The Staff of Tucker House

Meet the Tucker House staff who are working to implement a green future:

Kara Stonehouse, Organizational Director

Contact Kara at or at  613-446-2117 x 1


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About Kara: Kara believes that a strong community organization like Tucker House thrives when the community shares a grand vision together considering the past, present and future.  Drawing on her international travels to eco-villages, and her masters in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability in Sweden, Kara leads by creating and sharing the vision of Tucker House with the community.

Kara grew up on the Madawaska river in Arnprior, Ontario and enjoys living close to her family in the Ottawa Valley with her husband and young daughter.  To stay grounded focused and connected, Kara practices yoga, meditation and Reiki.  Kara has a Christian heritage, (her Grandfather was a minister), a loving appreciation for all faiths and looks beyond ideologies and behaviours to see the heart and core of people and their best intentions.

Kara also runs her own organizational consulting business, AHA! Graphic Facilitation. She has experience co-ordinating and delivering a national sustainability champions program with The Natural Step Canada, has lead visioning sessions and/or offered graphic recording services for many environmental non-profit organizations including the Sierra Youth Coalition, Students on Ice and River Keepers.

Why Kara is at Tucker House: Kara comes to Tucker House with a strong sense of purpose and possibility. Her personal purpose is to be a light for spiritual renewal and to see Canada become a sustainable society within her lifetime. The sense of possibility comes from the wonderful space and soul of Tucker House and the people who have loved it for the last three generations.  Kara is also inspired by the positive examples around the world of people who have created projects similar to Tucker House. May it continue, for the next seven generations.


Diana Brushey, Co-Executive Director

Contact Diana at or 613-446-2117 x 3



About Diana: Diana has a B. A. from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University with a specialty in outdoor education. She has worked with a wide range of community organizations and has over 15 years of experience in leading quality educational programs through CanaDiana UnlimiTed, a partnership with her husband, providing environmental education at conferences and events for children and youth with groups including the Sierra Club of Canada. Diana has been working with Tucker House Renewal Centre as a volunteer since 2002 and began part-time in the Fall of 2006 to assist with curriculum development and programming. As “Cedar”, she coordinates a youth volunteer team to run the long-standing Country Fun Nature Camp, oversees environmental education programs, and is passionate about the local and natural history of the site. She is also the Network Coordinator for Faith & the Common Good: Greening Sacred Spaces, a Canadian interfaith environmental network, and has served as the Coordinator for the Peace and Environment Resource Centre. She continues her community involvement as the Vice-President of the Stairwell Carollers, a local chamber choir, and Sustainable Eastern Ontario, a capacity-building environmental group.



Why Diana works at TH: “I fell in love with Tucker House when I first came out to visit the site in 2000. Rev. Isobel McGregor and I had been in contact about Befriending the Earth and had great conversations about eco-education; at the time my husband and I were Co-Directors of an environmental camp at Carleton University. I loved the idea of Country Fun and how it blended faith and ecology. It fit so well with my worldview that I started volunteering, and my husband and I came out to lead the nature walks. Since that time I have spent many happy hours wandering about the property, learning about the history and wildlife. Tucker House nurtures my soul.”


Laura Leet, Seventh Generation Program Coordinator

Contact Laura at or 613 446 2117 x 7



About Laura: Laura graduated from Queens University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, has a graduate certificate in Green Business Management from Algonquin College, and has just finished Teachers College at the University of Ottawa. Since graduating Laura has been active in the eNGO community in Ottawa. She worked for OneChange as the volunteer coordinator for their Fuel Efficiency Campaign. She then went on to intern with the Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative doing community outreach, and held a position on their board. Recently she was the project coordinator for the 3i Summit on Sustainability, that brought together around 200 people from different sectors to collaborate and take action on environmental sustainability in Ottawa. She has worked on different tasks for Sustainable Eastern Ontario, National Capital Environmental Network, Faith and the Common Good, and 1000 Solar Ottawa.

Why Laura Works at Tucker House: I have always believed that education is key to making things happen, especially when it comes to environmental sustainability. That is why I am very excited about my role as the coordinator for the seventh generation learning series. I came to Tucker House looking for work, but instead I have found a home amongst some truly inspirational people who I am happy to call my co-workers and my friends.


Nathalie Mathieu, Community Coordinator

Contact Nathalie at or 613-446-2117 x 8

About Nathalie: Nathalie has a Bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences and a Master’s degree in Environment from McGill University. After working for non-profit environmental organizations in Ottawa, she decided to embark on a two-year journey to Japan. She taught English there and continued in Gatineau after coming back. She has recently become a neigbhour of Tucker House after moving in Rockland.

Why Nathalie works at TH:“After coming back from Japan I sat down and planned my career: I wanted to continue teaching, help create environmental awareness, work for a non-profit organization and help people in my community, but more than that I wanted to create a positive change for the planet and the people living on it. I was thrilled to discover Tucker House’s mission and offered my services. Tucker House is a great organization, lead by extraordinary people. I am very proud to be part of it, making small changes today so that there’s a better tomorrow.”



Kristina Inrig, Director of Partnership Development

Contact Kristina at or 613-446-2117 x 9

About Kristina: Kristina has a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management (B.P.A.P.M.) with a focus on Environment and Development from Carleton University. She has also obtained a Capacity Building Certificate from the Wellesley Institute and is working on a Fundraising Certificate at Algonquin College. Kristina was the Executive Director at Tucker House from 2005-2010 until moving to a program role. She also is the owner of a local green business, Sustainable Foundations Inc and works with other environmental organizations, including Faith & the Common Good, for fundraising and program management activities.

Why Kristina works at TH: “Tucker House is an inspiring organization to work for. I believe in the mission and vision that we are trying to promote and I think that we need more positive examples of sustainable change in our community. After learning about world development issues through my formal education, I felt that my contribution to changing the world should be within my own country. Sustainable development begins here.



Tobias Bell, Operations Manager

Contact Tobias at or 613-446-2117 x 2

About Tobias: Tobias has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Prince Edward Island. He has a wide range of experiences in a variety of fields including agriculture, forestry, fisheries, construction, and manufacturing. Tobias has also worked as a Tai Chi / Chi Gung Instructor. Tobias begain working with Tucker House Renewal Centre in April 2007.

Why Tobias works at TH: “Life is a network of relationships. It is apparent to me, in the early days of the 21st century, that the human race needs to take a long look at the kind of relationships we have; with each other, with spirit, and with our planet and the other beings that share it. I am happy to be in a place where, if only in a small way, that kind of examination and exploration is encouraged.”



Board of Directors

Tucker House Board Members

Pascal Jolicoeur (Chair)

Kristine Veaudry (Secretary)

Christiane Aiken (Treasurer)


Tucker House seeks new Board Members from the Ottawa and Clarence-Rockland communities.  Please contact Pascal Jolicoeur if you are interested.


Honorary Life Members

Kenneth Dawson

Peter Kurdziel


Community Advisors

To support Tucker House is the local Prescott-Russell community.

Gilles Chartrand – Historian and Community Leader

Alexandra de Quimper – Historian

Gabriel Huppé – former Board member

Marcel Guibord – Clarence- Rockland Mayor

Dava McKay – former Tucker House Board Chair

Stéphanie Pelot – Coordinator, Greenspill

Bernadette Sarazin – BrioStratégies

Daniele Vinette – Présidente, Clarence-Rockland Environmental Society


Organization Advisors

To support and advise Tucker House Directors and Staff.

David Birkwood – Vice President, Atira Developments

Dr. Heather Eaton – Assoc. Prof. Theology, St Paul Univ.

Rev. Neil Hunter – Baptist clergy

Dr. Robert MacKenzie – Professional Investments Inc.

Judith Matthew – Management Consultant

Frank Pope – Former Pres., Ottawa Field-Naturalists

Dr. Awegechew Teshome – Scientific Advisor, USC Canada


Honorary supporters

Rev. Isobel McGregor – Educator

Elizabeth May, Order of Canada