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Our People

The Community
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Common Earth is made of caring people around the world who are passionate about expanding their knowledge and acting to combat climate change, and these are the people who 

Stephen Collette

Facilitator

Stephen Collette

Stephen has been helping people create sustainable homes and buildings for almost 20 years. Stephen has always been curious about how our minds work and has read anything he can on this topic. Common Earth was the first place that combined the outer concerns of climate change with the inner realm of our thoughts; and has made a lifelong impact on him. Stephen lives in Lakefield, Ontario with his wife and two daughters. 

Dennis Cook

CEO - Common Earth Soil Health Inc

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Malene Falch Colotla

Servant

Facilitator

Malene Falch Colotla

Malene joined Common Earth in January 2022 after having been a participant herself and finding herself deeply impacted by the exploration. She came into the course with a background as a Change Coach within the 3 Principles and a successful career in Human Resources. When she is not busy engaging with the growing community of Common Earth, Malene enjoys her 3 Principles based coaching practice. Another favorite of hers is to get out in nature, especially with her 3 awesome kids and husband. Back in the days Malene obtained a Master of Arts (MA - Psychology and Business Studies) from Roskilde University, Denmark.    

Olivia González

Servant

Facilitator

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Olivia is a passionate advocate for life-long and pervasive learning practices.  She brings 25 years of diverse experiences as an educator and learner in both formal and informal learning environments.  Through the Common Earth Community, Olivia works to explore and act on her interest in strengthening the connections between internal and external wellbeing as they relate to climate health. Olivia is certified to teach all age divisions and a variety of subject areas including Social Sciences, History, Spanish and Special Education.  She holds a BA from Dalhousie University, and a BEd and MEd from OISE (Curriculum and Pedagogy, Emphasis Wellbeing).   

Duncan Holmes

Servant

Facilitator

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Duncan Holmes has a BA in Biology and Chemistry. He did Accounting and Administration for non-profits in India and Canada. He was President of ICA Associates Inc. A Certified ToP Facilitator, he has facilitated and trained people in Facilitation in 7 countries. He has facilitated Module 1 at Common Earth since 2021 and trained the other facilitators in the Focused Conversation Method. He teaches ICA Canada’s Courage to Lead program.

Melak Mengistab

Servant

Facilitator

Melak Megistab

Born and raised in Ethiopia, Melak studied political science in Addis Ababa and later did a graduate degree in Development Studies in the Netherlands. For over a decade, Melak has been in African academia as a researcher and lecturer in the area of development, poverty, climate change, and conflicts. After moving to Toronto, he joined Common Earth as curator of the daisies (a role that he took on passionately – researching successful environmental stories and putting them on the daisy map). Melak believes we can fight climate change through one daisy at a time.

David Patterson

Servant

Facilitator

David Patterson

David Patterson was the founder and for 31 years the CEO of Northwater Capital, a Toronto-based investment management firm. On retiring in 2020 he worked with a small group to found Common Earth with a focus on the question: “How can we move to a post-carbon caring society?”  David brings his executive experience, his passion and concern to Common Earth.  In addition to the environment, he and his wife have philanthropic interests in Toronto and international healthcare, education, and children’s camping. He holds a BA from Trent University (Political Philosophy), an MBA from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (Finance) and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Trent University.

Sarah Patterson

President

Facilitator

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Bruno Seixas

Marketing and Engagement

Facilitator

Bruno Seixas

Bruno is a lifelong learner and when the opportunity to take the Common Earth course arose, he jumped at the chance. After being deeply impacted by the experiences and insights he had as a result, the issues surrounding climate change surfaced as a priority. Since 2020, he has been connected with the community in different roles, bringing his experience of over 20 years in marketing educational programs to potential participants and partners. He has a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management and Tourism and a post-graduate certificate in Marketing Strategy from the University of Sao Paulo. Originally from Brazil, he moved to Canada in 2017.

Ekta Bromley

Facilitator

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Katie Pita

Facilitator

Katie Pita

Katie has been a volunteer Facilitator for Common Earth since 2021. Having been part of the pilot versions of Module 1 and Module 2, she felt that the next step to take was to give back to the community which had gifted her such a wonderful opportunity to re-ignite her passion for the environment, and being a responsible steward of the planet. Outside of Common Earth, Katie is pursuing a PhD at the University of Waterloo in the School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability. She holds a Master of Forest Conservation from the University of Toronto.