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.

Paige Lauer –  Pre-School and Community Outreach Manager

 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 on 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 with 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.

 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.

Danish Mahmood – After School Program Coordinator

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. 

Gina Moustaffa – Senior’s Fitness Instructor


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