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Exploring Diversity and Inclusion

  • 09 Apr 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom


  • Individuals who are not members of the state Association

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 Exploring Diversity and Inclusion - The Journey of One Gardening Program

With Linda Hickock, Noelle Schofield, and Lillian "Chuckie" Chinault

Date:  Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. EST via Zoom 

(Registration is required to receive the Zoom link for the live presentation)


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About this Presentation:

Many organizations, service and volunteer oriented, have considered the topics of diversity and inclusion. While doing so, they have also looked inward to determine if there are opportunities to enhance diversity and inclusion within their organization’s membership and service provision. Accomplishing this task can be daunting, but does not have to be. Join us to learn more about how we, Extension Master Gardeners of Wake County, conducted our self-examination.

Attendees will learn:

  • How we planned for and organized a committee
  • How the committee did its work
  • Resources we used to collect and analyze data
  • Our conclusions, recommendations
  • Next steps

The presentation will be recorded for 

members to view later in our Video Library.

About Our Speakers: 

Linda Hickok started her gardening journey in Central New York and has been enjoying the weather and extended growing season in North Carolina for the past seventeen years. She has worked in the environmental field for over fifty years, in government, consulting and private industry positions. She is currently a manager at Duke Energy, working with a team of biologists who monitor the water quality, fisheries, and aquatic habitats in lakes and rivers near Duke Energy's power plants. Linda has been a Master Gardener volunteer in Wake County for five years. She is currently a member of the Management Team, and the program lead for the Lake Crabtree Demonstration Garden.

Noelle Schofield grew up in Winston-Salem and as a teen planted her first vegetable garden. Her professional work has centered on humans and quality of life. She has served as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, project manager and future care planner for families. She also taught students needing special education, primarily in reading, writing and life skills. She facilitated many meetings and wrote many comprehensive service plans. In 2016, she wanted to teach gardening skills so she became an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. She currently leads a Junior Master Gardener 4-H Club, and serves on the organization’s Management Team.

Lillian “Chuckie” Chinault grew up in southern West Virginia on a small family farm where vegetable gardening was an important food source for her family. Vegetable gardening continues to be her hobby and fresh vegetables are still a food source year-round. Her career in clinical health care began as a Registered Nurse and then progressed to be a Nurse Practitioner of Women’s Health before moving into the administrative track. Her career culminated as a Compliance Officer for 12 years for the Duke University Health System prior to her retirement. As a Master Gardener volunteer, she serves with the Therapeutic Horticulture Team who provides education and horticulture experiences to stimulate all of the resident’s senses at two assisted living and nursing home sites in Cary. She regularly participates in scheduled work days at Lake Crabtree Demonstration Garden and is also serving on the organization’s Management Team.

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