The work undertaken by Taylor and Jenn is supervised by Wayne Caldwell, RPP. Wayne is currently the Interim Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College and Professor in Rural Planning and Development. Dr. Caldwell is the project director for the Healthy Rural Communities Toolkit, and a past president of OPPI.
Taylor Wellings is a current Master’s Candidate in the Rural Planning & Development Program at the University of Guelph. Prior to attending, she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Geography at Brock University. Taylor also spent a semester abroad in Southeast Asia, studying Sustainability and Sustainable Transportation Planning at the University of Burapha in Thailand.
Taylor is passionate about building healthy communities through active transportation development, local community engagement and innovative planning projects. For her Masters Research Paper, Taylor hopes to explore the relationship between active transportation participation and school sites from both public health and planning perspective.
Jenn Burns is a current MSc. (Planning) Candidate in the Rural Planning & Development program at the University of Guelph. Jenn holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Environmental Governance. With over five years’ of experience working within the federal and provincial parks system, Jenn recognizes the importance of access to green spaces on public health and community development.
Jenn gets excited about social planning and specifically affordable housing and rural homelessness as a component of building healthier communities.