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Jen Mayville

Communications Manager, Environmental Defence

Jen has worked in the media and communications fields for over a decade, first starting her career as a radio newscaster and reporter while studying at the University of Western Ontario. She has experience in print, television and radio journalism including completing an internship at CBS News in New York City in 2001.

In 2005, she traveled to Rovaniemi, Finland to work in communications with the University of the Arctic – a NGO which focuses on post-secondary education in the Circumpolar North. There, she fell in love with the NGO sector, and after returning to Canada, became part of the communications team at the Canadian Red Cross (2007) as a provincial communications co-ordinator. She joined Environmental Defence as a communications manager in 2012.

Jen has an Honors BA with Distinction in History and Media, Information and Technoculture (2002) and a MA in Journalism (2003) from the University of Western Ontario.
This Holiday Season, Deck the Halls Without the

This Holiday Season, Deck the Halls Without the Toxics

The holiday season is upon us. While you're getting into the festive spirit by hanging up decorations or buying gifts for loved ones, there is chance that something not-so-festive could sneak into your home: toxic chemicals. Some of these chemicals have links to cancer, obesity, asthma, and a slew of other health problems.
12/16/2013 12:24 EST
Don't Get Tricked by Toxins This

Don't Get Tricked by Toxins This Halloween

The spookiest thing you might encounter this Halloween is something you can't see -- and it has nothing to do with ghosts or ghouls.Toxic chemicals with links to cancer, asthma, hormone-disruption and a number of other health problems can be hidden in many Halloween items found on store shelves -- including costumes, makeup and decorations.
10/30/2013 05:40 EDT
Dry Clean Your Fall Wardrobe the Green

Dry Clean Your Fall Wardrobe the Green Way

Most traditional dry cleaning methods use perchloroethylene, a chemical linked to bladder, esophageal, and cervical cancer, eye, nose, throat and skin irritation, and reduced fertility, and other health problems. Here are some tips to keep your dry-clean-only clothes smelling clean and fresh, while protecting your health and the environment at the same time.
10/03/2013 08:05 EDT
How Toxic Are Your Kids' School

How Toxic Are Your Kids' School Supplies?

With only a few weeks left of summer, parents are already thinking about getting their kids ready for back-to-school. But, there's one thing kids don't need to pack in their backpacks this year: toxic chemicals.
08/16/2013 12:15 EDT
Keep Your Beach Trip

Keep Your Beach Trip Non-Toxic

While beaches are wonderful places to enjoy the sun and sand, they're also fragile eco-systems that need to be protected. One way to do this is by keeping away toxic chemicals that can affect the health of humans and the environment. Here are some tips to keep you safe in the sun, while also keeping you and yours away from any toxic products.
07/26/2013 05:31 EDT
Eco-Friendly Father's Day

Eco-Friendly Father's Day Gifts

Father's Day is fast approaching. Have you bought your dad a gift yet? Before you buy a boring, typical tie or coffee mug, consider purchasing a gift that will not only have your dad looking and smelling great, but will be good for the planet. Here are some tips to help you buy non-toxic gifts for your dad this year.
06/13/2013 07:43 EDT
Care For Your Garden Without Hurting Mother

Care For Your Garden Without Hurting Mother Nature

You don't need to use a cocktail of toxic chemicals to keep weeds and bugs out of your garden. There are many ways that you can have a pristine backyard, while protecting the environment and your health at the same time.
04/25/2013 12:38 EDT