Team

Meet the Pye Centre staff, researchers, and community partners!

Staff

Ashlee Cunsolo, PhD

Founding Dean, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies and the Pye Centre

Jamie Jackman

Program Coordinator, Community Connections and Education for the Pye Centre

Alex Sawatzky, PhD

Special Projects Manager for the Pye Centre

Lemuel Seaward

Resident Farmer at the Pye Centre


Summer Students

Caroline McDonald

MBA-SEE Intern & Social Enterprise Development Coordinator for the Pye Centre


Researchers

Coming soon


Community Partners

Coming soon


Staff

Ashlee Cunsolo

Founding Dean, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies and the Pye Centre
Labrador Institute of Memorial University

Ashlee Cunsolo, PhD, is a health geographer and the founding Dean of the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies in the Labrador Institute of Memorial University.

As a community-engaged social science and health researcher working at the intersection of place, culture, health, and environment, Ashlee has a particular interest in the climatic, social, environmental, and cultural determinants of Indigenous health, intercultural learning and dialogue, environmental ethics, and the social justice implications of social, environmental, and health inequality.

She is a leading voice nationally and internationally on climate change and mental health, ecological grief, and intangible losses and damages that arise from climate change, and works more broadly at the intersection of place, culture, health, and environment. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her community-based research and science outreach, and is a regular media contributor on climate change, mental health, and ecological grief. 

She is also working with local farmers and organizations to establish the Pye Centre for Northern Boreal Food Systems as a leading-edge, community-driven research, education, and experimental farm focused on enhancing and expanding Northern food security and food sovereignty in Labrador, and growing the agricultural industry.

She sits on a variety of research and education councils and boards, both at Memorial University and externally, and focuses on institution building, equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education, Northern sovereignty in research and education, and Indigenization and decolonization of the academy.

She currently lives in Labrador, Canada.

Learn more about Ashlee’s work: www.ashleecunsolo.ca
Contact Ashlee: ashlee.cunsolo@mun.ca

Jamie Jackman

Program Coordinator, Community Connections and Education for the Pye Centre
Labrador Institute of Memorial University

Jamie Jackman is a Nunatsiavut Beneficiary who grew up between the communities of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Hopedale, Labrador. He studied Anthropology at the University of Prince Edward Island and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts. He then went on to work mainly with Indigenous organizations in areas related to community-based research, youth programming, food security, and more, including the Native Council of Prince Edward Island, Sivunivut Inuit Community Corporation, and the Labrador Friendship Centre.

Jamie’s interest lie mainly in food sovereignty, northern-based agriculture, and community engagement and development. In his current capacity as Program Coordinator for the Labrador Institute of Memorial University, he is working on the development of the Pye Centre for Northern Boreal Food Systems, focusing mainly on community engagement and outreach.

Jamie is the chairperson for the Community Food Hub Inc. which is an organization devoted to addressing issues of food security in the Lake Melville Region by implementing practical programs to increase access to fresh produce and by building local capacity. He is also a board member at Food First NL and was the coordinator for the Labrador Friendship Centre Community Food Bank for three years.

Jamie happens to also be a musician and recording artist active in the Province’s music scene with his folk-rock group, Silver Wolf Band, and is a current board member of the Eastern Labrador Arts Alliance.

Contact Jamie: jamie.jackman@mun.ca

Alex Sawatzky

Special Projects Manager for the Pye Centre
Labrador Institute of Memorial University

Alex Sawatzky, PhD, is an interdisciplinary researcher and artist who collaborates with communities, researchers, and organizations to co-create and mobilize knowledge. She engages visual methods and tools that are driven by relational approaches to research, centering community voices and knowledge to ensure research, and research communication works with and for the people it serves to benefit.

For the past six years, Alex has been working in partnership with Inuit of Labrador on community-led climate change adaptation projects. During her PhD, she worked with the community of Rigolet to develop the foundation for a place-based, Inuit-led environment and health monitoring system that works with and for Inuit.

In her current capacity as Special Projects Manager for the Labrador Institute, Alex is working with key partners and leaders in Labrador and Memorial to manage the strategic development of the Pye Centre for Northern Boreal Food Systems. She is also leading and supporting projects and activities related to the Labrador Campus development and transition, including the strategic growth and development of educational programming, research initiatives, and infrastructural developments.

Alex also owns and operates her own freelance design practice, specializing in mobilizing science and research into visual forms, and enhancing science communication.

Learn more about Alex’s work: www.alex-sawatzky.com
Contact Alex: asawatzky@mun.ca

Lemuel Seaward

Resident Farmer at the Pye Centre

Lemuel Seaward was born and raised in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and is the Resident Farmer at the Pye Centre. He has many years of farming experience including the operation of his own potato farm, Daybreak Farm, which included at one time a 5000-bird commercial egg operation. Lem is quite familiar with the land having worked closely with Frank and Joyce Pye on various projects in the past. In addition he is a journeyman carpenter with a wealth of knowledge in construction, maintenance, and farm operations.


Summer Students

Caroline McDonald

MBA-SEE Intern
Social Enterprise Development Coordinator for the Pye Centre

Caroline McDonald is passionate about community and sustainable social enterprise development and the potential to grow the social enterprise sector as positive change agents in Newfoundland and Labrador. Born and raised in St. John’s, Caroline believes that an authentic understanding of community is crucial for harnessing successful and sustainable social businesses.

Caroline holds a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience and is currently completing her Master’s in Business Administration at Memorial University with a focus in Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Caroline was the recipient of two Science Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA) that focused on evaluating and improving best-practice pediatric protocols for at-risk patients. In 2016, Caroline gave a TEDx talk in St. John’s, an invaluable experience to learn from a diverse group of community champions.

Caroline’s interest in social enterprise was fostered through her involvement with Stella’s Circle. As the pianist for the organizations Inclusion Choir, Caroline experienced first-hand the possibility and power of impactful social business. Additionally, Caroline worked with Taskforce NL where she was responsible for supporting projects including the Surplus Food Rescue Program and local manufacturing of PPE. Caroline is currently involved with Home Again Furniture Bank as a member of their social enterprise committee.

Caroline has recently begun an internship with the Pye Centre, where she will support the development of a social enterprise portfolio.

Contact Caroline: ccm675@mun.ca

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