Introducing the Driving Force Behind GCAT (A friendly bunch)
Yvette Tendick is president and co-founder of Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation. She has a degree in Environmental Studies from University of Waterloo, as well as a Bachelor of Education. She is a school teacher and advocate for healthy mobility for people of all ages and abilities.
Luke Weiler is an avid perambulator who lives and works in downtown Guelph. He runs a law practice and can often be seen strolling hither and yon. He is deeply interested in the business of making places properly support and function for the human beings who inhabit them.
Jordan Richard – Treasurer of GCAT
He was born in Prince Edward Island and has also spent time living in New Brunswick and British Columbia. He’s been calling Guelph home since 2013 and has lived car-free since 2015. The bicycle became Jordan’s preferred mode of transportation when he lived in Victoria and Vancouver B.C. At the time, he had never heard about the cycling advocacy movement or read any of the studies that describe the myriad of benefits of active transportation… to him it just made sense and it was fun! It took him wherever he needed to go, made him feel good and saved him money.
Jordan Richard wants to help advocate for change so that people of all ages and abilities feel empowered to get out and experience the same feelings and benefits that he has. He is passionate about building a robust cycling culture and pushing for change in how we design our streets and trails so that they work better for everyone.
Jordan is an Actuarial Consultant whose day job involves pricing insurance business. He plays ultimate frisbee, disc golf, and rides his bike recreationally.
You’re welcome to contact Jordan at email@example.com. He wants to hear your thoughts and ideas!
All season Active Transportation activist
Renewable energy and Efficiency nerd
Water conservation and source protection activist
Duncan, MacKenzie, member at large
Mr Mac has been a lifelong commuter bicyclist, and hopes that he’s inspired many hundreds of students, elementary and secondary, in Ontario and California, to think of biking as the best way to travel. He ‘talks the talk and bikes the bike,’ and has done so for so many years. Not only is he committed to biking for his own health and enjoyment, but also to be able to zip around without creating noise or air pollution here in the city of Guelph. He recently paid $140 for his annual spring tuneup- how much does it cost to keep a car on the road for a year? So he hopes to help Guelph make great strides in promoting active transportation in whatever ways he can in GCAT.
Laura Brown-GCAT secretary
I’m a physical geographer whose focus of research the past decade or so has been on climate change and its impact on maple syrup production or extreme weather events in Ontario. So, you might think that’s why I choose to ride my bike instead of driving a car. But long before I was aware of the impacts burning fossil fuels had on her planet I used my bike as my primary form of transport because it was fun and cheaper than driving, parking passes or having a transit pass. To improve my riding skills and be a safer cyclist I’ve taken a CAN-bike course. I have joined the GCAT board because when I’m not riding I prefer to walk and would like to contribute to making Guelph a better city for Active Transport.-
Ted Bangay, member at large
Ted Bangay and his wife moved to the Riverside Park neighbourhood of Guelph in 2017. Having lived previously in a car-centric community, he is enjoying Guelph’s walkability. He’s a three-season cyclist and four-season walker, and enjoys his trips to downtown Guelph along the Trans Canada Trail beside the Speed River. Through his involvement with GCAT, Ted wants to advocate for walking and cycling as climate action that ordinary citizens can take simply by leaving their cars at home for their short trips whenever possible.
Would you like to become involved with GCAT? We are open to having new perspectives, new ideas, and support (e.g. volunteering for events). Please feel free to contact (firstname.lastname@example.org) or join us for one of our monthly meetings which are open to public.
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