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Chris Lee

Chris Lee, Project Coordinator

Chris comes from the community development and disability services world. He has experience leading a youth leadership pilot program that promotes inclusion in high schools and networking independent facilitators connected to the disability services field. He’s a facilitator and runs Potluck Projects, actively using concepts and methodologies from the Art of Hosting, Asset Based Community Development, and Open Systems Theory.  Chris holds an M.Ed., with a focus on disability and social policy from the University of British Columbia and an Honours B.A. in Contemporary Studies and German Literature from the University of King’s College (Halifax). Chris is based full-time in Toronto and can be reached at chris@youthsi.org



Robin Sutherland, YSI North Coordinator

Robin is the Founder and Artistic Director of Thinking Rock Community Arts, a non-profit organization based in Sault Ste. Marie which uses art and creativity to engage with and create community along the North Shore of Lake Huron in Northern Ontario. She is responsible for setting up our YSI hub in the North. She’s an experienced manager of people, projects and organizations with expertise in grant writing, strategic planning, editing, research, marketing, communications, and event planning. She holds an MSc in Health, Community and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, UK and an Honours BA with High Distinction in Arts Management from the University of Toronto. Robin has also recently been named an Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN)  Connect the Sector Fellow for 2014. Robin is currently working 2 days/week from Sault Ste. Marie and can be reached at robin@youthsi.org



Cathy Dyer, Steward

Cathy works for Children’s Mental Health Ontario, YSI’s administrative platform/ trustee, providing support and mentorship to the YSI staff as well as admin support for our funders. She is an experienced project manager with youth engagement projects in the child welfare and children's mental health sectors. Cathy founded The New Mentality network, a network of youth-led groups across Ontario in the mental health sector.  As a member of the founding YSI Core Team, Cathy has been active in supporting the growth of the YSI. She is based in Toronto and can be reached at cathy@thementality.ca


Chris Connolly

Chris Connolly, Communications Coordinator

Chris has been supporting the piloting of YSI's developmental evaluation since October, 2013, while he completed his Master of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Today, he is working on a part-time basis to develop a more comprehensive and accessible communications platform for our members. He brings a diverse background in applied and social sciences, research and practice, policy and programming, grassroots and system-wide efforts, as well as activism and government employ. These days, he is supporting YSI member Grassroots Youth Collaborative (GYC) while expanding his freelance practice in democratic, participatory approaches to program design, evaluation, organizational learning and facilitation. Chris is based in Toronto and can be reached at connolly@youthsi.org