ITHACA, N.Y.—Ithaca Children’s Yard has announced Candice Meade as its new chief, stating she will start off the career subsequent week. She replaces longtime Ithaca Children’s Back garden Government Director Erin Marteal.
Meade graduated from Cornell University in 2013, according to a press launch, and subsequently received her Master’s Diploma in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University in 2018. She formerly worked at the Institute for Conservation Management and the Annapolis Maritime Museum.
“The mission and vision to provide inclusive, child-led character play and lifelong connections to the outdoors has drawn me to the Back garden and aligns with my passion to connect people today to nature. Specified the enthusiasm of the workers, Board eyesight and guidance, welcoming tradition, and programs for the long term, I know that becoming a aspect of ICG will convey worth, depth, and reason,” Meade stated. “I am grateful to sign up for a crew with these remarkable and dynamic suggestions and ideas for the Backyard garden.”
The press release touts Meade’s “robust history in environmental sciences and organic useful resource management together with achievements as an environmental educator, software coordinator and functions manager.”
Sonja Skelly, the president of ICG’s Board of Administrators, celebrated Meade’s selecting, even though the push release observed Meade’s abilities including summer time camp programming, boosting local community engagement and creating collaborative partnerships.
“The Board is energized to carry Ms. Meade back again to Ithaca and by her experiences in environmental education, justice, fairness, range and inclusion do the job, and by her passion for ICG’s mission to hook up children to mother nature to produce a far more gorgeous, resilient, and just earth,” Skelly explained.
She also congratulated Marteal on her decade of leadership with the ICG.
“Erin’s eyesight introduced significantly-liked spaces to the Back garden like the Palms-on-Nature Anarchy Zone, Bulb Labyrinth Memorial Back garden, and Kids’ Kitchen area. She also imagined and introduced to lifestyle great gatherings such as the Competition of Fire & Ice, Worldwide Mud Working day, and the Rough Turtle obstacle race,” Skelly reported. “At the coronary heart of Marteal’s perform was her commitment to all children possessing obtain to the Yard and to character. This dedication enabled ICG to assist broaden out of doors discovering at each and every of the elementary educational institutions within just Ithaca Town University District during the pandemic, and to create engaging summertime camps, Playful Nature Explorers preschool, and After College @ ICG programming that center inclusion and accessibility. Her management has immensely transformed the Backyard garden, and the hearts of all those who have worked along with her.”