Our staff walk the walk as true advocates, and we love the chance to share information, education, resources, and our mission and values through speaking engagements, partnerships, workshops and so much more. We believe conversation and personal connection is an incredibly important part of addressing any challenges we face.
Executive Director, Carla Neto is a prolific speaker and trainer, leading teams not only internally, but within our partner organizations and non-profit network as well. As the architect of our sustainable livelihood approach, her expertise in management and process training, skills and systems development, and diversity, equity and inclusion makes her an incredible voice in any room.
Lina Almanzan – our head of Philanthropy – connects with people all over the community to support in strategy and ideation when it comes to how to get involved. Whether that’s personal, with a group, or corporate teams like our recent volunteer and donor guests at WHE Outreach from Brown-Forman Canada, her wealth of knowledge and compassionate approach has been an invaluable part of our team and external communication.
Alicia Whyte is our Shelter Manager, and has spoken across the city inspiring action in shelter, affordable housing, human rights, navigating our legal system, sexual violence, substance use recovery, trauma-based approach to care and more. She also happens to be a yoga and pilates instructor!
Other members of our team have also spoken with community groups, schools and youth. Like Lizzie at The York School, where we recently discussed intersectionality in addition to equity consideration and understanding using menstrual health and products as a tangible example. With the talk online, the school also ran their own “Period Products Drive” where students attended a dance using a product donation as their ticket. Not only addressing need, but opening up conversations and challenging stigma as well.
Or at the Etobicoke School of the Arts where Michelle presented and discussed volunteerism, activism, and understanding the history of violence against women and organizations like ours… which prompted them to run their own fundraising activities and conversations led by their incredible Diversity & Equity student groups.
And there are so many more.
We want to thank everyone on our team who gets those messages out there, but – even more importantly – thank those who welcome us into any conversation. We love and appreciate our community, and are thankful we have the opportunity to be an advocate for change and positive pathways to the future.
If you are interested in collaborating with our team, reach out to our communications lead Lizzie at firstname.lastname@example.org. You never know where a simple discussion can take you.