Carol Dyck is a dedicated community leader, who is actively involved with several local non-profit organizations and committees. She entered into politics during the 2015 federal election after she witnessed first-hand Canada’s tarnished reputation on the international stage due to the then government’s foot-dragging on climate change action, dismantling of environmental regulations, and muzzling of scientists. Carol believes that the Green Party of Ontario’s progressive platform offers the best opportunity for Ontario to bolster its economy while simultaneously cutting our greenhouse gas emissions and safeguarding the province’s natural heritage. Originally from Vancouver, Carol Dyck has called London home for eleven years and would be proud to represent London North Centre in Queen’s Park.
Carol first obtained a BA in International Relations at the University of British Columbia, where she also studied French, Spanish and German. Later she moved to Monterey, California where she completed a Masters of Arts in International Environmental Policy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. From there she gained an interest in law and moved to England where she earned a Masters of Law (LLM) in Environmental Law from the University of Kent. More recently, Carol realized that she wanted to expand her knowledge of science so that she could better translate scientific findings to policy makers. In 2014 Carol and her family moved to England where she earned a Masters of Science in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from Oxford University. She believes that tackling environmental issues happens where science, law, economics and policy intercept, and uses her diverse educational background to do so.
A strong believer in giving back to the community, Carol Dyck regularly engages in volunteer work, from serving on parent councils for eight years to helping out at the London Food Bank. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Thames Talbot Land Trust and the London Environmental Network. She is also a Member-at-Large on the Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee to the City of London, and formerly sat on the Trees and Forests Advisory Committee. Not afraid to get her hands dirty, Carol has also worked and volunteered for ReForest London planting trees to expand the Forest City’s canopy.
Carol is dismayed by the provincial and federal governments’ lack of true commitment to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, to protect our urban and rural green spaces, and to revolutionize our energy sector. A strong and resilient economy, and healthy and happy communities cannot be built on a compromised environment. Therefore, Carol believes the GPOs forward-thinking, proactive solutions to Ontario’s most pressing issues — from healthcare to job creation to climate change adaptation and mitigation — simply make good economic, social and political sense. Moreover, the GPO is dedicated to fulfill our international pledges, such as Aichi biodiversity targets and the COP Paris agreement in 2015. It’s time for Ontario to take its place on the national and international stage as a leader in innovation, conservation and social change.
Carol and her husband have been together for over twenty years and have two young daughters. She enjoys travelling and has been fortunate to live in twelve cities in six different countries, most recently returning from a sabbatical year in Berlin. She spends much of her time supporting her daughters’ love of music and introducing them to new experiences. Carol is an avid gardener (of mixed success), book lover, and a recent convert to knitting, who is often seen with needles in her hands.