Sharmalene Mendis-Millard

Sharmalene Mendis-Millard is the new associate director for the Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action (CCRLA) at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has received both academic and community recognition for her work as a community-based researcher who has worked with a variety of stakeholders across Canada in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves over 17 years and served on the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Committee. With a background in Geography and having worked for several research centres, she has also worked with environmental non-profits such as REEP Green Solutions, where she was part of the team that took a community-based social marketing approach to develop and help evaluate a pilot program in Kitchener and Waterloo. She continues to volunteer in her community and work with others elsewhere.