Sabrina Mc Fadden (sabrinam at coco-net.org) Sabrina has been working, collaborating and volunteering with various big or small community organizations for 10 years. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Administration with a Major in Art History/FineArts and a Minor in Human Resources in 2001 at Concordia. Between 2005 and 2007, she joined the cohort of the Human System Intervention (HSI) Master’s program at Concordia. Sabrina brings a wealth of experience in process consultation, facilitation and movement building and is COCo’s Coordinator with a focus on human resources and finances et the moment. Sabrina cultivates passions for the arts, music, biking, and social gatherings. She looks forward to building new partnerships with a variety of community organizations throughout la Belle Province or pick-up the phone to help with any questions or concerns YOU might have…!
Kira Page (kirap at coco-net.org) has been has been active in Montreal social movements for the last 8 years, with organizations such as QPIRG-McGill, the Immigrant Worker’s Centre, and the Fonds Indépendent d’Action de Solidarité (FIAS). As COCo’s Communications and Membership Engagement Coordinator, she brings a background in communications and outreach for non-profits and grassroots collectives, as well as a focus on anti-oppression practices and consensus decision-making. Outside of work, she’s most passionate about building transformative justice approaches to gendered violence.
Parker Mah (parkerm at coco-net.org) is a bilingual trainer with more than 10 years of experience working in the community sector. Versed in multimedia techniques, he has lent his skills to community development and rights advocacy organizations from Bangladesh to Senegal. His patient, hands-on approach makes him an expert at breaking down complex tech and multimedia concepts. Parker has led learning sessions on social media, citizen journalism, digital storytelling, and various cloud computing tools and platforms. He works to promote participative and citizen media as a tool for social change, especially among marginalized and immigrant populations, through workshops and community-building activities.
Emily Yee Clare (emilyyc at coco-net.org) is a community-based educator, and illustrator born in Edmonton, Alberta and now based out of Montreal, Quebec, whose facilitation practice has been cultivated through collaborative practices and participative popular education frameworks. Emily is currently working on various projects relating to anti-racism, accessibility and human resources at COCo.
Fabiola Mizero Ngirabatware (fabiolamng at coco-net.org) grew up between three continents. Her existence has been a threshold for a deep understanding of the weight of inequality, violence and exclusion. She carries a passion for community development, seizing opportunities to create a positive and enduring impact on the social, economic and cultural well-being of marginalized people from all walks of life. At COCo she focuses on the Finance, Strategic Alliances and Funding Development.
Veronica Vivanco (veronicav at coco-net.org) is an anthropologist passionate about learning, collective intelligence and co-creation. She has worked for several years in the nonprofit and international cooperation sectors. Facilitator of interconnections, she tries to put in practice all the experiential knowledge of the Art of Hosting and other collaborative practices that she believes will improve the collaborative capacity of individuals and groups. She recently has fallen into sound, movement & dance and is an aspiring apprentice DJ. At COCo she coordinates the project of ateliers/C thats seeks in creating a series of networking & learning events for community organizations.
Homa Khairi (homak at coco-net.org) is studying Community, Public Affairs and Policies at Concordia University. She is passionate about community development, alternative living, and First People’s perspective. She created, along with a Native elder, a spiritual circle in order to bring back the essence of native spirituality in this modern age. Her dream is to create and build her our community to help women reclaim their power and position in the society.
Frances Ravensbergen (francesr at coco-net.org) Frances has been active in the community sector for over 35 years. She was one of COCo’s founding members and now focuses her COCo work mostly with groups interested in organizational change, planning and evaluation. Frances teaches at Concordia University and works with First Nations communities and pan-Canadian organizations. She is passionate about community-driven research. Her undergraduate degree is from Concordia University in Applied Social Sciences. She has a Masters Degree from St Francis Xavier University in Adult Education. Her PhD, from Concordia, explored the role of local community groups in broader social justice work. Frances is active in environmental issues (particularly those close to her family farm in the Chateauguay Valley), women’s issues and peace work. To find balance in life she snowboards in the winter and goes wilderness kayak camping in the summer.
Spencer Mann (spencerm at coco-net.org) Spencer has worked and volunteered in community organizing and co-op development for over 11 years. His experience has ranged from community food security with the MUCS Project, to co-operative education and training through NASCO, to integrated design and green building as a member of the Sustainability Solutions Group. At COCo Spencer focuses on collaborative and cooperative organizing models and frequently facilitates trainings on collective decision making, project management, and grassroots organizing strategies. Spencer was born and raised in a solar-powered home on the coast of Maine and moved to Montreal for environmental studies at McGill and for the opportunity to get involved in urban social movements. Spencer loves cooking in community kitchens and cultivates a secret passion for playwriting, sea kayaking, and extreme sledding.
Kit Malo has been involved in the Quebec nonprofit sector for 18+ years, and has been a practicing process consultant for the past 6. She uses creative methods to help organizations lean into risk and change, supporting their growth toward resilient responsiveness. She is particularly committed to Open Data strategies for Nonprofits, using creativity to explore wicked problems, design thinking and deep equity in the workplace.
Alex Megelas is a Montreal-based educator and community organizer with twenty years of project management experience in grassroots organizations and in academia. He is currently the Programs and Communications Coordinator at the Office of Community Engagement at Concordia University where he is responsible for the University of the Streets Café popular education program. He holds an MA in Educational Studies (Concordia University) and is certified in conflict mediation and as a personal and professional coach. As a facilitator, Alex can intervene in a number of areas including: fundraising and development training, board training, group and individual coaching, and conflict mediation.
Juniper Belshaw has ten years experience working in Montreal nonprofit organizations in funding development, volunteer coordination, human resources and communications. A student of Human Systems Intervention, Juniper is passionate about supporting people and organizations as they adapt to change. In her role at the Centre for Community Organizations, Juniper is passionate about strengthening community organizations to support social and environmental justice, and facilitates on topics such as funding development, governance, leadership, conflict prevention, and communication. As a facilitator, Juniper aims to craft meaningful learning experiences that foster connection, purpose, and fun!
An ICT trainer with over seven years of experience, Kevin Paul is passionate about using his skills in community-based technology, web development and web design to support the work of social justice-minded organizations. Kevin takes a hands-on and skill-sharing approach to technology training and tool development and has worked with a wide range of community and social movement-centered organizations in Quebec. In addition to developing websites and leading web content management trainings, Kevin has skill-shared around social media, cloud computing, and digital security.
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Ariel Harlap has contributed to and co-organized various citizen-led movements in Montreal, notably 100in1day (promoting active citizenship) and Transformation Zone (gameified local urbanism), and continues to participate in the evolution of MuseomixMTL (prototyping participatory museums), and Techno-Culture Club (uniting diverse communities to spark emergent techno-culture projects). With over 5 years of professional experience in project management and organizational strategy, and another 4 years in geosciences and research, he presently provides organizational counselling on design-thinking and organizational strategy. Ariel is driven to co-create more resilient, connected and equitable communities and organizations in Montreal.
Camerin Cobb is a local video artist, community organizer, and techie. Their interests and past works center around media literacy, alternate futures, gender diversity and anti-black racism. They have been involved with the summer arts festival, Qouleur, for several years and are also in the process of publishing an anthology of speculative fiction by QTBIPOC (queer, trans, black, and indigenous people of colour). In their spare time they enjoy their growing collection of musical instruments, none of which are mastered, but all of which are well loved.
With a passion for social justice, Indigenous sovereignty and community-based health, Jas Rezaee has spent the past decade working and volunteering in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal’s community sectors. Currently she is a member of Upping the Anti, the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Health Centre and works at several non-profit organizations. Committed to inclusivity in all facets of my life, she is excited to join COCo!
Diana Lombardi is a long-time feminist activist who has been working in the Montréal community sector for close to 15 years, mainly with women’s groups. She is currently the coordinator for a “regroupement” of women’s groups in Montréal, le Réseau d’action des femmes en santé et services sociaux and works freelance supporting community organisations. Having worked with local, provincial-wide and regionally based groups, she has accumulated several varying experiences. It is no secret that she has always been drawn to social justice work and activism (even when she was an annoying little kid). The truth is, she considers herself terribly fortunate to do this work and to live in a city where social movements are not only welcomed, but are an integral part of such a vibrant community. She takes pride in hiding her guilty pleasure of sitting through meetings, observing and analysing the dynamics and democracy-style at play. On a typical day, you would find her enjoying the sun, laughing with her family and wasting time on social media… that is, when she is not running from one meeting to the next, beating deadlines or at a well-deserved 5 à 7.
Patrick Yanga was born in France. He studied Geography and Urban Studies in São Paulo, Brazil, specifically on the accessibility of transports for the poor. In France, he was involved in a sports association to help disadvantaged young people. He came out to Canada a few years ago, and worked for C.L.I.C.S. Laval (Centre Lavallois pour l’intégration et la cohésion sociale) to help with the integration of Syrian refugees and other immigrants. His specialization is project management, specifically in partnership, finance, communication, development and social innovation. He’s also a member of the LTQHM (Table de Quartier de Hochelaga Maisonneuve)
Richenda Grazette has worked in fundraising at À Deux Mains/Head & Hands for the last three years while studying Women’s Studies and Ethnic & Race Studies at McGill. Her passions include anti-racism work, Rihanna, and collage.
Cora-Lee Conway is pursuing a Doctorate in Education at McGill University where she also works with students living in residence. She is a co-founder of C-Uni-t, an avid reader and dog-lover. She is passionate about education, working with youth and creating liberating learning opportunities.