William first became politically active in 2014. His time on that campaign working under veteran leadership towards a progressive mayor would inspire him to get more involved in his community. After getting his feet wet in the mayoral campaign where he learnt the basic skills of community organizing, William would eventually pursue further training with Project Organize and continue to work with the Spanish-speaking community in Toronto. William looks forward to working with other community organizers to build power in their struggle for social justice. William currently works at For Youth Initiative to empower young people in marginalized neighbourhoods.
Liz is a community activist, fundraiser and organizer who has engaged people all across Toronto in the pursuit of environmental sustainability and social justice. She was an early ICL supporter, and first took the organizer training in support of NoJetsTO, a campaign that won in Toronto! Liz joined the alumni association because she believes ICL is vital to ensure activists are trained, supported and connected to one another. She works as the Development Manager at the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA).
Melanie Matthews is the Chair of the Alumni Association. She holds an Honors Bachelor of Social Work degree and a Master of Social Work degree, and brings a wealth of experience from her 10 years of working with non-profit organizations. Most recently she worked as the Research and Evaluation Lead at For Youth Initiative and currently owns a consulting business that works with non-profit organizations to develop evidence based programs, implement program evaluations, and complete grant applications. Melanie first became involved with ICL by taking a Building Skills for Change workshop in April 2019. With her passion for community engagement and commitment to striving for social justice, Melanie found a home working with ICL and joined the Alumni Association. She strives to meaningfully engage with ICL Alumni and facilitate continued relevant participation in ICL activities.
Andreea is a professional communicator passionate about using storytelling to create conversation and community. She is involved with the Ryerson community in many different capacities. She has served as a Content Specialist with the Centre for Communication Knowledge (CCK) as well as a Recruitment Communications Intern with the MPC. She has also worked in corporate communications for Hamilton’s Horizon Utilities Corporation.
She brings a broad mix of academic and corporate communications experience to the table, along with a very hard working attitude and passion for giving back to the community.
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