Our Board of Directors
Jeanne McRight 

Founding President

 

Jeanne is the founder of Blooming Boulevards. A professional visual artist and photographer with an Honors BFA, she taught visual arts for 21 years at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, was a founding Director of Artspace and a Program Advisor for the Ontario College of Art and Design and Sheridan College. Jeanne is also a certified horticulturist trained at the University of Guelph, a Mississauga Master Gardener and served on the board of the Cloverleaf Garden Club. She focuses on environmental conservation, specializing in native plants, woodland restoration and naturalized landscaping. She is the recipient of two Awards of Merit from the Credit Valley Conservation Authority and served for two years on former Mississauga Mayor McCallion’s Cooksville Creek Task Force. In 2015 she initiated an amendment to Mississauga’s Encroachment By-Law, permitting residents to create boulevard gardens. Gardening is Jeanne’s joy and passion, but more than that, she is a deeply committed advocate for environmentally sustainable horticultural practices.

Mary Jean Kucerak

Treasurer

Mary Jean has worked in the non-for-profit sector for over 40 years and is currently the Chief Operating Officer for a national professional association.  She is an avid gardener and over the years she has sought out and included many native species in her own garden.  Mary Jean is a ten-year member of the Mississauga Master Gardeners.  She was the inaugural Chair of the Native Plant Propagation Program (NP3) at the Riverwood Conservancy, and a Past President of the Applewood Garden Club.  Mary Jean is also a founding Director of the Mississauga Garden Festival and continues to serve on the Festival’s Board.

Sheila Cressman

Secretary

Sheila was a native plant neophyte three years ago when she first started her boulevard garden and is in the process of devoting the rest of her property to native plants. She has volunteered with Blooming Boulevards' Seed Saving and Plant Propagation programs, assisted with our annual Plant Sale, and helped several of our planning committees. Sheila has served as a board member for both a women's shelter and a local literacy organization. She works as a practising lawyer.

Wayne Cardinalli

Director

Wayne is a full time ceramics artist.  He has a B.S. in Art Education and an M.F.A. in Ceramics.  He has served on various boards including:  Artspace, The Ontario Crafts Council and is the past president of Fusion, The Ontario Clay and Glass Association. Wayne has taught part time and conducted over 100 workshops and lectures. Though his work has focused on visual art, he is morally drawn to become a positive force in restoring and preserving the environment.

Angela Jordan

Director

Angela has loved gardening since her childhood in Trinidad. Her passion for gardening grew as the beauty of her successes in her own front and back garden continued to amaze her, despite the many losses and trials of being a self taught gardener, 

In 2018 she was pleasantly surprised by an award for helping to beautify the community for her front garden. Angela is a member of and volunteer photographer for the Cloverleaf Garden Club. Semi-retired from a career in media and marketing, Angela currently works as a Social Caregiver helping seniors enjoy fun moments in their daily routines. In her role as a Board member of Blooming Boulevards,  she remains passionate and committed to our mission of helping the environment. 

Murray Moore

Director

In addition to his work with Blooming Boulevards, Murray has directed his interest in supporting green initiatives through involvement with the Riverwood Conservancy's Native Plant Propagation Program (NP3), where he is a volunteer. He is also a member of Carolinian Canada, the North American Native Plant Society (NANPS), and Seeds of Diversity. Murray has experience as a board member and is currently President of the national CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association). The number of native plants in his and his wife's front and back yards increases every year.

Tim Oliwiak

Director

After a career of over twenty years in information technology and telecommunications, where Tim was involved in support, planning, technical writing, and teaching, in recent years he has reignited a life-long passion of studying the naturalized environment. Currently possessing his Horticulturist Certificate from the University of Guelph, and pursuing his diploma, Tim is also very passionate about woodland ecology, pollinators, and mycology. As well as being on the Board of Directors of Blooming Boulevards, Tim also sits on the Gardens Committee at The Riverwood Conservancy, and is a member of the Mycological Society of Toronto.

Peeter Poldre

Director

Peeter Poldre is professor emeritus at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He was a clinical hematologist and vice president at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and also taught higher education theory at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He currently serves as a director on two charity boards and was the president and governance chair of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Peeter retired to Clarkson in 2016. His interest in native plants (and the birds and insects that are dependent on them) derives from his photographic endeavours which include nature photography. He is a monthly contributor to two Mississauga media outlets.

Pamela Sleightholm

Director

Pamela has always had interest in food, sustainability and the environment. After working in communications in the non-profit and public sectors, she is now pursuing a degree in Environmental Management at the University of Toronto with a strong interest in habitat creation in urban and suburban environments. Since starting her native plant garden she’s been thrilled to see more and more insects, birds, amphibians and mammals coming each year. She’s excited about designing a garden with pollinators, the ecosystem, and our local food supply in mind. 

Our Advisors

 
Jim Judge

Advisor

Jim is a Director of Community Relations for the Small Arms Society, dealing with re-adaption of its heritage building for community betterment. He is also responsible for establishing Community Gardens, the Monarch Project, and the Monarch Project 2. Since 2000 Jim has been Director, Vice President, and President of the Lakeview Ratepayers Association. With over thirty years of community engagement in projects and organizations, Jim feels that support of our community is critical for its wellbeing, and believes that environmental responsibility to our citizens will not only make a better city, but also foster the wellbeing of our children and grandchildren. Jim has been gardening for over 45 years. He says "I support the mission of Blooming Boulevards to create a bee highway throughout Ward One to start. This community-based organization has the potential to expand the program throughout Mississauga and Peel Region."