Chris was YSI's inaugural Network Coordinator from 2013-2015. He has a background in community development and disability services and currently works for a charitable foundation. As a facilitator, he actively uses 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 Toronto and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ahnii N Boozhoo!! Since I was young , I've wandered around Turtle Island and beyond. I am Ojibwe of the great Mississauga Nation and registered member of Curve Lake #35 First Nation. I am a proud dad, step dad and grand dad. I have facilitated workshops and seeded cultural language camps through out Indigenous territories and have been a spiritual advocate for well over 30 years.
Overall I think the way I was raised and who raised me contributes to my humour, knowledge and most importantly life long protocol to all Nations. I have been joining the YSI circle since the Bancroft gathering in 2010 and look forward to welcoming old and new faces.
Cathy works as Director of Development for Stella's Place, a new holistic mental health treatment centre in Toronto. As a founding member of the YSI Collab's Core Team, Cathy is described as an Auntie (along with Phyllis Novak and Violetta Ilkiw). She led the hiring process in 2013 that recruited Chris Lee and worked as a Steward from 2013 to 2015. Cathy is an experienced social intrapreneur in mental health and founder of The New Mentality network, a network of youth who disable the label of mental illness. When she's not meditating in Vermont, Cathy is based in Toronto and can be reached at email@example.com.
I am a community arts developer and social entrepreneur that has been fortunate to engage with some of the most creative people in the world to make beautiful life-changing things like SKETCH (www.sketch.ca) and YSI. I grew up in a small town companion to the Walpole Island Reserve in South Western Ontario. I moved to Toronto over twenty five years ago. Whether in small towns, on reserves, in the country or in big cities, I love discovering what is common to us and what is distinctive, celebrating each and amplifying them through the arts. I especially like to pay close attention to the voices of my fellow creatives living on the margins who bravely navigate many challenges and adversities and who hold some of the most innovative strategies for making a better world. These are the voices that I believe can lead us.
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.
Robin is responsible for initiating the YSI Nest in the Algoma Region. 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 can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a seasoned facilitator, leading organizational & systems change, with a focus on participatory decision-making processes with communities and organizations. I have also acted as senior consultant to the Laidlaw Foundation for 14 years, bringing design, innovation and collaborative tools into their work with young people, funders, government and communities. I currently identify with many communities: I love living in a rural community, and I love coming to the city (but not living there). I love working with emerging grassroots groups, and I love working with institutions struggling with change. I love to see the growth process. I’m excited to hold people in that struggle of learning and change.
The YSI Collaborative is very close to my heart. I wanted to give back and support the gathering, provide support to apprentices and nurture good facilitation. It is an opportunity to continue my practice of experimenting with emergence and ways to implement wide-scale social innovation.