Maytree Policy School

The Maytree Policy School is designed to support policy professionals from the non-profit sector to build skills and resources to enhance their ability to influence public policy and strengthen the policy capacity of their organization. Meet the 2018 cohort and learn about their work.

Catherine Belshaw

Catherine Belshaw

Policy and Program Writer, Native Child and Family Services

Catherine Belshaw is the Program and Policy Writer at the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, a multi-service Indigenous organization striving to provide a life of quality, wellbeing, caring, and healing for children and families in Toronto’s Indigenous community.

Ekua Asabea Blair

Ekua Asabea Blair

CEO, Massey Centre

Ekua Asabea Blair is the Chief Executive Officer of the Massey Centre for Women, a client-centered infant and early childhood mental health organization providing support for pregnant and parenting adolescents and their children.

Graham Brown

Graham Brown

Policy Analyst, John Howard Society

Graham Brown is a Policy Analyst with the John Howard Society of Ontario (JHSO), a non-profit organization promoting the fair and humane treatment of all incarcerated persons and the effective integration into the community of those in conflict with the law.

Janet Butler-McPhee

Janet Butler-McPhee

Director of Communications and Advocacy, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Janet Butler-McPhee is the Director of Communications and Advocacy for the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, an organization that promotes the human rights of people living with, at risk of, or affected by HIV or AIDS, in Canada and around the world.

Kat Clarke

Kat Clarke

Lead, Advocacy (GTA) and Specialist, Government Relations (Ontario), CNIB

Kat Clarke is Lead, Advocacy (GTA) for CNIB, a non-profit organization providing community-based support, knowledge, and a national voice to ensure that Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills, and opportunities to participate fully in life.

Geordie Dent

Geordie Dent

Executive Director, Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations (FMTA)

Geordie Dent is the Executive Director of the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations, the oldest and largest tenant federation in Canada, which advocates for better rights for tenants.

Carissa Di Gangi

Carissa Di Gangi

Senior Manager, ABC Life Literacy

Carissa Di Gangi is the Senior Manager of ABC Life Literacy Canada, a national non-profit organization that works with business, government, and communities to create and share free literacy programming for adults and families.

Judy Duncan

Judy Duncan

Executive Director, ACORN

Judy Duncan is the founder and Executive Director of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) Canada, an independent national organization of low- and moderate-income families working to effect policy change on social issues affecting members through community organizing.

Christine Durant

Christine Durant

Director, Poverty Roundtable Hastings Prince Edward

Christine Durant is the Director of the Poverty Roundtable Hastings Prince Edward, a non-profit organization created to address the causes of poverty in Hastings Prince Edward counties and broaden the community’s capacity to do so by working together.

Katie German

Katie German

Director of Programs, FoodShare Toronto

Katie German is the Director of Programs at FoodShare Toronto, a non-profit organization working with communities and schools to deliver healthy food and food education.

Maggie MacDonald

Maggie MacDonald

Manager, Advocacy and Government Relations YMCA

Maggie MacDonald is Manager, Advocacy and Government Relations for YMCA Canada, a charity that helps Canadians lead healthy lives.

Tesfai Mengesha

Tesfai Mengesha

Executive Director, Operations Success Beyond Limits

Tesfai Mengesha is Executive Director, Operations at Success Beyond Limits, an organization that supports youth in the Jane and Finch community to improve their educational outcomes.

Sara Middleton

Sara Middleton

Director, Community Impact United Way Middlesex

Sara Middleton is Director, Community Impact at United Way Elgin Middlesex, a local United Way working to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing action.

Jessica Mustachi

Jessica Mustachi

Senior Policy Advisor, Poverty Reduction Office, Province of Ontario

Colette Prevost

Colette Prevost

Director, Advocacy & Communications, YWCA Toronto

Colette Prevost is the Director of Advocacy and Communications at YWCA Toronto, an organization by, for, and about women and girls. The YWCA’s programs promote equality, economic security, and lives free from violence.

Melanie Redman

Melanie Redman

President & CEO, A Way Home Canada

Melanie Redman is the co-founder and President and CEO of A Way Home Canada, a national coalition of organizations dedicated to preventing and ending youth homelessness. Melanie also leads the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness, a pan-Canadian community of practice consisting of youth serving organizations across the country.

Rekha Sadasivan

Rekha Sadasivan

Project Manager, Transformational Investment Capacity Initiative, Doctors Without Borders

Ya’el Santopinto

Ya’el Santopinto

Director, Research and Partnerships, Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal

Ya’el Santopinto is the Director of Research and Partnerships at the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal (CUG+R), a non-profit organization advocating for supportive policy frameworks around the maintenance of Canada’s affordable apartment housing supply.

Dusha Sritharan

Dusha Sritharan

Campaigner, Climate Change, Toronto Environmental Alliance

Dusha Sritharan is a Climate Change Campaigner with the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA), a non-profit organization advocating for a clean, healthy, and equitable Toronto.

Jamie Stuckless

Jamie Stuckless

Executive Director, Share the Road Cycling Coalition

Jamie Stuckless is the Executive Director of Share the Road Cycling Coalition, a provincial cycling advocacy organization working to build a bicycle-friendly Ontario.

Nithya Vijayakumar

Nithya Vijayakumar

Transportation Planner, Transit Implementation Unit, City of Toronto

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