. Through his career Chris has worked at large and small companies and filled various roles from Finance to Operations, taking a forward looking, strategic view of the organization.

Audrey Mocle

Audrey is the Manager of Human Rights and Sustainability for the Royal Bank of Canada. She is a lawyer and former consultant who has advised leading global businesses, international organizations, and civil society groups on all aspects of human rights governance.