As reported recently in TCAT News, TCAT is the Ontario partner of the Active Neighbourhoods Canada/Réseau Quartiers Verts project that was launched earlier this year by the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre (MUEC) with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada. TCAT is pleased to announce that we have hired not one, but two! people to take on the role of Active Neighbourhoods Project Manager.
Mikey Bennington will be the Active Neighbourhoods Project Manager: Research Lead. Mikey is an active transportation researcher with a background in psychology. Along with his work as research manager at the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank at the University of Toronto, he brings several years experience consulting on the city cycling market within the bicycle retail industry. He is thrilled to be pursuing continued active transportation work and broadening his experience with community engagement in his new role for TCAT.
Car Martin will be the Active Neighbourhoods Project Manager: Design Lead. Car is a designer with an interest in the production of spaces that reflect diverse voices. She holds both a professional Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto. Car also has a wealth of experience as a social entrepreneur, initiating and managing successful projects, including an award-winning community bike repair centre at the University of Toronto called Bikechain.
Building on the work of both TCAT and MUEC, the Active Neighbourhoods Canada community engagement process will be adapted from MUEC’s “Green, Active and Healthy Neighbourhoods” (GHAN) model and implemented in four Ontario communities. The purpose of the GHAN model is to provide a portrait of the local active transportation landscape and a blueprint for building stronger active transportation networks.
Mikey and Car will be job-sharing the position at TCAT, starting on Oct 22nd with an intensive four days of training at MUEC. Their work will complement the CLASP community engagement work that Ryan Whitney is currently undertaking in collaboration with Toronto Public Health, and will provide new resources for the Complete Streets for Canada website. We are thrilled to have two such qualified, passionate and talented people join our team. Please join us in welcoming Mikey and Car to their new role!