Beth McKinlay

Whether sitting quietly in a tree as a child, or exploring trails and lakes as an adult, I (Beth, she/her) have always been nurtured by the natural world, and found it to be a source of much peace, joy and adventure. This deep connection led me to study Biology and Environmental Studies, allowing me to work as a naturalist in parks across Canada, and as a high school science teacher. As a lifelong learner, I have received additional teaching qualifications in the social sciences and Indigenous Issues. I have also completed an MA in theology/spirituality and a diploma in spiritual companioning from University of Toronto, as well as a certificate in Expressive Arts from Fleming College. Retirement allows me time to enjoy reading, piano and art, to volunteer with a citizen’s climate action group, and as an online responder with a crisis text line.  I encourage people to explore and deepen their connection with nature for their own wellness, and to help empower environmental activism. I am very happy to bring my interests to my role as mentor and am excited to join the EcoWisdom team!