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Elizabeth is leading Maytree in shaping the discussion around poverty and human rights in Canada. She is a dedicated builder and champion for the non-profit sector, with extensive experience in research, teaching and direct service provision. Elizabeth has a deep history with Maytree; she previously served as the Director of Policy and was the executive director of one of Maytree’s signature ideas: the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). Most recently, Elizabeth established and led Mowat NFP (Not-for-Profit Policy) at the Mowat Centre, where she conducted and directed research analyzing the challenges facing the non-profit sector today. Elizabeth holds an MA in Sociology in Education from the University of Toronto – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
Hannah provides research and analysis to further Maytree’s policy work. Her work focuses on renewing the social contract, housing affordability and income security. She has previously worked in local government, for a poverty think tank and in housing research in the U.K. Hannah holds a BA in international development from the University of East Anglia.
Lead, Human Rights and Learning
Kate leads Maytree’s research on the intersection of poverty and human rights. She believes that by building a culture of human rights, we ensure a fairer and more equitable Canada for everyone. Prior to joining Maytree, Kate conducted research with vulnerable children and youth in Victoria, B.C. and she has extensive experience in teaching and facilitation. She is passionate about children’s rights, opportunities for youth in and from care, and creating innovative solutions to poverty. She holds Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Victoria, and serves on the board of Hope 24/7 and the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of the Child.
Lead, Maytree Policy School
Tina leads the Maytree Policy School. Her previous work has focused on ideas, networks and communications for issue-driven organizations such as the United Way Toronto & York Region and the Coalition for Gun Control. Tina holds an MA in communications from Concordia University and serves on the national board of Word on the Street. She has published her own poetry in several anthologies, including TOK: Writing the New Toronto and Generations: A Journal of Ideas and Images.
Communications and Design Specialist
Sarah implements Maytree’s visual identity across all print and online products. She worked for Roots of Empathy and Ideas that Matter before taking on her current role at Maytree. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and holds a BFA from York University. Sarah’s private illustration work has been published in Spacing and Reader’s Digest Canada.
Communications Specialist, Writer and Editor
Gayatri supports the Communications team at Maytree with writing, editing, and research. Prior to joining Maytree, she held positions as a Researcher/Writer and as a Communications Coordinator with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Gayatri holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from New York University.
Violeta provides administrative support to the president and management team. Before joining Maytree, she worked and volunteered with many community organizations, including Skills for Change and the Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples. Violeta trained as an executive assistant at Escuela Superior de Educación Profesional Maria Rosario Araoz Pinto in Lima, Peru.
Policy and Communications Officer (on leave)
Bonnie spans the policy and communications teams, with research and policy analysis, writing/editing and communications planning. Her previous research and service work at Ryerson University, University of Toronto Scarborough and OCASI focused on immigrants and international students. Bonnie holds an MA in immigration and settlement studies from Ryerson University.
Communications and Project Assistant
Valentine supports the Maytree team with research, event planning, communications and stakeholder mapping. She has previously worked in marketing and recruitment, at Career Foundations and Randstad. Valentine holds a BA in industrial relations and human resources; crime, law and deviance; and sociology from the University of Toronto.
Aretha is the first point of contact for public inquiries and provides communications support for the Maytree communications team. She has previously worked at TRIEC, CitiFinancial and emergency call centres. She holds a BA in anthropology and health studies from the University of Toronto and a graduate certificate in digital media marketing at George Brown College. Aretha is a Maytree Scholarship program alumna.
Director of Communications
Markus oversees all aspects of Maytree’s communications strategy, including media relations. He has led communications teams in a wide variety organizations, including a German community newspaper, Variety Village and Lavalife, one of Toronto’s largest online dating services. Markus holds a licentiate degree from the University of Zurich and an MA in English literature from the University of Toronto. Please direct media inquiries to Markus at 416-944-2627 x284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lead, Engagement and Leadership
Effie leads Maytree’s work to build participation in, and the development of, civic processes that include the voices of people with lived experience of poverty. Before joining Maytree, Effie worked as a consultant with Public Interest and with community organizations such as Scadding Court Community Centre. Effie has worked with many community-based groups including Tenants for Social Housing, Toronto Community Benefits Network, the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations and the Scarborough Civic Action Network. She holds a BA and a BSW from York University.
Grants and Program Officer
Katarina manages relationships with Maytree’s grantees, and programming, logistics and communications for Maytree’s long-standing capacity-building program for non-profits, Five Good Ideas. She has worked as a translator/interpreter and taught English language and literature. She holds a BA in teaching English language and literature from the University of Belgrade.
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