After immigrating to Canada from the Netherlands in 1966, Dan founded Dan’s Produce in Niagara Falls. From humble beginnings, this wholesale business has grown into a major supplier of fresh produce to many hotels, restaurants and grocery stores in the Niagara Region. Dan is the visionary behind Heartland Forest, which embodies his latest efforts to give back to his community.
Steve is an Independent Mortgage Agent with over 35 years of financial experience. He is a very active member of the community and a strong advocate for children and youth with many years of serving on boards of not-for-profits including Tender Wishes and Women’s Place. His fundraising expertise is valued!
Doug is recently retired from the Niagara Parks Commission as the Police Chief with over thirty years of career commitment. He has an active interest in Special Olympics and sits on the Board of Directors for Niagara Region’s Brain Injury Community Re-Entry. Doug thoroughly enjoys the outdoor lifestyle and he and his son Adam contribute countless hours to facility and property maintenance at Heartland Forest.
Darren is a Chartered Accountant and Certified General Accountant with more than 11 years experience in public practice. He currently teaches at Niagara College in the Business Program for Continuing Education as well as the School of Accountancy at York University. Darren enjoys spending time with his family going on walks, camping, canoeing and mountain biking.
Jacqueline is our founder Dan Bouwman’s oldest daughter. You can’t go for a stroll through Heartland Forest without seeing remembrances for Sydney Burciul who passed away on October 28, 2009 at the age of 12 from Lissencephaly, a rare brain birth defect. Sydney was the beloved daughter of Ken and Jacqueline and sister to Taylor and Avery. We are thankful for this family’s commitment to Heartland and for the many volunteer hours and in-kind donations that are made on behalf of the family. With a wealth of personal experience and a passion for all abilities, Jacqueline is the perfect family representative to sit on the board of directors.
Brian Kon is a disability consultant. He is a person with a disability and has several family members with a variety of disabilities. Brian was involved in developing the AODA Customer Service Standard on behalf of the province. Brian is a member of the Niagara Falls Mayor’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, Niagara Regional Accessibility Advisory Committee, and board member of the Niagara Falls Community Health Centre. Brian’s expertise in disability issues is sought by businesses, universities and government agencies throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Larry is the Executive Director of the Professional Hockey Player’s Association. He was drafted to the Montreal Canadians in 1978 and traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1984. Larry was recently named by Hockey News as one of the top 100 “People in Power” in the hockey world.
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Tony is a Section Manager, Environment Compliance and Managed Systems with Ontario Power Generation in Niagara. He is actively involved in the Niagara Plant Group’s Biodiversity Program. Through the program the Niagara Plant Group partners with external agencies, schools and groups to enhance and restore biodiversity on some of these lands.
Natalie has worked for Canadian Tire Financial Services for the last 14 years. She enjoys sharing her leadership and project management skills with Heartland Forest and with the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program.
Rob joined the tree house volunteer crew back in 2005 and he and his extended family have been valued volunteers at Heartland ever since. Rob is an industrial mechanic and specializes in heavy equipment repairs – although he can repair just about anything! For seventeen years he and his family owned Drummond Home Hardware and Heartland regularly benefited from their generous community spirit. Rob is a fixture here at Heartland and our ‘go to’ person if we need maintenance, equipment or facility support.
Sabrina works for Deloitte as a Resource Management Specialist as well as being a Certified Personal Trainer and Health and Wellness Coach. She has been actively volunteering at Heartland Forest for countless events and functions and is a proud member of our volunteer women’s group – the “Heartbeats.” Sabrina is committed to excellence and brings a wealth of community experience and new ideas to the board.
Joe has been Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Solo Small Firm General Practice Committee and was a member of the OBA task Force on changes to the Human Rights Code. Prior to opening his own practice he was a regular sessional lecturer in Human Resource law at Brock University and business at Niagara College. He was the Honourary Solicitor for the St.Catharines - Thorold Chamber of Commerce and is the immediate past Honourary Solicitor for the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. In his spare time he enjoys his volunteer service on various Boards and in community sports programs and spending time with his children.