Parents with Purpose

Interviews

We’ve had the pleasure of connecting with some of Canada’s most inspiring women, who give us a window into their lives and the impact they make on their communities.

Zero Waste

Sophi Robertson

Sophi Robertson is a busy mama as a zero-waste advocate, educator and inspiration! Sophie leads by example in her home with her family and also in her work with the Toronto Public Library.

neighbourhood cleanup

Sarah Dantzer

Find out what inspired Sarah to start the Rupert Rubbish Round-Up in Prince Rupert, BC, which creates community, neighbourhood stewardship and more.

Sustainabile Agriculture

Carmen Sewell

With the help of extended family, Carmen and her husband Brian (a fourth-generation farmer) and their 3 kids run a 4,000 acre farm located in Herronton AB that focusses on growing grains such as barley, wheat, canola, peas and mustard in a sustainable way.

Education

Amy Leask

Amy is a former philosophy professor who produces children’s interactive media and is the founder of Red T Media. Learn about her approach to helping children (and parents) ask big questions.

Climate change

Christine Penner Polle

Christine used to turn her radio off when the subject of climate change came up because she found it too overwhelming to think about. She’s come a long way since those days, having written a book on the subject, and now as a full-time volunteer campaigner in Red Lake, ON.

buy nothing

Amanda Hanson

As someone who started a local group and has become the regional admin in New Brunswick for the Buy Nothing Project, Amanda Hanson has carved a life-changing path for herself, and for her community!

Zero waste

Rochelle Byrne

Rochelle founded A Greener Future in after coordinating a shoreline cleanup in her community and deciding that one cleanup per year just wasn’t enough. Seeing the sheer volume of garbage on each clean-up, eventually led her towards the zero waste movement.

Education

Jennifer Brenton DeCoste

Along with her husband, Jennifer runs a folk school called Life.School.House in her home.  She sees a real hunger for human connection in her community and envisions how more folk schools can positively impact neighbourhoods.

Green living

Emma Rohmann

A mild obsession with green living led Emma Rohmann to start Green at Home, a business that helps families reduce exposure to toxins in their homes and shrink their environmental footprints.​

education

Jennie Eaglespeaker

Having mixed heritage children made Jennie realize just how important it was for her boys to see themselves and their culture reflected in stories. When she couldn’t find many stories about Blackfoot kids, she decided to step up and supply them by creating a publishing company.

Green living

Maria Velve

Maria started questioning the quality of the beauty products she used in her personal life, as well as in her work as a make-up artist. Based on her discoveries, she shifted to more earth-friendly options, and began helping others to do the same through her popular website and consulting business. 

education

Sue Holloway

A self-described “mother, author, artist, educator, and entrepreneur,” Sue Holloway is the founder of The Forest School, an alternative learning centre in a rural community in Ontario. She is also the author of “A World Worth Imagining“, a book that was inspired by the children in Sue’s school. 

Waste reduction

Cindy Wilding

Bucket in hand, Cindy has been determined to clean the litter from her neighbourhood streets and parks. Now she helps others organize their own local cleanups through her Facebook Page, Trash Walking Moms. 

sustainability

Kate Belbeck

As an animal-lover and sustainable farmer, Kate began offering the “Rent The Chicken” program, letting neighbours experience the joy of raising chickens — and enjoying their eggs.

Community Building

Teri McMackin

As an executive assistant of the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick, Teri supports people to develop co-ops and social enterprises.

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