Gillian Der 謝美華

Community Organizer – Climate Accountability

Gillian is a descendant of CPR builders and Head-Tax Payers on her father’s side and a long line of activists and organizers on her mother’s. Gillian grew up on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the anishinaabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and Wendat peoples (Toronto) and moved to the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tselil-Waututh, and Squamish nations to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Environment, Sustainability, and Geographies at UBC. Gillian grounds her environmental organizing in her lived experiences as a woman of colour always bringing equity to the forefront of how she engages communities. Beyond climate work Gillian brings with her a diverse organizing portfolio including local food sovereignty, East-Asian cultural organizing, anti-gentrification work, and advocating for proportional representation. In her time away from the office Gillian enjoys long distance hiking, growing food, connecting with Chinatown seniors, and making textile based artworks.