Liz

Benneian

Jenny 
Thomson

Ken 
Kawall

Volunteer 
Treasurer

Sandy brings to the board over 30 years of financial accounting and management experience. Currently she is responsible for all internal and external financial reporting for The Effort Trust Company in Hamilton. 


Her family has called Burlington home for the past 20 years.  She is an active member of her lake association and works hard to maintain their cottage property using environmentally friendly practices.


Sandy believes the positive impact of the environmental presentations on the next generation requires that we strive to continue to reach out to the kids in the schools.

​Ken Kawall is the Chief Information Officer at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board who has held senior executive positions in both

the public and private sectors over the past 25 years.


He has an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant who has significant board experience. He currently is a member of the Niagara Health System board as well as volunteering his time with our organization as treasurer.

Heather
Allsop

Our Educators

Pedro Pereyra Becker is a high school chemistry teacher with a PhD in Neurochemistry and a long standing interest in the environment.


He has conducted ecology field research for his own interest and at the behest of several agencies including Conservation Halton and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Pedro aids in new presentation development.

Pedro 
Pereyra

Volunteer 
Educational 
Consultant 

Bernadette

Ward

With a B.A. in Communications and a post-graduate certificate in Corporate Communications, Jenny has over ten years experience working in the non-profit sector.  


She enjoys nature by spending time up north at her cottage, running urban trails, and exploring nature with her nephews. With experience in educational fundraising, she understands the importance of education and conservation. Jenny is excited to help Ontariogreen achieve its mission and grow its programming to educate our youth and communities about natural wonders in their own backyards.

Bernadette Ward is currently the executive director for the Oakville Arts Council.


Prior to this role, she held progressively responsible positions in the field of journalism and communications including the roles of Communications Director and Operational Director at the Oakville Arts Council. Bernadette poses a wide array of expertise and experience in areas including planning, issues management, project management, human resources management, brand and identity development and financial management.

Bree-Anne
Wilson

Katie is currently working as a water resources technician for a conservation authority. She has an undergraduate degree with an Honours major in environmental studies and biology with French Immersion. She acquired technical, field-based skills in an environmental technician diploma program. 

Katie joined Oakvillegreen Conservation Association in 2012 volunteering as part of the public education team. Her volunteer work ranges from participating in community gardens and conducting flora and fauna inventories with a local naturalist club to mounting plants for the herbarium at the Royal Ontario Museum. She has recently enrolled in a masters’ degree in environmental science. Katie is excited to contribute to environmental education programs as part of Ontariogreen. 

Sandy

Riddolls

Our Board

Katie 
MacDonnell

Volunteer Educational Consultant

Our Volunteers

Call us anytime to learn about our programs at 905-562-3819 or email us at ontariogreenca@gmail.com

Heather is a passionate believer in the importance of educating young people and others in the community about nature and our environment, for their own health as well as the health of our earth.  She has been part of the Ontariogreen educational programs since their initiation. As well as assisting with the environmental education programs, she has participated in Ontariogreen’s plantings of native species in schools and parks.

Heather holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from UBC and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, as well as a diploma in Holistic Nutrition.  She has worked in industrial and academic environments which included managing projects and doing presentations, and she later edited a natural health newsletter.  She loves walking, kayaking, and being in nature.

Bree-Anne was a member of, and volunteer with, Oakvillegreen Conservation Association, who helped with community tree plantings

and environmental presentations in schools.


When Ontariogreen formed, she became a board member because of her interest in environmental education. Bree-Anne is a former Human Resources professional, and a mother of two young boys, who enjoys helping with environmental initiatives in her community. She sees the value in providing environmental education in classrooms and communities. Bree-Anne has a passion for gardening with native plants and helping people understand its benefits. She is excited to help Ontariogreen grow as a charity that will provide environmental education and improve biodiversity.​​​

Liz is the past president of Oakvillegreen Conservation Association and a former journalist and newspaper editor who has worked in Europe and Canada.

With a degree in Science from the University of Toronto and her background in journalism, Liz is  able to combine excellent communication skills with the ability to thoroughly research issues to  make her an effective environmental educator. The environmental education presentations and programs she has developed, based on the Ontario Science Curriculum, have been delivered to over 51,334 students. 

Liz has received local, Provincial and National awards for her environmental work. In 2007, Liz was awarded both Oakville's Individual Community Spirit Award and the Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellowship Award for outstanding contributions to her community. In 2009, she was chosen as Earth Day Canada's National Hometown Hero and in February of 2010 she received an award from the Ontario Heritage Trust in recognition for her success in conserving the Province’s natural heritage.