Leonie Croy grew up in Perth, Western Australia and has lived in Gibsons, British Columbia for more than 20 years. Her professional background is in holistic nursing and visual art design. In 2009, Leonie attended a weekend introductory permaculture workshop given by Delvin Solkinson of Gaiacraft and continued on to complete a 13 month Permaculture Design Certificate. She is currently working on her Permaculture Design Diploma in the field of education through the Permaculture Institute USA and has completed a permaculture teaching workshop with Scott Pittman & Larry Santoyo plus the theory portion of the BC Instructor’s Diploma.
A mentor for the One Straw Society’s Live & Learn re-skilling project, Leonie teaches beginner seed saving workshops with local farmer Maria Hunter and is an active member of the Sunshine Coast Seed Collective.
In 2012, Leonie co-founded Sunshine Coast in Transition, a grassroots initiative that is part of a global network inspiring communities to journey from dependency on fossil fuels towards local resilience that is ecologically sustainable. This summer, she completed training to co- facilitate Transition workshops within Canadian communities.