Sharing expertise among disciplines . . .

Our collective actions help determine the health of our planet and its populations.

People from all walks of life — and from a variety of disciplines and sectors — have a role to play.

The determinants of health
“Many factors combine together to affect the health of individuals and communities. Whether people are healthy or not, is determined by their circumstances and environment. To a large extent, factors such as where we live, the state of our environment, genetics, our income and education level, and our relationships with friends and family all have considerable impacts on health, whereas the more commonly considered factors such as access and use of health care services often have less of an impact.” — WHO

Features of My Target Projects

I like to work on projects with at least some of these features:

Collaborativeinvolving interdisciplinary and intersectoral expertise
Innovativeovercoming barriers with optimism and imagination
Inclusivetargeting the broadest possible population
Wholisticreflecting all the determinants of health
Sustainablefostering resilience through realistic strategies

Potential Collaborators

Please feel free to contact me if you are a . . .

Project manager, professionalseeking a consultant to work with your team in sectors such as health, environment, urban planning, education
Artist, illustrator, graphic designer, programmeropen to adapting some of my ideas for graphics, apps, etc.; and who understands clear and effective communication
Evaluatorwho'd like to team up with me on projects

Key Areas of Interests

Below I have listed 6 key areas of interest. For each one I have indicated some aspects that I am particularly interested in.

Why these areas? Together they play an important role in preventing chronic disease, fostering the health of individuals and communities, and ensuring the sustainability of our planet.

My Project Involvement

I’d like to contribute to aspects such as …

  • program planning and implementation
  • project management
  • producing written and web material
  • creating information to influence supportive policy

“Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.” — Dr. Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer and author of The World is Blue

“We have to shift our emphasis from economic efficiency and materialism towards a sustainable quality of life and to healing of our society, of our people and our ecological systems.” — Janet Holmes à Court, Australian businesswoman

“Let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder of life and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure.” — John McConnell, founder of International Earth Day

We shouldn't be saying 'Save the planet'; we should be saying: 'Save viable conditions in which people can live.' That's what we're dealing with here. — Margaret Atwood, Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist

“What good is achieving academic excellence if the planet we live on is compromised for ourselves and future generations?” — Mary Allen, Recycling & Education Director, Solid Waste Association of Northern Cook County (SWANCC)

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” — Native American Proverb

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”— Rachel Carson, American marine biologist and conservationist, catalyst for the modern environmental movement and author of Silent Spring

Are you interested in collaborating in any of these areas?

Natural Environment

unstructured play in natural settings, outdoor education, nature deficit disorder, accessible to all, green and blue economy

Canoe camping on Poisson Blanc, QC

Canoe camping on Poisson Blanc, QC (Photo: MDC)

Visitor (squirrel at frying pan) to campsite

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Visitor to campsite (Photo: MDC)

Air-Water obelisks in Stockholm

Obelisks with ecology message in Stockholm (Photo: MDC)

Air (description), on obelisks in Stockholm

Ecology message about Air, Stockholm (Photo: MDC)

Water (description), on oblisks in Stockholm

Ecology message about Water, Stockholm (Photo: MDC)

Enjoying the ocean near Brigus, NL, in a seakayak with big waves near a rocky shoreline

Enjoying Air & Water! Brigus, NL (Photo: MDC)


Perennial front garden (Photo: MDC)

Food Security

urban gardening, poverty reduction, elimination of toxins, biodiversity, support for local farmers


Margot in community plot, Helsinki (Photo: MDC)


Community plot, Helsinki (Photo: MDC)


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Tomato plants in urban garden (Photo: MDC)


Cucumbers in urban garden (Photo: MDC)


Harvest from urban garden (Photo: MDC)

Launch of the MarketMobile, Ottawa using OC Transpo buses to bring good affordable food to neighbourhoods.

Launch of the MarketMobile, Ottawa (Photo: MarketMobile)

MarketMobile: Bringing affordable food to neighbourhoods

Bringing affordable food to neighbourhoods (Photo: MarketMobile)

Physical Activity

non-competitive options in schools, outdoor education, teen girls, dance, all ages


Snowshoeing in Ggatineau Park, QC (Photo: MDC)


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Hiking in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (Photo: Wanda Power)

Hiking to Mad Rock, NL

Hiking to Mad Rock, NL (Photo: MDC)


Playing bike polo, Guadalajara (Photo: Chris Mills)

Active Transportation

walking/cycling school bus, supportive urban planning, skills development

Photos coming soon!

Waste Management

Reduce, reuse, recycle; quality tap water, alternatives to land fill, packaging factors

Maëlick recycling bottles, SPM

Maëlick recycling bottles, SPM (Photo: Noémi Chaigne)

Mental Health

stigma, support for young offenders, symptoms & treatment vs behaviour & punishment, harm reduction, risk management

Photos coming soon!