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 - Amelia Rose Khan, is responsible for strategic direction and leadership, fundraising, and allyship.
Pronouns I go by are: They/Them.
Amelia Rose chairs the Executive and Innovation Committee of Toronto350.org as Toronto350's President. 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.
Amelia Rose's environmental hero are the people of Grassy Narrows who live north of Kenora, Ontario. They have been passionately fighting the injustices of their land since the 1970s and still fight on. I have been an ally for almost 15 years and visited their lands.
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 - Valerie Lannon
Communications Coordinator - Ashley Filipe, oversees communications to supporters.
Ashley sits on the Executive Committee as Communications Coordinator. She has always cared about the environment, but after researching the negative impacts of climate change she decided she could not stand in the sidelines any longer and joined Toronto350.org. Some of the tasks that Ashley handles include:
- Maintaining the Toronto350.org social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
- Managing email blasts to our mailing list
- Assisting campaigns as needed by promoting events and initiatives online
Media and Creative Coordinator - Kalina Hada-Lemon, leads artistic efforts and media communication
Admin Coordinator - Caleb Woolcott
Research Coordinator - Hala Zab, 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