Coordinating Committee

Sheridan Graham, CMO, Coordinating Committee Chair 

sheridan grahamSheridan Graham is the Director, Corporate Projects & Services with the County of Peterborough. She began her municipal career with the County in 1997, moving on to the City of Kawartha Lakes as Manager of Purchasing and Accounts Payable in 2003 and returned to the County of Peterborough in 2007. Sheridan has a CMO designation from AMCTO and has her Master Certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University. In her position at the County, Sheridan is responsible for all County facilities, IT, legal and insurance, risk management, County forests, sustainability, corporate communications & projects as well as Lang Pioneer Village Museum.

Sheridan is also the Procurement Director for the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) a project of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and a member of the core team for the project since its inception. Sheridan recently completed her green belt in Lean Six Sigma and is leading the County implementation. She is the County representative and Chair of Sustainable Peterborough.

Meredith Carter, Coordinating Committee Vice-Chair

Meredith Carter is currently the Manager of the Watershed Management Program at Otonabee Conservation which includes the Drinking Water Source Protection Program, Flood Forecasting and Warning, Watershed Health Monitoring, environmental stewardship and education. Meredith has 20 years of experience in natural resource management, is a graduate of the University of Guelph, and has attended Trent University, Fleming College, and Loyalist College.

Ken Doherty, Coordinating Committee Past Chair 

ken doherty sketchKen Doherty started his municipal career in the cultural sector. He has worked as a Museum Curator and Director, Gallery Director, Library Manager, and part-time College Professor. He is a Past President of the Ontario Museum Association, a former Board Member for Community Arts Ontario, and served as the inaugural Chair for the provincial Municipal Cultural Planning Partnership.

Ken was appointed Director of City of Peterborough’s Community Services Department in 2004. His Department includes 5 divisions: Arenas; Arts, Culture & Heritage; Recreation; Social Services; Sustainability; and 15 facilities.

Ken Doherty was the longstanding Chair of Sustainable Peterborough, now sitting on the Coordinating Committee as Past Chair.

Brigid Ayotte 

Brigid Ayotte is the Economic & Community Development Co-ordinator with the Township of Cavan Monaghan. Prior to working with the Township she spent many years at the Peterborough Economic Development Corporation. She endeavours to balance the economic, environmental and social needs and wants of a small rural community with a strong agricultural base.

Dawn Berry-Merriam 

Dawn Berry MerriamDawn Berry Merriam has over 35 years experience in municipal, provincial and community planning. Her expertise is gleaned from her work with the Peterborough Social Planning Council that has been augmented by her positions as a Social Planner with the City of Peterborough as well as the Associate Executive Director of the local District Health Council and management positions with VON and with St. Joseph’s At Fleming ( a long-term care facility).

This experience ensured that Dawn understands the dynamics of organizations and the evolving face of the infrastructure of health/ social services and community change. She continues to work for environmental improvements that include the social and physical needs of the Peterborough region. Dawn’s farming background has helped her understand and advocate for strong rural communities.

John Desbiens 

John Desbiens is the Peterborough Economic Development (PED) appointed board representative to the committee. John acts a liaison between Sustainable Peterborough and PED offering his perspective and experience as both an entrepreneur and active community volunteer. He is an environmental engineering graduate of Queen’s University and has spent the past 20+ years working as a consultant, currently as CEO & President of Cambium. As a firm believer that long-term viability, especially of our communities, is only achievable by striking a reasonable balance of people, planet and profits; John incorporates triple-bottom line considerations in his decision-making. As such, John is proud to support and participate in the Sustainable Peterborough work.

Amber Dickinson 

Amber Dickinson photoMy name is Amber Dickinson and I am the Corporate Services Analyst for the Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen. I sit on the Sustainable Peterborough Coordinating Committee. I bring insight with regards to our Townships participation in the move towards more sustainable operating processes as well as the challenges that we face. I believe the sharing of information between municipalities and organizations within the GPA is key to moving forwards to a more sustainable community.


Stephen Hill 

stephen hill photoStephen Hill is an associate professor within the Environmental & Resource Studies program at Trent University. Stephen was born and raised in Ontario, Canada but spent nearly a decade studying and working in Alberta before beginning his academic career at Trent in 2003. Stephen’s education and professional background span the fields of engineering, biology, environmental policy and corporate strategy.

He is an active researcher in the areas of energy and climate policy, community sustainability and the relationship between science, technology and environmental policy, holding grants from SSHRC, Carbon Management Canada, and the Canadian Water Network. He was awarded Trent’s Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011 and the CMHC Award for Excellence in Education in 2012. Stephen also serves as a member of the Sustainable Peterborough coordinating committee, Chair of the Climate Change Working Group, Chair of the Ontario Network for Sustainable Energy Policy, and is a board member for the Trent Community Research Centre.

Melanie Kawalec 

As the Sustainability Manager with the City, I work on renewable energy opportunities, energy conservation, water conservation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, the Low-Flow Toilet Rebate, greening the community, and funding opportunities. I joined Sustainable Peterborough to participate on the Coordinating Committee and many of the Working Groups to provide a continuity between the City, the community, Sustainable Peterborough, and local projects. I am also the Project Manager of the Greater Peterborough Area Climate Change Action Plan. My role in general is to broker opportunities as they arise, making the connection between the project, the people, and the funding. 

Trish O’Connor 

photo of Trish o'ConnorTrish O’Connor is currently the Lead for the Office of Sustainability and an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant at Sir Sandford Fleming College and has worked for the college for twelve years in a variety of leadership positions. Trish is an environmental planner by profession and has worked in adult education, training, change management and continuous improvement for the past 25 years in the public sector. Prior to joining the College, Trish was the Manager of Organizational Effectiveness at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, and also worked for many years in environmental planning and organizational development with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Trish holds Bachelor degrees in Environmental and Resource Studies, Economics and Education and a Masters Degree in Adult Education with a focus on Community Development and Education for Sustainability. Trish is also a Lean certified facilitator and is the corporate lead for the Lean initiative at Sir Sandford Fleming College.

 Brianna Salmon 

brianna salmon photoBrianna Salmon is the executive director of GreenUP, a vital and leading environmental non-profit organization operating in Peterborough region. Brianna has a Masters in Sustainability Studies from Trent University, and has been leading the development and implementation of innovative community-based programming at GreenUP for more than seven years. As a member of the Sustainable Peterborough Coordinating Committee, she brings a thoughtful and grounded perspective, informed by her work at the local level.


Linda Slavin 

Linda Slavin has worked in education, business, international and community development, and as a facilitator and activist in a variety of local organizations for 44 years. She has worked consistently on integrating economic (COIN), anti-poverty (Peterborough Coalition for Social Justice, Social Planning Council, Mayor’s Anti-Poverty Committee), gender & diversity, ( E. Fry & Peterborough Anti-Racism and Women’s Events Committees), international (Trent INSTRUCT Project –Mexico/Ecuador, ON Council on International Development, 1st Election Monitoring – South Africa, KWIC Program Director), and environmental issues (‘Our Common Future & Our Common Future Too” Conferences, Peterborough Mayor’s Committee on Sustainable Development, Sustainable Peterborough Report, Peterborough GreenUp, Food Accessibility Committee, Community Gardens, Kawartha’s Locally Grown Project, Nourish Peterborough and Sustainable Trent). This latter group morphed into “Sustainable Peterborough” and produced the regional “Sustainability Plan” in 2012. Linda co-chaired and remains a member of the Coordinating Committee, and the Food and Farming Working Group. She also works for education and action on climate change and sustainability with For Our Grandchildren (Peterborough). Linda has been part of an interim steering committee applying for the UNESCO designation of Peterborough and the Kawarthas as a Regional Centre for Expertise in Sustainability Education.

Larry Stinson 

Larry Stinson is the Director of Operations for Peterborough Public Health (formally Peterborough County-City Health Unit). He started his public health career as a Health Promoter in 1991 and has tackled a variety of direct program delivery and management roles. He is the past President for the Ontario Public Health Association and Health Promotion Ontario and has represented his colleagues on numerous provincial steering and advisory committees. Larry’s formal education includes a B.Sc. in Physical and Health Education from York University and a Masters in Public Administration from Dalhousie University.

Jeannette Thompson 

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Andrea Connell

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 Ryan Ellis

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