KWIC Staff

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Sam Rockbrune
Executive Director

Sam Rockbrune (She/her)

I am delighted and grateful for the opportunity to join KWIC as the new Executive Director. 

I have a passion for coordinating projects and connecting people to achieve big goals, solve problems and build strong community. I am a graduate of York University's Master of Arts in Socio-Legal Studies in which my research took a critical stance on law and policy. 

I also hold a BA Honours from Carleton University in Law with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Over my career, I have had the opportunity to work and gain experience in many different fields, including higher education, social services, small businesses, mental health services and non-profits and charities. Since 2014, I have worked to raise awareness of many social justice issues always including an intersectional lens including gender-based violence, campus sexual violence, and increased access to mental health supports. Currently, I sit on the Board of Directors for Students for Consent Culture Canada, a cause very near and dear to my heart. Outside of my work, I can be found making art, reading books and trying to keep up to date with the latest TikTok and Instagram trends!

As the new Executive Director at KWIC, I am excited to continue the amazing and important work of connecting global issues to local initiatives and encouraging lifelong learning, community involvement and activism. You can reach me at


Ev Richardson
Program and Outreach Coordinator

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Hello to the KWIC/Nogojiwanong community. My name is Ev Richardson (they/them) and I joined KWIC as the Program and Outreach Coordinator in May 2022. I’m of Danish and Ukraine heritage, with my family settling in North Western Ontario four generations ago. This is the traditional territory of the Anishinabewaki, and Michif Piyii Metis, as part of Treaty 3 and the Robinson-Superior Treaty 60 of 1850. I am fortunate to have lived in many regions of this province, and recognize the inherent privilege of this movement. 

I first moved to Peterborough to pursue a BA in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from Trent University, and from there continued my learning in Trent's Masters of Sustainability Studies program. While I researched agricultural knowledge transfer under Professor Stephanie Rutherford, I also acted as Teachers Assistant to her Environmental Ethics class. This repeated reflection on human-non-human relationships has informed the space I take up in my community, and in my most recent position as Interim Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Seasoned Spoon. 

Outside of work I can be found making good food, reading speculative fiction, and trying to keep all my houseplants and four cats well cared for. I also volunteer for the Bereaved Families of Ontario- Peterborough chapter as a Group Facilitator and Board Member.  

Many thanks to all those who have held this position before me, and those who have contributed their time, energy, and passions to KWIC in other capacities. To anyone who would like to discuss joining the KWIC community, feel free to contact me via email at


James Outterson

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KWIC Administration Coordinator

Hello! My name is James Outterson (he/him) and I am the Administration Coordinator at 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. I can be reached at:


Chloé Lapensée 

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Resource Centre Facilitator

Hi everyone! My name is Chloe (she/her) and I am the new Resource Centre Facilitator here at KWIC! The upcoming 2022-2023 academic year will be my second year of my undergraduate degree at Trent University in International Development Studies and Environmental & Resource Studies. I have a passion for protecting the environment, practicing sustainability and helping others! I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with KWIC this summer and very excited to see how my position contributes to my professional development as well as my personal growth!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at look forward to connecting with you!

Emily McPhail

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Digital Communications Specialist

Hi there! My name’s Emily (she/her) and I’ll be joining the KWIC team for the next six months as the Digital Communications Specialist. I’m excited to be watching over KWIC’s social media and connecting with you all!

I have a background in a whole bunch of different things, from gender studies and international development to journalism and podcasting! But I’m excited to work with KWIC to put all those different things together and work towards change in the community.

I’m passionate about disability rights and LGBTQ+ issues but when I’m not chatting about all those things you can definitely find me curled up with a hot coffee and a good book.

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


Sophia Ramirez-Hennessey
Director of Trent Oxfam 

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Hi everyone, My name is Sophia Ramirez-Hennessey and I am currently a 4th-year student at Trent in the Environmental Science and Studies Program. I am super excited to be the director of Trent Oxfam for this upcoming school year. I have a strong interest in climate change and working towards the development of environmentally sustainable communities. Outside of school, you can typically find me outdoors on a hike or exploring the nature areas that surround Peterborough. I am looking forward to working with the great group of students this year to help work on and implement the development of projects in relation to our mandate which covers climate change, food insecurity as well as gender justice. If you have any interest in getting involved or have any ideas or questions feel free to contact us by email at or on Instagram @trentoxfam


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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! 


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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.


Aubrey Rose Apps

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KWIC Volunteer 

Hi there! I’m Aubrey (she/her) and I am a settler-Canadian of German and British descent. I am passionate about providing resources and accessibility to equity deserving folks. More specifically, I am interested in creating safe spaces, fostering inclusion, reducing campus sexual violence, and promoting gender equality. I am currently in my final year attending Queen’s University in the Global Development Program.

I enjoy connecting with the local community to create relationships and collaborate on various projects. I hope to engage in these projects and have a positive impact on the community. 



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