Contact The Riverwood Conservancy

VISIT

Chappell House
4300 Riverwood Park Lane
Mississauga, ON L5C 2S7

Office hours of operation:
9.00 am - 4.00 pm (Mon-Fri)

Park hours of operation:
7.00 am - 11.00 pm (Every Day)

Call

905-279-5878

Meet our Team

Sara Wilbur-Collins, CFRE
Executive Director
Sara Wilbur-Collins joined The Riverwood Conservancy in June 2021 with nearly 20 years of conservation organization experience, including as the Executive Director of the Grand River Conservation Foundation for 15 years. Sara is a Certified Fundraising Executive and is one of about a dozen people in Canada who hold a Master of Conservation Leadership from the University of Guelph. Sara has a background in music, and in her spare time she likes to paddle and read. Sara is inspired by how TRC’s volunteers and staff connect people to the outdoors!
Beth Jones
Director of Operations and Finance
When she was 24 years old, Beth Jones fled a PhD program in cognitive psychology to become an environmentalist. Her deep connection to the goal of preserving the earth's resources is evident in her career path – she’s worked for several years at Greenpeace, Transportation Options, and Green Communities Canada. But working at The Riverwood Conservancy is the first time a job has connected Beth to a piece of land. She is delighted to be working at, and getting to know, Riverwood.
Derek Stone
Program Director
A lifelong naturalist and wildlife enthusiast, Derek Stone pursued his degree in Environmental Studies and Resource Management at Trent University with a focus on ecology and public policy. Since then, he has engaged in multiple positions that focus on monitoring and restoring degraded environments, and engaging the public with nature. As The Riverwood Conservancy’s Program Director, Derek focuses on creating strong connections between nature and people, and embracing those connections to support both our environment and our community.
Nicole Clarkson
Director of Development
Nicole Clarkson came to The Riverwood Conservancy from St. Joseph’s Lifecare Foundation in Brantford, where she served as Senior Development and Events Coordinator. She taught for two years in the Fundraising Management Program at Humber College’s Faculty of Business. Nicole holds a Master’s in Arts (Leadership) from the University of Guelph, a post-graduate diploma in Fundraising Management from the Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, and the CHRL and CHRP designations from the Human Resources Professionals Association.
Brian Packham
Operations Manager
Brian Packham has been The Riverwood Conservancy’s Office Manager for over a decade, and has seen more changes to the organization than anyone currently on staff. Brian is central to many of the organization’s resources and activities, and may very well be the first face or voice you notice when contacting TRC or visiting Chappell House. An appropriate alternative title for Brian could be the knowledge keeper of lots of things. Brian enjoys the outdoors, travelling, music, and local history.
Rasheed Clarke
Marketing Specialist
Prior to joining The Riverwood Conservancy, Rasheed Clarke held marketing and communications roles at Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and Independent Financial Brokers of Canada, and worked in radio as a traffic reporter for stations in Toronto and Halifax. He has a diploma in Radio Broadcasting from Humber College, a certificate in Digital Communications from Sheridan College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Writing from the University of Toronto Mississauga. Outside of work Rasheed enjoys running, hiking, cycling, and hand-held foods.
Mirna Zaldivar
Database Management Specialist
Mirna Zaldivar joined The Riverwood Conservancy’s team after earning over 30 years of work experience. She is passionate about working with databases and creating essential reports, all while maintaining data integrity. Mirna works to develop new data management processes that create job efficiencies and keep data organized and easy to navigate. For leisure, Mirna enjoys walks and interacting with nature and animals while visiting different parks.
Erin Farrow
Education Naturally Coordinator
Born and raised in Mississauga, Erin Farrow spent many summers at her family cottage near Bon Echo Provincial Park. While studying at Lakehead University, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Leadership and Geography, as well as a Bachelor of Education. She has spent her professional career working and volunteering as a natural environment educator. Some of her favourite hobbies in nature include bird watching, gardening, and spending as much time as possible exploring the outdoors with her two kids and husband.
Kerry Furneaux
Therapeutic Garden Coordinator
Kerry Furneaux has a love for the outdoors. With a background in horticultural therapy and garden design, she has worked as an educator and gardener at Riverwood for over five years. When she is not in the garden nurturing her plant babies, she can be found hanging out with the bees as an urban beekeeper and active member of the Toronto Beekeepers Collective.
Stephanie Keeler
Community Programs Coordinator
Stephanie Keeler is an experienced environmental educator and enthusiast. She completed her degree in Biology and Geography at the University of Guelph and has spent several years submersing herself in Ontario’s biodiversity in the forests of Algonquin Park. She started her career with The Riverwood Conservancy as a substitute teacher for the Education Naturally Program. She now works as the Community Program Coordinator, planning, organizing, and leading virtual and in-person community programs.
Taya Kehler
Gardens Coordinator
As a visual artist with a passion for nature and horticulture, Taya Kehler learned to combine her talents while completing her degree in Landscape Architecture at Dalhousie University. Since then, Taya has pursued positions in nurseries, landscaping, garden design, and as The Riverwood Conservancy’s Horticulture Assistant, lending her creative eye to the gardens at Riverwood. As TRC’s Gardens Coordinator, her goal is to enhance the gardens with eco-friendly practices and year-round interest to encourage pollinators and welcome visitors to Riverwood.
Jodi Cabral
Volunteer Coordinator
Throughout her professional career, Jodi Cabral has had a passion for connecting volunteers with opportunities that support their communities. Beginning her own volunteer journey as a student at McMaster University inspired her to bring the love of volunteering to others. She has worked in volunteer coordination at organizations such as Volunteer Hamilton, the MS Society, and most recently, the Burlington Public Library. As a Girl Guide Leader for six years, Jodi also delighted in engaging with youth and sharing her joy for the outdoors and crafting.
Ivanca Naje
Development Associate
After receiving an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto at Mississauga, a Bachelor of Education from Brock University, and a Fundraising Management certificate from Humber College, Ivanca Naje put her passions and skills to work for organizations focused on education, the arts, and healthcare. As TRC's Development Associate, she works to build meaningful connections within the community she calls home. Ivanca considers herself to be a lifelong learner, as well as a lover of breakfast food and UK game shows.