Board members are united with the common goal of ensuring Aspen Valley’s sustainability and permanency as a leading wildlife sanctuary
Marilyn Cresswell, Chair – Marilyn is a proven marketing leader and a full time Professor at Humber and brings over 25 years of corporate and product marketing skills to the team. She ran the AdCentre, an in house Advertising Agency at Humber, and gained recognition as the “Director of Possibilities”. Prior to going to Humber Marilyn was a Director of Product Management and lead Corporate Marketing and Communications. Key customers included many financial services, software and consumer products companies such as Microsoft, DuPont, Great West Life, Manulife, and MetLife. Marilyn is a recognized mentor (American Marketing Association) and continues to give back by volunteering. Her strong verbal and written communication skills, along with her ability to lead, coach and motivate have ensured success on many teams. She has worked with not-for-profit and for-profit organizations through the Humber AdCentre including the Special Olympics, Radius Child and Youth Services, Renascent, The Daily Bread Food Bank, Biore and Diageo to name a few. She has won awards and recognition for Innovation and community support. Most recently her contributions included working with the OACP on a cross Ontario “Harm Reduction” initiative in 2016. Marilyn visited Aspen Valley in 2015 and became more involved when Humber students (via the Humber AdCentre) worked to help advertise and fundraise in 2015. In addition to a degree in Economics, Marilyn holds a post graduate diploma in management studies, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from McMaster University.
Tammy Brown, Treasurer – Having grown up in the area, Tammy became involved with Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary through her father Ed Brown who has been a long standing volunteer with the sanctuary. Tammy has been a director of Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary since 2011, and is also a director of Women’s College Hospital and a director and past chair of directors of Ovarian Cancer Canada. Tammy is a CPA, CA and a Partner in KPMG’s Audit practice in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). She has over 20 years of audit experience, primarily with public companies. In addition to her technical and client service abilities, Tammy is known for her significant interest and contributions within HR from coaching and mentoring throughout her career to taking leadership roles in the development of others and in diversity inclusion within KPMG. She is a band member of the Shawanaga First Nation. As a member of the Diversity and Inclusion executive committee, Tammy has represented the aboriginal community and continues to develop connections and seek opportunities to support and include these communities in our activities. Tammy has served in leadership positions at KPMG in the areas of recruiting, training and human resources throughout her career. She is currently the HR and Resources Partner for the GTA Audit practice, is a member of the GTA audit leadership team and is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion partner executive committee.
Margaret Black, Secretary – Margaret joined the Aspen Valley board in September 2013. She has a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Geography from Ryerson University, a Bachelor of Education Degree from York University and Master’s Degrees in Theology from Acadia University. Over the past twenty years, Margaret has been employed in various aspects of the education field. She has been an elementary school teacher with the Simcoe County District School Board since 2006. Margaret brings to the board experience in writing and editing, educational resource development, desktop publishing, and graphic, website and blog design. Margaret has served as a volunteer habitat monitor for the Ontario Trumpeter Swan Reintroduction Program since 2003. Over the past decade, she has sponsored nine free-flying Trumpeter Swans through the Wye Marsh, and a number of non-releasable animals at Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and the former Muskoka Wildlife Centre. In 2003, she founded the Gordon Black Memorial Camp Fund, in memory of her late-husband. To date, the fund has enabled over 170 children to attend summer camp at the Wye Marsh, on full sponsorship. In 2007, Margaret was the recipient of the Wye Marsh’s Harry Lumsden Conservation Award. In her spare time, Margaret is an avid camper, kayaker and canoe-tripper, and also enjoys hiking, bicycling and photography.
Judy Parks – Judy Parks is an active real estate agent in the Muskoka & Parry Sound area with Royal Lepage Lakes of Muskoka, working out of the Port Carling office. She has been one of the top producers in her company for the last several years, winning awards of achievement in sales. She has taken a general contractor’s course through Georgian College. She general contracts renovation for her own home real estate projects as well as providing this service to clients. Before she was a real estate agent, Judy was a teacher. During her teaching career she was involved on many county, committees including guidance program and curriculum writing at the school board levels. Along with Aspen Valley, Judy is a proud supporter of various charitable organizations including Georgian Bay Forever, Women’s College Hospital, Breast Cancer Ontario, TVO 7 Meals on Wheels in the Midland area. Judy is a graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University, York University, and studied at Art University of Toronto. Judy loves the flora and fauna of Muskoka, Georgian Bay and surrounding areas.
Linda Bangay – Linda joined the Board of Directors in 2016. In addition to a Bachelor of Education, she holds degrees in Biology, Outdoor Recreation, and Geography. Her career began in the education field, and her teaching opportunities were varied (e.g., secondary-school Science, Grade 1, and academic upgrading for adults at a First Nation community). Linda has also worked extensively in the social-service sector – with both young offenders and abuse survivors. Through this work, she gained considerable experience in: public-education initiatives; the long-term administration of non-profit organizations; engaging, training, and supervising volunteers; fundraising; strategic planning; and, developing and managing successful partnerships with stakeholders and other groups. Linda’s background also includes employment as a Science textbook copy-editor. Since 2008, she has continued this type of work on a part-time basis as a freelance editor and writer for print media, and has created and edited a variety of written educational materials (e.g., brochures, information guides, training manuals). When she left the social-service sector in 2014, she continued her freelance pursuits, and is currently the editor for the recurring publications of two different organizations. Moreover, Linda’s love of the outdoors led to a second job with a wilderness expedition company in 2015. Linda has been a long-time advocate of several wildlife-rehabilitation and environmental organizations, and has supported them financially, through letter writing, and by becoming involved with local groups. Some of her other interests include spending time with family and friends, cycling, cross-country skiing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and reading.