Joel Ornoy, Alumni Officer
Growing up in South Africa, Joel formed an early passion for the environment and wildlife that set him on a lifetime path of helping non-profits on progressive causes. With parents in the travel business, he has traveled extensively, which in turn, led him to international development as well as environment and resource studies. Working for non-profits in Indonesia, Brazil and El Salvador broadened his involvement beyond environmental causes to social, political and economic issues. His role has involved communications, project coordination, fundraising, and outreach for non-profits.
Joel has been a fan of Iron and Earth since the start, in its work to move fossil fuel workers into clean energy jobs, while tackling climate change in a highly-meaningful way. He hopes to help attract and retain Iron and Earth members and also expand awareness of its programs as well as the impacts of climate change.
A nature enthusiast, Joel enjoys spending much of his time hiking, camping and photographing nature.
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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.