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Introducing our Community Engagement team!

Welcome Ana and Stephen!

Community is at the root of all of Iron & Earth initiatives and while these past couple of years have made it extremely difficult to build relationships in person, we continue to strive towards this goal by bringing in a couple of key people to our team who will help us build a foundation to grow our chapters across the country. It is with great pleasure that we introduce Ana Guerra Marin as our new National Chapter Director and Stephen Buhler as our new Community Engagement Officer!

Ana has spent the last 15 years helping communities achieve self-determination through social and environmental justice in Latin America and Canada. She is a geological engineer with an M.A. in social justice who aims to create transformative change by focusing on human rights while deconstructing structural issues as root causes of violence with a strong environmental component. She offers her knowledge and expertise to the organization as well as to all of its constituents.

 Ana, our National Chapter Director

Stephen has been working in the oil and gas industry as a journeyman machinist for the past 13 years. Always keenly aware that a transition to a net-zero economy was going to be required, he wanted a trade that would give him skills to work on infrastructure both in oil and gas, and renewables. After feeling that a transition to low-carbon energy was not happening with the urgency required, he got involved with grassroots climate organizations in Edmonton, where he used his experience as an oil and gas worker to help build connections between the work of young climate activists and fossil fuel workers. Now he is bringing the energy and passion from his experiences with youth climate organizers to help his fellow fossil fuel workers advocate for the support and investments needed to transition to a low-carbon future.

Stephen, our Community Engagement Officer

Everybody at Iron and Earth is really looking forward to how both Ana and Stephen’s journey compliments our own and we will keep updating you all on how our organization continues to grow and develop this year.

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Iron & Earth is committed to partnering with Indigenous workers to empower their communities to become self-sufficient in training programs, clean energy transition projects, and employment opportunities to combat environmental racism. It falls to all of us to continue the work of healing and reconciliation in our communities and our organizations. Our relationship with the land and the people who live here shapes who we are. It is in the spirit of reconciliation and honouring the past that we recognize treaties and agreements wherever they are and wherever we work.

We also acknowledge all peoples who live, work, and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.
As individuals and teams we may make mistakes along the way, but we are dedicated to growth, openness, compassion, and forgiveness. These principles in our work are essential to building successful and healthy relationships with individuals, communities, organizations, and governments.

We look forward to building a path to lead us to a better relationship with Indigenous nations and the environment around us based on peace, friendship, and respect.