Shannon Lirondelle has been a member and volunteer of the Junior Forest Wardens for 14 years, and has contributed countless hours volunteering to lead and coordinate all aspects of the Red Deer Woodchucks club since stepping into the club coordinator role in 2018. Shannon has served on numerous regional committees and boards and has led initiatives to help other JFW clubs in the region thrive. She has also volunteered and facilitated warden involvement in environmental stewardship initiatives through partnerships with groups including Pheasants Forever and Red Deer Fish and Game. In her day job at the Red Deer Public library, Shannon has developed a number of innovative experiential programs designed to connect families to nature and inspire positive environmental action.
Lauren Maris, formerly an employee of the Alberta oil patch, followed her dream of helping people live more environmentally responsible lifestyles by writing and selling more than a thousand copies of “Live Green, Calgary!”, a guide to help individuals make positive environmental change. Over the past 11 years, Lauren has designed and delivered hands-on environmental programs to thousands of Red Deerians, who have learned to backyard compost, become idle free, and reduce energy use. She volunteers with her community association and Michener Services, and spent last summer nature scaping her front yard. Lauren is dedicated, passionate, and always willing to share her knowledge to support others in environmental stewardship.