Previous Board Directors

We’ve had plenty of people volunteer their time and skills on the board since 1967, but listed below are some of the more recent ones who have now left the board. If you served on the board at any time, and would like to have your photo and biography listed here – be sure to contact us and let us know what years you served.

Evelyn Sommers
Evelyn Sommers
Evelyn moved to Sumach Street in December 2013, just in time to escape a 5 day blackout due to the ice storm in her former neighbourhood, Bloor West Village. She chose to relocate to Cabbagetown for its proximity to her son and his family as well as to her office, and for the lovely Victorians and tree canopy. She earned a Ph.D., at the University of Toronto and is a psychologist in private practice. She has written two books and worked in teaching, business and social services before heading to graduate school at 40. While living in BWV she served on the Board of Directors of the Residents’ Association for eight years and hopes to draw on her experiences there to inform her contribution to the RA here.

Cabbagetown According To…Evelyn

Lynne Oddie – CRA Secretary
Lynne Arcichowski
Lynne has been a resident of Cabbagetown for more than four years. Originally from Brantford, Lynne moved to Toronto for work, where she ended up meeting her husband Tom. When looking for a place to call home, Lynne knew Cabbagetown was where she wanted to be. The beautiful houses and landscape, combined with the close proximity to downtown, made it a little haven in a big city.

After renting for two years on Sumach Street, a decision was made to put down permanent roots in Cabbagetown and purchase a home of their own. After a year and nine bids, Lynne and Tom bought their current home within the Spruce Lane Townhomes, off Spruce Street. Two years later, Lynne and Tom have two beautiful daughters, Rose and Violet.

Lynne joined the CRA Board in order to give back to the community, as well as to learn more about the neighbourhood where she plans to raise her family.

After an extended maternity leave, Lynne plans to return to the Finance field where she has spent more than six years either as a Project Manager or Compliance Specialist.

Cabbagetown According To…Lynne

Fiona Knight
Fiona Knight
Fiona Knight has lived on Spruce Street in the Don Area Co-operative Housing Inc. ( since 1998 and has enjoyed the neighbourhood since 1985! Her family has been raised in Cabbagetown and her special event and project management business has thrived here since 1993. Originally from England, Fiona presently blogs “Tempting Travellers to…” unique experiences around the globe but also spends a LOT of time in her garden on Spruce and at the Riverdale Farm. Fiona looks forward to contributing to the Cabbagetown Residents Association by bringing the views of a long time Housing Co-op resident where eight of our houses were built in 1985 on Dermott Place; the other 32 houses on Carlton, Sackville and Spruce are late-Victorian, and are designated as heritage buildings by the City of Toronto.

Phil Frei
Phil Frei
Phil Frei lives on Geneva Street with his wife, Cynthia Eldridge and their two boys, Malcolm and Dominic. They have owned the house since 2002, but moved back into the neighborhood in summer of 2013 after living abroad for many years. The desire to raise their boys in Cabbagetown and be part of a strong community was a big driver in the decision to move back to Toronto. Phil knows that the CRA and its volunteers are key to strengthening the community and wants to be able to personally contribute to this work. Professionally, Phil is an entrepreneur with a technology background. He’s currently building a recruiting platform called WeScout with the renowned design firm IDEO.

Cabbagetown According To…Phil

Rod Carr-Harris
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Rod Carr-Harris and his wife Sandra live on Millington Street. They have been Cabbagetown residents since 1988. Their daughter attended Spruce Court Public School after moving to the area from north Toronto. Prior to retirement Rod managed his own commercial real estate consulting firm for many years. He is currently enrolled part time in credit courses at the University of Toronto in English Literature and Art History as a hobby and is a fairly frequent visitor at his fitness club.

Cabbagetown According To…Rod

Rod retired from the board in 2015.

Steven de Blois
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Steve and his wife have lived in Cabbagetown with their two young children since 2004. Steve enjoys the diversity Cabbagetown has to offer. It is as dynamic as it is beautiful.

The opportunity to contribute to the community and address the aggregate needs of residents is why Steve joined the Cabbagetown Residents Association.

Cabbagetown According To…Steve

Steve retired from the board in 2015.

Lynn Dionne
Lynn was born and raised in Sudbury Ontario and moved to Toronto in 1990 to begin her professional career as a respiratory therapist. In 2007, Lynn completed a MHSc in healthcare administration and is currently working as a quality improvement consultant with a focus on process redesign.

For 6 years, Lynn has lived on Sword Street with her partner Anne. Lynn feels completely at home in Cabbagetown and believes that community service and public engagement is the cornerstone of a healthy community. Lynn is one of the founding members and co-chair of the Riverdale Park West (RPW) Improvement Planning committee, which aims to make key improvements to the RPW by engaging the community and ensuring ample representation from key user groups and stakeholders.

Cabbagetown According To…Lynn

Lynn retired from the board in 2015.

Trish Finkelstein
Trish Finkelstein and Family
Trish has been a resident of Cabbagetown since 2006, first as a renter and now as a homeowner. She loved the neighbourhood so much that when she and her husband were looking for a house, finding a place in Cabbagetown was the only option. They have been living on Sackville Street since 2008. By profession, Trish is a corporate lawyer in private practice. She obtained her law degree from UBC in 2004 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2005. Trish lived in Dublin, Ireland from 1999 to 2001. Prior to that, she attended the University of Guelph graduating with a B.A.Sc. in Family and Social Relations. Trish and her husband Andrew welcomed their daughters to Cabbagetown in 2010 (Lily), 2011 (Charlotte) and 2014 (Hope). They are excited about continuing to raise their family in the neighbourhood. Trish’s primary reason for joining the board of the CRA is to get involved and to give back to what she and her husband hope will be their community for many years to come.

Cabbagetown According To…Trish

Trish retired from the board as Treasurer in 2016

John Hill
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John Hill was elected to the CRA in July 2013 and has been a resident of Cabbagetown since 2003, buying a home on Wellesley Street with his wife Sarah Hutchison who already lived in the neighbourhood on Berkley Street. Professionally, John has followed several career paths; currently as a Fire Captain with Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services and as a private practise Trauma Counsellor.

Initially, John was educated as a professional forester, obtaining a B.Sc. (Hon. For.) from Lakehead University in 1983. John then blended his interests in trauma and mental health by completing a B.A. (Hon. Psych.) from York University in 1993 and a MSW (Clinical) degree from Wilfred Laurie in 2000. John’s teenage daughter Sydney, attends Rosedale Heights School for the Arts and his son Alexander is active with many of the sports programs in the area. Members of the Hill family can frequently be seen walking their Bernese Mountain dog. John has been involved in the Cabbagetown Festival and Blair’s run since moving into Cabbagetown and wants to have greater involvement in his community to support all residents maximizing their enjoyment of Cabbagetown.

John retired from the board in 2014.

Keith Lawrance
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Keith has been a resident of Cabbagetown since 2003, when he and his partner Jocelyn Watchorn moved to Nasmith Avenue ( He joined the Cabbagetown Residents Association in 2013. Keith enjoys being part of a neighbourhood with a long history, great architecture and wonderful neighbours. Although one of the smallest streets in Cabbagetown, Nasmith Avenue residents have a close relationship, due in large part to an annual street party and other social events such as “Doors Open Nasmith” where neighbours visit a number of homes in one evening. The spirit of the street inspired Keith to join the CRA to share his experiences and to learn more about other parts of Cabbagetown.

Keith was previously Vice President of Web Development for the Capital Markets and Investment Banking division of one of the big 5 banks, managing digital marketing, communications and social media. He is currently on a sabbatical, devoting time to his passions of vegetarian cooking, gardening and exploring the neighbourhood.

Keith hopes to use his skills to assist with communication channels amongst residents and to support the great work that the board already does.

Cabbagetown According To…Keith

Keith retired from the board in 2017.

Lindsay Matheson
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After graduating from Queen’s University with a B.A. in Canadian Studies and a B. Ed. in Primary Education, Lindsay moved to Toronto in 2006 to begin her teaching career with the Toronto District School Board. She has worked at a number of schools just east of Cabbagetown, including Morse, Bruce, Jackman and most recently Wilkinson Public School. Lindsay is currently on maternity leave from the TDSB after welcoming her second daughter, Beatrix, born April 2013. She and her husband Lee also have a 3 year old daughter Eleanor, born in March 2010.

After living on Sackville Street for 5 years, Lindsay and Lee moved to Metcalfe Street. She loves the neighbourly feeling of Metcalfe and how close knit the street is.

Currently, Lindsay spends much of her time mothering Eleanor and Beatrix, visiting drop in centers and the new pool at Regent Park, but she enjoys cooking and baking, biking, swimming and playing tennis.

Cabbagetown According To…Lindsay

Lindsay retired from the board in 2015.

Scott Morrow
Scott Morrow
Scott moved to Cabbagetown in October 1993, first renting the apartments above Barr’s Dairy on the corner of Amelia Street and Parliament with his wife Cheryl. They purchased a home on Nasmith Avenue in November 1999.

Scott graduated from Ryerson University with a B.A.SC. for Occupational Health and Safety and a minor in Public Administration. He has been spending the last 23 years making positive changes to workplaces in order to prevent or reduce worker injuries and illnesses. Currently Scott works as a Health and Training Specialist with Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.

He was fully taken with Cabbagetown; great restaurants, Riverdale Farm (avid photographer) and the great neighbourhood. He is very proud to call Cabbagetown his home.

Cabbagetown According To…Scott

Scott retired from the board in 2015.

Chiara Novak
Chiara Novak
Chiara and her husband Jordan moved into Cabbagetown in 2013 and enjoy the sounds and smells of Riverdale Farm from their home on Geneva Avenue. Cabbagetown is very near and dear to Chiara’s heart. When her grandfather immigrated from Sicily to Canada in the early 50’s, his first home was in Cabbagetown; just a couple of blocks away from where Chiara and her family live now. Chiara and Jordan welcomed their son Ross into Cabbagetown in 2014. They enjoy the vibrant community, beautiful gardens and tree lined streets when walking with their dog Coco.

Chiara graduated from the University of Toronto with a specialist in Women Studies. She now works for the Toronto Catholic District School Board as a Grade 2 teacher. She enjoys helping her students along the journey of learning how to read.

Chiara retired from the board in 2015

Addy Saeed
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Addy Saeed is a proud Cabbagetowner, CEO and Founder of HeyAddy Investments and a full time Real Estate Sales Representative with Re/max Active Realty Inc., Brokerage focusing in the sale and acquisition of Unique homes and income producing real estate assets.

Prior to joining the real estate industry, Addy owned a successful fleet management company as well worked for eight years in companies such as RGIS in the capacity of Canadian Business Development Manager helping nationwide retail customers such as Staples Business Depot, Rexall Pharma Plus, Home Hardware and aviation customers such as Jazz Air Canada. He also worked with USFilter, now owned as a subsidiary of Siemens Canada, in the capacities ranging from Purchasing Manager to Office Manager where he gained valuable insight and experience with contract negotiations and Management.

Active in the local community, Addy supports various charities and organizations and sits on various Boards including four private corporations, one not-for-profit organizations and also volunteers his time as an active member of Toronto Real Estate Board’s Young Professionals Committee. Addy is an avid learner and is frequent in training course across Toronto to maintain his competitive knowledge. He can also be found frequently teaching courses in different brokerages delivering on Social Media and Marketing strategies.

Addy is an avid blogger, video blogger, sought after speaker and recognized as a thought leader in the real estate industry. He is pleased the majority of his business is based on repeat clients and referrals, and loves to spend time with his family.

Cabbagetown According To…Addy

Addy retired from the board in 2015.

Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington
Photograph of Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington
Carolyn and her journalist husband are raising a daughter in Cabbagetown and have been area residents for over 15 years. Carolyn oversees the Canopy Committee for the residents’ association, working closely with Cabbagetown ReLeaf, and also volunteers her time on the Board of Directors for Canadian Mothercraft Society. She attended the University of Western Ontario, has a background in issues management and public relations, and handles media relations for a provincial Crown corporation.

Carolyn retired from the board in 2015.

James Wood
James Wood

James, Brad and their dog Barney live on Dermott Place, where they have resided since 2004. As an avid cyclist Cabbagetown is the perfect, centrally located area in which James can avoid using any form of public transit!

James is a television producer who has been in the business for over 30 years, and whose best ideas have often come from simply walking around the neighbourhood with his dog.

James’ goal on the CRA is consistent with all the other board members making Cabbagetown a better place to live, work and shop by listening to the residents and tackling their concerns.

Cabbagetown According To…James

James retired from the board in 2017.

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