Solid Waste Program Educators

CSWM has two experienced educators serving the Comox Valley Regional District and the Strathcona Regional District.


Gayle Bates

Waste Reduction Educator - Comox Valley Regional District

Gayle Bates - CSWM Waste Reduction Educator

Gayle Bates has had the honour of being a part of the CSWM's waste reduction team, and the evolution of the ‘Power of R’ waste reduction education for several years.

Gayle brings a motivating enthusiasm to her waste reduction presentations to engage participants of all ages, including:

  • guest speaker for groups and organizations
  • classroom and home school presentations
  • community workshops
  • public events

As in integral part of Comox Strathcona's solid waste management plan all presentations and workshops are FREE of charge to the organization, group or school.

To book your presentation or workshop, please contact Gayle:

Email Gayle

Call 250-650-9533

Luisa Richardson, M.Sc., M.Eco. Ed.

Waste Reduction Educator - Strathcona Regional District

Luisa Richardson - CSWM Waste Reduction EducatorInvite environmental educator Luisa Richardson into your classroom, organization or business for a dynamic and inspiring Power of “R” presentation or workshop.

Power of R’ sessions are:

  • Suitable for audiences of all ages, from youth K – 12 to adult, indoors or outdoors
  • Useful to businesses and organizations interested in waste reduction and disposal options
  • Adapted to the BC Ministry of Education Big Ideas and cross-curricular competencies
  • Relevant to local issues in the context of the big picture 

Sessions can include:

  • Place-based learning (local ecological, historical and social connections) 
  • Project-based learning (stewardship initiatives or support for sustainable school or community projects)
  • Instructions on conducting waste audits
  • Product life cycle analysis
  • The link between consumption and waste
  • An exchange of creative ideas for personal change

Email Luisa

Call 250-202-3266