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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.
Jon Hayes, BA, BEd
Program Director
Starting at the Nature Centre in 2006, Jon loves High Park's natural spaces and all the living things he gets to encounter there.
Jaime Wu, BCom
Office Administrator
She brings over ten years of experience in administration, plus a couple other nifty skills...
Julie Read, BEd, HBA
Community Programs Coordinator
Julie has a background in social justice and is passionate about helping people of all ages deepen their connection to nature.
Kami Valkova, BASc, MEd
Nature Clubs Coordinator
When she's not sharing her enthusiasm for nature with Nature Centre visitors, you can find Kami rock climbing, hiking, painting, or burying her nose in a good book!
Katrina Maurer, BEd, HBA
School Programs Coordinator
Kat enjoys experiencing the natural world through crafts and play.
Mallory Parks, MFC
Camps and Birthday Parties Coordinator
Mallory is a cyclist, nature-lover, and global trekker.
Nadine Nesbitt, HBSc
Adult Programs Coordinator
Nature Interpreter and stained glass artist, Nadine loves creatively engaging youth and adults to our natural world through play, experimentation, and one's own curiousity.
Sebastian Basualto, BA, BEd, MEd
Events and Volunteer Coordinator
Sebastian has been working in environmental education since 2011. He began as an instructor with Toronto Region Conservation Authority’s Outreach team.
Antoine Boyer
Nature Interpreter
Antoine is a recent graduate from Dalhousie University where he studied environmental engineering.
Carina Nunes
Nature Interpreter
Carina's passions include protecting marine areas and volunteering with conservation authorities. She can often be seen with her binoculars and field guide hiking the trails of the Niagara escarpment.
Cindy Hignett, TWT Dipl., ET Dipl.
Nature Interpreter
I fell in love with High Park when I moved to Toronto in 2009 – so much that I moved right beside it!
Clarissa Cremin-Endes
Nature Interpreter
Clarissa finds joy, inspiration, and serenity in experiencing nature with others. She wishes to incorporate understandings of the connectedness of the environment into diverse forms of education.
Emily Beaton, HBSc, MA
Nature Interpreter
Emily studied Biology and the History of Science. Emily loves sharing her passion for conservation, practicing yoga, walking her dog and writing.
Emma Whilding
Nature Interpreter
Animal lover and advocate for a well rounded nature education, Emma is just as happy hiking as she is reading about new species!
Haya Aldoori, BSc
Nature Interpreter
Haya is a recent graduate of the Environmental Sciences program at the University of Guelph.
Helen Plesko, HBSc, BEd
Nature Interpreter
With degrees in Geography and Education, Helen is passionate about environmental education, is a seeker of adventure, and is a lover of all outdoor activities.
Khadoni Pitt-Chambers
Nature Interpreter
Khadoni is a current environmental studies student at Carleton University and enjoys hiking, cycling, and wildlife photography.
Lesley Marino, BES, MES, OCT, MT
Nature Interpreter
After 15 years in education, Lesley is transferring her skills to the children’s outdoor education programs.
Magali Meagher, BA, MES, ESEd Dipl.
Nature Interpreter
As an artist and musician Magali has led imaginative projects that bring diverse people together with their environments.
Matthew Kinasz
Nature Interpreter
Matt is a fan of hiking, kayaking, and camping and loves going on new adventures.
Roz Wilkes
Nature Interpreter
Roz has been working outdoors with kids for years and is very excited for the summer! She loves plants, animals and having fun and can’t wait to learn with everyone.
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.
Tracy Loconte
Secretary
Tracy loves to explore High Park with her family and her children.
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.
Michelle Hounslow, CFRE
Vice-Chair & Director of Fundraising
Michelle lives on the west side of Toronto near High Park, is an avid nature lover, urban vegetable gardener and locavore.
Robin Sorys
Director of Human Resources
Lifetime resident of High Park, Robin has been volunteering in High Park for over 20 years.
Natalie Harder
Director of Programs
An avid nature enthusiast, Natalie spends most of her free time camping, hiking and exploring nature with her young son.
Helen Sousa
High Park Supervisor
Helen is the current City Supervisor for High Park.
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