Alfred Jean-Baptiste
Executive Director

Layla Zia
Manager of Operations and Strategic Initiatives

Mahlikah Outten
Director of Programming for Neighbourhood Impact

Hajia Abubakar
Wrap-Around Supports

Joseph Aston
Academic Upgrading Instructor

Shahrzad Garmaroudi
Sewing Instructor & Coordinator

Wondwosen Gebeyehu
Accountant (Contractor)

Benjamin Gluch
Digital Content Developer

Sureya Ibrahim
Supervisor of Community Connections

Anna Jasinska
Fund & Community Relationship Specialist

Katya Koroscil
DESIGNwith Project Coordinator

Sally McBeth
Manager, Clear Language & Design

Elham Rasoulian
Immigrant Women Integration Program Lead

Ashley Whittaker
Lead Case Manager, Training & Employment

Board of Directors 2023–2024

Bryan Duarte
Bryan DuartePresident
Fiona Umoh
Fiona UmohTreasurer
Ian Male
Ian MaleCommunications Officer
Nita Chhinzer
Nita ChhinzerDirector
Karen Villanueva
Karen VillanuevaDirector
Alfred Jean-Baptiste
Alfred Jean-BaptisteExecutive Director (ex officio)

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