Our Board of Directors

Barbara MelaraBarbara Melara, Chairperson

Barbara holds a Master of Social Work degree, and has spent most of her career in the social service field. Her work history includes six years teaching in Belize. In Canada, she has worked with children, youth, adults and families in a variety of settings – a woman’s shelter, residential settings and most recently with a Children’s Aid Society where most of her clients are Aboriginal people living off –reserve.

She enjoys travel, and has seen Central America, Estonia, India, Europe, which, she feels, still leaves a lot more of her world to explore.

She is married, and is a member of the Lion’s Club of St. George, Ontario. She is active in the faith community in St. George. Amarok Society fits well with her beliefs. She sponsors the Amarok Society’s Libby Women’s School, named in memory and honour of her mother, Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Mayo.

Angela Grace Macri, Secretary/Treasurer

Angela Grace Macri lives a service-oriented life. Subsequent to teaching French to adolescents and adults in a rural Ontario community, Angela familiarized herself with the family business, property investment and management, of which she is now President.

She is the 2010 recipient of The Order of Mary Ward and the Toronto Catholic District School Board Alumni Award. Encouraging philanthropy, Angela, along with enthusiastic employees of Haulover Investments Ltd., adopts families and individuals in need and is significantly involved with Providence Centre, a leading Toronto rehabilitation facility, as well as other charitable endeavours. She was a founding director and President for 7 years, of Northern Centre for Enrichment, a non-profit organization dedicated to community outreach. For several years, Angela owned and co-edited the cultural and entertainment Hollywood Canada Magazine; owned and managed The Bayview Playhouse, a live Toronto theatre, and produced film productions and live theatre in Toronto and off-Broadway.

Her interests include piano, languages, cottage life, travel, the elderly and fitness. Angela lives with her partner Roger, and daughter, Grace, and is mother to Mary Anne and Herb Guy.

Advisory Board

Judy Bartel

Judy recently retired after a 25 year career as a Student Advisor and Director of Student Services at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Manitoba. “Retirement” has not meant that life is less busy – only that there is a modicum of flexibility and liberty in how that life is spent. Education, in its many forms, is still a primary interest, along with an interest in international development and cross-cultural communication. In addition to some consulting work, she volunteers with several community organizations including Director and committee member and volunteer for the Marquis Project, a local Manitoban NGO whose mandate is “connecting Manitobans with the developing world”. A trip to visit a Marquis’ partner project in Tanzania served to cement Judy’s view that the absence of quality education (particularly for women) is the most critical single factor that limits social and economic development in the world’s poorest countries – hence her interest in the work of Amarok Society.

Gordon Kirkby BSc, LLB

Gordon practices law in Prince Albert, SK, as a defense attorney in criminal cases. He was a Member of Parliament for the Prince Albert- Churchill River electoral district from 1993 to 1997 and before that was a mayor for his home town of Prince Albert from 1988 to 1993.

His political career was particularly distinguished by his engagement of, and advocacy on behalf of, disadvantaged and disenfranchised groups.

He is the father of one son, Levi.

James Muckle

James Muckle is a specialist in learning, living and working with the brain in mind. He supports those who would like to use our growing knowledge of how we learn, think, remember, and make decisions to be more productive and effective, and to live healthier for longer.

He has been a military logistician and a business student, worked in various federal government environments, hiked in the Rockies for most of his adult life (mostly with his mother), and travelled to and sometimes worked in the north, Europe and the Middle East – particularly places where Canadians are proud to contribute to those around them. He enjoys (so far) keeping his biological age younger than his chronological age.

James has 40+ years of learning and leadership experience. He is a professional speaker, facilitator and coach, and the author of The Ultimate Brain Book and other learning resources. He and his wife Nancy enjoy exercise classes, downhill skiing, cycling and traveling to visit with daughter Kate and son Tony in their sometimes exotic living and working locales.

Douglas G. Crowe BSc, MBA, Toronto

Douglas Crowe is all about helping people. He has worked for 20 years in business as Plant and General Manager of small to medium sized manufacturing operations in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Canada. His 8 years of consulting experience working with NGOs concentrated on micro business development programmes in the Dominican Republic, Columbia, Romania and the Czech Republic both on a volunteer basis, for the US Agency for International Development and otheroganisations. For the past 10 years, his work has focused on effecting change for poor people through Save the Children in Bolivia.

Currently, Douglas is working with the not-for-profit sector in Toronto in the areas of management, organization, strategic planning and marketing.

Amarok Society, 1001-3230 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,

M4N 3P6. 1 855 945-7680.


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