Lina Chaker is a second-year student at the University of Windsor. While still in high school, Lina initiated a community composting program in her South Windsor neighbourhood. Through Greening Kenilworth, as she calls the project, Lina assembled a network of neighbours who donate their compostable materials, which Lina then stores in her backyard until they are ready to ship to the large composters at the community garden on Drouillard Road. The compost is then donated to this community garden which helps to support local food banks. Lina is presently working to recruit new composting ambassadors to spread this amazing project more broadly to the community. For this work, Lina was recognized at the 2012 Earth Day celebration.
Through her role heading the Outreach subcommittee of the Windsor Islamic Association (WIA), Lina focuses on projects that reach out to and benefit the wider community. She takes this opportunity to focus on her personal passion: environmental issues. One major accomplishment has been the implementation of a recycling program at the mosque which has been in place since July 2012. Last year, Lina received a $1500 grant through Engaging Girls, Changing Communities, and is currently working to establish a Muslim community garden which will help to further grow her composting project.
Lina has organized clean up days at the mosque, and also took a lead in recruiting participants for a walk-a-thon at Devonwood Conservation Area, with proceeds benefiting our Conservation Foundation’s Trail On! campaign. Lina is also a member of ERCA’s Youth Engagement Strategy (YES) Team, and was the recipient of a 2012 Conservation Award for Youth. We believe her to be a future face of Conservation, and are pleased to honour her as a Conservation Champion.