Meet the Mentors

Kathleen Belton

Being a sustainability mentor for the Killarney Secondary school environment club has been a hugely rewarding experience. I have always been passionate about protecting the environment and wanted to change the way society interacts with it. Having the chance to share my enthusiasm with these students and help them achieve their goals has been gratifying.

This opportunity has allowed me to impart the knowledge and experience I have gained at SFU and in volunteering with environmental organizations. My participation in this program has allowed me to learn as much as the club has; it’s something I wish I had when I was in secondary school. 

Kristine Bly

I am passionate about the environment and want to make a difference within my community which is why I was so excited to learn about this program. As a Geography major I have acquired a broad overall knowledge of the social sciences, environment, and physical sciences. After my BA, I have dreams to become a secondary school teacher and share my love of learning and knowledge. The Sustainability Mentorship Program has allowed me to exercise my skills in a classroom environment and has been extremely rewarding. I hope the program is contributing to the goal of creating sustainability leaders in the community.  

Michelle Chong

As a sustainability mentor for the New Westminster Secondary School environment club, I work with students to assist them in achieving their sustainability goals. Not only does this give me the opportunity to share my past experience in non-profit organizations and clubs, but I’ve also learned more about group organizational structure and communication issues through researching tools to help the club succeed.

I prepare materials for each meeting, and address the issues brought up by the students by facilitating discussions to find solutions specific to the needs of the club. Often, the students know what they would like to improve on and just need some external resources to achieve their goal.

The support provided by the Faculty of Environment helps me coordinate with other mentors and draw on additional perspectives and suggestions to make the program more successful.