Mehernosh Pestonji was born in India and came to Canada in 1972 as a landed immigrant. Those first formative years growing up in a developing county, as well as his subsequent visits to India, Cambodia, Tanzania and other far-flung corners of the world, sparked his life-long passion for social justice, environmental issues and community development.
This passion has infused Mehernosh’s teaching and related professional pursuits during a diversified 28-year career, in public and independent schools, including teaching exchanges in England and Thailand. He has taught in elementary and secondary schools, and co-founding T.E.A.M.- Project Milliken, an award-winning project-based alternate education program for at-risk youth. In 2002 Mehernosh moved to the independent school system, as a Geography teacher, later taking on the role of Director of Outreach and developed a dynamic and diverse Outreach Program.
Whether introducing elementary students to the wonders of Mayan civilizations, leading urban teenagers in back-country canoeing expeditions, exploring contemporary world issues with Grade 12 students, or leading Learning Service Expeditions around the world, Mehernosh has found that helping students to view their environment and the world beyond from new and different perspectives as well as advocating for the less privileged has guided his career path and proven to be one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of his life’s journey.