Anita Payne

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Secondary Science Teacher

Retired from Avon Maitland DSB

Perth, Ontario, Canada


Anita Payne is a recently retired high school science teacher. Born and raised in Toronto, Anita developed a deep connection to her environment while interacting with nature at her cottage. This inspired Anita to study ecology, to become a teacher, and to become involved in her community. Anita has been married to Michael Payne for 36 years; they have two grown children and one grandchild. Anita has been active in many community and environmental groups over the years in both Lanark County and Stratford, where she lived for 11 years. In 2003 Anita joined the Green Party and has served on riding associations and on the Green Party of Ontario Provincial Executive. In addition, Anita ran as a Green Party candidate in the 2007, 2011 and 2014 provincial elections. Professionally, Anita has been a long serving executive member of the Ontario Society for Environmental Education. As a swimmer and triathlete, Anita promotes active living to maintain health and reduce one’s environmental footprint. Since returning to Lanark County, Anita has participated in political rallies, volunteered with Fair Vote Canada and rejoined the executive of the Black Lake Association. Anita is looking forward to a busy retirement making art quilts, campaigning for a better system of democracy and giving Climate Reality presentations. Anita was the first Canadian to volunteer to participate in the Great March for Climate Action, an 8 month trek across the USA in 2014. She was on the march from LA to Phoenix and again from Chicago to Washington DC. climatemarch.org


Trained as a plant ecologist and as an educator, Public speaking to small or large groups, Proofreading/editing,writing. Quilt artist,


Environmental issues, low carbon lifestyle, organic gardening, local food, fitness(swimming, walking, cycling), quilting, photography.


Citizens Climate Lobby, Fair Vote Canada, Ontario Society for Environmental Education, Ontario Nature, Canadian Quilters Association, Studio Art Quilt Associates


Making art quilts; photography; nature study.