Five Oaks Board of Directors

Officers of the Board

Yvonne Stewart, Chair
2016 – Present (Chair as of 2017)
Yvonne lives in Toronto, and cites her many years of “being” in this place as an asset and does indeed bring a wealth of knowledge of the history of the Centre, a network of contacts, program planning and implementing skills. Yvonne is a past Executive Director of Five Oaks and has also been serving on the MWG for the past year. Yvonne feels called to serve on the Partnership Team. She also is the Chair of the Board.

Pam Byers, Treasurer
2013 – Present (Treasurer as of 2017)
Pam lives in Hamilton and brings with her a passion for the land,forests and rivers that embrace Five Oaks along with her passion for spiritual exploration, inclusiveness and life-long learning. Pam has been serving on the board for the past 4 years where she served as Secretary of the Board from 2013 to 2017. Pam volunteers at Five Oaks on a weekly basis receiving and documenting donations and is leading the Finance team as well as being Treasurer.

Robert Stapleford, Secretary
2014 – Present (Secretary as of 2018)
Rob lives in Oakville, and has been serving on the Board for the past three years and is currently serving as co-chair. Rob lifts up the importance of the relationship between Five Oaks and The United Church of Canada and seeks to see that relationship strengthened as we move forward into the future, citing Five Oaks as an amazing resource that can benefit the UCC and its various courts. Rob brings his gifts and skills in finance and strategic thinking that he believes will benefit Five Oaks. Rob leads the Property team.

Board Members

Rhonda Johns
2015 – Present
Rhonda lives on the Territory of The Six Nations of the Grand, and has been serving on the Board for the past two years. Rhonda’s passion to keep the land as a sacred place for the people calls her to serve on the board. Rhonda is the Director of Nations Uniting and brings a voice from the Six Nations community and surrounding areas and offers her gifts and skills to the Partnership Team.

Jayne Little
2016 – Present
Jayne lives in Cambridge, and feels called to serve on the Board citing that “Five Oaks needs to be available for generations to come” and feels her gifts/talents/experience compliment the more standard skills available in church organizations. Jayne is a Cyber-Security consultant working with multinational corporations. She has been serving on the Member Working Group (MWG) and has just completed her first year of service on the Board. Jayne’s skill set and interests lead her to the Operations Team.

Ausma Malik
2017 – Present
Ausma lives in Toronto, and states that safe spaces that facilitate meaningfuldialogue and cross cultural encounters have never been more urgent than now and that Five Oaks can be such a place. Ausma feels called to serve on the Board in order to help ensure Five Oaks’ future. Community, place, collaboration, diversity, integrity, resilience, learning, reverence and action are the values that define and guide Ausma’s work for human rights and social justice. These are the gifts she brings to offer to service on the Board. She serves on the Governance team.

Rev. Barbara Fullerton
2017 – Present
Barbara lives in Paris, and states that “Five Oaks is one of those ‘thin’ places celebrated in Celtic Spirituality. Her passion for social justice and commitment to right relations intersect with a sense of “coming home” in Five Oaks’ new directions. With experience in stewardship development and communication, she offers her gifts to the Fund Raising and Donor Development. Barbara also served on the MWG for the past year.

Amira Ayad
2018 – Present
Amira was a pharmacist who 10 years ago turned to natural health looking for answers that Big Pharma does not offer. She got her PhD in Natural Health and is currently pursuing her Master in Pastoral Studies with Emmanuel College, University of Toronto. She practices natural health private consultation at her Clinic in Mississauga combining the best of both worlds: science with spirituality. Amira has published 6 books. Her books have been translated into more than 10 languages and read and taught by thousands around the globe. In 2016, she founded Women Whispers Academy, an online platform, where women learn to listen to their Body Whispers® before they turn into screams.

Andrew Macpherson
2018 – Present
Andrew graduated from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto in the M.Div., MPS in Muslim Studies Program, and Buddhist Studies Mindful Meditation program (or trinity Program:). He will begin his first pastoral charge at Saint Luke’s United Church in Toronto and is currently completing the requirements to be a Registered Psychotherapist. Andrew loves inter-religious/secular dialogue and participating in projects with this goal. Andrew is a voracious traveller and has photographed his journey through numerous countries as he experienced and participated in a diverse set of religious rituals, cultural practices and music.

Quraish Hussain
2018 – Present
Quraish studied at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana. He is employed with AMB Immigration Group as Senior Adviser in Operations. Earlier in his life; Quraish worked in a Bank in United Arab Emirates. Quraish is very passionate about Public Relations, Multi ethnicity, Multi faith and Multi culture. Quraish loved working in one of the Welfare Societies in Leicester (UK) as a motivational speaker during the year 2008. He is very much looking forward to sharing his past experience with Five Oaks. Quraish enjoys travelling and outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and camping. He has travelled to Holland, England, Budapest and Dubai. Quraish is very fond of Spanish food; his favorite dish is Spanish Salad Bowl.