Karen Van Loon, Care for Our Common Home

Karen_Van_LoonKaren Van Loon will join Faith & the Common Good in February 2018 to lead the new Cultivating Care for Our Common Home program. Karen was previously the Coordinator of Scarboro Missions’ Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Office.

Karen was a member of the original steering committee for Faith & the Common Good. For the past ten years Karen’s work has emphasized faith-based education and advocacy around climate change as well as promoting and supporting ecologically sustainable practices at Scarboro Missions and beyond. Karen joined Scarboro Missions in 1994 and worked four years in northern Brazil after which she returned to Canada to begin in the JPIC Office. In Brazil she accompanied and trained local leaders and helped develop a local leadership and formation team as part of the Brazilian Catholic church’s community health ministry for children in poverty.

Prior to this Karen had worked as a nurse in two northern Cree and Inuit communities as well as director of a residential summer camp for people with developmental disabilities. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Karen enjoys gardening and seed saving.