Our Board of Directors
Jeanne is the founder of Blooming Boulevards. A professional visual artist and retired teacher, she is also a horticulturist trained at the University of Guelph, a Master Gardener and a Director 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
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 10-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.
Ramona da Cunha
Ramona trained as a medical microbiologist and worked as a lecturer in a medical college & teaching hospital in India, and says "Microbes are a passion of mine, especially bacteria and fungi. I love the way they express themselves in little colonies of various colours and textures and marvel at their ingenuity to outsmart humans". She believes in giving back to the community and volunteers at her son’s school, is the President of her church's Catholic Women’s League, and is a Director of the Cloverleaf Garden Club and an Executive Director at Blooming Boulevards. Because she loves the “garden to table” concept, she grows her own herbs and vegetables, specializing in garlic varieties.
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.
Catherine has been an avid gardener both in Ireland and Canada. She is a committed environmental conservationist with a special interest in preserving our native pollinators, and is a member of the Mississauga Master Gardeners Group as a Master Gardener in Training. Professionally she is a Physiotherapist and has worked at Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga site for most of her working career. She is passionate about the Blooming Boulevards concept and is looking forward to seeing it flourish in our communities.
Neil has had an interest in horticulture since his early career in Ireland as a crop and grain farmer. Since moving to Canada he has incorporated this knowledge into gardening. After moving to Canada, he first worked as a set designer and builder with CBC, later establishing his own set design and manufacturing business in Mississauga. He is especially interested in environmentally sensitive practices.
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.
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.
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."