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Sara Street, HBSc, EMT Dipl.
Executive Director
With 6 years’ experience as Executive Director with the Wye Marsh, Sara is eager to continue connecting people with nature.
Nera-Lei Vasilko
Office Administrator
Nera-Lei is completing her iBA at York University. A native Torontonian, she loves baking, murder mysteries, and stand up paddling.
Jessie Cowe, BA, MES
Programs Director
Jessie is a naturalist, gardener and systems thinker. She is particularly passionate about using gardens, food, and critical perspectives as means for widening the scope of environmental education.
Katrina Maurer, BEd, HBA
School Programs Supervisor
Kat enjoys experiencing the natural world through crafts and play.
Heidi Bender, BA, BEd
Programs Supervisor
Heidi loves spending time outside and experiencing the seasons in High Park. She enjoys connecting with people and learning from and in nature.
Dara Babaran, BSc, MSc
Community Stewardship Coordinator
Dara is an environmental science and management graduate who loves hiking, canoeing, and spotting cool plants and animals out in nature!
Emily Green, BA
Camp Programs Coordinator
Emily loves all things nature, especially wildlife. When she's not searching for bugs or snapping photos of flowers, Emily can be found at home with her pets, reading a good book with a cup of coffee.
Grace Dietrich, BA
Nature Clubs Coordinator
Grace loves spending time outside hiking, canoeing, and looking at wildflowers. She is passionate about outdoor education and connecting to the environment around us.
Jenny Davis, BSc
Events and Volunteer Coordinator
Jenny loves adventure of all kinds. Whether she is on an extended canoe trip or setting out for the day with her kids, she's at her best when she lets things unfold naturally.
Fel Castañeda, BA
Interim Group Experience Coordinator
Fel is an experienced outdoor educator from Latin America who loves its jungles, deserts, and Andean highlands. They are looking to spread their love for nature through art, media, and storytelling.
Kiera Day
Indigenous Programs Coordinator
Kiera Day is a Plains Cree woman originally from George Gordon First Nation in southern Saskatchewan. Kiera’s passions include Canadian History, Indigenous Rights, and crocheting.
Rohith Rao, BA, MA
Fundraising & Communications Coordinator
Rohith enjoys the outdoors and is always curious to learn more about nature. He is passionate about writing, reading history, and learning how nature can be integrated into all walks of life.
Jee-Ho Paik, BA
Nature Interpreter
Jee-Ho studied Environmental Governance and Political Science at the University of Guelph. She enjoys diversifying her experiences in environmental justice and horticultural therapy.
Leah Hladkyj
Nature Interpreter
An enthusiastic bird watcher, Leah enjoys going on hikes, kayaking, and rock climbing. Leah also has a passion for cooking, and can be found in the kitchen if not outdoors.
Matthew Kinasz, BEd
Nature Interpreter
Matt is a fan of hiking, kayaking, and camping and loves going on new adventures.
Sudipta Sarkar
Nature Interpreter
Sudipta is a nature lover who loves hiking, reading, and discovering new things about nature!
Tina Soldovieri, MEdEE
Nature Interpreter
Tina is a passionate environmental educator. She believes in the need to deeply appreciate the other species that surround us. She loves to hike, garden, camp and share the joy of being in High Park.
Board Members
Kara Lysne-Paris
President & Board Chair
Passionate about the benefits of nature for children and adults; Kara is proud to work with the staff at the Nature Centre.
John Jazwinski
Treasurer
John is an avid outdoorsman. He is a strong believer in the importance of building a deep connection with nature through lifelong learning.
Kate Pilgrim
Secretary
Kate connects with nature through travel, hiking and the hidden pockets of nature in the city. Kate enjoys working with strategic and creative nonprofit initiatives.
Amanda Montgomery
Director At Large
Amanda is an avid birder, naturalist and gardener. Now a public interest lawyer, Amanda has extensive experience working with non-profits in environmental education and food security.
Gurjinder Gill
Director At Large
Enabling health wellness and enjoying the outdoors are top passions for GG. She looks forward to connecting all people with nature!
Heather Johnston
Vice President
Heather is a community builder with passion for people and the health benefits of connecting with nature. She enjoys being a Mom, walking her dog, gardening and finding more sustainable ways to live.
Helen Sousa
High Park Supervisor
Helen is the current City Supervisor for High Park. Helen sits on our board as an Ex-Officio non voting member.
Kayla Kaster
Director At Large
Kayla is enthusiastic about the environment, nature, and the importance of urban natural areas in building community. She enjoys gardening, amateur bird watching, or taking a walk in the park.
Kris Kinsey
Director At Large
Kris is a park lover and partnership builder. He is thrilled to support the work of the Nature Centre to deliver nature experiences in the heart of the city.
Lorne Orleans
Director At Large
Lorne’s career as a Motion Picture Executive enabled worldwide travel and provided countless opportunities to experience wonders the world over. His love of the outdoors - his antidote to a busy life!
Robin Sorys
Ex-Officio Director of Human Resources
Lifetime resident of High Park, Robin has been volunteering in High Park for over 20 years.
Su Hutchinson
Director At Large
Su has been immersed in the natural environment her entire life. Su has engaged with High Park for many years and can often be found exploring its glorious environs with her family.
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