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New Environment Lethbridge executive director focuses on sustainability, waste management

Lethbridge residents use waste management facility.
Lethbridge residents use waste management facility. Ben Matychuk / Global News

LETHBRIDGE – After a long search, Environment Lethbridge has hired its first ever executive director.

Kathleen Sheppard, who most recently worked as the executive director with Social Planning Cowichan in Duncan, British Columbia, has just finished a week in her new position. Despite the change for the organization, Sheppard says little will change in its focus, as she plans to keep improving sustainability and waste management protocols.

“Our focus for the first year is going to be on waste reduction and recycling,” stated Sheppard, who has a Bachelor of Science in geography and biology.

Over the next year, the organization will also establish relationships with small businesses, recruit volunteers, and develop sustainability benchmarks.

“One of the things I’m excited about is the opportunity to bring together different individuals and organizations who maybe aren’t usually focused on environmental issues,” explained Sheppard. “Environment Lethbridge is focused on sustainability, and that of course is an issue that touches everybody in the community.”

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Since its establishment in 2013, Environment Lethbridge has its first executive director in Kathleen Sheppard.

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