Wanda Baxter, Program Manager, Watch for Wildlife

Wanda Baxter has a Master of Environmental Design with concentration in policy and planning from the University of Calgary. She has worked as an Environmental Planner, Researcher and Program Coordinator for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Parks Canada, the Canadian Biosphere Reserve Network, The Municipality of East Hants, Helping Nature Heal and the Clean Foundation. She is educated and experienced in program design, environmental planning, environmental assessment, adult education, and public outreach.  Recently she obtained a certificate in public policy from the Max Bell Institute in Alberta, and she has also completed Wildlife Collision Mitigation Methods training.

She developed the Watch for Wildlife program after identifying a lack of wildlife-vehicle collision prevention education and mitigation strategy in Nova Scotia. For details on her background, please see:

Wanda lives and works on a restored farmstead just north of Lunenburg NS and is the author of If I had an Old House on the East Coast, published by Nimbus Publishing.

Allison DeanAllison Dean - Watch for Wildlife Coordinator

Allison Dean is our Watch for Wildlife Program Coordinator. Although born in Atlantic Canada, Allison grew up in Texas where she attended St. Edward’s University studying environmental science and policy along with graphic design. During her time there, she worked on a number of campaigns advocating for sustainable initiatives and climate change solutions in the City of Austin. Upon graduation, she decided to come back to her roots and moved to Nova Scotia. As a lover of nature and the outdoors, she is passionate about working with the public to find solutions to environmental issues. In her free time, Allison can be found hiking, swimming, or on her bike zipping around the city.

Kristin Elton, Outreach Coordinator for Watch for Wildlife, New Brunswick

Growing up on the shores of Georgian Bay in Collingwood, Ontario, Kristin has always had a love of nature and wildlife.  She applied these interests to her academic work in interdisciplinary studies that bring together people, policy, and the environment. After completing a BA in Environmental Governance from the University of Guelph, she obtained a Master of Environmental Studies in Planning from the University of Waterloo, where her thesis work revolved around developing an understanding of the process for how to get wildlife-management strategies successfully implemented into road infrastructure. Since graduating, Kristin has worked in the non-profit sector delivering wildlife conservation educational programming in schools across Canada, and doing community and landowner outreach. She recently made the move to New Brunswick and is excited to be utilizing her road ecology and outreach expertise to aid the growth and expansion of the Watch For Wildlife program.

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Gretchen Fitzgerald

Gretchen Fitzgerald - Director

Gretchen Fitzgerald is the Director of the Atlantic Canada Chapter of the Sierra Club Canada Foundation. Her work focuses on environmental impacts of mines, volunteer engagement, and climate change. Having grown up in northern Newfoundland, Gretchen witnessed the impacts of the collapse of the cod fishery on her community and was drawn to marine biology and conservation ecology as a student at Dalhousie University.

She has produced a report on the harpoon swordfish fishery, spearheaded activity on marine invasive species and ballast water management in Atlantic Canada, and is currently working to decrease the ecological footprint of mines and to get action on climate change. Gretchen has participated as an expert in numerous environmental assessments, including the Joint Panel Review for the Digby Quarry. She is vice-chair of the Nova Scotia Environmental Network, Director of the Canadian Environmental Network, and represents Sierra Club in the Nova Scotia Public Lands Coalition.

Contact Gretchen at or call 902-444-7096 .


David Foster - Urban Biodiversity Coordinator, Halifax, NS

David was born and raised in Dartmouth, NS, learning to love the environment through programs such as Scouts Canada and a personal curiosity of the natural world. His fascination with living systems took him to Dalhousie University where he completed his degree with a Combined Honours in Biology and Sustainability (through the College of Sustainability’s Environment, Sustainability and Society programme).

He oversees programs such as HRM Diverse, a project to increase awareness of nature we can find all around us, even in urban settings, and acts to enhance green spaces through community tree plantings and encouraging establishment of green infrastructure.

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Jennifer Wittaker - Wild Child Coordinator, PEI

Jennifer Wittaker

Jennifer Whittaker grew up in Charlottetown and her interest in environmental education began when she started working with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada during her second year studying biology at UPEI. There she discovered the joy of working outside and the intricacies of agriculture in PEI. This led her to continue at Dalhousie University where she is finishing up her MSc on determining beneficial management practices in potato production.

She will be coordinating the Wild Child Program in PEI with the Atlantic Canada Chapter of the Sierra Club for summer 2016. Previously, she helped to coordinate a gardening and food literacy program called Start with a Seedling and volunteered with Let’s Talk Science, an organization that promotes curiosity and inquiry in youth. She hopes to continue incorporating the good work that others have done in the forms of science, food and environmental literacy to instill a sense of wonder in youth about their environment.

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