About

OUR STORY
PEYA is a regional network of over 1400 action-oriented students in Peel concerned about environmental issues and determined to make positive change! PEYA is a youth-initiated organization, guided by a student Executive Committee and supported by Ecosource.

Based on our strong student expertise and adult support at Ecosource, PEYA assists students from Grades 6-12 and their teachers who are looking to create sustained environmental change in their schools and supports students in building their capacity to create positive environmental change in their schools and local communities.

PEYA’s worked is propelled by a youth steering committee from grades 9 through 12 and unites students across Peel working to improve the environment in their schools and neighbourhoods through monthly events as well as through online platforms. PEYA also organizes large-scale events for students across the Region of Peel, including our popular annual EcoBuzz Conference and Amazing Green Race.

We provide a forum for students to learn from one another and form relationships with local environmental organizations.

In the community, PEYA is a catalyst for youth participation in environmental policy-making and is committed to exploring best practices for youth-adult partnerships. PEYA is part of the City of Mississauga’s Environmental Action Committee, the David Suzuki Foundation’s Future Ground Network and the Principal’s Sustainability Advisory Committee at the University of Toronto, Mississauga campus.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, PEYA is generously funded by the Climate Impact Fund and the Peterborough KM Hunter Foundation. For more information about these funders, please click on their names to be directed to their websites.

Danielle Pazdzior

Youth Program Facilitator

Peel Environmental Youth Alliance

Danielle is dedicated to engaging community members in working towards local environmental action. Danielle holds a Bachelor of Science from McMaster University, where her studies in the Life Sciences program allowed her to explore topics in conservation biology, sustainability and climate change mitigation. Taking part in her school’s Co-op program, Danielle quickly realized her passion for environmental education during her internship as a Waste Reduction Educator at the Region of Peel. Since graduating, Danielle joined the Ecosource team, supporting several projects pertaining to youth environmental action, local food security, and community outreach. With her years of experience in mentoring youth and passion for wildlife preservation, Danielle is thrilled to inspire climate action in her role as the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance Facilitator at Ecosource.

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Executive Council 2021-2022

PEYA School Champions

The PEYA Champions Program is made up of a group of environmentally-minded students from schools across the Region of Peel from grade 7 -12 who want to promote environmental change and raise awareness about their community’s environmental issues.

PEYA Champions will collaborate with the PEYA executive team and Ecosource staff to raise awareness of PEYA’s programming in their school and among youth in their community.

Social Media

Our School Champions work with our team to help us create engaging social media content.

Events

As part of the PEYA team, our School Champions attend all events and represent our cause.

Support

A Champion provides support for major events, including the EcoBuzz Conference and Amazing Green Race.

Promote & Inform

We rely on our Champions to promote and inform students and staff about upcoming PEYA events and initiatives.
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