Our Board Members
Karen Brock 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 Trust 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 coordinated Oakvillegreen’s Annual Giant Community Garage Sale for 10 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.
Zorn Netcheva is a graduate of the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program at McMaster University. Her passion 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 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.
Sandra Nicholas joined Oakvillegreen as a board member in September 2016. Sandra has worked as an educator and senior leader within the charitable sector for over 15 years. She consults in the areas of multi-site design, staff management, and administrative systems. She is passionate about stewarding the resources and beauty of our planet and has been a part of environmental conservation activities within Oakville for over 10 years.
Stephen Rieder joined Oakvillegreen as Treasurer and Board Member in 2017. He works in Financial Industry Technology and has a longstanding passion for the environment, having explored rainforests in Australia and Latin America as well as the temperate forests of Ireland and Canada. Stephen has been an advocate for environmental causes for many years and, believing in the need to work from the ground up, is committed to becoming more involved with the local community.
Aki Tanaka has lived in Oakville for over 30 years. Her training is in engineering and most recently she worked as a facilitator for teams, dealing with issues in the CANDU nuclear industry to promote lessons learned and best practices. She has always loved plants and had a hiatus from engineering from 2002 to 2007 to work as a salesperson at Terra Nurseries, to take courses in the Horticultural Program at Sheridan College and spend 1 season as the Gardener at Appleby College. During her gardening experiences, she has become keenly interested in native plants and become a Member of the North American Native Plant Association. Aki is also very interested in the effects of climate change on the world and the changes to mitigate its effect. She sees Oakvillegreen as playing a worthy part in those efforts.
Kendra Dubyk was welcomed to the board at Oakvillegreen in 2018.
A graduate of McMaster University and Humber College, Kendra works in PR & Communications and has spent the last 10 years consulting for organizations across Canada and Australia. She has a deep appreciation for the environment and a desire to protect our natural world through education, policy and community action. Kendra has been supporting environmental and wildlife causes for many years and believes real progress can be made with local support.