Meet our dedicated staff

Sabina Ali

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Executive Director

Sabina Ali is one of the founding members of the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee. She has worked to build the capacity and economic opportunities of residents and manages a wide variety of food, art, fitness, markets and garden programs. She is the recipient of the Elizabeth Coke award for excellence in leadership in 2011, the 2014 Jane Jacobs Prize for her work in transforming the city through innovative thinking, dedication to community development, and passion for hard work, and the 2014 Phenomenal Woman Award. She was  also selected as one of the Top Ten Torontonians to get the things done by Globe and Mail. In 2017 she received an award for Excellence in Civic Action and the MP’s Sesquicentennial Citizenship Award. She is also an active member of Toronto Food Policy Council.

Stephanie Chartrand

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Business and Community Development Officer

In the capacity of Business and Community Development Officer, Stephanie is responsible for researching, developing, and implementing unique business strategies for our projects that draw on the strengths of the community. With more than 10 years of leadership experience, she works on developing training programs unique to the community and their needs. Stephanie also looks for opportunities to grow our connections within our Toronto community by reaching out to partner with organizations and seeking external funding opportunities. She has a passion for working with food, which led her to our organization in hopes to address issues like Food Insecurity and promote Food Justice

Megan Whitney

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Market Garden Coordinator

Megan is the Garden Coordinator. She is responsible for facilitating activities at the organization's garden sites including: collaborating with garden leaders and organizations to build a network of community members to participate in garden projects, identify and apply for external funding opportunities, and act as a resource on site to support all participating garden members. 

 

 

Shahida Shamsi

Community Support Worker

Shahida is a Community Support Worker and an entrepreneur. She has been involved with TPWC as a vendor at the Friday Market for the past 2 years and has been helping with various programming with TPWC and is serving as a peer leader. Prior to coming to Canada, she used to work as a health inspector in which she assisted her community, reported their health needs and delivered medications.

Farkhunda Seddiqui

Park Cafe Chef

Farkhunda is a recent immigrant to Canada and had been living in the community for about 2 years.She is a single mom with 3 children and she loves making food. She is a dedicated worker and enjoys het time at the Cafe.