Coordinator – Éco-quartier NDG
Nikki has been working with us since 2008.
She became interested in the environment after completing her studies in fashion design, having realized just how wasteful the fashion industry can be. She took some time off from studying to work in the Department of First Nations & Inuit Education at McGill University, first as a secretary and ultimately as an academic advisor. After taking time to reassess her career goals, she reduced her work hours at McGill and attended the University as a mature student, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology, a journey which taught her about environmental issues. Determined to positively influence people’s behavior towards the environment, she pursued a master’s degree in Environmental Education. As part of her coursework, she developed a volunteer environmental education program that helps students at the McGill School of the Environment gain classroom experience. In May 2007, she became the Coordinator of the Éco-quartier NDG.
Nikki is drawn to this work because it gives her the opportunity to teach aspects of the environment and to discuss these aspects with the citizens of NDG. She feels that she learns a lot from them, too! This work is rewarding to her because she gets to see firsthand the changes that residents make in their lives to affect their environment in a positive way. She also feels privileged to work with all of the volunteers who give their time to the cause.