Professional Citation Award
Dr. Tara Moreau joined UBC Botanical Garden in 2014 as Associate Director of Sustainability and Community Programs. In 2012, Tara completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions through a joint appointment at UBC and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She holds a PhD in Plant Science from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (UBC, 2010), an MSc in Agriculture (Dalhousie University, 2004) and a BSc in Biology & Environmental Science (Bishops University, 2000). Tara’s work has resulted in significant garden-based programming, frequent peer reviewed publication, and wide- reaching community engagement related to the conservation of natural resources, safeguarding global biodiversity, and the preservation of human culture and knowledge at local, national, and international scales.
Tirelessly championing the role of public gardens as important agents in guiding socially and environmentally conscious behaviour, Tara developed effective programs tailored to all ages and experiences. Acutely aware of the connection between people, plants, and traditional knowledge, Tara has also catalyzed important relationships with local indigenous groups, particularly the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation through program development and targeted community engagement. As a member of UBC Botanical Garden’s Executive Committee, she leads the garden’s strategic planning process.
Tara is sought out at regional, national, and international level as an expert in the fields of sustainability planning and programming for positive impact, as exemplified by her international work as a consultant with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and her facilitation of The UN High- Level Political Forum. She co-founded The American Public Gardens Association’s Food and Agriculture Community, and currently serves as the Community Chair. A keen collaborator, Tara forged partnerships with Metro Vancouver delivering citizen engagement related to sustainable horticulture practices, as well as the development of predictive modeling for regional biodiversity and at risk species. Her leadership has been a key driver for Vancouver’s Food Policy Council’s work, as well as that of the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation in the greater Vancouver area.
Tara approaches all projects, big or small, with tremendous enthusiasm, spirit, and drive. Her passion is deep and sincere, while her seemingly endless energy comes from a true belief in the power of positive change. Importantly, Tara champions the vital role botanical garden professionals have in making this change a reality.
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