The 2015-2016 NANPS Board of Directors

Honorary Patron: Sir David Attenborough CBE, FRS

Sir David Frederick Attenborough, OM CH CVO CBE FRS FZS FSA is an English broadcaster and naturalist. His career as the face and voice of natural history programmes has endured for 60 years.

www.davidattenborough.co.uk

Honorary President: Jim French

James French is the founder of the North American Native Plant Society.

Honorary Directors:

Margaret Atwood   www.margaretatwood.ca

Robert Bateman OC, OBC   www.batemancentre.org

The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson PC, CC, CMM, CD   www.adrienneclarkson.com

Dr. Adrian Forysth    www.bluemoonfund.org

Glen Loates    www.glenloates.com

Freeman Patterson    www.freemanpatterson.com

Dr. Douglas Tallamy www.bringingnaturehome.net

The Board:

Colleen Cirillo

Bill Ford

Miriam Henriques: Secretary and AGM & Awards Committee Chair

Alison Howson

Janice Keil: Budget Committee Chair

Alice Kong: Plant Sale Coordinator

Matey Matov, Treasurer

Howard Meadd: Seedex and Seedy Saturdays Coordinator

Myles Mackenzie

Adam Mohamed: Vice-President and Social Media Coordinator

Harold Smith: Conservation Committee Chair

NANPS Board Member Profiles 2015 (in alphabetical order):

Colleen

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Colleen Cirillo has spent many years in the world of nature interpretation and protection, including over a decade at the Toronto and Region Conservation and 2 1/2 years at Ontario Nature. In October 2015, she took over as director of education at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Colleen is an avid native plant gardener who has maxed out her tiny downtown yard and bullied her way into neighbours' yards. She has a special place in her heart for under-appreciated native shrubs such as serviceberry and chokeberry which provide nourishment for bugs, birds and people.  

 

Bill Ford

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Dr. Bill Ford is an educational psychologist and director of a multi-disciplinary centre providing diagnosis, assessment and intervention services to individuals with learning differences. Bill and his wife Louise won the NANPS Conservation Award in 2013 for extensive wetland restoration on their farm near Creemore, Ontario.

 

 Miriam

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Secretary and AGM & Awards Committee Chair

Miriam, from North York, is a Past-President of NANPS who has returned to the Board after her required one year sabbatical.  She is a public school teacher and she developed an extensive native plant garden at her school.  Educating people about native plants and encouraging people to join NANPS are activities Miriam enjoys.

 

 

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Alison Howson works for the Ontario Land Trust Alliance as their Species at Risk Specialist. She has studied and worked on habitat and species protection for 20 years and loves that there is something new or interesting to discover about our native animals and plants.

 

Janice K

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Budget Committee Chair

Janice is studying for a degree in horticultural therapy.

 

Alice Kong Photo for Board Profile

Alice Kong  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Plant Sale Coordinator

Alice's love for native plants began in 1985 after reading an article on native plant gardening. It was years later that she discovered that the article was about the founding of the Canadian Wildflower Society (now NANPS).  She went from being a customer at the NANPS Annual Spring Native Plant Sale to being a volunteer at the sale, to volunteering on the Plant Sale Committee to coordinating the entire event! She enjoys gardening, hiking, reading and music.

 

 

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Myles works for PMA Landscape Architects as project manager and lead planting specialist. His work is centered on creating sustainable environments that are defined by their function, ecological integrity and lasting beauty. He is an avid native plant gardener and a passionate advocate for the creative use of native plants in everyday urban settings.

 

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Treasurer

 

Adam Mohamed

Adam Mohamed  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice-President and Social Media Coordinator

Adam currently works for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and is involved in ecological engineering and stream restoration projects.  His background is in ecological restoration and horticulture.  Adam has always been interested in the preservation of native plants and the elimination of invasive plants.

 

Howard Meadd

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Seedex and Seedy Saturdays Coordinator

Howard Meadd livs in Scarborough and is very knowledgeable about native plants and how to identify and cultivate them.  He is returning to the board having taken a sabbatical.

 

Harold NANPS

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Conservation Committee Chair

Harold Smith recently retired from practicing architecture. He is a long-standing NANPS board member and participates in the Conservation Committee which is developing an updated management plan for our conservation properties; Shining Tree Woods and Zinkan Island Cove. He also plays violin in the North York Concert Symphony Orchestra.

  Cass Stabler

Support Staff:

Karen Stephenson Communications Assistant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Karen is a professional writer, communications specialist, wild food educator and Master Naturalist. She is passionate about all plants and their role in the ecosystem. She loves gardening and spends a lot of time hiking in forests and on trails.  

Irene Fedun  Blazing Star Newsletter Editor  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. g

Irene lives in the tiny hamlet of Massie near Owen Sound, Ontario where she edits and writes funding proposals for environmental organizations. She has a garden that blends pollinator-friendly native plantings with beloved cultivars.   She frequently travels to northern Ontario to help with her partner's kayaking adventure company and lodge on Lake Superior. 

Janet Harrison  The Local Scoop eNewsletter  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Solidago harrisoniana var. janet sprouted in the wilds of northern Ontario, was transplanted to Sydney, Australia before being uprooted back to Toronto. She founded The Local Scoop with Charles Iscove in 2008. Janet is a perennial fixture in the teaching labs of the Department of Cell & Systems Biology at the University of Toronto where she stewards ZooWoods. She also writes for the blog: Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens, doodles political comics and is an amateur Seussologist.

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Monarch on Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
Photo:  James Dale

 

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