Katrina Siks

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Program Manager, Youth Sustainability Leadership

 

Katrina began her career at The Natural Step in 2014. An adventurous spirit with a strong love of the natural world, Katrina loves to help people tap into the potential in themselves, and the resources around them. Katrina supports Youth Sustainability Leadership through the IMPACT! program, catalyzing young people to launch their vision to improve their communities.

Katrina has had a broad range of social enterprise and work experiences, including her role as Director of Communications and Outreach with The Otesha Project, a national cycling non-profit which advocates sustainable lifestyle choices, and her role as Instructor Trainer with Outward Bound Canada, where she mentored new instructors, developed leadership and environmental programming, and had a really fun time on whitewater canoe trips and dogsled trips.

Katrina also brings recent experiences from the trenches of social change in into the IMPACT! classroom. In 2011, she began her present role as a Co-founder and Co-director of Hidden Harvest Ottawa, a social purpose business which rescues and shares Ottawa’s fruit and nuts which would otherwise go to waste, with the aim of creating a food-tree-friendly city. Hidden Harvest continues to engage more than 1,200 volunteers and save more than 5,000 lbs. of food annually through volunteer-driven harvest events on public and private property.

For her work with Hidden Harvest, Katrina has been honoured as an Oxfam Female Food Hero (2012), recognized as a Healthy Eating Active Living Champion by Ottawa Public Health (2012), and heralded as a Rising Star at the Ottawa Entrepreneurship Awards (2013).