Staff

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Executive Director: Mary Tsai
Director of Recreation: Paul O’Donnell
Financial Administrator: Peter Wightman
Office Manager, Events & Communication: Clare Davidson Rogers
Department Manager: Children & Family: Alison O’Connor
Senior Coordinator: Q4, Children & Family: Lauren Fowler
Senior Coordinator: Q4, Preschool: Jason Irvine
Pottery Coordinator: Jen Drysdale
Youth and Adult Department Manager: John Muggleton
Sr Program Coordinator: Katie Toogood

Staff Members

Mary TsaiExecutive Director
Mary has 25 years of proven success expanding the programs, services and events for the Glebe community and the city at large. She is the recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award in recognition for her contribution to making Ottawa Centre a stronger and more inclusive community for all its residents. Mary believes that the philosophy of community serving community is an integral part of building strong neighbourhoods.  She provides the leadership and vision of creating an environment that is welcoming, nurturing, stimulating, and fun for anyone who walks though the GCC’s doors where they immediately feel like it is their home away from home.
Paul O'Donnell
Paul O'DonnellDirector of Recreation
Catching Paul at his desk is a bit of a challenge because he’s always happiest when he’s playing with the kids or thinking up a challenging game for his staff. Paul started working in recreation in 1995 and became one of GNAG’s well-loved management team in 2007. He’s a force to be reckoned with and his energy, enthusiasm and imagination are almost unmatched. Being a Dad has only made him more dedicated to making children happy.
Clare Davidson Rogers
Clare Davidson RogersOffice Manager
Clare started with GNAG as a volunteer, became a board member, then a preschool teacher and bit by bit worked her way into the management team which she now thinks of as her family. She loves her job and wears many hats, from communications, to events coordinator, office manager and Legend master. As a country girl, Clare really enjoys the opportunity to get to know her community, making the Glebe CC her little village.
Peter Wightman
Peter WightmanFinanical Administrator
Peter, the man of mystery, often missing from his desk because he started his day at 4:30 and has gone home for a nap. Peter joined our team a few years ago and fits in like he’d always been here. Also known as the answer man, Peter can figure his way out of any numbers query and is always game to help.
Alison O'Connor
Alison O'ConnorDepartment Manager, Children & Family
Ali loves colour coding, swimming, snow tubing, splatter art and reading children’s books. When she is not at her desk she can often be found in an art room with painted fingers or taking kids on an adventure through Ottawa. Ali, like any good millennial, saves up her vacation time to satiate her wanderlust with trips around the world.
Jason Irvine
Jason IrvineSr. Program Coordinator
Jason has lived in the Glebe since his high-school days and now dedicates his time to GNAG, giving back to the community that has given him so much. A dad who is still very much a kid himself, Jason shares his passion for music, games, and fun with children of all ages. You are most likely to find Jason singing with playgroup, planning elaborate role-playing games with the after-four program, or throwing on a crazy dinosaur costume and chasing pre-schoolers around the building!
Lauren Fowler
Lauren FowlerSr. Program Coordinator
Lauren has been working with us for over 7 years and has enjoyed every minute of it. Starting off as a summer camp counselor, to joining the Q4 team, she slowly built up the time spent here and now coordinates the Little/Middles Q4 program, and has stage-managed the last two GNAG theatre productions. In her spare time, Lauen enjoys trying out new recipes, being out in the sun and obsessing about her puppy!
John Muggleton
John MuggletonManager Youth and Adult Programming
An actor, director, acting instructor, nationally produced playwright and arts administrator, John has found a home at GNAG as Manager of Youth and Adult Programming. As a Co-Founder of Glebe’s Acting Company and former manager of Ottawa Little Theatre, John believes providing quality recreational programming not only enriches peoples personal lives but also their communities. When not at his desk, he is probably at the dog park with Emma and his two year old daughter Janey Summer.
Katie Toogood
Katie ToogoodSenior Program Coordinator Adult & Youth
Katie Toogood has an undergraduate degree in Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University and a Masters of Professional Kinesiology from the University of Toronto. She was a corporate trainer for a locally sourced sustainable kitchen, a summer campsite facilitator for the YMCA in Kingston, as well as a program leader for an after-school program through the Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto. Katie has decided to take the big leap and move from her hometown of Toronto to become GNAG’s Sr. Program Coordinator for youth and adult programs and GNAG couldn’t be happier.