Our Team

Development Manager

David Alton (MPl) is a community planner and facilitator who bridges a passion for collective action with principles of urban planning and conflict mediaiton. He has previous experience from Volunteer Toronto, Waterfront Toronto and ClimateActionWR.

If you have any inquiries about Yorklands Green Hub please email David at [email protected]

Board of Directors

Norah Chaloner, a retired public health nurse with organic farming experience, is a long-time volunteer enthusiast of water and environmental protection.   Norah is sitting as Chair of the Board of Directors and is our Community Liaison.

Alex Smith is a retired lawyer, having served as a Crown Attorney and senior manager in the Ontario Public Service during his 32 year career.  He brings a keen interest in the heritage of  the proposed site. Alex is sitting on the Governance and Land Acquisition Committees.

Abdelsalam Elfahal has valuable experience in environment and sustainable development working for international organizations in conducting studies, developing plans, and monitoring and evaluating projects and programs.  This experience included environmental education and awareness activities. 

Lynn Bestari currently works as the Manager of Community Services at a nonprofit in Georgetown, ON. She has a background working in research, community development in indigenous and non-indigenous communities and in child development. She is passionate about the environment and the outdoors. Lynn is sitting as chair of the Governance committee.

Beth Shier is a retired social worker whose focus was on community
development and social planning.  She is bringing her lifelong love of nature and deep concern about the negative impact we are having on the environment, and the trend toward urban sprawl here in Guelph, to the team.  She is optimistic about the work of Yorklands Green Hub and believes that it can have a significant positive impact in the community.

Susan Ratcliffe is the Past President of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario and President of its Guelph and Wellington Branch.  A retired English teacher and part-time librarian, she conducts talks and workshops, is site coordinator for Doors Open Guelph and has been a historical walking tour guide in Guelph for 30 years.  She received the Ontario Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Dionne Daley currently works full-time as a VP of Consumer Research. As a BIPOC community member and avid outdoorswoman herself, she can appreciate that connecting with nature can be inaccessible for some. As a member of the YGH board, she hopes to introduce new opportunities for the Guelph community to learn from and enjoy outdoor spaces safely and inclusively.  Dionne is sitting on the PEP Committee.

Tyson McMann is an economic developer with site selection and land development expertise, and has worked in both the private and public sector. He is a firm believer in sustainable development and believes the Yorklands Green Hub meets those objectives. Tyson is sitting on the Land Acquisition Committee.

Sophia Yanishevsky is a student at the University of Guelph who is studying economics and finance and is pursuing further education in environmental economics and urban agriculture. She is one day hoping to alleviate soil erosion issues stemming from the agriculture industry. She is passionate about nature and our environment and is ready to put in the work towards a sustainable future. Sophia is sitting on the P.E.P committee.

Our Committees

All members of the Yorklands Green Hub are invited to join one of our many working committees. Please email [email protected] to learn more

Governance Committee: oversees admin and organizational structures

PEP Committee: oversees promotions and event planning

Communications Committee: oversees digital engagement

Finance & Fundraising Committee: oversees budget development and fundraising campaigns

Land Acquisition Committee: oversees the process of leasing Yorklands and other programming spaces