Board and Staff
Alison Rogers (Chair)
Alison Rogers is a mother, lifetime Islander, Toronto Raptors fan and entrepreneur. Prior to owning and operating her business, Ms. Rogers was a sole- practitioner lawyer practicing criminal, family, and commercial marine law. Alison cherishes time with her family and enjoys writing, debating policy, and above all, spending time outdoors – preferably in a tent, far away from highways.
Alison spends much of her spare time participating in community initiatives and organizations such as serving on the executive of the Toronto Island Community Association, volunteering for various organizations, and lending a hand at St. Andrew-by-the-Lake.
To her work with the Trust, Ms. Rogers brings a passion for public service and a particular interest in governance, education, and communications.
Ms. Rogers is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and she holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from Concordia University. Further, she has trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the University of Windsor Law School.
Gary Pieters (Vice-Chair)
Gary Pieters is an educator who lives in Toronto. He has over 25 years of professional experience in the education sector as a principal, vice-principal and teacher. He has served as a member of the Ontario Ministry of Education, Minister’s Advisory Council on Special Education (MACSE); and is currently Vice-Chair of the Toronto Islands Residential Community Trust Corporation. Gary is a commissioner for the Ontario Human Rights Commission and a board member for the Human Rights Legal Support Centre. His extensive knowledge base and experience are leveraged through community building, youth engagement, equity, inclusion and diversity.
Karen Rothfels (Interim Treasurer)
Karen Rothfels is a project manager and scientific associate at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, with an academic background in biochemistry. Karen grew up on the Island and was very happy to move back with her family in 2014, giving her kids the opportunity for a special Island childhood as well. Her recent community involvement includes serving as an executive member of the Toronto Island Community Association. Karen believes that the Trust strengthens and enhances the Island for residents and members of the public alike by promoting stewardship, advocacy and good governance.
Allyson Woodrooffe is the co-founder of The Embodied Present Process™—a workshop and training program that is taught around the world. She has trained as a doula and is certified as a Co-Active Professional Coach. For over 25 years she worked as a graphic and web designer. She has lived on Toronto Island since 1989 where she continues to be inspired by all aspects of the community. Over the years she has been a community volunteer in numerous capacities, but most recently as a member of the TIRCT board.
Amanda Street-Bishop, Manager
Amanda has been with the Trust since November 2012 and joined the organization after spending 12 years in non-profit management in the areas of sport and education. She is a graduate of Seneca Colleges Library and Information Technician program and worked for 12 years as a librarian for various special libraries in the fields of geology, mining, health and finance.
A great lover of the Toronto Islands and its community, Amanda enjoys not only the unusual commute to the office (who else gets to take a boat to work!), but the people who live and work on the Island. “It is quite a community of volunteers, who are passionate about where they live. I think that is why I love this job so much”.
When not working for the Trust, Amanda enjoys sailing, reading and travelling with her family to her other favourite Island, Eleuthera.
Allegra Jones, Administrative Assistant
Allegra Jones is a fourth generation Islander. She has a passion for health, nutrition, photography, outdoor adventures, fashion, art & design. She is currently pursuing an education in Holistic Nutrition. The Island has always been her home, helping cultivate a love for outdoor adventures, and environmental awareness. The Island community she grew up in is responsible for shaping her values and has served as her extended family.