Anil has been volunteering for a wide range of non-profit organizations and housing co-ops for over 20 years. He has served on boards and lead committees to protect and improve government housing assistance for those in need. He works in the Registrar’s Office at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and participates in the OISE Staff Indigenous Alliance, a group formed to learn about Indigenous history and culture.
Anna works in the field of mental health and housing in Toronto. Passionate about sustainability and social justice, her interests include organic gardening, permaculture, worm farming, bokashi composting, herbal medicine-making, and matchmaking Korean rescue dogs. She dreams of moving to a farm someday soon.
Chris Veldhoven — Secretary
Chris is a community developer, educator, storyteller, and advocate. For 30 years, they have created programs, training and policies for policing, education, government, arts, health care, and social services. A mostly cis, queer person of settler descent, Chris seeks out creative, anti-oppressive ways to address intersectional complexities experienced by communities, families, youth and children. Chris is the health promotion and systems specialist at Sherbourne Health’s Supporting Our Youth.
Jane is a former high-school teacher and adult literacy worker who advocates for disability and LGBTQ rights. She has worked professionally in forum theatre to educate and promote social change. Living with a rare nerve disease herself, she supports patients and families dealing with similar neurological challenges. She enjoys singing in a social justice choir and volunteering in community theatre projects. Recently, she has been involved in sponsoring a refugee family.
JP Hornick — Treasurer
JP is the coordinator of the School of Labour at George Brown College, Chief Steward (OPSEU Local 556) and member of the Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology-Academic Divisional Executive. An experienced educator, steward, and activist, JP is committed to bringing a socially progressive labour perspective to students and workers through workshops, training, and community events.
Margaret is a social justice activist and educator who has worked in women’s shelters and rape crisis services for over 20 years. An Indigenous, two-spirit person, she has spent many years actively pursuing opportunities to build an intersectional, anti-oppression analysis, which she shares through the development of programs, policies, curriculum and training. She teaches in the Assaulted Women & Children’s Counsellor/Advocate program at George Brown College.
Ronnie is a social worker who has spent over 25 years working primarily with mothers and children. Known for her supportive and compassionate professionalism when serving marginalized groups, Ronnie is a strong believer that we are all capable of greatness when given access to the right tools and resources.
Tariq is a graphic designer, artist, Illustrator and owner of Histrionics, a design company that develops innovative art and design strategies for arts and non-profit organizations. For over 20 years, his practice has engaged community-based organizations, which operate under principles of equity and social justice. As an experienced project manager, he has coordinated large-scale projects from concept development, branding, and art direction, to the final stages of print, production, and publication.
Trisha is an associate professor in theatre and performance studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). Her practice-based research on contemporary performance focuses on art and social justice, community engagement and participatory art. Her teaching explores and celebrates inclusiveness, cultural diversity, feminist and LGBTQ performance. She is proud to be teaching at UTSC, one of the most culturally diverse university campuses in the world.