Alfred Jean-Baptiste
Executive Director

Mahlikah Awe:ri
Deputy Executive Director

Urfa Butt
Kitchen Manager

Mary Campbell
Community Engagement Coordinator

Blessing Digha
Coordinator – BIPOC Connecting Talent Initiative

Shahrzad Garmaroudi
Sewing Instructor & Coordinator

Wondwosen Gebeyehu
Accountant (Contractor)

Allison Gibson
Social Enterprise Training & Development Manager

Yannan Gu
Community-Based Research Assistant

Sureya Ibrahim
Supervisor of Community Connections

Anna Jasinska
Fund & Community Relationship Specialist

Aloka Mahadurage
Program Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant

Dr. Farah Mawani
MITACS Accelerate Fellow

Sally McBeth
Manager, Clear Language & Design

Katlego Mokoma
Program Assistant – Operations & Case Management

Camila Geo de Oliveira
Program Lead – Operations & Case Management

Vidya Sri
Instructor & Virtual Curriculum Designer

Thoshan Thirunavukkarasu
Social Enterprise Lead

Karen Villanueva
Supervisor of Programming

Mark Affue
Instructor & IT Supports

Board of Directors 2020–2021

Kathleen Jinkerson
Kathleen JinkersonPresident
Selwyn Pieters
Selwyn PietersVice President
Alfred Jean-Baptiste
Alfred Jean-BaptisteExecutive Director (ex officio)
Zaheed Alli
Zaheed AlliDirector
Maryska Bushnell
Maryska BushnellDirector
Nita Chhinzer
Nita ChhinzerDirector
Bryan Duarte
Bryan DuarteDirector
Liz Trotter
Liz TrotterDirector
Isabelle Lian
Isabelle LianCommunication Officer
Anil Mathur
Anil MathurTreasurer

Become a Board member

Help The Centre of Learning & Development be the best we can be!

As a Director of an organization whose mission is “Building community, one person at a time”, you will have the opportunity to apply your passion, dedication and skills to:

  • Providing leadership in strategic areas of the organization such as good governance, long-term planning, and, financial stewardship;
  • Ensuring activities and programs reflect the vision, mission and strategic goals of the Centre for Learning & Development;
  • Defining the parameters within which the Board expects the Executive Director to manage the operations;
  • Helping nurture organizational culture; and,
  • Building partnerships that support our goals.

As a board we are seeking diversity. Diversity of perspectives, expertise, residency and demographics. We seek representatives living in the Regent Park area as well as the wider Greater Toronto community. We seek current and former program participants, volunteers, community members and others who may have benefited from and/or contributed to our programs. We welcome a broad range of competencies with a particular need for individuals who offer strengths in fundraising, communications, accounting/finance, community engagement and/or social justice.

We are seeking leaders with time to devote to helping our organization survive and thrive during an extraordinary time. Board members should demonstrate the highest ethical and professional judgement and share our commitment towards the organization’s goals.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Board Member, please contact our Board Chair Kathleen Jinkerson at

Board Member Application