Leora Berman is The Land Between founder and of The Land Between charity. Leora has been leading and developing large scale ecological projects for nonprofit groups and governments for 20 years. She began by studying Economics and English at McMaster University, but did not feel fulfilled with this learning and so pursued a focus in Hydrology and Environmental science at Sir Sandford Fleming College. She has since worked with governments and as an educator for the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Rural Affairs, with large charities of Wildlife Habitat Canada and Ducks Unlimited Canada for wetland, landscape and species conservation; and she has worked privately in hydrogeological consulting, for septic designs, dam building, shoreline restoration and also goose control. As the Founder and COO of The Land Between, Leora is focused on building relationships, awareness and capacity. She is dedicated to grassroots, Indigenous and democratic systems and governance. Leora also runs a private consulting firm that develops and supports social sector efforts in her communities.
Jaime Kearnan is a passionate, biologist who graduated from Laurentian University with a Bachelor’s of Science specializing in zoology. She also attained a graduate certificate in Environmental Visual Communication from Sir Sandford Fleming College and the Royal Ontario Museum. Jaime’s body has a very low tolerance for bugs bites and she spends most of her days inside a bug net. She recently joined The Land Between as a Turtle Researcher for the Turtle Guardian program and The Land Between Communications Coordinator. Jaime hopes to increase awareness of conservation and environmental issues through field research and captivating story-telling.
Logan Lindsay is an avid conservationist and outdoorsman. Logan’s role with The Land Between is to educate the public about the necessity of action for turtle conservation. Logan is also responsible for running turtle camp, educating children about all eight of Ontario’s turtle species, and recruiting them to become Turtle Guardians. Other responsibilities include collecting field data and caring for the turtles that are in the care of The Land Between. In Logan’s spare time he is often found scouting out rare house plants at different greenhouses or swimming and fishing.
MaryJane Proulx is an Anishinaabeg/Scottish woman who recently joined The Land Between team as the Cultural Heritage Coordinator. MaryJane’s work with The Land Between focuses on the incorporation of First Nations history and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in multiple projects across the landscape. Throughout her academic career at Trent University and Fleming College, MaryJane has been working to promote and support Indigenous perspectives as a researcher, writer and historian. She holds a Bachelor with Honours in History and Environmental Resource Studies, as well as a diploma in Ecosystem Management Technology. MaryJane has worked as an Artisan Interpreter and Tour Guide at the Canoe Museum for the past 3 years, carving paddles and teaching visitors about Indigenous-settler histories through the story of the canoe. She has also volunteered with Peterborough Green Up and the Rice Lake Plains Joint Initiative doing ecological work. MaryJane’s ultimate goal in both her personal and academic career is to bridge cultures through ecological problem solving and story-telling.
Brittany Stoneman is an ecologist who graduated from the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) program at the University of Guelph with a specialization in Geography and Geomatics. Brittany attained a post-graduate diploma in Ecosystem Management from the School of Environmental & Natural Resources at Fleming College.Brittany’s experience includes field research, biological inventories and environmental sampling and the ability to identify Ontario’s native, non-native and invasive flora and fauna. Brittany volunteered as a Wilderness Resource Conservation Technician with Askari Wilderness Conservation Program in Limpopo, South Africa from January to April 2019. She assisted with data capture in the field for herbivore population monitoring and the spatial demography of large game. She also assisted with Cheetah rehabilitation, Nyala breeding and nocturnal mammal monitoring using radio telemetry for tracking. She is also very fortunate to have contributed to alien plant control, habitat restoration and erosion control. Brittany is currently conducting ecological monitoring for Ontario’s turtle’s species and biological surveys for species at risk. Brittany enjoys measuring and weighing turtles to gather data on population and size dynamics. She is also assisting with assessing and prioritizing existing culverts for turtle tunnel implementation as well as aiding with various workshops and shoreline naturalization.