Who's Who in Toronto350?
Toronto350.org is a grassroots organization supported almost entirely by volunteers. Below are volunteers which have been elected to executive roles and a bit about them. If you are interested in joining our executive, shadowing an executive, or learning more about what they do, we encourage you to come out to one of our Tuesday meetings to learn more.
The Executive Team
President - Tresanne Fernandes, is responsible for strategic direction and leadership, fundraising, and allyship.
Tresanne Fernandes chairs the Executive and Innovation Committee of Toronto350.org as Toronto350's President. Tresanne is concerned about climate change because of its impact on Mother Earth, and people all over the world facing the effects of climate change.
Tresanne's environmental hero is Esteban, head of the Federation of Farmers Working Toward Progress in the Dominican Republic. He was almost killed for standing up for the rights of his community. Tresanne spent two weeks working with him and was so impressed that she considers him to be her environmental hero.
Treasurer - Anju Chauhan, takes care of financial responsibilities.
Anju sits on the Executive Committee as Treasurer and is a member of the Fundraising Committee.
Pipelines Campaign Lead - Katie Krelove
Katie sits on the Executive Committee as lead of the Pipelines Campaign. Katie is currently working on a Masters of Education at OISE and works as an outdoor environmental educator at Toronto's High Park.
Katie's environmental heroes are Vanessa and Lindsay Gray, sisters and Aamjiwnaang band members (also known as Sarnia's chemical valley) who are youth organizers educating about environmental injustice for Indigenous people. They co-founded ASAP (Aamjiwnaang + Sarnia Against Pipelines) which campaigns against Enbridge's Line 9 pipeline. To engage and educate others about the impact that pipelines have on Aamjiwnaang, the sisters co-organize an annual conference in the community. Last year, the highlight of the conference was a 'Toxic Tour' where people could see the severity of local pollution caused by the refineries. Katie is also inspired by Naomi Klein, James Hansen, and Philippines climate negotiator Naderev “Yeb” Saño for his hunger strike at COP19.
Municipal Campaign Lead - Caleb Woolcott
Communications Coordinator - Roger Boyd, oversees communications to supporters.
Roger sits on the executive committee as Communications Coordinator. The primary responsibility for the Communications Coordinator is to chair the Communications Hub. This means ensuring that there are enough people to get tasks done, and that the people volunteering in your hub feel supported. Beyond that, here are some tasks assigned to the hub:
- Maintain the Toronto350.org social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
- Manage email blasts to our mailing list
- Assist campaigns, as needed, on creating and publicizing events, creating press releases, blog posts, etc
Media and Creative Coordinator - Kalina Hada-Lemon, leads artistic efforts and media communication
Vice President - Amelia Rose Khan
Amelia Rose is the Vice President of Toronto350. The main focus for Amelia Rose is to shadow the President in order to take on the President role in October, where they will use their skills to grow the movement and empower members.
Amelia Rose's passion for climate related work grew by working on solidarity campaigns and visiting the impact zones across Canada where people are living with the affects of climate change.
Admin Coordinator - Estela Thomson
Estela is the administrative coordinator for Toronto350. She found a passion for climate change resistance in the lecture halls of her undergrad, and it quickly spread into the rest of her life. She's particularly interested in the intersection of climate change effects and issues of race and marginalization.
Research Coordinator - Rose Hendra, helps to develop and share materials relevant to campaigns and operations.
Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (OTPP) Divestment Campaign Lead - Brian Young
More details to come