Chris Konczal Ortenburger has had a ecological bent since her childhood in Virginia, enjoying animals and nature, and getting involved in conservation projects. After graduating from veterinary school, she came to Prince Edward Island for a short-term job at the Atlantic Veterinary College. Family life, homeschooling and homesteading were primary occupations for the next years, in addition to volunteer and community involvement. Opposing a misguided highway project in 2012 near the Bonshaw woods was a fast education in citizen-engagement and environmental legal issues, and though the highway was built, she helped form the Citizens' Alliance of P.E.I. to keep communication going and foster positive change. She produces a daily newsletter of events, consultation opportunities, and articles related to democratic and environmental issues.