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 28 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 the newest member of the OPNC family. She 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.
Jessica Robillard (RECE)- Lead Preschool Teacher
Jessica is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with six years experience. She is enrolled in a part time Behavioral Science and Autism certificate program. Ms. Jessica has experience with Jolly Phonics, Handwriting Without tears. Quality First, and Children’s Yoga.
Charon Varty – Bookkeeper
Charon is a long-time supporter of OPNC and volunteers her time (2 days per week) helping with accounting, administration, with the food bank and in a general capacity.Charon and her husband have lived in River Oaks for over 20 years and both of their children were born and raised in Oakville. Besides volunteering with OPNC she also spends time volunteering as a Program Director for the Ontario Track 3 Ski Association for the Disabled and as a volunteer with Links 2 Care and with other community organizations. Charon also has her own part time accounting and administrative support business. She holds an Accounting & Finance Diploma from Ryerson.
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.
Shanna McAleer – After School Program Coordinator
Reena Behar – Senior’s Fitness Instructor
Staci Hall – Assistant Preschool Teacher
Staci Hall is a mom of two kids who has lived in the Oak Park Community for 12 years. She became a member of OPNC, following the birth of her first child, in 2007 and has been involved with the centre, on and off, ever since. In recent years, she took a volunteer position in the drop-in room, and absolutely loved it. Then, in 2015, Staci transitioned to her current roll as preschool teaching assistant. She adores her work with the children, and is committed to continuously bringing her very best to the Centre.