Board of Directors

Mary-Ann Nova, President
Mary AnnMary-Ann is the founder and heart of Nova’s Ark.  Mary-Ann spent over 25 years in education, and has been a passionate supporter of inclusion throughout her years in the classroom, as a special education facilitator, and finally as an award winning elementary principal receiving a Canada’s Outstanding Principal Award in 2006.  Using her 10 acre property, her unique therapy animals and the many youth volunteers that she inspires, Nova’s Ark was created.  In 2011, Mary-Ann made the decision to retire from the Durham District School Board to focus full-time on expanding her programming initiatives and fulfilling the reality of Nova’s Ark– Where Special is Welcome.
Greg Kruk, Vice-President
Greg 2Greg is a business owner with a strong desire to give back to the communities in which he does business.  With businesses in Kawartha Lakes and Durham region, Greg volunteers on various Boards of Directors in both regions, as well as coaches minor hockey.  With a background in Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce, Greg has worked the past 10 years in the Insurance industry.  The opportunity to be part of Nova’s Ark Board of Directors was a great honour and a very worthy cause to get involved with.  Providing a safe and inclusive environment for youth is something that is invaluable in the development and confidence of today’s young adults.
Geoff Nova, Treasurer
Geoff is co-owner of the Nova’s Ark 10-acre property, and is the Treasurer of the charity .  Geoff spent 32 years with General Motors in various capacities and locations across the country.  Since his retirement in 2009, Geoff works in advertising related to the automotive industry.
Angie Campanelli, Secretary
???????????????????????????????Angie is a strong community advocate for issues related to social justice.  As a Durham resident for the past 25 year, Angie has dedicated her time and skills to various not-for-profit agencies within the Durham Region.  With over 20 years in the financial industry, Angie held a variety of positions in sales and portfolio management and retail and commercial financial services.  Prior to joining Nova’s Ark, Angie was Vice-Chair and Secretary for Feed the Need Durham and Board Trustee with Joanne’s House and various other agencies.
Heather Hawco-Gray, Director

H Hawco-GrayHeather is dedicated to working with youth and their families.  Over the past 23 years, in her role as a counsellor with the Durham District School Board, she has supported students with mental health and learning issues by providing alternative programming.  Heather has also worked at Ontario Shores for Mental Health Sciences in the adolescent unit and is currently an instructor at Centennial College in the Child and Youth Worker Program.  She enjoys volunteering in the Durham Region and came to Nova’s Ark after meeting Mary-Ann Nova and connecting her daughter, Keeley, as a volunteer.   Heather, and her family, have been volunteering at the farm for over 4 years and she is excited to be a member of the Board of Directors.

Nancy Stairs, Director

Nancy3Nancy is a retired educator with over thirty-two years dedicated to supporting youth at risk. In her role as a teacher, facilitator and vice principal with the Durham District School Board, Nancy has both developed and delivered alternative education programs designed to support struggling youth.  With a varied background in curriculum development and delivery, anti-bullying, co-operative education and other youth programs, Nancy is committed to serving Nova’s Ark as a board member. It is a privilege to have this opportunity to support the valuable experiences provided by Nova’s Ark.