George Radner is the Executive Director at Be The Change Earth Alliance. He first joined Be The Change as the Program and Operations Coordinator in the summer of 2019. George also served as a student representative on the BTCEA Wisdom Circle. George is passionate about climate justice and has been actively volunteering with climate and environmental groups since high school. He has a BA in Economics and Mathematics from the University of British Columbia. George seeks to use the technical knowledge and skills from his degree to become a more effective advocate for the issues he cares about. George is a founding member of the student-led UBC Climate Hub and leads their Youth Climate Ambassador Project, which trains university students to facilitate hope-inspiring climate action workshops in high schools. He first connected with Be The Change when exploring ENGOs that could help implement this project.
George was born in Washington D.C., ancestral territory of the Anacostans, and grew up in Toronto, traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat people. George has lived in Vancouver on unceded, traditional and ancestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) peoples since 2014. His favourite activities include bird watching, biking, and meditation.
Maureen is an inspiring speaker, workshop facilitator and environmental educator with over 15 years of experience delivering engaging ‘sustainability’ programs for adults in community and workplace as well as teachers and students in secondary schools. As the Founding Director of Be The Change Earth Alliance, she has activated thousands of individuals to make positive environmental behaviour change by connecting the big global issues to personal lifestyle choices. Through BTCEA Maureen developed an adult education program of symposia and action circles, wrote the Be The Change Action Guide and produced The Great Turning community engagement events. She went on to collaborate with secondary school teachers on the iterative design and development of ‘SLC: Student Leadership For Change’ EE learning resources and teacher aides. Maureen is also working with a wide variety of businesses to bolster employee engagement through sustainability programs in the workplace. Maureen was honoured as the ‘2017 Outstanding Individual in an Organization’ by EECOM, the Canadian Environmental Educators Association, nominated as the 2018 YWCA Environmental Woman of Distinction and received the Hidden Hero award from MP Joyce Murray in 2018 for her work in environmental education.
Before dedicating her life to environmental sustainability, Maureen was the CEO and Creative Director of Jack of Hearts Productions, creating the annual Slam City Jam skateboard championships, the annual Music West Festival, managing the Tears Are Not Enough Liveaid fundraising enterprise and producing several TV music specials.
From his roots in Nova Scotia, traditional Mi’kma’ki territory, Jake has walked through the last 10+ years as a social and environmental justice activist on his journey through becoming a change-maker. He holds a Combined Honours B.A. in Sociology and Environmental Sustainability, Minor in Philosophy from Dalhousie University.
Jake finds himself inspired by the depth of the human experience, and our sacred capacity to heal ourselves, each other and our earth through intention and practice of profound relationships between our inner and outer worlds. For Jake, climate change and the increasingly chaotic feedback from the destruction of our biosphere in the external world, is mirrored by the health of our individual and collective inner worlds which are at the root of the culture and systems whose rhythms are misaligned with the cadence of our local and climatic ecosystems. Right now, he is on a path of becoming a healer, who can assist others in rebuilding the way we relate to our ‘self,’ others and the environment, to serve humanity by helping to unlock and empower our greatest potential, for a better life and world rooted in love and an uncompromised willingness to coexist.
Jake is a musician, energy worker, practiced facilitator and experienced political campaigner for local climate solutions and policy. He has seen local victories across Metro Vancouver, working with communities to elect climate leaders and win motions in several cities declaring climate emergency and adopting rigid greenhouse gas reduction targets (IPCC, Net-Zero by 2050). As a volunteer with Greenpeace, SeaWolves, and Stand. Earth, he has taken non-violent direct action and been arrested and charged twice to stop construction of the TransMountain pipeline, disrupted a press conference with Prime Minister Trudeau and confronted the world’s largest companies for deforestation practices. Jake takes action on climate and environment in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples and acknowledges his occupation of unceded ancestral territory of Coast Salish Peoples.
Kelvin Lee joined Be The Change Earth Alliance in January 2020, as the Operations Coordinator. He completed his undergrad in Labour Studies with a Certificate of Social Justice from Simon Fraser University. He worked in the automotive industry for 3 years prior to working at Be the Change and he is excited to work towards helping change how people think about climate change. He wishes to educate and empower people by providing them with knowledge through education. He is passionate about social justice pursued parts of his studies focusing on migrant labour. He understands that education is important
Kelvin Lee joined Be the Change Earth Alliance in January 2020, as the Operations Coordinator. He has a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Labour Studies with a Certificate of Social Justice from Simon Fraser University. After working in the automotive industry for three years, he is excited about the opportunity to educate others and help change their perspectives about climate change. His passion for social justice and climate change was fueled by his education which largely focused on migrant labour. He understands that education and awareness are key in the fight against climate change. In his spare time, he volunteers with new immigrants to help acclimate them and is interested in photography.
Consultant and Facilitator
Erin started full-time with BTCEA from June 2011, first as Program Manager, and then stepped into the Executive Director role from June 2016 until March 2019. Erin is now in a consultant and facilitator role for the organization, giving space for new leadership and energy to infuse this amazing organization.
An experienced and well-traveled outdoor and environmental educator and guide, Erin’s passion for environmental sustainability and social justice led her to join Be The Change in the collaborative creation of the groundbreaking new sustainability curriculum for high school students in 2011. She has Diplomas in Wilderness Leadership, Adventure Guiding, Holistic Bodywork, and a degree in Adventure Tourism Management, along with a variety of other courses and programs, many focused on leadership development and immersing herself in indigenous ways of being and allyship. Erin has sought out opportunities to be involved in building up others’ leadership capacities and fostering a shift in societal norms through community initiatives since she was young.
Since Erin joined BTCEA, she managed and co-created BTCEA’s Student Leadership in Sustainability (SLC) program, along with facilitated SLC workshops and teacher professional development, Awaken & Change Symposiums, and fostered the human resources at BTCEA. As Executive Director, she enjoyed pushing her creative capacity to support environmental and social justice education in emergent ways through new programs and approaches. She led the creation and implementation of Waste Watchers, Climate Action Champions, and Citizen's of the Future youth programs, with a soft spot for building youth's leadership capacity.