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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
Programs Director
Jon grew up in Newmarket, Ontario and started teaching at the Nature Centre in 2006. Jon has a fondness for moths, trees, flowering plants and potato chips.
Milena Tankosic, BSc
Office Administrator
Milena studied Biology & as a former teacher understands the importance of preserving nature & nurturing that awareness in the younger generations. She loves the outdoors, DIY projects & cooking.
Mallory Parks, MFC
Camp Programs Supervisor
Mallory is a cyclist, nature-lover, and global trekker. She believes in learning through play, and can usually be found climbing trees, balancing on logs, or squishing through the mud.
Katrina Maurer, BEd, HBA
School Programs Supervisor
Kat enjoys experiencing the natural world through crafts and play.
Kami Valkova, BASc, MEd
Nature Clubs Coordinator
When she's not sharing her enthusiasm for nature with Nature Centre visitors, you can find Kami reading, painting, or posting about her nature experiences on Instagram! (@thefungalnaturalist)
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 let's things unfold naturally.
Emily Beaton, HBSc, MA
Adult Programs Coordinator
Emily studied Biology and the History of Science. Emily loves sharing her passion for conservation, practicing yoga, walking her dog and writing.
Haya Aldoori, BSc Env., EVC GradCert.
Communications Coordinator
Haya is an environmental scientist, birdwatcher, and photographer. She loves spending time outdoors and is always looking for ways to inspire and encourage others to connect with natural spaces.
Jessie Cowe, BA, MES
Community Programs Coordinator
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.
Sam Charal, HBOr, BEd
Indigenous Programs Coordinator
Having grown up in the rockies, Sam can be found scaling rock faces, ice walls or cliffsides before returning with a wealth of stories to be shared with his students in any outdoor classroom.
Antoine Boyer, MASc, BSEE
Nature Interpreter
Antoine is a recent graduate from Dalhousie University where he studied environmental engineering.
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.
Jee-Ho Paik
Nature Interpreter
Jee-Ho studies Environmental Governance and Political Science at the University of Guelph, and enjoys diversifying her experiences in environmental justice and horticultural therapy.
Kate Armstrong
Nature Interpreter
Kate is a birder and wildflower enthusiast. She loves exploring High Park, and is a fan of citizen science.
Khadoni Pitt-Chambers
Nature Interpreter
Khadoni is a current environmental studies student at Carleton University and enjoys hiking, cycling, and wildlife photography.
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.
Malcolm Hope
Nature Interpreter
Malcolm is an Ecological Restoration student at Fleming College who enjoys any outdoor adventure and learning about the natural world.
Matthew Kinasz
Nature Interpreter
Matt is a fan of hiking, kayaking, and camping and loves going on new adventures.
Maya Adachi-Amitay
Nature Interpreter
Maya is currently an Environmental Studies student. She loves exploring in nature and her tattoos are inspired by her favourite animals and plants.
Séamus Kaip
Nature Interpreter
Séamus is an avid naturalist who loves savannahs, snakes, trees, and salamanders.
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
John is an avid outdoorsman. He is a strong believer in the importance of building a deep connection with nature through lifelong learning.
Spencer Sandor
Spencer is a passionate volunteer who believes in the importance of staying connected with nature. He loves to spend time outdoors hiking or gardening.
Robin Sorys
Director of Human Resources
Lifetime resident of High Park, Robin has been volunteering in High Park for over 20 years.
Gurjinder Gill
Director At Large
Enabling health wellness & enjoying the outdoors are top passions for GG. She looks forward to connecting all people with nature!
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!
Heather Johnston
Director At Large
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.
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