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Katie Gingerich

Founder & Executive Director

Katie Gingerich is a social innovator and peace educator, and gets excited when the worlds of innovation collide. She holds a BA in Peace & Conflict Studies from the University of Waterloo and a certificate in Conflict Management and Mediation from Conrad Grebel University College. She is an active participant of the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement. Katie uses her training in peace studies, conflict management and analysis, mediation, circle process, and facilitation to create games, simulations and activities that are relevant, thought-provoking and skill-building opportunities for participants. Since 2012, she has developed peace education programs for camps, community groups, and classrooms, and is passionate about giving youth the tools they need to transform conflict and seek justice. In 2019, she was the recipient of the Kitchener Youth Action Council’s Youth Ally award. Connect with Katie.

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Erin Huston

Manager of Programs

Erin Huston is a social justice advocate and community-building facilitator. After finishing degrees at the University of Waterloo in Legal Studies and Peace & Conflict Studies, Erin pursued a Masters degree in Social Justice and Community Engagement at Wilfrid Laurier University. Passionate about working with youth, Erin uses her education of structural factors and discourses that lead to social inequality and environmental injustice to facilitate programming designed to help empower young people to think critically about issues they care about. Especially interested in youth self-esteem and body image, Erin commonly leads workshops and speaking engagements around the topics of body positivity, self-acceptance, mental health, and consent. In 2015, Erin was a recipient of the Body Confidence Canada Award, an award that acknowledges Canada- based recipients who are trailblazers advocating for and creating more inclusive spaces for bodies that have been traditionally marginalized. Connect with Erin.

Paige Court

Paige Court

TREE Workshop Facilitator

Paige is in her fourth year at Wilfrid Laurier University with a major in global studies and Spanish, with an option in social entrepreneurship. She is returning to TREE after spending her summer facilitating entrepreneurship workshops in Peru. She is excited about building peace literacy skills with classrooms this year.

Ann Holden

Ann Holden, OCT

TREE Workshop Facilitator

Ann brings 32 years of teaching experience to her role at TREE. She is a kindergarten specialist, and is trained in behaviour management systems. She loves being a mom and actively volunteering in her community.

Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones

TREE Workshop Facilitator

Rachel is a second year social development studies student with a minor in peace and conflict studies at the University of Waterloo. She is excited to return as a facilitator this year and is eager to connect with children and share her passion for peace.

Meg Kish

Megan Kish

TREE Workshop Facilitator

Meg is a third year knowledge integration student with a peace and conflict studies minor at the University of Waterloo. Meg has worked with Mennonite Central Committee as a thrift shop marketing coordinator, at the KW pregnancy centre, and has worked with children in summer camp settings. This is Meg’s first year with TREE and she’s excited to see the impact that TREE has in the lives of her students.

Abby Lobert

Abby Lobert

TREE Workshop Facilitator

Abby is a fourth year student in social development studies at the University of Waterloo, and she hopes to become a primary teacher. Abby has worked with youth in various roles, and is excited to be back in the classroom this year. She is passionate about restorative education.

Devina Lookman

Devina Lookman

TREE Workshop Facilitator

Devina is in her fourth year of peace and conflict studies and international studies at the University of Waterloo. She has experience facilitating workshops within Indigenous communities in Northern Manitoba. She loves working with youth and is passionate about giving youth conflict resolution skills.

Chantal Martel

Chantal Martel

TREE Workshop Facilitator

Chantal is a graduate of the peace and conflict studies program at Conrad Grebel University College. She has worked with children for the past several years as a children’s ministry director. She is passionate about conflict resolution, and she loves seeing how TREE impacts children early on in their development.

Emily Rempel

Emily Rempel

TREE Workshop Facilitator

Emily is studying music at Canadian Mennonite University. She is new to TREE, and has spent many summers working with children at camp. She is passionate about peace and is excited to foster these skills with young people.

Gemma Ricker

Gemma Ricker

TREE Workshop Facilitator

Gemma is a third year peace and conflict studies student at the University of Waterloo. This is her first year with TREE and is excited to be able to put into practice the skills and knowledge she has learned both from previous work with children and through her studies. Gemma is interested in restorative justice and conflict resolution.

Emily Schmidt

Emily Schmidt

TREE Workshop Facilitator

Emily recently graduated from peace and conflict studies at the University of Waterloo. She worked with TREE in its inaugural year, and is excited to be back, creating spaces for positive community.

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