Our people

We are a group of movers and shakers. Individually, we bring our unique perspectives, creativity and talents to create a dynamic and diverse team. Together, we tirelessly pursue our passion to expand meaningful opportunity and engagement for youth around the world.

Team
Board of Directors

Team

Our staff and volunteers are as unique as they are hard-working. Through their passion and dedication, they are the heart of TakingITGlobal.

"A small group of thoughtful people can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

- Margaret Mead
Jennifer Corriero Co-founder; Executive Director

Recognized by Forbes in 2013 as an Innovative Rising Star in Education, Healthcare and Environment, Jennifer Corriero has designed and delivered youth engagement programs since 1999 when she co-founded TakingITGlobal. Jennifer earned her BA and Masters in Environmental Studies from York University and was appointed as Adjunct Professor by the Faculty of Health.

Michael Furdyk Co-founder; Director of Technology

Michael has appeared on Oprah, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People's "Twenty Teens that will Change the World". Over the last decade, he has keynoted over 100 events, sharing his technology expertise and passion for youth engagement and educational reform to audiences in over 30 countries.

Liam O'Doherty Digital Youth Engagement Program Director

Liam is a community organizer with a background in sociology, semiotics, improvisation and environmental issues. When he is not connecting and mobilizing youth with innovative solutions to global challenges, he enjoys riding bikes, swimming to music, cooking without recipes and drinking copious volumes of tea.

Tania Rashid Senior Project Administrator

Tania’s passion for global issues and youth advocacy led her to TakingITGlobal, where she supports educators in inspiring others to become global citizens. She believes education is a continuous process that is shaped not only in the classroom but also by our lived experiences. When she's not connecting and mobilizing educators and youth to act on global challenges, you can find her sharing memes with her friends.

Edgar Gonzalez R. Web/Graphic Designer

Originally from Mexico City, Edgar arrived to Canada in 2009 to study Graphic Design at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. Currently, he is one of the several artistic minds at TIG, working mostly for print and web design purposes as well as providing technical assistance. Big coffee drinker, foodie, animal and nature lover, and a fan of lifting heavy things.

Silvia Olteanu Finance and Human Resources Administrator

Silvia is TIG's accounting assistant. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. At TIG she is part of a team that is responsible for making sure that the flow of cost and revenue between the various projects is accurately accounted for and managed.

Susanna Lopresti Accountant

Susanna has a passion for numbers. Her tireless efforts keep the TIG team on track with their financials and reporting . She is a chartered professional accountant with many years of experience. In her spare time she loves to cook and spend quality time with her children.

Adrian Assoufi Digital Engagement Coordinator

After having worked and studied in several different cities around the world, Adrian is ready to bring his knowledge and multilingual skills to share an impact on youth development internationally. Inspired by his volunteer work in Quito, Ecuador and by his two younger brothers, he is passionate about developing the youth movement one step at a time.

Mali Bickley Classroom Collaboration Specialist

Mali is a recently retired teacher with 35 years experience as a classroom teacher. Over the past 10 years, she has used ICT and successfully integrated literacy and content area curriculum to have her students connect, communicate and collaborate with several classes from around the world. Mali used TakingITGlobal content and projects to create authentic learning opportunities to her students.

Christian Rojas Web Developer

From Ecuador, Cristian came to Canada when he was young and that's where he used his first computer. Since then, he has become so fond of them that his degree is in Computer Science. He likes how TIG empowers youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges through the use of technology and as a web developer he would like to keep helping with this greater cause.

Waukomaun Pawis Connected North Indigenous Education Coordinator

Waukomaun is an Ojibwe from Wasauksing First Nation. He has a background in the television and film industry and has travelled across Canada documenting and sharing inspiring stories from Indigenous communities across the country. He loves to experience the outdoors by camping, fishing, learning traditional survival techniques, and connecting with Mother Nature… and video games!

Gaël Jacquin Web Developer

Gaël is a web developer and self-described solver of mysteries. Whether he is writing seemingly endless lines of code or wandering through the streets of Toronto, Gaël is always up for adventure and exploration. He also likes to spend his spare time biking and reading.

Mitch Holmes Project Coordinator

Mitch is an urban Kanien’kehá:ka man with family from Ohsé:ken (Six Nations of the Grand River). Mitch is a graduate of the Environmental Studies program at York University. Mitch helped to develop the Whose Land app alongside a great team. He currently works on a number of projects at TakingITGlobal. Mitch is passionate about music, language (Kanien'keha), and Indigenous rights.

Filsan Dualeh Bilingual Youth Engagement Digital Coordinator

Having lived in several African countries during her early life has sparked Filsan's passion for participating in the creation of a more sustainable world. This resulted in her completion of an undergraduate degree in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa. Filsan's time volunteering as a facilitator in Tanzania also propelled her belief in youth empowerment and engagement as a means of development.

Dallas Pelly Indigenous Education Coordinator

Dallas is an Indigenous educator, community builder, and social innovator. His greatest goal in life is to be a role model for Indigenous youth and to help bring the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. In his spare time, Dallas love biking, swimming, jogging, long boarding, and going for long walks.

Nigit'stil Norbert Indigenous Youth Engagement Coordinator

Nigit'stil is of Gwich'ya Gwich'in First Nations ancestry and is based out of Denendeh, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She is passionate about politics and engaging with her community, with a focus on strengthening and empowering youth voices and growth. Cooking and food are also big passions for her and she loves to share food with those she loves.

Magdalena Kelly Indigenous Content Partnerships and Schools Coordinator

Magdalena is Coast Salish from Stol:o Nation, born and raised in Vancouver, BC. From being a part of a dance company in New York, to a non-profit in Vancouver, Magdalena is excited to take her experience in Aboriginal business and apply it at Connected North! As Magdalena loves networking and working with people, she is excited to contribute in making a difference in Aboriginal youth’s lives.

Rada Abdo Education Coordinator

Rada has an educational background in Political Science and History. Her main passion is bringing technology into education and advancing the 21st Century learning. She speaks Arabic and is relearning French. In her spare time, Rada enjoys watching independent films and playing basketball with her students and friends as well as traveling.

Kim Boucher Morin Project Coordinator

Kim believes in the transformative power of diversity and connectedness, a passion which was sparked during her travels across the globe. Her interest in culture and languages led her to complete a BA in International Development Studies at McGill University and a research fellowship in social isolation, both of which reinforced her belief that youth empowerment is the key to building a better future.

Celine Thomas Social Connectedness Policy Analyst

After having observed the effects of education inequity in both Vietnam and Canada, Celine developed a passion for youth empowerment and education reform. She holds a BA in International Development Studies from McGill University and works on the Social Connectedness Project. When she isn't busy reading dozens of news articles or travelling, Celine is attempting to cook Indian food while exploring her new hometown of Montreal.

Jessica Farber Social Connectedness Policy Analyst

A recent graduate of McGill University with a B.A. in International Development, Jessica is a passionate advocate for social justice and global health equity. Jessica lives and works in Montreal and focuses on developing the Social Connectedness Movement into the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness. She is constantly seeking ways to build bridges within and between communities to create a more compassionate and connected world.

Melissa Yaw Program Manager

Melissa is driven by a passion for global economic equality and a strong belief that today’s youth will create a more unified future. Her work over the past 14 years in marketing communications and project management has led her to work on initiatives spanning the globe. As a Program Manager at TIG, she will leverage her expertise and acquired skills in hopes of creating lasting impacts in our communities.

Jamal Tekleweld Youth Engagement Activator

In his work supporting youth innovation, Jamal leads by example, as his many past and present professional and volunteer efforts demonstrate. As a Youth Engagement Activator with TIG, Jamal is looking to take his youth development work to the next level, helping diverse and vulnerable youth rise up to new heights In Saskatchewan and beyond.

Michael Solomon Indigenous Education & Youth Engagement Activator

Michael's role at TIG involves serving Connected North partner school communities as well as involving Indigenous youth throughout Turtle Island in leading projects supported by the Rising Youth Community Service Fund. He also loves to travel and has visited Peru, Netherlands, France, Belgium and Germany. On his spare time, Michael enjoys boxing, hockey, lacrosse and other sports.

Kayla Rosteski-Merasty Indigenous Education Coordinator

Kayla is a Indigenous educator who was raised in Pinehouse Lake, located in northern Saskatchewan. She has a Bachelor of Education degree courtesy of University of Saskatchewan. She works towards inspiring and encouraging Indigenous youth to believe in themselves and follow their own dreams. Kayla also enjoys working out and spending time outdoors fishing, quadding, and boating with loved ones.

Peyton Straker Indigenous Education & Youth Engagement Activator

Peyton is a Bear Clan member of the Keeseekoose Saulteaux First Nation of Saskatchewan. She was raised in the Northwest Territories and currently resides in British Columbia. She is passionate about land-based education, moose hide tanning, beading, and using social media as an outlet for decolonizing queerness. Her favourite things are a good lipstick, fresh snow and peppermint tea.

Anusa Sivalingam Youth Engagement Activator

Anusa is experienced in project management and policy analysis. She is passionate about community involvement and volunteerism, primarily community & civic engagement, and youth, racial, and gender inequality. Anusa holds a BSc in Environmental Science. In her spare time she loves traveling the world, reading fiction, and trying new food.

Ashley Richard Youth Engagement Activator

Ashley holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and is a proud Indigenous woman of Ojibwe and Métis heritage on her father’s side and Filipino heritage on her mother’s side. She is a natural storyteller and public figure whose story has been featured in many outlets. In her spare time, she daydreams of becoming a thrice published Indigenous economic development expert/famous stand-up comedian.

Diana Hellson Youth Engagement Activator

Diana is a multifaceted and creative individual with a passion for social justice and a background in the arts. Being of Mixed Heritage (Blackfoot, West Indian, Celtic), Diana has spent much of her life challenging adversity and prevailing. In her spare time Diana is a KRUMP Dancer, Multi Media Artist and Award Winning Hip Hop/R&B Artist.

Shavontè Parsons Youth Engagement Activator

Shavonté is a passionate community activist with the hopes to continue to help others find the resources needed to help themselves. This local Nova Scotian Rapper/Songwriter has had the privilege to witness first hand power of community and togetherness and hopes to see it continue to be explored through her position as TIG Nova Scotia's Youth Engagement Activator!

Tinisha Steinman Technical Success Coordinator

Tinisha's love of mysteries and problem solving led her to I.T where she has found an endless number of interesting technologies to explore. She likes the way TIG uses technology to touch the lives of people in remote communities, making the world a larger place. Lover of puns, coffee and gardening, Tinisha finds the adventure in each day.

Amira Bahmed Youth Engagement Activator

Amira is a Youth Engagement Activator in the province of Quebec. She has a Master in International Studies - specialization in culture, conflicts and peace and has been working on the rights of return of the Palestinian refugees. Amira is very passionate about traveling, creating project, fashion and sharing love!

Sarah Gallant Youth Engagement Activator

Sarah has a background in research with youth across Atlantic Canada and using unique methods to help youth share their journeys to impact change. Her educational experiences in psychology and mental health services influenced her passion towards improving programs, education, and awareness in this area. In her free time Sarah loves yoga, being at the beach, and listening to music.

Caitlin Bolduc Whelan Youth Engagement Activator

Caitlin is from the island of Newfoundland and has a background in Folklore and performance art which instilled in her a love of legends, lore and the sea. Caitlin is passionate about cultivating the concepts of identity, culture and a strong sense of place in young people. When not on the clock, Cait enjoys making music, poetry, foraging wild foods and swimming.

Jay Baker Project Coordinator

After graduating from Western University in 2013, Jay worked as a facilitator in Pearl Lagoon, Nicaragua. It was here that she developed her passion for International Development and youth engagement. While Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have become her primary means of communication, you can always find her dancing her way around Toronto, so don’t be afraid to say hello!

Volunteers

We are extremely lucky to host an incredible team of volunteers who share their talents, time and enthusiasm to support our staff, programmes and projects. Volunteer cycles run three times yearly, in September, January, and May.

"The miracle is this - the more we share, the more we have."

- Leonard Nimoy

Virtual Volunteers

We are extremely grateful to our online volunteers, who give us both their time and talents to
make the TakingITGlobal community everything it can be.
Get to know our online volunteers!

Online Community Volunteers

  • 'Jide Oluwafemi Jinadu
  • Abraham Vargheese
  • Achieng Beatrice Nas
  • Ahmed Bahaa
  • Ajay Kumar Uprety
  • Akua Nyame-Mensah
  • Alok Kumar Mishra
  • Amanda Mazur
  • Aminou Ndala TITA
  • Amos
  • Ana Claudia Penetra
  • Angela Chan
  • Anu maheshwari
  • Anupreet Kaur
  • Arrey Emmanuel Enow
  • Arun Budhathoki
  • Ayman El Hakea
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  • Bita Gilbert
  • carlos kiplagat
  • Caroline Guillet
  • Charu Gupta
  • Cheick Tidiane DABO
  • Clement Matorwmasen
  • Cristina Leger
  • CYEAI GHANA
  • Danning
  • Doug Arseneault
  • edith asamani
  • Ekaterina Khaletskaya
  • Farid Ullah Khan
  • fridswide chapewa tute
  • Ganesh Acharya
  • Hala
  • Hashem Khalid Daghestani
  • Hayk Hakobyan
  • isiguzo iheanyi
  • Jane Pervoi
  • Jenelle B
  • Jennifer Fong
  • Jessica Z
  • Jonathan Tang
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  • Karishma
  • Lenore
  • Lieketseng
  • Madhushan
  • Manudi Nushara Vidanapathirana
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  • Mark Chan Ben Tze
  • Mary
  • maryam habib
  • Mayang Arum Anjar Rizky
  • Meeckel B Beecher
  • Melvin Mathew Stephen
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  • Nathan Ming Kun Aw
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  • Nohline Akinyi Ouma
  • Nyeko Bosco
  • OCEN GODWIN
  • Ola'lekan Babatunde
  • Paul Opoku-Nkrumah
  • Philippe MENKOUE
  • Plosha Khan
  • Raisa Bhuiyan
  • Rajel Oumar Boilil
  • Rhodora
  • Saeed Al Abdulsalam
  • Saif Al Sharji
  • Samantha Hodder
  • samantha.b.marbaniang
  • Samuel Lee
  • Samuel-Malachi Odekunle
  • Sara Omar
  • Sarunas Zableckis
  • Sriya Potham
  • Sujan Jirel
  • Surya Gaire
  • Tamara Donaldson
  • TEMIDAYO OLUWAFEMI GREATS
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  • Thu Nguyen
  • Tiberiu Matei
  • Tih Felix
  • tina
  • Unyimeabasi
  • VIOLET ATIENO
  • Violet Mbiti
  • William M. Reynolds
  • willingham odekualem oba
  • YAKUBU AJIJI MAKERI
  • Youssef Chouni

Multilingual Volunteers

  • Abeya El Bakry
  • Alessandro Barbonetti
  • Amir Alexander Karim
  • Anja Huber
  • Annette Förster
  • Ashraf
  • Awosusi Oluwatope
  • Ayad Ajel
  • azam shaghaghi
  • benedicte kouassi
  • Carolily
  • clemel
  • Conrad Rein
  • Dave Marshall
  • Diogo Augusto Correia
  • Elaine
  • Elizabeth Arceo
  • Elizaveta Belyakova
  • Fabio Sceni
  • Farzana Yesmin
  • Felix Hofmann
  • Flávio Costa
  • Gaylord KABONGO BOOTO
  • Ghizlane Oudelouarde
  • Giuseppe Silvi
  • Ibrahim
  • Ignacio Barbeito
  • Inga Wenderoth
  • Ishta Xavier
  • Islam Arafat
  • Jana De Poorter
  • Joel Gatama
  • Julia Linn
  • Kamal Hamani
  • Khan Md. Anwarus Salam
  • KOUADIO
  • Latif
  • Lawrence Lin
  • Luz Nolasco
  • M'BAHIA N'guessan
  • Macocinschi Maria Cristina
  • Mahsa Taheran
  • Mariam
  • Md.Joynal Abedin
  • Melania M
  • Michael Awiti
  • Min Chun
  • Mira Florian
  • Mohamed El Kashash
  • Mohammad Javad Torabi
  • Mohammad Qaddam Sidq Isa
  • Mokhtar Omar
  • Mostafa Rady Mahmoud Mohamed Shahat
  • Muhammad Hafiz
  • Mümtaz Derya Tarhan
  • Nico Couto
  • Nicole Bowers
  • Nur Gülce İşkan
  • Parastoo
  • Pascal Bekono
  • Patricia
  • R Kahendi
  • Ren
  • S.M. Mamunur Rasid
  • Sara
  • Sarah Pemberton
  • Selim AZIZOGLU
  • shahd kandiel
  • Shebbir
  • Silvina Lindner
  • Sina MrK
  • Sira
  • Sohyeung Kim
  • talia delgado
  • Tobi Dreher
  • tsedze
  • Ulker Tas
  • WonJun Lee
  • Yikai Zhang
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Board of Directors

Canada
Ellen Ratchye-Foster Board Member
Eugene Bomba Board Member
Jasper Buys Board Member
Marcia McClung Board Member
Matthew Pupic Treasurer
Ron Mitchell President
Virginia Mantycki Board Member
United States
Benjamin Quinto Founder, Global Youth Action Network
Joshua Gorman Writer