Learn About Us

Green Schools Nova Scotia is an exciting initiative brought to you by Efficiency Nova Scotia to enhance environmental sustainability at schools. This free program helps support students, teachers, and the larger school community as they learn to waste less and become more energy efficient. 

Reducing energy consumption is the best way to mitigate climate change, and we are focused on energy! While we start from that foundation, we cover a spectrum of environmental concerns including energy, waste, water, transportation, and food. There are five pillars to the Green Schools NS program: Getting Started With Energy, Minimizing Waste, Using Water Responsibly, Living and Moving Green, and Supporting Local. 

Engagement Officers work with students, teachers, and school communities across the province to strengthen sustainable behaviour that helps the Earth. The program supports community efforts to reduce energy waste and to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Through curriculum linked education, resources, presentations, and initiatives, Green Schools community members can discover more about the impact of consumption habits, and how to waste less. 

Using resources efficiently and considering our environmental footprint are necessary skills as the global community unites to address climate change. The foundational experience students gain from Green Schools NS cultivates sustainable choices and behaviours that stick around for good.
 

Meet Our Team

Kelsey Brasil
Program Manager

Kelsey is an enthusiastic and passionate changemaker. She has over 10 years experience working closely with youth and is a sustainability graduate of Dalhousie University. Her background in environmental sustainability, youth programming, and day-to-day classroom work allows her to connect complex environmental problems to simple actionable, yet meaningful, solutions. As Program Manager, Kelsey oversees operations of the Green Schools Nova Scotia program. She leads Shift’s team of classroom Engagement Officers and provides support in updating and developing bilingual classroom resources that are aligned with the school curriculum. She is a born story harvester, a team player, and loves all things caffeinated!

Shandel Brown
Program Coordinator

Shandel joined the Green Schools team in January 2016 as the Engagement Officer for Cape Breton and is now the Program Coordinator. Originally from Alberta, Shandel has been slowly making her way around the country, recently making Cape Breton her home. She explored the west coast of British Columbia while taking a Liberal Arts and Science degree at Quest University Canada. Quest broadened her world view and prompted her to question our relationship with the Earth’s complex ecosystems. After a year of learning French and teaching English in Sherbrooke, Québec, Shandel made her first visit to the Maritimes for a summer job in Chéticamp, Cape Breton. Her master’s degree in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo allowed her to return to Nova Scotia to study how a sense of place affects fishermens' ability to deal with climate change and other social and economic changes. Shandel recently came back to her farming roots when she moved to a fifth generation farm in the picturesque Margaree Valley where she now lives with her partner, Ben. When she’s not encouraging kids to play outside, grow vegetables and reduce energy consumption, you can find her cross-country skiing or feeding her pet calf named Coo.

Katie Hunt
Northern Nova Scotia Engagement Officer

Katie is a passionate educator with a background in International Development Studies and a Master of Education, who seeks to creatively engage people of all ages. Originally from NS, she has had the privilege of traveling and living around the world, most recently spending four years teaching middle school Language Arts in Guatemala. She can often be found camping, hiking, or at the beach with her husband and rescue dog. She has a penchant for growing avocado plants from pits and hilariously repurposing unexpected things. She has a newfound love for biking (but still can’t figure out the gears!). Since returning to NS, she has been very involved with providing support to newcomers through Pictou County Safe Harbour, a refugee sponsorship organization. 

 

Scott Ellis
HALIFAX ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

Scott Ellis recently graduated from Nova Scotia Community College with a diploma in Natural Resources Environmental Technology. During his time at NSCC, Scott was the Vice President of Services, which enabled him to make important changes that would impact others in the community.

Scott has a strong passion for making changes that will benefit others, especially when it comes to tackling environmental issues. Scott is ready to take on the challenges we face when it comes to energy and over-consumption, as well as educate others on how they can help the planet. On his spare time, you can find Scott outside in Nature hiking, kayaking, and exploring wild areas.

Genaya Fraser
CAPE BRETON ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

Genaya Fraser is a jack of all trades with a great love for her community. She likes to spread out and work in many different fields and loves learning new things and meeting new people. She is currently working for a local convention in Cape Breton and volunteers for another small business to help create safe and welcoming environments for all age groups to express themselves and be openly unique! She loves being a part of a team and making new connections.

On off-nights, Genaya hosts paint parties for all different ages, karaoke, and medieval tavern nights. She loves nature and collects tropical house plants. For fun she loves being outside by a fire, playing board games, relaxing with her dog Loki, being around her friends, and working towards new events and projects that she can help bring into her community. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education, she is currently working towards a Masters of Education in counselling.   

Indigo Christ
Bilingual Engagement Officer

Indigo is a community-builder, educator, and activist who is a grateful guest in K’jipuktuk, on the ancestral lands of the Mi’kmaq people. She is passionate about youth-led initiatives, growing food that nourishes both body and community, curiosity-led learning, and social justice. After completing her undergraduate degree in Human Rights at the University of Ottawa in 2017, she spent two years leading environmental education programs and carrying out human rights work in Mexico, Guatemala, and India. Indigo is thrilled to be part of the Green Schools Nova Scotia team, which allows her to do what she loves most: conspire with local youth about how we can work together to build a sustainable future for all.

Holly Paish
Valley Engagement Officer

Holly is no newbie to the Thinkwell Shift family! She has worked for the EPIS project helping Nova Scotians become more energy efficient and protect our planet! Holly is very passionate about the environment and studied Aquatic Resources and Political Science at St. FX and before joining Thinkwell she taught English as a second language online to children in China. Holly has also volunteered and worked with Ducks Unlimited Canada, and lead the Project Webfoot program to schools across The Valley. Holly is super excited to join the Green Schools team and continue to help Nova Scotians make positive changes!

Kelsey Brasil
Program Manager

Kelsey is an enthusiastic and passionate changemaker. She has over 10 years experience working closely with youth and is a sustainability graduate of Dalhousie University. Her background in environmental sustainability, youth programming, and day-to-day classroom work allows her to connect complex environmental problems to simple actionable, yet meaningful, solutions. As Program Manager, Kelsey oversees operations of the Green Schools Nova Scotia program. She leads Shift’s team of classroom Engagement Officers and provides support in updating and developing bilingual classroom resources that are aligned with the school curriculum. She is a born story harvester, a team player, and loves all things caffeinated!

Shandel Brown
Program Coordinator

Shandel joined the Green Schools team in January 2016 as the Engagement Officer for Cape Breton and is now the Program Coordinator. Originally from Alberta, Shandel has been slowly making her way around the country, recently making Cape Breton her home. She explored the west coast of British Columbia while taking a Liberal Arts and Science degree at Quest University Canada. Quest broadened her world view and prompted her to question our relationship with the Earth’s complex ecosystems. After a year of learning French and teaching English in Sherbrooke, Québec, Shandel made her first visit to the Maritimes for a summer job in Chéticamp, Cape Breton. Her master’s degree in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo allowed her to return to Nova Scotia to study how a sense of place affects fishermens' ability to deal with climate change and other social and economic changes. Shandel recently came back to her farming roots when she moved to a fifth generation farm in the picturesque Margaree Valley where she now lives with her partner, Ben. When she’s not encouraging kids to play outside, grow vegetables and reduce energy consumption, you can find her cross-country skiing or feeding her pet calf named Coo.

Katie Hunt
Northern Nova Scotia Engagement Officer

Katie is a passionate educator with a background in International Development Studies and a Master of Education, who seeks to creatively engage people of all ages. Originally from NS, she has had the privilege of traveling and living around the world, most recently spending four years teaching middle school Language Arts in Guatemala. She can often be found camping, hiking, or at the beach with her husband and rescue dog. She has a penchant for growing avocado plants from pits and hilariously repurposing unexpected things. She has a newfound love for biking (but still can’t figure out the gears!). Since returning to NS, she has been very involved with providing support to newcomers through Pictou County Safe Harbour, a refugee sponsorship organization. 

 

Scott Ellis
HALIFAX ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

Scott Ellis recently graduated from Nova Scotia Community College with a diploma in Natural Resources Environmental Technology. During his time at NSCC, Scott was the Vice President of Services, which enabled him to make important changes that would impact others in the community.

Scott has a strong passion for making changes that will benefit others, especially when it comes to tackling environmental issues. Scott is ready to take on the challenges we face when it comes to energy and over-consumption, as well as educate others on how they can help the planet. On his spare time, you can find Scott outside in Nature hiking, kayaking, and exploring wild areas.

Genaya Fraser
CAPE BRETON ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

Genaya Fraser is a jack of all trades with a great love for her community. She likes to spread out and work in many different fields and loves learning new things and meeting new people. She is currently working for a local convention in Cape Breton and volunteers for another small business to help create safe and welcoming environments for all age groups to express themselves and be openly unique! She loves being a part of a team and making new connections.

On off-nights, Genaya hosts paint parties for all different ages, karaoke, and medieval tavern nights. She loves nature and collects tropical house plants. For fun she loves being outside by a fire, playing board games, relaxing with her dog Loki, being around her friends, and working towards new events and projects that she can help bring into her community. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education, she is currently working towards a Masters of Education in counselling.   

Indigo Christ
Bilingual Engagement Officer

Indigo is a community-builder, educator, and activist who is a grateful guest in K’jipuktuk, on the ancestral lands of the Mi’kmaq people. She is passionate about youth-led initiatives, growing food that nourishes both body and community, curiosity-led learning, and social justice. After completing her undergraduate degree in Human Rights at the University of Ottawa in 2017, she spent two years leading environmental education programs and carrying out human rights work in Mexico, Guatemala, and India. Indigo is thrilled to be part of the Green Schools Nova Scotia team, which allows her to do what she loves most: conspire with local youth about how we can work together to build a sustainable future for all.

Holly Paish
Valley Engagement Officer

Holly is no newbie to the Thinkwell Shift family! She has worked for the EPIS project helping Nova Scotians become more energy efficient and protect our planet! Holly is very passionate about the environment and studied Aquatic Resources and Political Science at St. FX and before joining Thinkwell she taught English as a second language online to children in China. Holly has also volunteered and worked with Ducks Unlimited Canada, and lead the Project Webfoot program to schools across The Valley. Holly is super excited to join the Green Schools team and continue to help Nova Scotians make positive changes!