With a background in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, Josée turns big ideas into action. Whether connecting employers to NEET youth eager for the opportunity, leading a childhood literacy charity, bringing donors closer to causes they care about, or helping corporations improve their customer experience, Josee builds high performing teams and creates communities that are propelled by a passion for meaningful change.
Design Research Manager
Program design, iterative process development, multi-stakeholder approaches, and strong facilitation chops grounded in play based theory are just some of the skills Sarah has developed having worked in 6 countries on a variety of youth employment, entrepreneurship and leadership programs. She infuses all of her work with a deep sense of optimism, creativity, and humility, and starts from an inclusion-first lens.
Allison has spent the majority of her career in Corporate Human Resources, fuelled by a desire to improve the people experience. Focused primarily in Recruitment, she has managed the hiring across the financial, professional services and hospitality sectors. She identified an opportunity to make an even deeper impact with O4AY and pursue a long held passion of helping youth find meaningful employment. She now draws on her deep Recruitment experience to partner effectively with employers in meeting their hiring needs.
Kristina is driven to amplify youth and their future opportunities, and is excited to work alongside employers and community partners to offer unique hiring opportunities. Kristina has a background in managing and delivering community development projects in Canada and abroad, ranging from running a youth entrepreneurship program, equipping youth to participate in international experiential learning and building community agency capacity through learning and development.
Senior Associate, Service Design, MaRS Solutions Lab
Peter Rose is a systems and design thinker. Over the last seven years, he has gained experience with start-ups and government using the tools of systems mapping and human-centered design. He is enthusiastic about enhancing and improving the experience for all users, starting with desirability for Ontarians, and then working with providers to ensure the feasibility and viability of service prototypes. Peter has a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University and an Honours Science degree in Ecology from the University of Guelph.
A recent graduate of the Political Science program at Trinity College, University of Toronto, Seray has experience working with various levels of governmental and non-profit organizations. Passionate about social action, she believes that work done for meaningful change is indispensable to any community. She is very excited to work towards increasing O4AY’s impact.
Senior Associate, Communications
Equipped with a results-driven mindset and a curious spirit, Nina’s expertise lies at the intersection of strategic communications and multimedia storytelling. From copywriting for world-renowned brands in the corporate sector, to engaging youth and stakeholders in the non-profit realm, she is passionate about finding creative ways to connect, engage and inspire in the ever-changing media landscape. In tandem with the O4AY team, Nina is excited to work with employers and community partners across Canada to help youth from coast-to-coast reach new and sustainable heights in their professional lives.
Intern, Summer 2020
Habon Ali recently completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto and is an MSc Candidate at McMaster University. As a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, Habon was actively involved in the creation of Canada’s first National Youth Policy and the development of Canada’s Service Corps. She is passionate about community building, youth participation, social determinants of health, reducing health inequity and healthy public policy.