Alfred Jean-Baptiste
Executive Director

Mahlikah Awe:ri
Deputy Executive Director

John Alves
Development & Operations Lead

Urfa Butt
Kitchen Manager

Mary Campbell
Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Shahrzad Garmaroudi
Sewing Instructor & Coordinator

Wondwosen Gebeyehu
Accountant (Contractor)

Allison Gibson
Social Enterprise Manager

Zachary Gold
HRIS Administrator

Sureya Ibrahim
Supervisor of Community Connections

Dr. Farah Mawani
MITACS Accelerate Fellow

Sally McBeth
Manager, Clear Language & Design

Katlego Mokoma
Program Assistant – Operations & Case Management

Eugenia Ochoa
Digital Education & Research Lead

Camila Geo de Oliveira
Program Lead – Operations & Case Management

Shazia Saleem
Social Enterprise Assistant

Vidya Sri
Instructor & Virtual Curriculum Designer

Karen Villanueva
Supervisor of Programming

Mark Affue
Instructor & IT Supports

Board of Directors 2019–2020

Kathleen Jinkerson
Kathleen JinkersonPresident
Selwyn Pieters
Selwyn PietersVice President
Alfred Jean-Baptiste
Alfred Jean-BaptisteExecutive Director (ex officio)
Maryska Bushnell
Maryska BushnellDirector
Nita Chhinzer
Nita ChhinzerDirector
Maseeda Majeed
Maseeda MajeedDirector
Suzanne El-Makkawy
Suzanne El-MakkawyDirector
Sepideh Najmzadeh
Sepideh NajmzadehDirector
Liz Trotter
Liz TrotterDirector
Isabelle Lian
Isabelle LianCommunication Officer
Anil Mathur
Anil MathurTreasurer

Become a Board Member

Help us be the best we can be!

As a Director of an organization whose mission is Creating a strong culture of community engagement through capacity-building, progressive learning and innovative training, a board member is responsible for:

  • providing leadership in strategic areas of the organization,
  • working in partnership with other board members and the Executive Director, and
  • ensuring activities and programs reflect the vision, mission and strategic goals of the Centre of Learning & Development.

Our Board of Directors seeks representatives from the wider Toronto community, as well as those living in the Regent Park area and current & former volunteers and clients. We have a particular need for individuals with skills in human resources, marketing and fundraising. Board governance experience is an asset. We are seeking leaders with time to devote to helping our organization excel and who can make connections that expedite program development and funding.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Board Member, please contact our Executive Director, Alfred Jean-Baptiste ( or our Board Chair, Kathleen Jinkerson (

Kathleen Jinkerson
Chair | Board of Directors
Toronto Centre of Learning & Development
TD Centre of Learning | 540 Dundas Street East | Toronto, ON M5A 2B3

Board Member Application