Meet The Staff


  Michelle Knoll (RECE) – Executive Director

Michelle joined the Centre in 2000 as a parent and volunteer.  In 2004 Michelle was hired as the Executive Director.  Michelle has diplomas in Community Work and Early Childhood Education.  She has been a community advocate for the last 35 years in the areas of neighbourhood capacity building, family support, poverty issues, tenants’ rights and inclusion. Michelle believes that a community has all the gifts and talents it needs to meet the challenges within that community if people are given the opportunity to connect and contribute.

 Renee LeBlanc  (RECE)  – Children’s Programming Manager

Renee LeBlanc is  a Registered Early Childhood Educator and a Child and Youth Counselor. She has over 10 years experience working with children and youth in a variety of capacities ranging from residential facilities, youth detention centres, classroom educator, childcare centre supervisor and most recently Children’s Program Manager at OPNC. Renee is excited about her new position here and is looking forward to bringing a new perspective and fresh ideas to our children’s programs. She believes that children learn best by doing and isn’t afraid to get messy. She often reminds her drop-in families to always have a change of clothes as you never know what kinds of sensory and creative activities will be happening in the program! Renee is an active member of The Halton Resource Connection (THRC) and Affiliated Services for Children and Youth (ASCY) and participates regularly in professional development as she is a true believer of lifelong learning.

 Kelly Luscombe – Facilities Coordinator

Kelly is a customer service specialist, friendly, welcoming and aims to provide quality service. Kelly is a very active member in the Oakville community.With great interest in inspiring and supporting at risk or low income families with resources to help them achieve goals and avoid hardship. She is a wealth of information and ensures people get connected with resources.

 Krystin Hawkins (RECE)- Lead Preschool Teacher

Krystin is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and holds a BA in Social Development Studies. With over 6               years experience in the field Krystin has worked in a variety of settings including Reggio inspired centers and               centers with Emergent Curriculum approaches.  Krystin believes that children’s natural curiosities are a basis in         which to create fun and engaging learning experiences. Krystin tries to bring the children’s curiosities to life and        make learning a fun filled process.

 Staci Hall- Preschool Assistant

Staci lives in Oak Park with her family and began at the centre as a volunteer helping at our drop in program.               Staci loves interacting with the children in our Preschool program and facilitating play experiences that expand           on the children’s curiosity.

Paulette Jervis CFA – Bookkeeper

We are grateful for Paulette’s volunteer time as our bookkeeper. She has executive-level experience in investment administration and has lead large-scale projects that achieve business objectives by making and executing sound strategic decisions.  .

 Heather Tompkins – Community Support

Heather has worked vocationally as a school teacher, and leader in a variety of charitable organizations. Heather established a Canadian micro-enterprise to provide practical support for urban-poor in the Philippines. In frontline programming and as a board member for a Community Centre Heather has used her leadership skills to train, equip and encourage others. As a chaplain for 20 years with a bereavement support centre Heather provided leadership and multi-generational counsel to individuals and group support for the grieving. Over the years Heather has volunteered in many local and international faith-based organizations including work with Romanian orphans.

Greg Coffin – After School Program Coordinator

Greg started at Oak Park as a student from Sheridan College in the Social Service Worker program. He has experience working with diverse populations. He has a passion for working with youth. Greg has worked with youth throughout his high school, university, and college career. As a former athlete at Waterloo university, he became a team leader in the Team up program. He facilitated groups that went into schools to speak about the importance of being a good student, and teaching life skills. He always has a smile on his face, and loves to meet new people. Come and say hello!

Ellison Brown- LGBT Co-ordinator

Ellison is the coordinator of the Unicorn Club, as well as the LGBTQ+ Under 12 kiddos group at ConnecTions though the Positive Space Network and Oak Park Neighbourhood centre. Ellison is a non-binary queer trans Two Spirit person who has worked as an educator in early learning and gender diverse programming for the past 6 years. He combines Indigenous knowledge to early learning curriculum and LGBTQ+ spaces. Ellison is committed to building spaces where children are safe and supported. 


Kristeen Sopeju – Senior’s Fitness Instructor

On a quest to find and share her journey to inner peace, joy, laughter and compassion.  Kristeen sees the positive and light in the challenges and celebrations that life lays before her. 

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