Susan McMurray – Chair
Susan is an 18-year resident of the Pocket and lives on Condor with her husband and two cats. Susan helped found The Pocket newsletter and the annual street party that coincides with Car Free Day each September. She chaired the PCA Working Group which negotiated the agreement with the TTC regarding part of the greenspace at the Greenwood subway yards. A founding member of the PCA, Susan has served as chair of the Executive since January 2014.
Susan has worked in management, research and policy in the provincial government since 2003. She has been Treasurer for three community organizations, and is currently chair of the Board at Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre.
Marc van Beusekom – Vice Chair
Marc has lived on Queen Victoria Street since 1995. He is married to Kim (Barnes) and they have three children Nicole, Theo and Tomas. Marc has written regularly for The Pocket newsletter as well as helping with the layout (in the early editions). He is also a member of the Pocket Victoria Day fireworks.
Marc has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations – he is currently with Options for Cars Co-operative; Federation of Community Power Co-operatives as Treasurer; and Options for Homes. Formerly with St. John’s Bakery, Marc has worked since 2008 for Options for Homes in social enterprise development – he currently manages the Options for Cars and Options for Green Energy programs.
Diane Smith – Treasurer
Diane has lived in the Pocket since 2005 and resides on Lydia Court. She has been a volunteer in the Toronto community and has served on the Board of Directors for several volunteer organizations in various capacities for over 30 years.
She is married, with two grown children and three granddaughters who all live in the Pocket. Diane has run and operated her own Bookkeeping and Administrative business for 30 years. Diane has served as Treasurer since the founding of the PCA.
Rebecca Nelson – Secretary
As a Pocket Resident who’s lived for 5 years on Shudell Avenue, Rebecca is looking for an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the community. She feels that a community develops because of its residents and is impressed by the passion and energy she sees in the Pocket.
Rebecca is looking forward to applying her experiences in project management and communications within her community.
Gemma Parker – Membership Coordinator
Gemma and her family are very grateful to live in such an active and passionate community. She looks forward to getting more involved in the PCA as a way to show her gratitude for providing a wonderful community for her children to grow up in.
Gemma has previous experience project managing clinical research trials, and more recently as an online business owner, which has left her well-equipped in record keeping, social media engagement, website maintenance and mass email communication.
Garvey Chi – Communications Coordinator
Originally born in the East End, he finally moved back three decades later.
In his day life he’s a rigging lead and department supervisor in feature film animation and has worked in Toronto’s animation industry for the past 10 years.
He hopes to give back to the community as well as to those that volunteer so much of their time in making it so lovely. He’s looking forward to the opportunity to put his experience in visual arts and digital media to the Pocket community’s use.
Lori Zucchiatti O’Neill – Fundraising Coordinator
After living in north Toronto for many years, Lori and her husband moved to the Pocket in late 2014. They love their new neighbourhood! They joined the PCA at the 2015 AGM, after which Lori became a Street Captain and joined three committees.
Volunteerism is one of Lori’s passions! For the past several years, she has worked in volunteer management for a charity. She has been volunteering for charities and non-profit organizations since her teens, from serving on boards as secretary and treasurer to assisting with communications, fundraising and membership.
Lori has served on committees for small and large fundraisers, where her contributions have ranged from securing silent auction items, gifts-in-kind and monetary donations to proofreading, writing, liaising with sponsors and managing volunteers.
Supriya Sayl – Member at Large
Supriya Syal, her wife Kelly and their rambunctious puppy Etosha moved to Condor Avenue in 2014. As newcomers to the Pocket, their first step in getting involved in the community was to volunteer at the welcome table during the annual neighbourhood party. They have been happy and grateful for the warm welcome that they have been extended, and are excited to be involved in the community association as a way of giving back, as well as fostering the wonderful climate in the Pocket. Supriya has served as PCA Member-at-Large for one year.
Supriya is a scientific advisor at a consulting firm, providing strategic advice to solve communications and operational challenges in business, policy and non-profit sectors.
David Smith – Member at Large
Throughout his recently completed academic career, David has served on many committees and boards, making him an excellent candidate for the Pocket Community Association executive. David had the opportunity to help shape the academic, strategic, and financial future as a member of the senate and board of governors of the University of Waterloo. Serving as the vice-president academic for the UNB Graduate Student Association, David acted as an advocate for his fellow students and worked with all stakeholders to ensure the wellbeing of all parties were met.
Trish O’Reilly – Past Chair (this is not an elected executive position)
She lives on Chatham Avenue with her husband and daughter and is the instigator of various Open Door community and arts projects at St. David’s Anglican Church. In 2013, she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her community work. Trish has been honoured to serve as the first Chair of the PCA since May 2012.