Our Board Members

Jim Gratsas

Jim Gratsas

Co-President

Jim has lived on Ellerslie the last 13 years, moving into his home just days after his first of 2 sons was born.  He works locally at Procter & Gamble. He has been active in ensuring responsible neighbourhood development for several years.  As a member of the volunteer WWNA start-up committee he is excited to see the group’s efforts resulting in an association that will enhance the neighbourhood and create a greater sense of community.

Steven Biggs

Steven Biggs

Co-President

Longtime resident of Willowdale, now living on Ellerslie Ave. with his young family, is a writer, journalist, and speaker focussing on farming, food, and gardening.  He is one of the founding members working towards the creation of the WWNA. 

Historic Farming Article Steve Biggs

 

Mary Lynn Simpson

Mary Lynn Simpson

Tresurer

Mary Lynn lives on Ellerslie Avenue with her husband Joe. ML (as she is often called) was born and raised in Willowdale and was happy to move back to the area in 2001. ML was a proud City of Toronto employee with Employment and Social Services, retiring after a 35+ year career, at a Senior Executive level. She has previous experience on a Condominium Board and is proud to have been part of the volunteer start-up committee for WWNA. She is passionate about the neighbourhood and hopes through WWNA initiatives, neighbours will become more connected with one another and the community we all live in

Anna Baranowsky

Anna Baranowsky

Board Member

Anna Baranowsky has lived with her spouse and dog in West Willowdale since December 2012. She has been on the board since 2014. She has found the area to be a great choice of neighbourhood and is pleased to be part of this excellent community.

David Chapman

David Chapman

Board Member

I have been a resident of West Willowdale since early 1983 and live on Diagonal Road with my wife as well as my eldest son and his family. We modified our 1950’s side split home in 2009 to construct separate living quarters for them. I retired in 2010 after having spent some 46 years in the International transportation industry. I now spend my days in my workshop, the garden and improving the property.  I am a very keen supporter of the community where we live and follow the developments in the area closely.

Suranjita Khaund

Suranjita Khaund

Board Member

Suranjita moved to the West Willowdale neighbourhood in 2014 with her family trying to find a space that balanced the hustle bustle of the city and the long commute of the suburbs. She works in Information Services at the Hospital for Sick Children and enjoys reading, cycling, camping and skiing with her family comprising of two children, a dog and a handful of fishes. She joined WWNA as a means to feel more connected and to try and ensure that development in the neighbourhood is sustainable and community-centric.

Michelle Oliveira

Michelle Oliveira

Board Member

Michelle Oliveira and her husband Kirk have lived in West Willowdale neighbourhood since 1995 on Park Home Ave.  In 2011, they tore down a bungalow and built an eco-home – here is the blog. She is the owner of two home-based businesses offering marketing project management consulting and social media marketing services and an Advisory Board Member of the Canadian Association of Marketing Professionals.  She is actively involved in the neighbourhood, as a founding member of the WWNA since 2014, a parent council member at both elementary and secondary schools in the area and is actively involved in other volunteer activities.

Eugene Terenzio

Eugene Terenzio

Board Member

I moved into the Willowdale neighbourhood 8 years ago.  I am presently working as a Realtor with Royal LePage both locally and throughout the GTA, since 1987.I like to walk, an avid fisherman, skier and still enjoy a weekly hockey game. My goal as a member of the WWNA is to guide it through its growth period and to help in bringing the community together.

Michael Koor

Michael Koor

Past President 2015 - January 2020

I live on Ellerslie Ave.   I was born and raised in West Willowdale and I’m fortunate enough to be able to raise my family on the street I grew up on.  I was a member of the volunteer WWNA committee for the last year.  When not volunteering, I work at BMO Financial Group and I enjoy playing hockey.  I have a keen interest in seeing neighbours collaborate, share ideas and take action, as it is the best way to create a lasting sense of community.

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