Colin Jeffrey’s passion for sustainable and healthy communities is complimented by his diverse studies and work experience. At the age of nine, Colin began to learn the violin/fiddle along with his twin brother Tristan and as teenagers on PEI in the 1990s the two of them frequently played at ceilidhs and other events where they were known as “the fiddling twins”. Colin continued his music studies at university and completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2002 before pursuing classical music studies in Austria for two years at the Johann Fux Music Conservatory in Graz where he studied in German. Colin also spent a year working in Edinburgh, Scotland and time spent in Europe broadened his horizons and introduced him to new cultures and methods for meeting the goals of society.
After returning to Canada in 2007, Colin moved to Halifax Nova Scotia where he taught violin and fiddle lessons, helped create a folk music trio and enjoyed discovering the rugged beauty of Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast. Having had a strong interest in environmental issues since he was a child, Colin decided to shift to a career in the environmental field and after diverse volunteer experience Colin became the first music major to be accepted into Dalhousie University’s Master of Resource and Environmental Management program in 2010. After graduation Colin returned to PEI where he found work with the Brackley-Covehead and Wheatley River watershed improvement groups before becoming Director in 2014 of the Trout River Environmental Committee (TREC) based in Stanley Bridge. As Director of TREC, Colin has enjoyed the opportunity to engage with residents across its management area in learning about the local environment and finding innovative ways to be more sustainable. There are many challenges to managing a small non-profit organization and doing so has honed Colin’s skills in project management, fundraising and community outreach.
Colin is also an enthusiastic sailor, cyclist and cross-country skier who hopes to create more opportunities for District 18 residents to enjoy our beautiful landscape through active recreation.