Faces of Forests Ontario: Amy Howitt
Posted: April 29, 2020
Favourite Tree: Sycamore
Favourite Ontario Animal: Chickadee
Amy Howitt has joined Forests Ontario’s growing team as our new Events Assistant. She connects with our partners, helps plan our annual conference, and coordinates with businesses when they want to organize events such as community tree plants. If you’re enjoying a Forests Ontario event, it’s likely Amy had a hand in putting it together. Amy also works to secure donations for our tree planting and education programs. So far, her favourite part of the job is everyone’s enthusiasm for trees, because she believes that trees can unite people of all backgrounds.
Originally hailing from Stirling, Ontario, Amy obtained a degree in History and Folklore at Memorial University in Newfoundland. Before she landed at Forests Ontario, she worked at the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (TPTF), an environmental charity that was her first step into the non-profit world. Amy’s work at TPTF allowed her to collaborate with community groups and cultural institutions, and she helped them deliver an urban tree planting program for private landowners.
Amy sparked her interest in forestry management after she spent a winter in the Rockies surveying trees for Mountain Pine Beetle damage, and her previous experience at TPTF only made her more passionate about forests. Amy became interested in working for Forests Ontario because she believes that tree planting is “always a cause [she] can get behind!” She also admired how we include education and community engagement in our operations. In fact, Amy had used Forests Ontario education resources such as Tree Bee before she even started working for us. In the future, she wants to learn more about seed collection so she can successfully grow trees from scratch.
When she’s not hard at work planning events, Amy loves to travel. She’s committed to cycling across Canada and has so far cycled from Vancouver to Quebec City. Her next plan is to ride from Quebec to Halifax, then on to Newfoundland.