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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.
James LeClair, HBA
Office Administrator
James enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and cooking. He is excited to be involved with sharing one of his favorite places with others.
Mallory Parks, MFC
Camp Programs Supervisor
Mallory is a cyclist, nature-lover, and global trekker.
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!
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
Community Programs Coordinator
Emily studied Biology and the History of Science. Emily loves sharing her passion for conservation, practicing yoga, walking her dog and writing.
Clarissa Cremin-Endes, MEd, BSc
School Programs Coordinator
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.
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.
Antoine Boyer
Nature Interpreter
Antoine is a recent graduate from Dalhousie University where he studied environmental engineering.
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.
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.
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.
Sophia Dungan, BSc, MES & ESE Dipl.
Nature Interpreter
Sophia is passionate about environmental education and getting kids outside to play and learn all year round. She is an avid gardener - always thinking about which veggies and flowers to grow next!
Matthew Kinasz
Nature Interpreter
Matt is a fan of hiking, kayaking, and camping and loves going on new adventures.
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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