Member Bios

LYNN VANASSE

Lynn Vanasse

Chair
chair@smpscouncil.org

Lynn has been a resident of Riverside South for 14 years and has two children attending Steve MacLean. She has always enjoyed volunteering whenever possible in the classroom and on field trips and started taking an active role in helping the SMPS council in June of 2016 by taking on the maintenance of the school gardens. Last year was Lynn’s first time being a member of the School Council. Her goal this school year as Chair is to work collaboratively with her fellow council members to achieve our goals and initiatives, promote parent volunteer opportunities, and increase parent attendance numbers at council meetings.

 

GENEVIEVE HARTE

Genevieve Harte

Vice-chair
vice-chair@smpscouncil.org

Genevieve holds a Masters in public policy where her research focused on childhood obesity prevention in schools. She worked as the Nutrition Director for a public school board in California for 7 years before moving back to Ottawa. All three of Genevieve’s children have had various unique school needs over the years so she is highly motivated to delve into the policy issues to ensure that all children are supported for success. She is currently a member of the Board’s PIC (Parent Involvement Committee) which “supports, encourages, and enhances parent engagement in order to improve student achievement and well-being.” She has spent the last 8 years working in performance measurement for municipal government.

 

ATIF RASHID

Treasurer
treasurer@smpscouncil.org

 

BILYANA ANICIC

Bilyana Anicic

Communications Coordinator/Webmaster
web@smpscouncil.org

Bilyana Anicic, a long-time resident of the Riverside South community, joined the Steve MacLean Parent Council five years ago in a Communications Coordinator/Webmaster role. An Enterprise Architect and active volunteer with The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI), where she serves on the Board of Directors, Bilyana brings to the Council a passion for information management, effective communications and stakeholder engagement. In her role on the Council, Bilyana is hoping to improve communication with and the engagement of the parent community by improving council’s digital communications and Web presence.

 

SARAH BLACKADDER

Pizza Lady
pizza@smpscouncil.org

Sarah has lived in Riverside South for more than 12 years. She has previously served as a Board Member for a local Cooperative Nursery School, and she decided to join the Steve MacLean School Council now that both of her children attend the school. In addition to being a Leader of a local Sparks (Girl Guides of Canada) group, Sarah strives to be involved in the school lives of her children. Sarah is confident that being part of School Council will complement her involvement within the community.

 

LILIAN LEI

Secretary
secretary@smpscouncil.org

Lilian has been a resident of Riverside South for over 5 years and has one child attending Steve Maclean PS. She enjoys volunteering in the school and community. This is her first year joining Council as Secretary and her goal is to get familiar with various matters at the Council. She would like to get involved with the school life as much as she can and looks forward to working with all members and volunteers.

 

WENDY LIU

Special Events Co-Ordinator
events@smpscouncil.org

 

AHMAD TEYMOURI

Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer@smpscouncil.org

 

HEATHER THOM

Parent-at-Large
parents@smpscouncil.org

Heather has three children at SMPS and enjoys volunteering in the school. She is active in her children’s classrooms, helps weekly the pizza coordinator and co-organizes the school’s used book sale in the fall. Last year, Heather joined Council as Parent-At-Large and looks forward to working with parent volunteers in her new role.

 

LAURIE ROGERS

Laurie Rogers

Parent-at-Large
parents@smpscouncil.org

Laurie is a longtime resident of Riverside South and has three daughters attending Steve MacLean Public School (JK, Grade 2, and Grade 5). Although she has attended SMPS Council meetings for several years, this is her first year as an official member of Council. She enjoys being part of council and staying connected to school life. In her role as Parent-at-Large, in addition to volunteering at various council events, her primary focus is advocating for and liaising with key officials to bring a public high school to Riverside South.

 

MICHELLE GUFFIE

Parent-at-Large
parents@smpscouncil.org

Michelle moved into the Riverside South area just over a year ago and she’s happy they did! What a wonderful community and fantastic public school. Her daughter attends kindergarten at SMPS and has thrived under the guidance of excellent kindergarten teachers. Michelle has joined Council as a Parent-at-large and is keen to support the SMPS community.

 

RITI GUPTA

Parent-at-Large
parents@smpscouncil.org