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Student Bios

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Students in Humber's Fundraising and Volunteer Management Postgraduate Program 2011-12


Vy An has a BA in Japanese Language and Culture from Hufflit University, HCM Vietnam.


She began her career with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. In her spare time, Vy helped disadvantaged youth develop hospitality skills in a local catering initiative. It was here where she developed a passion for helping people grow.


Vy continued to fuel this passion in Canada by volunteering at the Brampton Neighbourhood Centre and Harbourfront Centre. 


Currently, Vy is completing the Humber College Fundraising and Volunteer Management Program. She aims to gain deeper knowledge and experience in this field and eventually travel the world to enrich the lives of those in need.

Laura Armstrong graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2009 with a double major in English and Film. 

While at Laurier, Laura became involved with NGOs which allow students to volunteer abroad to experience other cultures and learn about global issues.

Her work with Dominican Republic Education and Medical Support (D.R.E.A.M.S) allowed her to travel to the mountains of the Dominican Republic to a small village near Haiti, to build a home for a family in need. She continued to work with D.R.E.A.M.S as a board member focusing on fundraising and public relations throughout her undergrad. 

She continued her humanitarian work abroad with The Global Youth Network (GYN) working to educate and mobilize young people towards making positive change. 

In 2008, she traveled to India to work on famine relief in the north east for one month. In 2009, she completed a one month internship with GYN, to Peru to work with child workers and dengue fever prevention. 

In 2010, she took on her most memorable role as team leader for GYN Team Kenya. Her group of Toronto students worked with an organization of women and children with HIV, promoting positive living. She and her team also worked with Ugunja Community Resource Centre (UCRC) a community development NGO located in western Kenya, who serve the area of communities to promote sustainable development, and empower communities through increasing access to education.

She founded A Work of Heart, a small online business that sells artwork and donates a portion to building projects in Kenya! 
Laura is an avid runner, blogger, painter, photographer, and world traveler. She aspires to be a fundraiser that not only educates, but inspires change.

Stephanie Blackmore has a wide range of experience in the not for profit sector. She was a dedicated employee of Drayton Entertainment, a not for profit theatre organization, for three years. While attending Wilfrid Laurier University, Stephanie volunteered as an academic mentor. She coached students on academic probation and helped them develop healthy study habits, resulting in improved academic standing. Stephanie has volunteered with Waterloo’s Parkwood Mennonite Home where she assisted with bus outings and leisure activities for seniors. She volunteered for North Simcoe’s Habitat for Humanity with a variety of fundraising activities. Stephanie has an honours BA in Sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University and is currently enrolled in the Fundraising and Volunteer Management Program at Humber College.

Melissa Campbell has worked at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) since 2004, interpreting world cultures and natural history to the Museum's public and facilitating hands-on learning with elementary school groups. She has held volunteer positions in multiple curatorial and program departments throughout the ROM, including Palaeontology, Education, the European Department and the Discovery Gallery. 

In 2007, Melissa secured an internship with the Holocaust Memorial and Education Centre of Toronto, maintaining the Museum's contact and donor databases while acting as docent and historical interpreter.

In 2008, Melissa secured the position of Development Assistant with the ROM Governors Office during the final years of the Renaissance ROM Campaign. She has since become extensively involved in their Corporate Relations and Stewardship departments, developing major corporate stewardship reports for several sponsors of the ROM's exhibitions. 

In addition to her work in museums, Melissa is the Editor of the SSEA Newsletter (Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities), publishing triannually to members worldwide. The SSEA is a registered charity devoted to education in Egyptology and is headquartered in the University of Toronto's Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. 

Melissa graduated in 2010 with an Hon. BA in History and Celtic Studies from the University of Toronto. While continuing to work with the ROM Governors Office and the SSEA, Melissa is completing the Humber College Postgraduate Program in Fundraising and Volunteer Management. She hopes to pursue a position in fundraising for the arts in museums and education upon graduation. 

Emily Clark graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honors BA in History and Psychology. She is currently enrolled in the Fundraising and Volunteer Management Program at Humber College, while simultaneously working as the Special Events Coordinator at Lake Scugog Camp.  


Emily brought the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life to her high school in 2005, and continued on the organizing committee in university, acting as the Committee Chair for two years. Under her leadership, the University of Guelph’s Relay for Life was one of the top grossing post-secondary fundraising events in Canada.  


As the Leadership Director at Lake Scugog Camp, Emily successfully applied for seed funding from the United Church to create a year round leadership program for marginalized inner-city youth. Since its inception in 2008, it has grown to be an exemplary leadership program, and she has continued to coordinate, raise funds and administer the program.

Katie Craig is a recent Wilfrid Laurier University graduate who found her passion for the not-for-profit sector while volunteering within the WLU Students’ Union.

Fundraising events have become a passion and specialty of Katie’s as she was an integral member of the Laurier orientation week for three years while also planning a weeklong winter spirit event for more than 500 students. Katie has extensive experience in volunteer management as she worked as an executive member of the WLU Student Food Bank, coordinating volunteer schedules for making food deliveries as well as large events such as Halloween for Hunger and free pancake days.

As a summer fundraising intern for Autism Canada, Katie worked closely with the Executive Director developing a mail campaign, as well as securing sponsorship for the Autism Canada and Kidsability conference.

Katie is currently enrolled in the Humber Fundraising and Volunteer Management course. She is enthusiastic about working in either international development or healthcare but looks forward to finding her niche by the end of the program.  

At an early age Kate Dalgleish was exposed to ideas of social justice and cultural understanding through her involvement with CISV: building global friendships.  After serving as co-chair on the London Junior Board, Kate went on to study International Development at Trent University.  During her undergraduate studies she participated in a year abroad program in Ecuador, where she spent four months doing a practicum with a small beekeeping organization, Asociación de Apicultores de San Pedro de Vilcabamba.  Upon her return to Canada, Kate focused her attention on local issues.  This brought her to Leamington, Ontario where she worked for Frontier College teaching literacy skills to migrant workers from Latin America and the Caribbean and acting as a Community Outreach Coordinator.  Further pursuing her interests, Kate has volunteered at community gardens, farmer’s markets and the Peterborough Folk Fest as the Green Team Coordinator.  She is currently studying Fundraising and Volunteer Management at Humber College.

Laura Dinnarr has a passion for the welfare of animals and the policies that protect them. She is a dedicated supporter of World Wildlife Fund Canada where she volunteers as a member of the donor relations team.

Laura has interned as a Marketing Assistant for the Puppy Pawlooza festival, focused on raising money for a collection of provincial animal-based charities. She has also been an active member of local community not-for-profits such as Animalert.

As a recent graduate of the University of Western Ontario she has obtained an Honours Specialization Degree in Media, Information and Technology Culture.

Robin Drysdale is a 2010 Wilfrid Laurier graduate with an undergraduate degree in English and sociology. During her time at Laurier, Robin's interest in fundraising and volunteer work sparked from her involvement with a Senior Outing Day Program.


Since then, she became involved with her university's peer help phone line, has volunteered with the Girl Guides of Canada and has volunteered abroad in both Morocco and India with Global Youth Network, a non profit organization that educates youth about social issues through worldly experiences. In Morocco, her volunteer projects ranged from repairing schools and distributing school supplies to building a walkway that would provide access to clean drinking water. 

Her experience there was a life changing and led her to take on a leadership position for her next trip to Mizoram, India. Alongside her team members, she helped organize a fundraiser to raise money for microscopes that would start up malaria clinics in the remote areas. It only takes one microscope to establish a malaria clinic and her team raised enough money to purchase fifteen. 

Robin is currently enrolled in Humber's Fundraising and Volunteer Management post-graduate program. This year, she plans to take advantage of all the opportunities and resources made available to her in hopes of finding her niche in the fundraising and not for profit sector.

Grace Geluk holds an Hon. Bachelor of Science from McMaster University in Psychology, and has been working in the hospitality industry since graduation. She has traveled to Central and South America, Europe and East Asia with an interest in gaining diverse cultural experiences.  She is of Dutch background and speaks the language fluently.  She grew up on a farm in Ridgetown, a small town in southwestern Ontario.  Grace enjoys long distance running, having completed the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and hopes to qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2013. She is currently enrolled in Humber College's Fundraising and Volunteer Management postgraduate program. Her goal is to secure a fundraising position in healthcare.

Samantha Grande has been involved in fundraising and volunteerism since she was a young girl. Her passion for the nonprofit sector continued while she was completing her Honours BA in Political Science at York University.  During her studies, she became particularly interested in social policy and the numerous ways it affects the different sectors of society.  Samantha’s areas of interest have been the environment, women’s issues and human development through the provision of social services. She recognized how nonprofits can play a distinct role within society through advocacy, offering programs support, as well as providing services to those in need. Samantha concluded that she did not need a career in public policy to bring about change within society, as she discovered all the meaningful work done by nonprofits.

Samantha appreciated the opportunity to participate in policy research for EGALE, in which she got to address the Canadian Blood Services’ lifelong ban on homosexual male blood donors.  As a passionate supporter of environmental causes and advocacy, Samantha volunteered with WWF-Canada where she has been be an assistant in the Major Gifts and Advancement research, as well as Prospect Research for Strategic Partnerships.  She has also been fortunate to contribute to WWF-Canada’s large outreach programs by being involved in their Planned Giving Acquisition project.

Samantha is thrilled to be currently enrolled in Humber’s Fundraising and Volunteer Management program and is grateful for all the wonderful opportunities it will provide her.   

Rocio Illera completed an Honours Degree in Global Development at the University of Western Ontario. She is currently enrolled in the Fundraising and Volunteer Management program at Humber College while working as the Social Media intern for Management Advisory Service, a non-profit that provides free consulting services. 


She was raised between Colombia, the United States and Canada making her passionate for different cultures and adaptable to different environments. During her time in university, she was part of multiple clubs and organized various lectures and fundraising events. She was part of the Orientation Team and participated in two different exchange programs including Honduras and Ecuador. During her exchange in Honduras, she worked with Arte Accion a charity that brings different forms of art to vulnerable children in Copan Ruinas. In Ecuador, she volunteered at an afterschool program for refugee children with Ibarras’ Migratory Pastoral and visited refugee families aiding them with their assimilation process.


Rocio is currently a volunteer with Best Buddies Colombia. Rocio spent over two years with the Panamerican Development Foundation (PADF) in Colombia working for the Internally Displaced Populations Program as a Junior Program Officer. At PADF, Rocio was responsible for supporting the elaboration of grants and reports. She assisted the Program Director with the coordination of meetings and communications with six regional offices, allies and donor entities. Rocio was also involved directly with the community by working closely with displaced populations and their reintegration process, particularly the commercialization of products from their micro enterprises.


Alix Kempf has a solid background in events and communications. While attending university, Alix volunteered in the Royal British Columbia Museum Archives and became involved in Aboriginal rights advocacy. Samples of Alix’s writing on the topic are still available through a number of online publications.


After four years of full-time study, Alix left university to become the Conference and Catering Manager at a restaurant and event facility where she planned fundraising galas, community engagement events, and conferences. She returned to the University of Victoria in 2009 to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, in History in Art and Indigenous Studies before relocating to Toronto with her family.


In Toronto, Alix attended classes at Osgoode Hall Law School and also became involved in local animal welfare and rescue initiatives. In 2010, she completed an internship in the Communications and Public Affairs Department at Roots Canada where she wrote articles for The Source Magazine before leaving Canada to spend four months exploring Western Europe.


Today, she is the Website and Petfinder Coordinator for Pomeranian and Small Breed Rescue and serves on the steering committee for the charity’s annual fundraiser and adopt-a-thon. In addition to her administrative duties, Alix and her partner are frequent foster parents for sick, injured and abused dogs.


Alix is currently completing the Fundraising and Volunteer Management Post-Graduate Program at Humber College. She looks forward to the opportunity to put her knowledge of events and communication into practice raising awareness and building funding capacity for a charitable organization in the GTA.


Jill Kennedy's interest in volunteerism started in high school but grew throughout university. Jill was Co-President of ChildArts, a student-run club at Queen’s University, that worked with elementary school children in the Kingston area to develop their skills in the arts. While at the University of Waterloo, Jill expanded her volunteer experiences through a position with Meals on Wheels. She has also volunteered with Brampton Caledon Community Living and World Vision Canada.

Jill is very interested in the fields of international development and education. Her thesis project for her M.A. in Geography from the University of Waterloo entitled Philanthropic Gifting in Tourism: A Study of Guardalavaca and Varadero, Cuba focussed on tourism and international development in the nation of Cuba. She looked at the possible implications that tourist philanthropic gifting could have on the economy, society and political structure of the Cuban population. She has also thoroughly enjoyed her experiences working with students in the university community at both Queen’s University and the University of Waterloo.

Jill has a passion for travel, reading, figure skating and spending time outdoors. She is actively completing the final level of a French Language Certificate and is hoping to utilize that in future employment. Currently, Jill is enrolled in Humber College’s post-graduate program in Fundraising and Volunteer Management.

Helena Kyriakou is currently enrolled in the Fundraising and Volunteer Management program at Humber College.  She graduated with a BA from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied languages with a major in French and a minor in Spanish.  At the time, her ideal career was to work with the United Nations, because her passion has always been making a big impact on the world.  While working on her degree she participated in exchange trips to Tours, France and Jalapa, Mexico as well as traveled to Quebec multiple times as part of a French immersion program to study the language and culture. 

Wilfrid Laurier University had a huge influence on her interest in the not-for-profit sector through her volunteer experiences with a variety of organizations and clubs, as well as being a team leader for two orientation weeks.  These experiences changed her view on how she could help people, at which point Helena decided to follow a path that would be less drastic than wearing the famous blue helmet of the UN.  In her final year at university she learned about Humber College’s Fundraising and Volunteer Management program, which seemed like a perfect fit. 


Her travel experiences as well as language and culture education have inspired her passion for healthcare, international development, human rights and the environment.  Currently, Helena is volunteering at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation in the annual giving office.  

Jane Leaver has a background in sales and marketing in trade book publishing.  After completing a BA in English at the University of Ottawa, Jane worked at an independent bookstore.  From there she pursued her goal of working in the publishing industry by re-locating to Toronto and working in the customer service department of Whitecap Books.  After that she moved into a publishers’ sales representative position with a commissioned sales group and serviced a variety of accounts in and around Toronto.  She also ran the company’s trade show booth at regional and national shows. Next she moved into a sales position at Random House where she worked with independent retailers and key accounts.  She was selected to serve on the company’s Innovation Committee where she contributed to brainstorming sessions about new project ideas for business growth.  


Since university she has continued her education by taking courses in a variety of areas including Japanese, Online Marketing, Silk Screening and Motorcycling.  Jane wanted to make a career change so left her most recent position to enroll in the Fundraising and Volunteer Management program at Humber College.  She hopes to be able to build on her current skills and develop new ones in order to have a challenging and satisfying new career in the not for profit sector. 

Jacklyn Lewis recently graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in History and Art History. While working for Queen’s Telefundraising Services, she recognized that she could make a career out of helping people. During her time at Queen’s, she co-chaired the Queen's Foreign Policy Conference as part of the Queen’s International Affairs Association.


She also has experience in rural fundraising, having worked at the Hanover and District Hospital Foundation.


Her interest in global access to health care is found in both her work and volunteer experience. Currently enrolled in the Fundraising and Volunteer Management post-graduate program at Humber College, she looks forward to making a difference in the not-for-profit sector.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

Jennifer Lo believes that every individual has the right to dream and more importantly have access to the tools to work towards their dreams. Jennifer’s passion for helping others coupled with her curiosity for understanding philanthropy has brought her to the Humber College Fundraising and Volunteer Management post-graduate program. Jennifer plans to pursue a career in strengthening social services, healthcare, and education for women and children.

Jennifer’s volunteering started at the early age of 14 at the Centenary Health Centre. Since then she has volunteered with, participated in, and made donations to many other charitable campaigns and events. Jennifer is a Specialist Management B.B.A. graduate from the University of Toronto and has successfully worked for seven years in corporate technology sales with small, medium, and large organizations. This extensive experience interacting with a variety of clients and partners has developed her ability to accurately assess people’s needs, wants, and motivations, and present them with the best solutions to achieve their goals.

Jennifer’s professional experience, achievements, educational background, and affiliations have equipped her with a strong set of leadership, communication, and analytical skills.

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Lindsay McIver has strong passion for humanitarian causes and creativity. She has fundraised for high-profile charities; SickKids, March of Dimes, Canadian Feed the Children, before embarking in the interior design industry. There she executed a showroom for the Junior League of Toronto Showhouse and charity Christmas trees for the Gardiner Museum.


Being active in her community, she enjoys volunteering as a ‘Friendly Visitor’ with the St. Christopher’s House.


With a diploma in advertising, she’s presently obtaining her graduate certificate in Fundraising & Volunteer Management at Humber College, with hopes of utilizing her encompassing skills for grassroots initiatives locally and globally. 

Meaghan Middleton is scheduled to complete a post-graduate program in Fundraising and Volunteer Management at Humber College in August 2012.  She is passionately committed to forging a successful and fulfilling career in the not-for-profit sector.  Meaghan’s ambition is to make a positive contribution to the field of International Development and Human Rights Advocacy. She also has a genuine interest and enthusiasm for event management.

In addition to being a BA Graduate from McMaster University, Meaghan has accumulated 8 years of professional work experience in the public service, construction, insurance and high-tech sectors – both within Canada and the UK.  In each position, she has actively involved herself in internal and external charitable fundraising activities.  In her role as Project Coordinator at Research In Motion, she personally motivated and engaged a group of 200 engineers to achieve one of the highest returns in the company’s annual food drive initiative.  While living in England, Meaghan worked for Kier Build as a BREEAM coordinator.  She was directly involved with initiating and implementing Kier Build’s Community Involvement and Development program.  This included organizing and coordinating all charitable and fundraising events for the project team.

Driven by a desire to help others, she has been actively volunteering and helping to raise money for just causes for 15 years.  She has volunteered with both the Kitchener YMCA Multicultural Centre and the Public Library. Her past volunteer involvement also includes time spent as a companion and event coordinator at Beechwood Manor Retirement Home.

Meaghan currently volunteers as a member of the Fund Raising Committee at her local Hospice and as an event volunteer with ‘Bracelet of Hope’ and the ‘Herbie Fund Oceana Ball’.

Amber Moyle has been working in the event coordinating and fundraising sector since 2006. While at the University of Western Ontario, Amber stood as head of events for the Women’s Issues Network working with the London, Ontario community to create better public awareness of the foundation through numerous outreach and fundraising initiatives.

As the current Dyke March coordinator for Pride Toronto, Amber recognizes the importance of strategic planning. With over 20,000 participants in 2011, Amber’s strong organization and management skills, combined with unleashed creativity, have been instrumental to Pride’s success.

Amber’s future career ambitions include finding a position in queer rights, animal rights, or the medical fundraising sector. Her related experience and artistic abilities are essential to the construction, promotion, and coordination of special events.

Victoria Nixon has spent many years working with charities and nonprofit organizations. She began her career as a summer student at Legal Aid Ontario as she completed her honours degree in Sociology from the University of Guelph. Since graduating, she has spent the last two years as a volunteer and later as a Developmental Assistant for the Hope for Children Foundation, a registered charity which focuses on providing a brighter future for the youths, families and children served by the Catholic Children's Aid Society.

Victoria is very excited to be a part of the Fundraising and Volunteer Management team, and is thrilled to be a part of this year's program.
She has a passion for traveling and would love to expand her career into International Development, focusing primarily on community building and advocating for women's rights abroad. 

Lauren North has been active in her community’s non-profit and volunteer sector for many years. She has worked in the Outreach department for Princess Margaret Hospital on the Ride to Conquer Cancer campaign. She also volunteered at Regent Park Elementary School with low-income, high-needs children in the Volunteers Assisting Students and Teachers program (VAST).

Today, Lauren is an enthusiastic member of the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council where she advocates for youth engagement in local food systems including food literacy, community gardens and urban agriculture. Lauren has a B.A. in Arts and Contemporary Studies and a Certificate in Food Security.


She is currently enrolled in Humber’s Fundraising and Volunteer Management graduate program where she hopes to continue her work campaigning for social and community development. 

Kristy Perkes has combined education and volunteer work to create a solid base in the health and social services field.


While at Wilfred Laurier University she contributed to her general BA by completing several courses in Psychology. This has given her a great understanding of people and an interest in helping them.


She contributed to a variety of fundraising events and programs at Peel Children’s Centre that were directed specifically at children who have experienced abuse or mental health issues. She has hopes to build on her experience by providing as many children with the necessary tools to live a happy and healthy life.


Lauren Rosenfeld is an active volunteer. While completing her honours degree in Kinesiology, she was a tutor with the Learning and Fun program at the Welcome Inn Community Centre in Hamilton and was a committee member for the AIESEC McMaster chapter. An organization focused on providing students with international internships, Lauren promoted AIESEC opportunities on the McMaster University campus. Lauren has lived abroad and, after completing her degree, worked for one year in London, England.

Lauren has since volunteered with fundraising campaigns in Toronto. She was a Heart Month volunteer with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and was on the sponsorship committee for the 2011 Toronto Heel ‘n’ Wheel-a-thon for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

Lauren is passionate about working in the not-for-profit sector and is currently studying at Humber College in the Fundraising and Volunteer Management program. 

Anna Samulak has an extensive background in both arts and education.  She has a BA from the University of Toronto and a MA from Queen’s University in Art History. 


While at Queen’s, Anna was the President of the Graduate Visual Culture Association, planning and implementing the annual graduate student conference. 


After graduation, Anna worked at OCAD University for three years as a teaching assistant in the Liberal Studies Department.  


In 2008, Anna became the Senior Administrative and Production Assistant at Marquis Entertainment, a theatre and entertainment production and management company.  At Marquis Entertainment Anna worked on the preparation and execution of several major theatrical productions, such as The Railway Children, a summer concert series at Jackson Triggs Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and the annual Special Olympics Fundraising Gala.  She also played a major role in securing three Celebrate Ontario grants from the Ontario Government.  


Anna has a variety of volunteer experience, including being an historical interpreter at the Art Gallery of Ontario, a Girl Guide Leader for the 70th Toronto Girl Guides and a gallery assistant at Archive Inc. Gallery.  


Anna is looking to establish a career in fundraising and volunteer management in the education, arts and culture sectors.

Jeanette Schepp believes that a better world is achievable through active learning and local community involvement. 


Jeanette commenced her volunteer activities in 1992 while pursuing a career in Human Resources.   Jeanette has held progressively senior HR positions with a variety of organizations in the not for profit, manufacturing, sales and technology sectors and has been recognized for her collaborative style while leading critical HR initiatives during times of significant change.

In her volunteer roles, Jeanette has developed extensive experience in the areas of by-law development, strategic planning and succession planning while volunteering with a variety of charity organizations as a Board Member.  She is currently a Board Member at Canadian Mental Health Association, Peel and with the Human Resources Professional Association, Peel.  Jeanette is looking forward to building on her existing skills by pursuing a career in the Fundraising sector and is currently enrolled in the Humber College Fundraising and Volunteer Management program. 

Victoria Scullion hopes to bring a vibrant and fresh outlook to the fundraising industry.

As a graduate in Health Studies from the University of Toronto, Victoria has gained a strong interest in social development and how these factors directly and indirectly effect individuals health and well-being.  As such, she is an avid volunteer, both locally, with Durham Children’s Aid, and abroad where she spent time developing/ implementing programs and working within Treasure House Orphanage in Nadi, Fiji.  Victoria has also worked on behalf of World Vision, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and SickKids as a fundraiser.      

Victoria is very excited to be a part of the Humber 2012 Fundraising and Volunteer Management class and in the future hopes to work within the social development sector to work directly within her community and make a difference.   

Jessica Thompson - Motivated by her passion to join the fight to end the use of child soldiers around the world, Jessica volunteered for War Child Canada as an Event Team Volunteer and Office Administrator.


This past spring, as a Committee Member for the Toronto Walk for ALS, she played a significant role in the fundraising, organizing and execution of the walk, which grossed over $100,000.


Jessica has over eight years of experience working in the hospitality industry, which has equipped her with extremely valuable communication and leadership skills.


She graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2010 and is currently enrolled in Humber College’s post-graduate Fundraising and Volunteer Management program.

Felicia Trigiani is driven by compassion and takes that inspiration with her wherever she goes. A graduate from the University of Waterloo, she has a BA in psychology with an option in international studies.   Felicia volunteered abroad in the Dominican Republic with Absolute Hero, a not-for –profit group that organizes humanitarian relief projects throughout impoverished nations, building houses and a community centre, as well as conducting a neighborhood health clinic alongside doctors and registered nurses.   

She became involved with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a Distress Centre volunteer assisting individuals in crisis. Interacting with the community opened her eyes to the needs of those who suffer from mental health issues, as well as the many prejudices and stigma they face in our society.

For the past year Felicia has been volunteering with the Dorothy Ley Hospice in a palliative care role in the community offering support to individuals with a life-limiting illness. The goal is to cultivate hope and dignity through care as well as advocacy, education and research. She worked alongside the hospice’s volunteer coordinator as recruitment team lead.  Motivated to be more involved Felicia is a committee member for several of the hospice’s fundraising events as well as minute taker for the hospice’s board of directors.

At present Felicia is enrolled in the Fundraising and Volunteer Management program at Humber College. She has a very special place in her heart for non-human creatures and is interested in animal rights activism.

Filipe Varino has extensive experience in the not for profit sector.  He has worked for organizations such as the Salvation Army, the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, and Causeway Work Centre.  


Upon graduation from the University of Ottawa where he earned his Bachelor of Social Science, he began his career working as an Employment Specialist at Causeway Work Centre.  During this time, Filipe successfully established partnerships with local businesses and social enterprises which employed his clients who suffered from severe mental illness. Volunteering with Ottawa's Collaborative for Innovative Social Enterprise Development (C.I.S.E.D.),  ignited his interest in social enterprise.

While working overseas in Korea and volunteering with local charities, he accepted a position as Donations Manager with the Association for Teachers of English in Korea.  Filipe has also worked in the public sector as a Volunteer Recruitment Manager for the City of Ottawa in its special needs programs.  He is a certified Financial Literacy Workshop Moderator and has delivered a wide range of seminars to clients with disabilities.  He is currently enrolled in Humber College's Fundraising and Volunteer Management Program.  In addition to social enterprise, his interests include sponsorship and corporate social responsibility.   

In his free time Filipe enjoys teaching and competing in Muay Thai and Brazilian JiuJitsu. 

Sabrina Verrilli has always strived to help children in need. She spent time mentoring troubled youth through St Anthony’s youth group for many years.

As the class co-ordinator for the Adopt a Family program at her high school she made it her personal goal to go above and beyond each family’s wish list by seeking out local businesses for additional donations in kind to contribute to this worthy cause.

She also took part in organizing the very successful 2011 “Hockey with Heart” fundraiser; a hockey tournament held to raise money for World Vision.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Carleton University in Ottawa. Sabrina aspires one day to start a crisis and prevention campaign to inspire hope and confidence in children who have been victims to bullying.

Matt Willis is a passionate individual who is looking to have a career in fundraising and non-profit development. Matt graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2009 with a Major in English Language and Literature and a Minor in Sociology.


Matt has an outgoing and warm personality and is excited for how diverse the fundraising sector can be. He intends to obtain employment in the arts, sports, higher education, health care, or wildlife preservation. Matt is extremely passionate about these causes and his hard work and dedication will be an asset to any organization.

Matt is currently involved in the Fundraising and Volunteer Management program at Humber College, where he will learn critical fundraising fundamentals such as direct mail, annual campaigns, and major gifts to be able to immediately make an impact at his place of employment.



Lindsay McIver has strong passion for humanitarian causes and creativity. She has fundraised for high-profile charities; SickKids, March of Dimes, Canadian Feed the Children, before embarking in the interior design industry. There she executed a showroom for the Junior League of Toronto Showhouse and charity Christmas trees for the Gardiner Museum. Being active in her community, she enjoys volunteering as a ‘Friendly Visitor’ with the St. Christopher’s House. With a diploma in advertising, she’s presently obtaining her graduate certificate in Fundraising & Volunteer Management at Humber College, with hopes of utilizing her encompassing skills for grassroots initiatives locally and globally.  

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