Our Board of Directors

Board members help with increasing visibility, policy development, revenue and fund development and oversee the affairs of Canadian Roots Exchange’s activities. Given the size of CRE, the board plays an active role and works alongside staff ensuring that our mandate is fulfilled.  All members of the Board serve on a volunteer basis and without remuneration.

 
Elizabeth Zarpa

Elizabeth Zarpa

Director

Elizabeth is from Happy Valley – Goose Bay, Labrador. She has an undergraduate degree in political science and international development studies from Dalhousie University, and most recently she graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Victoria. Throughout her legal education she worked within several different populations and provinces, and focused on environmental law, Indigenous legal orders, criminal law, human rights law, family law and Aboriginal law. While she understands the importance of education, she also realizes the relevance of volunteerism, and has volunteered with Canada World Youth, Native Friendship Centres across the country and many others. She enjoys doing work that connects to her values, and believes that bridging the ignorance gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations within Canada means education through experiential learning opportunities in the country’s North and South.

Barbara Byers

Barbara Byers

Director

Bio coming soon…

Harry Au

Harry Au

Director

Hi everyone, my name is Harry, a Chinese settler-immigrant currently living on Dish with One Spoon Territory (Toronto). I am currently a social worker, in the field of violence against women and family violence work with children and youth. There is a special place in my heart for mental health work with activists and community-builders, having engaged in the concurrent tasks of trauma-healing while community-building. A huge part of this past work is very much related to this organization, as I was a CRE program participant, a YRI member, and past staff member. Now I have the privilege to be back as a board member, to continue to learn and enact on meaningful reconciliation work. In my down time, I enjoy indulging in my sweet tooth, thinking about exercising and how great that would be, and am currently re-discovering my love for reading.

Joe Plant

Joe Plant

Director

Bio coming soon…

Saul Joseph

Saul Joseph

Director

Bio coming soon…