MLF: When did you start working with Maple Leaves Forever, and what is your role?
AH: I started working with MLF partway through 2019, helping out with administering the Thank You Rebate program. I work remotely out of Guelph.
MLF: Maple Leaves Forever has a team of part-time employees – most of us have other jobs. What other roles/jobs do you have and how do they relate to MLF?
AH: My role with MLF only requires a few hours per month so my primary job is Forests Ontario where I manage education programs, including the Ontario Envirothon which Maple Leaves Forever has been the lead sponsor of for over 4 years! Forests Ontario has a number of programs all of which aim to engage students in learning about the forests and the forest sector in Ontario and Canada. Through our programs, including Ontario Envirothon, Focus on Forests, Forestry Connects and Tree Bee, we teach youth about forest careers, environmental science and forest management.
MLF: Where is your favourite place to explore nature in Southern Ontario?
AH: I like spending time on the Niagara Escarpment for the views in particular. But if I had to pick a favourite place to explore nature I would go further north near Chapleau. I grew up going to a camp near the wildlife reserve and really love canoeing on the non-windy days.
MLF: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
AH: Jarring is an annual tradition we have in my house as I am addicted to tomatoes – we also starting doing pickled green beans, peaches in syrup and hot peppers this year. As well I am a passionate recreational level soccer player, was starting to pick up target archery before the pandemic and I do love to try baking new exciting recipes.