Our Board Members
Karen Brock, President has a passion for protecting the environment and human health. Karen has been president of Oakvillegreen since 2011, a board member since 2010 and a volunteer with Ground Breakers, Oakvillegreen’s tree planting program, prior to that. With a Nursing Science Degree from Queen’s, Karen worked at Sick Kid’s, Montreal Children’s Hospital and Toronto Public Health before specializing in Maternal Child Care and teaching prenatal classes for parents expecting multiples for 15 years. A mother of four, she volunteered to help with Halton’s first schoolyard naturalization project at Sunningdale Public School. Started in 1997, the award-winning “Dreamacres” project, and its stewardship by the school community, continues today. The project’s challenges and successes jump-started her interest in advocating for the creation of healthy, interesting natural spaces for students to learn and play. Karen’s goal is to ensure that all schoolyards provide shaded, natural spaces and for learning and playing and to advocate for a healthy environment for all of Oakville’s residents. Karen received a Ontario Heritage Trusts Award in 2012 for her efforts in preserving the Province’s Natural Heritage.
Enver Domingo was born in South Africa but came to Canada as a young man. After retiring from the Toronto General Hospital where he managed the Bacteriology lab, he obtained a post-graduate diploma in Eco Tourism Management from Sir Sandford Fleming College and began leading eco-tourism excursions to South Africa. Eventually, Enver moved to South Africa for 6 years working on many special assignments including: overseeing laboratory design at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine and the level 4 lab for the research wing of the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute. In addition, Enver served as a resource person for WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) for coastal issues such as protecting the Mdloti estuary, and human health-related environmental issues such as incineration. Returning to Canada, Enver joined Oakvillegreen’s board in 2005. Enver was instrumental in defeating the Region’s plan to build an incinerator and in founding the Ontario Zero Waste Coalition. Enver is also a board member of the Oakville Sustainable Food Partnership. In 2012, Enver was honoured with an Award from the Ontario Heritage Trust for his work in preserving the Province’s Natural Heritage.
Margaret Kirwin joined Oakvillegreen’s board in 2008 after following the group’s activities for many years. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Margaret has always been interested in the outdoors and in conservation. Recently, she has been trying to live as chemically-free as possible. Margaret serves as Oakvillegreen’s membership chair. As well, she has coordinated Oakvillegreen’s Annual Giant Community Garage Sale for the past 9 years. She has managed all these responsibilities while working full-time in the arts sector. In her free time she enjoys reading, music, recreational bird watching, hiking, movies and gardening.
Maha Mansoor is a JD (Juris Doctorate) and MES (Master of Environmental Studies) candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. She is a graduate of Forest Conservation Science program at the University of Toronto where she focused on sustainability through certification systems. She joined Oakvillegreen’s board in 2013 after being a volunteer since 2009. Maha hopes to user her scientific background to inform policy decisions at the municipal level and help Oakvillegreen work in the community.
Zorn Netcheva is a graduate of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program at McMaster University. Herpassion for the environment and desire to become more involved in the local community led her to join Oakvillegreen in January 2012. Since then she has participated in many of our Ground Breakers community tree plantings and helped with other Oakvillegreen events. She was welcomed to the board in 2013. Zorn launched Oakvillegreen’s social media presence and she is excited to continue helping out at Oakvillegreen events like the annual garage sale and tree plantings.
Junyan Zhang joined Oakvillegreen in April 2012 shortly after arriving in Canada as a new immigrant. She became a board member in 2013. With a PhD in Ecology in joint program from Acadia University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, her research interest has focused mainly on Climate Change impacts on Ecosystems. Currently, Junyan is working on Urban Forest and Natural Heritage Systems at Toronto and Region Conservation. Junyan is enthusiastic about engaging the community in environmental issues and initiatives because she believes in the power of people to make positive change. A passionate cyclist, Junyan can be found peddling on Oakville’s streets in all weather. As an advocate for cycling, she is interested in making Oakville more bicycle friendly and encouraging more people to cycle as a means of transportation and for recreation because of the numerous environmental and health benefits.
Sonia Stewart has joined the Oakvillegreen Board as Secretary beginning in January 2016. Sonia hearts trees! This is why she is excited to be a Director at Oakvillegreen! Come join her and the Oakvillegreen team at an upcoming event to experience the joys of nature!
“What is disappearing is a sense of place. Not only is there joy in understanding and savouring our place on the planet, we develop awareness to protect our own places and the world beyond.” -Robert Bateman, Canadian naturalist and painter