Derek Barber (Garden Consultant)
Derek joined the OPCG project through his involvement in Transition Toronto. He has spent the past 20 years working in the financial industry in roles ranging from Business Analyst to Chief Financial Officer. He currently volunteers with several Toronto-based groups such as the EcoFair at the Barns (steering committee member), Toronto Green Community (community garden volunteer), Dogs of the Ganges Society (director), and Transition Toronto (steering committee member). His passions outside of work and volunteering include vegetable gardening and woodworking.
Ingrid is a full-time, homeschool parent and avid cyclist. Ingrid was the gardening coordinator for the Cecil Street community centre garden which transformed the unused sandbox to a garden as well the centre’s plot at the Lillian Smith Library site. This project received the City of Toronto Healthy City Award. Ingrid also spends her time designing clothing and reclaiming furniture and gourmet cooking.
Born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, Monnette has witnessed first-hand the value of community building and sharing. Her involvement in this garden project is founded in her love for community and her belief that all community members but especially young children benefit from learning about food and how it is grown and that this education will invoke appreciation for healthy eating and living. She also volunteers at a neighbourhood legal clinic.
Evelyn has lived in Deer Park for 30 years in the Brentwood Towers. Over the years she has organized very successful allotment gardens for the staff. She is a founding member of Friends of Oriole Park and is a member of the executive of the Brentwood Towers Tenants Association. She enjoys gardening and does so every summer on her 30ft balcony.