Five Oaks Board of Directors

Officers of the Board

Ruth Noble, Co-Chair
June 2022 – Present
Ruth Noble, loves to tell anyone who will listen about the importance of Five Oaks, she loves to share the story of her Father building the fireplaces in the Upper Room and Summer Centre. Ruth has been in ordained ministry for 25 years. She currently serves at Rosedale United Church as the Minister of Community Engagement in Treaty 13 territory. Ruth likes to spend some of her time in the geeky world of Harry Potter’s Wizarding World.

Maya Landell, Co-Chair
June 2022 – Present
Maya lives on the Indigenous Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, as a settler person connected through Treaty 13. She lives with her husband Adam, 11 year old daughter Norah and her 13 year old beagle-basset hound Sophie. She serves as the Lead Minister, as part of a team in ministry with Islington United Church, Etobicoke. Five Oaks has been an important place for Maya’s spiritual development, camp leadership training and youth ministry engagement. She brings to the board gifts for wrestling with hard decisions, chairing meetings in circle, and a willingness to nurture community with others. Of course, her favourite place at Five Oaks is the confluence of Whiteman’s Creek and the Grand River, but she is happiest swimming in the pool there in the summer. She does not take the responsibility for co-chairing the Board in this season lightly, it is a privilege and an honour.

Fran Ota, Secretary
May 2019 – Present
Fran Ota was born in Saskatchewan, the daughter of a United Church minister. She lived in Canora, Assiniboine, Prince Albert and Winnipeg. She graduated from University of Manitoba in 1970 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance. In 1970 she went to Japan as Overseas Personnel, in 1971 married her language teacher, Norio Ota. They spent 1971-74 in Viet Nam with the Japanese Government Aid agency, and had two children. Fran worked with YMCA Refugee Services. Returning to Japan, where their third child was born, they then moved to South Orange, New Jersey…Norio was a Fullbright Exchange Teacher, and their fourth child was born. In 1975 they moved to Melbourne, Australia where they ran a small hobby farm. Norio taught and studied, Fran took courses in Ethnomusicology. From Australia they moved to Michigan State University where Fran worked as a translator, community aide in international housing, church secretary and music director. The Otas moved to Toronto in 1984, and Fran has worked in medical research, in World Outreach at the national office, and Canadian Council of Churches. Ordained in 1995, she has served ten congregations, both long-term and short-term. She has served in various positions in the church including President of Conference. Fran is a qualified Supervisor, Liaison for search teams, and a trained Intentional Interim Minister. She is currently beginning a contract at York Pines United Church, assisting in some work around clustering and transition.

Peter Wall, Treasurer
June 2023 – Present
Peter retired from full-time ministry with the Anglican Church in 2019, but continues to do interim parish assignments and is involved with the church at the national level. He has extensive experience with community based non-profit organizations, and continues to exercise leadership in various ecumenical and inter-church groups. He lives in Hamilton and is so pleased to be on the Board of Five Oaks, a place he has considered special for many years.

 

 

Directors of the Board

Amira Ayad
June 2023 – Present
Amira is an introvert who loves being around people. She loves building communities and gathering in healing circles. At heart, she is a teacher who simplifies complex health science and speaks openly about heart and soul stuff. Her definition of wellness includes lots of smiles, human interactions, delicious food, music, joy, colorful paint, sunshine, blue sky, serene waters, and deep heart-felt peace. She loves books and art supplies and she is saddened by human conflict and intolerance. But, if you want the more ‘serious’ stuff… Here is her official bio: Amira Ayad is the founder of Women Whispers Academy where women learn to listen to their Body Whispers® before they turn into screams. She is a best-selling author, Natural Health Consultant, Registered Psychotherapist, and currently works as a Spiritual Care Practitioner at Scarborough Health Network. Amira holds a Masters degree in Pharmaceutics, a PhD in Natural Health, and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from the University of Toronto. She was a faculty member at the faculty of Pharmacy, Egypt; and at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto.

Fran Ota
May 2019 – Present
Fran Ota was born in Saskatchewan, the daughter of a United Church minister. She lived in Canora, Assiniboine, Prince Albert and Winnipeg. She graduated from University of Manitoba in 1970 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance. In 1970 she went to Japan as Overseas Personnel, in 1971 married her language teacher, Norio Ota. They spent 1971-74 in Viet Nam with the Japanese Government Aid agency, and had two children. Fran worked with YMCA Refugee Services. Returning to Japan, where their third child was born, they then moved to South Orange, New Jersey…Norio was a Fullbright Exchange Teacher, and their fourth child was born. In 1975 they moved to Melbourne, Australia where they ran a small hobby farm. Norio taught and studied, Fran took courses in Ethnomusicology. From Australia they moved to Michigan State University where Fran worked as a translator, community aide in international housing, church secretary and music director. The Otas moved to Toronto in 1984, and Fran has worked in medical research, in World Outreach at the national office, and Canadian Council of Churches. Ordained in 1995, she has served ten congregations, both long-term and short-term. She has served in various positions in the church including President of Conference. Fran is a qualified Supervisor, Liaison for search teams, and a trained Intentional Interim Minister. She is currently beginning a contract at York Pines United Church, assisting in some work around clustering and transition.

Martha Pedoniquotte
June 2020 – Present
Martha is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation and is a graduate of Business from Georgian College and Social Work from Loyalist College. She has served on numerous Boards including the Healing Fund of the United Church of Canada; the Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre Board of Directors based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and the National Aboriginal Ministries Council.
She is currently Vice-president of the Huronia Area Aboriginal Management Board; Martha has been a volunteer with Victims Service Grey Bruce and is currently a member of the Council of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. She currently serves as a member of the Indigenous Candidacy Board; the Justice and Reconciliation Fund Committee; and the Mission Support Working Group.

 

 

Corresponding Board Members

Cheryl-Ann Stadelbauer-Sampa
January 2019 – Present