Our Directors

Heartwood’s extremely dedicated directors bring many and varied skills to the board, which is chaired by Barbara Merriam and co-chaired by Isobel Bisby.

Barbara Merriam, a former Director-General at the Department of Justice, has also held positions with the National Crime Prevention Centre, Family Violence Division of Health Canada, and Children’s Aid Society. Barbara has wide knowledge and experience in social, health and criminal justice issues and is Past President of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (Eastern Branch).

Former Executive Director of Alternative Learning Styles and Outlooks (ALSO) and human dynamo Isobel Bisby has worked in the field of adult and family literacy for over 20 years. As Chair of Heartwood’s Fundraising Committee, Isobel is able to develop a special interest in community capacity building and integration of services.

Treasurer Patricia Day CPA, CA, CFP, CBV, TEP is a chartered accountant with over 30 years of tax and accounting experience. She is a partner at Ginsberg Gluzman Fage and Levitz, and a chartered business valuator. Pat is former treasurer and board member at REACH Canada, as well as the Women’s Business Network.

Secretary Hoppy Roy is one of the original founders of Heartwood House. A qualified elementary school teacher who has also worked in UK community television, Hoppy has spent many years teaching adult literacy and computer skills, training volunteers and running workshops. Hoppy was an education councillor with People, Words & Change adult literacy for over 20 years. 

Margaret Fallis has served on the Community Laundry Co-op board since its inception in 1998. A career in the federal government included experience in information management, re-engineering and strategic management. Margaret has also worked as a teacher in the public school system. 

Christine Flammer, born and educated in the UK, has almost twenty years of not-for-profit leadership experience at the regional and national levels in Canada and abroad. A former Executive Director of Hopewell, she has also worked with national organizations such as the Canadian Diabetes Association and Canadian Stroke Network. An active and committed participant in the community, Christine has received recognition from the Ontario Minister for Women's Issues in the form of a "Leading Women, Building Communities" award "for exceptional leadership in working to improve the lives of others in the community".

Kim Oastler has been an active part of Heartwood House for over ten years. She is the Executive Director at Alternative Learning Styles and Outlooks (ALSO), holds a B.A Hon.Psy and M.Ed from Ottawa University, and is an experienced grant writer and organizational leader. 

Tanya Wayne is Vice President of Cushman Wakefield, where she has spent over 25 years. As well as real estate knowledge and experience in all major commercial sectors, including landlord and tenant relationships, she has exceptional skills in training and team motivation, business development strategy and sales.