Riverdale Farm

Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group - Appointed Members

The following members are appointed to two-year terms under the Terms of Reference between the City and the Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group:

Allison Sandmeyer-Graves is a non-profit leader with a wealth of experience gained over almost a decade in senior management with Free The Children. Most recently as Director of Development, she played a leading role in the significant expansion of major corporate partners while also successfully growing the pool of individual gifts from small and large personal donors. Previously, she spearheaded youth and educator programming for 2500 schools across North America to educate, engage and empower young people to become active citizens. Through these roles Allison provided strategic leadership to cultivate organizational maturity. She brings expertise in fundraising, partnership development, program design, project management, and stakeholder engagement. A Leslieville resident, Allison frequents the farm with her husband and two young children. She grew up on a 100-year-old family farm in Alberta and this fuels her desire to provide Torontonians with the opportunity to experience, appreciate and learn from farm life. Allison's goal in serving on the Stewardship Group is to help secure the future of the farm for the benefit of all through diversified multi-year funding and an exceptional visitor experience.

Celine Rouzaud is a communications and public relations professional with over seven years experience in the consumer lifestyle, travel and tourism, beauty and tech sectors. She is passionate about delivering innovative solutions that connect audiences to brands in compelling ways. Her expertise spans strategic planning, reputation management, media relations, social media, influencer engagement, sponsorships and special events. It is her belief that collaborative leadership, creativity and teamwork play a powerful role in galvanizing diverse individuals to achieve common goals. A lover of all animals and an avid cook, Céline strives to promote the benefits of farm to table eating as well as sustainable lifestyle choices.

Christine Wilby is a seasoned marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in multiple marketing disciplines, including broadcast, digital and social media. She is an enthusiastic, creative and results-oriented professional with the ability to translate consumer insights into strategic marketing communications. Christine has been active in building strong communities through her work running a community based small business for five years, volunteering at her children’s school and with organizations such as the United Way. Christine looks forward to being part of a collaborative team that can work together to ensure that Riverdale Farm remains in the community and is available to be enjoyed by all today, and into the future.

George Rust-D'Eye has been a resident of the Cabbagetown for over 40 years. He is a municipal lawyer, a Certified Specialist in Municipal Law and co-author or author of four books on Municipal Law in Ontario. He is also the author of the book "Cabbagetown Remembered", and of "A History of the Riverdale Park - Zoo and Farm". George is also a collector of books on Toronto and is currently working on a second history of the Cabbagetown neighbourhood. One of his particular interests is heritage law and practice. He serves or has served on numerous local and City-wide Heritage Conservation District Advisory Committees and is and has been for many years, an active and enthusiastic member of the Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group. As a dog-walker he visits Riverdale Park and the Farm on a daily basis. Over the years he has taken thousands of photographs of the Farm, its animals and activities, and of the surrounding Riverdale Park and Necropolis sites.

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