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Staff & Board
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...
Chantale Spencer
Volunteer Coordinator
Chantale loves supporting and mentoring volunteers into leadership roles.
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
Communications 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.
Antoine Boyer
Nature Interpreter
Antoine is a recent graduate from Dalhousie University where he studied environmental engineering.
Chanel Alonzi
Nature Interpreter
Paired with her undergrad degree in Biology and Psychology, Chanel is passionate about engaging in experiential learning.
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!
Haya Aldoori, BSc
Nature Interpreter
Haya is a recent graduate of the Environmental Sciences program at the University of Guelph.
Kristina Banatova
Nature Interpreter
Kris enjoys painting, reading non-fiction, hiking and canoeing with loons.
Laura Nguyen
Nature Interpreter
With a bachelor’s degree in Forest Conservation from the University of Toronto Laura is happy to share what she has learned with eager stewards in High Park.
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.
Sebastian Basualto, BA, BEd, MEd
Nature Interpreter
Sebastian has been working in environmental education since 2011. He began as an instructor with Toronto Region Conservation Authority’s Outreach team.
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
Tracy loves to explore High Park with her family and her children.
John Jazwinski
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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