Our Facilitators

Facilitators

Ava Ghods


Jenna Dolly

Jenna Dolly wants to live in a world where people are free to live, work and play without systemic oppression and discrimination and where social systems actually work for people not against them. Balancing a family with two young children, Jenna openly navigates the challenges of work/life balance in her roles as a social worker, policy advisor, therapist, and labor movement activist. With a Bachelors and Masters degree in Social Work, Jenna’s career expands 15+ plus years of frontline community work, direct client support, and policy analyst experience.  A true advocate at heart, Jenna lives and breathes community, disrupting structural oppression and values meaningful dialogues.

Jenna is one of the founding members of CUPE Local 905’s BIPOC Collective, the first human rights committee within the Local. She also was elected as an Executive when she became the first Black Lead Steward for her unit in 2020. Through her work within the BIPOC Collective, Jenna continues to work to dismantle and eradicate anti-Black racism and other forms of discrimination within the labour sector.

In her free time Jenna enjoys spending time with her family and friends, completing DIY projects, baking and jamming to 90’s R&B and Hip Hop


Jill Pulford-Thorpe


Julia Finne

 


Karan Sharma


Kate Lee

 


Kerry McRorie


Laura Cooper


Maria Wallis

Dr. Maria Wallis is a community capacity builder, an academic/scholar, and a registered Social Worker. Dr. Wallis is also currently in the second of a three-year Program at the Toronto Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in her eventual certification as a Psychotherapist. She has over twenty years of community engagement experience in the immigrant and settlement sector and in feminist organizing in Toronto. Dr. Wallis has a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, a Masters of Sociology from McMaster University, a PhD, and a Master of Social Work from York University. In 2019, Dr. Wallis completed a Master Certificate in Project Management through The Schulich Executive Education Centre, The Schulich School of Business, York University.

Dr. Maria Wallis has over twenty years of academic teaching as a contract faculty at York University and has co-edited three academic books. Dr. Wallis has also taught at Ryerson, McMaster, Wilfried Laurier, Western, and the University of Calgary. She has conducted diversity, discrimination, and social inclusion work including Diversity training in organizations that include the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the City of Hamilton, Centennial College, and the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Dr. Wallis is a subject matter expert in systemic/ institutional discrimination and harassment, and interventions to address these barriers. She has also worked with individuals from marginalized communities to build resilience and the capacity to develop to their full potential despite systemic, structural barriers.

Dr. Wallis has worked with “at-risk” youth and children at the Toronto and North York District School Boards and the former Ontario Anti-Racism Secretariat. She has worked to be both a mentor and role-model to students as she works with them on projects to develop their full potential and, specifically, their anti-racism skills and leadership capacities. Dr. Wallis identifies as a South Asian-Canadian woman for Employment Equity purposes.


Marvin Samuel


Tsa Alexander

Tsa Alexander grew up in Toronto, Ontario playing competitive soccer for her province, before earning a scholarship in the United States. Tsa Alexander graduated from the University of Akron, (Akron, Ohio) earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice. She then returned to Ontario and completed a diploma in Social Service Work at Loyalist College in Belleville, ON.

After graduating, Tsa began a career in social services, where she worked directly with children and families facing a wide array of challenges for over 10 years in the field. Using solution-focused brief therapy and mindfulness based approaches, she aims to empower her clients with the skills they need to overcome obstacles.

She is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto—OISE, earning her Master of Education, in Counselling Psychology. Tsa is a Registered Psychotherapist (Q) and also a certified guided meditation facilitator. Her passion is working with youth and helping those in need.


Nour Ramzi


Julianna Kerepcich

Julianna recently graduated from the Bachelor of Social Work program at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson University). During her studies, she discovered her love of working with youth and supporting LGBTQ+ communities.

Julianna is passionate about mental health, self-care, and ending stigmas found in day-to-day life. She is hoping to soon complete her Masters of Social Work, but first would like to travel in order to find her calling.

Currently, Julianna is working at a queer cookie shop in downtown Toronto (and she love love loves it)!

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