KWIC Staff


Julie Cosgrove
Executive Director 

I met KWIC after moving to Peterborough at the One World Dinner and joined a year later in 2003 as the Program Coordinator. What I enjoy most in my work is connecting with and learning from so many amazing, passionate people, of all ages! I am grateful to have been embraced by this community that raised up my son Kieran, and which continues to be such an important part of our life here.

I completed my Honours B.A. at Waterloo University (Co-op Program), a B.ED. at York University and the Community-based International Development Program, specializing in Participatory Approaches to Development at the COADY International Institute at St. Xavier University.

As the executive director of KWIC, my work is informed by 30+ years working in community-based education and other projects in Canada and overseas, the importance of community collaborations, and joy in facilitating welcoming, inclusive spaces to learn from diverse perspectives and lived experiences. When not at KWIC, I am a volunteer mediator with Peterborough Community Mediation, cycling, cooking, or curled up reading something delicious.[C1] 

If you have an idea or project you’d to explore with KWIC, I’d love to hear from you at




Shaelyn Wabegijig
Program and Outreach Coordinator

Aaniin Boozhoo, hello and greetings to the KWIC | Nogojiwanong community! My name is Shaelyn Wabegijig, (kwe/she/her) and since April, 2020, I am the Program and Outreach Coordinator for KWIC.

My family is Algonquin from Timiskaming First Nation, Caribou Clan, Irish and German, and I grew up in Rama First Nation. I graduated from Trent University with a BAH in Indigenous Studies and Philosophy. I have volunteered in many capacities for KWIC during and after my studies. I joined KWIC’s Board of Directors in September, 2017, and resigned in April, 2020, from my position as the Board Secretary. Working with KWIC to host incredible events and programs has helped me connect to so many like-minded people, feel a sense of belonging and hope that a better world is possible when we come together. Working with KWIC has taught me that what I do ripples out locally to globally and makes a difference, no matter how small!

From March 2020-21, I was KWIC's coordinator for the partnership project with GreenUP: Advancing the SDGs 2030 Agenda in Nogojiwanong | Peterborough. I am currently the program coordinator for KWIC's project called Advancing Gender Equality (SDG 5) in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough, funded by the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough through Canada's Gender Equality fund.

Miigwetch | thank you to KWIC, the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg, and the Nogojiwanong community. Feel free to reach me via email at I look forward to connecting further!


Erin Clancy
TEACH Outside the Box Program Coordinator


Hi everyone! My name is Erin (she/her) and I am the Program Coordinator of Teach Outside the Box (TEACH). As an educator who has a passion for social justice, anti-oppression, and experiential education, I am honoured to engage with pre-service teachers and community educators in TEACH. I am a graduate of Trent's M.A. in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, and the Trent-Queens Concurrent Education program. Alongside coordinating TEACH, I have been working as a Course Instructor in the Trent School of Education, and as a high school supply teacher in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough. My other passions involve playing volleyball, creating music, painting, and exploring the outdoors! If you want to learn more about the TEACH Program, e-mail



Jocelyn Whalen
Resource Facilitator


Hello! My name is Jocelyn Whalen (she/her) and I am the Resource Facilitator with KWIC. I am currently studying in the Bachelor of Education program at Trent University. I have a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Environmental & Resource Science and Studies from Trent University, and an Environmental Technician Diploma and Environmental Technology Graduate Diploma from Fleming College. I have worked with various non-profit organizations across the country which focus on the environment & sustainability, education, food security and water conservation. I have learned that community building is the most important part of working towards social change.

Please contact me if you have any questions or if you'd like to discuss any opportunities with the Resource Centre at  



Image of KWIC Educational Program Coordinator, Will Ward

Will Ward
Educational Program Coordinator

Hey there! My name is Will Ward (he/they) and I am the Educational Program Coordinator for the summer. I am usually reading, writing, speaking or playing music. I completed three certificates, over a couple summers, in Molecular Biology & Genetics, Pharmacology & Toxicology and Microbiology in Epidemiology at U of T. In 2018 I attended the UN Youth Conference on the SDGs at the United Nations Headquarters as a delegate. I was one of the inaugural graduates of the Youth Leadership in Sustainability (YLS). Currently, I do advocacy work for BIPOC and marginalized students, as well as various research projects centering accountability and social consciousness. My work is directed by listening to lived experiences and perspectives. I love collaborating and finding points of intersection, if you would like to connect reach out to me: 



Image of KWIC Education Program Coordinator, Czarina Garcia

Czarina Garcia 
Education Program Coordinator 

Hi folx! I'm Czarina (she/her) and I identify as a Filipinx woman and mother. I serve my community as a healer, educator, and ARTivist; exercising my creative passions through social justice work; and hosting BIPOC-centred spaces that liberate dialogue, education, and practices in cross-cultural knowledge and community healing.

I am in my fourth year at Trent University studying Environmental Resource Studies and International Development Studies. My education and work interests focus on themes and connections between global environmental justice issues and gendered health disparities, but as a lifelong learner, I am always seeking to explore so much more beyond those themes!

I started working with KWIC in November 2019 as the communications lead, and I am excited to return to KWIC as the education program coordinator this Fall/Winter 2021-2022 academic year. 

I’d love to hear from you! Connect with me at



KWIC staff portrait - Malaika Collette - KWIC Program Facilitator

Malaika Collette
Program Coordinator

Hi everyone! My name is Malaika Collette (she/her) and I am the Program Facilitator at KWIC. I just graduated high school and am currently taking a gap year to focus on my climate activism. In the fall of 2019, I was a participant in the Youth Leadership in Sustainability (YLS) Program and ever since I have been heavily involved in the climate movement at a local, national and international level. If I am not working on my climate activism, I am likely hiking or biking exploring new places, following/engaging in politics or hanging out with friends. I look forward to connecting and engaging with you while in this role! If you would like to connect or have any questions, you can email me at



Image of Director of Trent OxFam, Mikayla Livingston

Mikayla Livingston
Director of Trent OxFam 

Hi everyone! My name is Mikayla Livingston (she/her) and I am the director of Trent Oxfam for the 2021-2022 academic year. I am in my final year of my undergraduate degree from Trent University and I have been involved with Oxfam for the past 3 years! Community involvement is very rewarding, and I am grateful for positions such as this that allow me to engage with my community and see personal growth. I hope to use this platform for advocacy, and to make impactful contributions to the Trent community! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at




Staff portrait of Sarah Lewis, KWIC Digital Communications Specialist

Sarah Lewis
Digital Communications Specialist

Aaniin/Hello, my name is Sarah Lewis (she/her/kwe) and as of October 4th 2021, I am the Digital Communications Specialist for KWIC. 

I am an Ojibwe/Cree mother, poet, social justice activist, and dreamer. I grew up and am from Curve Lake First Nation, as well as Pukatawagan, Manitoba. I graduated from Trent University with a Bachelor of Social Work in the Honours Program. I am also the current Peterborough Poet Laureate. 

I have worked at numerous agencies in Nogojiwanong including the Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, Niijkiwendidaa Anishnabekwewag Services Circle, The Elizabeth Fry Society and the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre. A counsellor, community program/event organizer and facilitator, bail/court program worker and now as the Digital Communications Specialist, I can say that I thoroughly enjoy working with the Peterborough community in a number of capacities. 

Miigwetch | Thank you KWIC and everyone in the community. I look forward to connecting with you digitally across all of the social media platforms!

You can reach me via email at



Portrait of KWIC Researcher and Program Coordinator - Margaret Zou

Margaret Zou
Researcher/Project Coordinator

Hello Everyone! I'm Margaret (she/her) and I am passionate about engaging youth and students in the wider community. My interests include climate change, food security and health. Prior to joining KWIC, I worked at several NGOs in both the US and Canada. I started working with KWIC in May 2020 as a Researcher for the partnership project with GreenUP: Advancing the SDGs 2030 Agenda in Nogojiwanong | Peterborough, and developed a series of interactive workshops on the SDGs to engage students in our work.  More recently, my work involves creating workshops for students covering the intersections of UNDRIP and climate action, as well as supporting KWIC's project on Advancing Gender Equality. 

I hold an MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Liverpool and an MSc in Public Health, specializing in Environmental Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling and exploring new places. 

If you'd like to learn more about the workshops we currently offer, please connect with me at I look forward to hearing from you! 




Portrait of TRACKS Bookkeeper- Madison Laurin

Madison Laurin
Bookkeeper: Sustainable Trent, Trent Oxfam, TRACKS

Hi there! My name is Madison (she/her) and I am a settler-Canadian of British, French, Hungarian and
German descent living in Nogojiwanong. I am grateful to have lived and learned here for over three years,
during which time I have worked with TRACKS Youth Program and KWIC in various capacities. Currently,
I am the bookkeeper for TRACKS and two of the levy groups supported by KWIC, Sustainable Trent and
Trent Oxfam. I pursue this work on the side of a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Community
Development from the University of Toronto.




Portrait of James Outterson- KWIC Volunteer

James Outterson
KWIC Staff Support Volunteer

Hello! My name is James Outterson (he/him) and I am a volunteer with KWIC. I am a recent immigrant and settler to Nogojiwanong/Peterborough, with a background in sustainability and environmental activism. I have a BA in History and Politics from the University of Lancaster, an MA in Politics from the University of York and an MSc in Sustainability from the University of Dundee, all in the UK. In Dundee I helped run a community fridge that focused on reducing the impact of food waste on the environment and wrote a report that was used to develop a food growing strategy there. I am passionate about achieving a transformation to sustainability and ensuring no-one is left behind in this process.


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