Lori Zucchiatti O’Neill – Chair
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, and soon after, Lori became a Street Captain and then chair of the Neighbourhood Support Committee. She served on the Executive as Fundraising Coordinator for three years (2016-19), with her primary responsibility being the management of the silent auction at the annual neighbourhood party. She and her husband are active supporters of the Pocket Change project.
Volunteerism is one of Lori’s passions. For twelve years, she worked in volunteer management at Distress Centres of Toronto. 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.
Robyn Switzer – Vice Chair
Robyn is looking forward to volunteering her time to contribute meaningfully to this wonderful community and to helping to make sure that the vibrancy and connectedness that makes the Pocket such a wonderful place to live continues for years to come.
Coline Morrison – Treasurer
Coline has lived on Earl Grey Road since 1994. As a young adult, Coline was treasurer of a marching band. After graduating from college, she worked as a bookkeeper for a law firm. Subsequently she began training as an accountant, and while she changed careers before completing the program, Coline continued working part-time as a bookkeeper.
Coline enjoys the benefits of a connected community and feels it is her time to serve – being treasurer is her way of serving the community.
Linda Blake – Secretary
In 1982 Linda and her husband moved into their first shared home on Shudell Ave. There was never a plan to stay there forever, but 37 years and two children later, that certainly seems to be the case. She believes the neighbourhood has only grown more livable over the years and, thanks to the generosity and commitment of its many volunteers, has become a vibrant community as well.
Linda is thankful for her neighbours’ contributions and welcomes this opportunity to join them in supporting the Pocket community and to learn more about its projects. Retired from the Toronto District School Board, she worked as a secretary/office manager at Eastdale C.I., a local secondary school, and as a print production coordinator in the former Toronto Board of Education’s Public Information Office.
Gemma Parker – Membership Coordinator
Gemma and her family are very grateful to live in such an active and passionate community. She got 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 served as Membership Coordinator since 2016.
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.
Daryl Boshart – Communications Coordinator
Daryl and his family have lived in The Pocket since 2017. Daryl is an editor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. His most recent volunteer efforts have focused on the tutoring, coaching, and peer support of youth experiencing challenges with psychosis. Being a part of the PCA allows Daryl to bridge a number of his interests, including the fostering of strong communities, advocating for climate action, and supporting the voices of marginalized people and youth.
Judith (Zhiizhii) Prince – Fundraising Coordinator
Zhiizhii is a Translator/Interpreter/Editor in English, French and Swahili. She is the founder of a new Grassroots group that serves Black single mothers and their children in the east end of Toronto. She is a creative scientist and is grateful for all the ways that her studies in Chemistry have been useful in her life.
She has been living on the edge of the Pocket on Jones Avenue for 20 years. Ten of those years were spent living in a small community overseas and raising her 4 boys. She returned four years ago and recognizes the importance of community in big cities like Toronto and is committed to support community building efforts.
Allison Evans – Member at Large
Allison lived in many Toronto neighbourhoods before settling on Hunter Street in The Pocket with her husband over three years ago. The contributions of the PCA to the neighbourhood were immediately apparent, and Allison is excited to work with a community organization striving to make The Pocket a great place for all its residents.
Allison’s career is focused on residential architecture. She currently works at an architecture firm specializing in green design while pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies at York University. Despite work and extracurricular pursuits, Allison finds time to work in the garden and make friends with the cats of the neighbourhood.
Dalreen Fobler – Member at Large
Dalreen has lived on Jones Avenue in the Pocket since 2015 and has a particular interest in community-based initiatives. Her most recent board position was as co-chair of NextGen, one of the fastest growing volunteer organizations within RBC (Royal Bank), where she currently works. Prior to that, Dalreen served on the NextGen committee, as well as volunteered at several organizations across the city, such as Lawyers Feed the Hungry and the Salvation Army.
Dalreen has a passion for building a strong community and wants to use her talents to make a contribution to the Pocket.
Susan McMurray – Past Chair (this is not an elected executive position)
Susan has lived on Condor with her husband and two cats for nearly 20 years. She helped found The Pocket newsletter and the annual street party that coincides with Car Free Day each September. Susan 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 also served as Chair from January 2014 to June 2019.