For general inquiries about the Backyard Tree Planting Program or to place an order for trees, shrubs or garden kits, please call 416-413-9244 ext. 0 or toll free 1-888-453-6504 ext. 0.


Melissa Williams

Program Manager

Melissa Williams
416.413.9244 x11 | melissa[at]yourleaf.org

Melissa holds a certificate in Urban Forest Conservation Planning and a Master of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Toronto. She is also an ISA Certified Arborist. She first came to LEAF as a volunteer and starting working for the organization in 2011. In her spare time, she pursues interests in food, music, books and long-distance running.


Brenna Anstett

Field Operations Coordinator

Brenna Anstett
416.413.9244 x16 | brenna[at]yourleaf.org

Brenna holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Environmental Governance from the University of Guelph and aspires to continue her education in forest conservation. She is also an ISA certified arborist.  Her past experience includes research in dendroclimatology and tree planting projects with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority. In her spare time, Brenna enjoys figure skating, travelling, photography and reading.


Jackie Hamilton

Residential Planting Programs Coordinator

Jackie Hamilton
416.413.9244 x18 | jacqueline[at]yourleaf.org

Jackie holds a Master of Forest Conservation degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Environmental Science with a focus on conservation and biodiversity from the University of Ottawa. Before joining LEAF Jackie worked in environmental science and natural resource management in the UK and eastern Ontario. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Emerging Leaders for Biodiversity and in her spare time she loves to read, bake and explore the outdoors.


Tooba Shakeel

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Tooba Shakeel
416.413.9244 x13 | tooba[at]yourleaf.org

Tooba holds a Master of Science from University of Toronto where she researched the role of residents as urban forest managers. She has worked to establish environmental action in areas such as restoration, biodiversity and waste management while mentoring youth and engaging families and adults learners with Evergreen and Ecosource. She aspires to become an ISA certified arborist. Tooba enjoys volunteering, growing food and photography while exploring her city.


Erin MacDonald

Volunteer & Stewardship Coordinator

Erin MacDonald
416.413.9244 x12 | erin[at]yourleaf.org

Erin holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and loves to see people connecting with and improving their urban landscape. Before joining LEAF, Erin worked as the Green Streets Coordinator with the City of Vancouver where she helped residents beautify and green their neighbourhoods and also worked to further the City’s urban food-growing movement. She loves to explore new places, new music and dance!


Marketing Assistant

Susan Rolfe
416.413.9244 x14 | susan[at]yourleaf.org

Susan holds an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design from Humber College and a BA in Theater Studies from Emory University. She has been climbing trees since she could walk, and is passionate about conservation, community engagement, and making sure the future is as green as possible. In her spare time she enjoys all kinds of craftwork, all-day reading marathons, and experiments in permaculture.

 


Natasha Keshavjee

Residential Planting Programs Assistant

Natasha Keshavjee
416.413.9244 x0 | natasha[at]yourleaf.org

Natasha holds an Honours Bachelor of Liberal Arts in International Development Studies and Environmental Studies from York University and is passionate about environmental education and outreach. Before joining LEAF as the Residential Planting Programs Assistant, Natasha was an Outreach and Garden Steward volunteer with LEAF and travelled to Lake Atitlán, Guatemala to volunteer on a Lake Conservation project. In her spare time, she loves travelling, exploring natural spaces and boxing!

 


Jaclyn Corneil

Development and Marketing Assistant

Jaclyn Corneil
jaclyn[at]yourleaf.org

Jaclyn holds an Honours B.A. in Global Development Studies and Environmental Studies from Queen’s University, and is currently working towards completing a Master of Environmental Studies degree at York University. This is her second summer working with LEAF helping with Marketing and Development. She also works at York as the Student Environmental Design & Sustainability Coordinator. Beyond her professional interests, she enjoys travelling, yoga, music and her puppy Charlie.

 


Montanna Diakun

Education & Stewardship Assistant

Montanna Diakun
montanna[at]yourleaf.org

Montanna is a Master of Forest Conservation student at the University of Toronto, and holds an Honours BSc. Geography degree from the University of Victoria. Her past experience has included ecosystem and wildlife research, education, and boulevard gardening. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, music, and long walks outdoors.

 


Lam Tran

Volunteer and Stewardship Intern

Lam Tran
truc-lam[at]yourleaf.org

Lam is currently studying at the University of Toronto, majoring in both environmental studies and forest conservation. She hopes to pursue a Masters in Forest Conservation following the completion of her undergraduate degree. In her spare time she loves cooking, watching documentaries, playing with her cat, and doing crafts.

 


Janet McKay

Executive Director, Founder

Janet McKay
416.413.9244 x17 |  janet[at]yourleaf.org

Janet holds an Honours B.A. in Environment and Resource Management. She founded LEAF in 1996 and has focused on its development ever since. She is a founding member and current Chair of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, a member of the Board of Directors of the Clean Air Partnership, a member of the UV Radiation and Shade working group of the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition and a member of the Ontario Biodiversity Council. She also volunteers with a dog rescue org.