The Waterloo Regional Block Parent® Program is guided by a
dedicated group of volunteers who make up the Board of Directors.

Chair Person — Tara Mondou contact@blockparents.ca

Tara has been an integral part of the Block Parent Program since June 2009. Tara’s on-going passion for building child-safety and active transportation programs has resulted in a successful partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society and Active & Safe Routes to School Waterloo Region; whose mission is to implement Walking School Bus programs across the Region. Tara is the author of, “Little Girl in the Mirror” and was also the recipient of the Bernice Adams Memorial Award 2018 for Communication/Literary Arts.

Past Chair Person- Jackie Gerlofsma director1@blockparents.ca


Jackie joined the Block Parents Board of Directors in the fall of 2015. Jackie has worked with the Board, its partners, and key stakeholders in redeveloping the Program’s strategic objectives and brand awareness. Jackie is a Strategic Advisor for the Ontario Public Service, and lives in Cambridge with her husband and 2 young daughters.

Treasurer and Funding Coordinator — John Czubak fundingcoordinator@blockparents.ca

John joined the Block Parents Board of Directors in the fall of 2012. John is a Manager at PwC in Waterloo, holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a Chartered Accountant. He is responsible for providing leadership in funding planning, budget preparation, and fundraising initiatives. John recalls seeing the signs on his walk to school in his childhood and feeling safe as a result, and wants to work towards bringing that feeling back to our community.

Volunteer Website Coordinator— Navjyoti Upadhyaya contact@blockparents.ca

Nav joined Block Parents as Website Coordinator in February 2017, and has assisted in upkeep of the Block Parent’s official website since then.She has a Masters degree in Computers and Advanced diploma in Business – Marketing from Seneca College. She moved to Kitchener from Toronto a year ago and this is a small effort to give back to the community she lives in.

Secretary — Tonya Redwood contact@blockparents.ca

Tonya joined the Block Parents Board of Directors in the Fall of 2019. She is a recent graduate from the University of Guelph and Conestoga College who works two jobs and loves to stay active with her dog in her spare time. Tonya began volunteering with the Block Parent Program because she has a passion for building safer and more connected communities. She is planning on being a new homeowner in the near future and loves the idea of living in a neighborhood where other Block Parents are present. Tonya will contribute by helping to manage our social media platforms.

Director — Natalie Schwartzentruber contact@blockparents.ca

Natalie joined Block Parents Board of Directors in 2021 with an eagerness to help reinvigorate the Block Parent program and build safer and more connected neighbourhoods. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Canadore College and currently works with the City of Kitchener to keep our major parks and playgrounds clean and safe. Natalie strives to create a more united community—like the one she remembers as a child, that is a wholesome place for her nieces and nephews to grow up in.

 

Director — Brad Mulligan contact@blockparents.ca

Brad joined the Block Parents Board of Directors in 2022. He is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and has spent over 10 years working in the social service sector. Remembering Block Parent signs in his neighborhood while growing up, Brad now wants to give back to Waterloo Region by making communities feel safer and more connected. In his spare time, Brad loves to get creative and make art in various mediums.

Director — Ted Aslanidis contact@blockparents.ca

Ted joined the Block Parents Board of Directors in 2022 and has been actively involved in volunteer recruitment and community outreach.  Ted is a graduate of Queens University and the Ivey Business School and leads a shared services team at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).  Ted is grateful that he has lived in a great community that has been a safe and terrific place to raise a family.  Ted is hoping to help foster that sense of safety and community across Waterloo Region. Ted is a father of three and lives in Waterloo.

Minutes of Board Meetings are available to any interested party. Please submit your request in writing by sending an email to contact@blockparents.ca