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MaryGold Bhandari, Operations & Administration Coordinator

MaryGold Bhandari, Operations & Administration Coordinator

Student at Glendon College, York University

Born in the mountainous country of Nepal, MaryGold has a deep rooted connection with the earth and its elements. Throughout her youth, she spent a lot of time traveling back and forth between Canada and Nepal where she felt the joys of being amongst the mountains and eating lush organic vegetables yet also witnessed how climate change devastated local communities and saw remote areas lacking the basic resources. Despite being in the corporate retail industry for over a decade, MaryGold always yearned to do more to give back to others and aspired into transitioning back into her field of study, International Development.

Collectively with Iron and Earth, MaryGold is part of a team dedicated to the importance of long-lasting sustainability and providing communities with access to education and the tools necessary for them to be self-sufficient for generations to come whilst respecting their culture, traditions, and values.

Having seen the vast difference between those who have too much yet struggle to find happiness and those who have so little yet have the biggest smiles, MaryGold believes everyone can pay it forward and longs for a world where everyone is kind to one another and respectful to their environment.

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.