Over the last two years, many great people helped make the Small Change Fund a success as volunteers, Board members and staff. Thank you to:
Ameera joined Small Change Fund in September 2020 as our Community Manager. She recently graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Environment & Business and worked previously in the Environment & Energy Division at the City of Toronto. Ameera loves soccer, hiking, and hanging out with her friends.
A digital marketing professional, Bezawit has a genuine curiosity in the people around her and a strong desire to solve the problems. She helped with research, communications and administration.
With a long-lived passion for all things IT and a background in building custom computer systems, Brooklyn graduated from the Computer Programmer Analyst program at Durham College. She developed a strong interest in mobile and web application development, particularly in how to use it to better her community and the world. Hailing from Oshawa where she lives with her wife and children, she’s proud to offer new perspectives and skills to help Small Change Fund crowdsource big change.
Burkhard is the Chief Executive Officer at the Fund and a leader in Ontario’s environmental and food sector. He has worked for non-profit groups for three decades: he led the Greenbelt Foundation, directed the programs of the Ivey Foundation, and was CEO of Environmental Defence and Great Lakes United. He writes extensively on vital issues in diverse settings, and in 2017 published the critically acclaimed book Ontario’s Greenbelt: Protecting and Cultivating a Great Ontario Treasure (Barlow Books). Burkhard studied environmental science at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto, where he also taught for eight years. He lives in Toronto with his daughters.
Caedmon keeps our books. He worked in finance management for several small- to mid-size NGOs. He believes that transparent, effective financial management allows organizations to build trust and streamline operations, demystifying the accounting process. His proudest successes include a three-year stint in Tanzania on a maternal health initiative. He loves giving back to his community one budget at a time.
David is on our Board. After 51 years, David continues to raise money, mostly encouraging precious donors to leave a legacy for nature. For 30 of those years he worked for WWF, and also worked for over 15 other environmental organizations in Canada. He now works with his daughter’s company, The Agents of Good, where he is affectionately called “The Godfather of Good.”
Franz is our Chief Engagement Officer has been leading innovative environmental collaborations for over 30 years. For 12 years, he was the Executive Director of the Toronto Environmental Alliance where he succeeded in getting key environmental policies adopted at City Hall and establishing deep connections with many non-environmental community partners. Franz also chaired the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance from 2014 to 2019 and was the Environmental Advisor to City Councillor Jack Layton, then overseeing Jack’s civil society engagement activities in Ottawa. He has taught several environmental policies courses at the University of Toronto. Franz has a PhD in Political Science at York University, enjoys science fiction and wood working, and lives in Toronto.
Joyce serves on our Board and is an award-winning senior leader in the non-profit environmental sector. Her proven success is based on a deep work ethic, strategic thinking, creativity and a collaborative approach.
Keth is a grassroots leader and works to empower communities in Scarborough. He coordinates our project with TTCRiders, organizing people to increase access to public transit. He has a Bachelor’s degree in public policy and a Master’s degree from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He likes eating sushi with hot sauce, listening to Tamil melodies, and enjoys laughing, hiking, and looking at the sky and greeneries.
Mary is the boss – the Chair of the Board. Her passion is building and nurturing effective social profit organizations to create sustainable communities. She is the Co-Founder of the Small Change Fund and currently is the Executive Director of Green Learning.
Meghan has a passion for water and a degree in geography. Shortly after graduation, she started her career in the ENGO world working in communications before finding home with Wellington Water Watchers in 2018. Meghan grew up in Northern Ontario, on the shore is Lake Nipissing. She enjoys backcountry camping, hiking, kayaking, canoeing and is an avid rock climber.
Mike Balkwill has worked as a community and campaign organizer for more than forty years. He is a force of nature and currently works as Campaign Director with Wellington Water Watchers, running the Water for Life project with the Small Change Fund. Mike supports a number of grassroots groups in Ontario in their efforts to protect water, and is also the co-author of the Campaign Planning Handbook which can be downloaded.
Naomi Bénéteau Goldberg
Naomi works with our Climate Justice Mobilisation Hub. She gained a passion for social change work through her involvement as a grassroots organizer in the climate justice movement. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Mount Allison University, and a graduate diploma in journalism from Concordia University. She is based in Montreal, Québec.
Naomi was a Research Assistant. She researched and analysed projects to determine why certain ones are more effective than others. She also kept everything super organized.
Renee was a research assistant and is a young professional working in environmental advocacy and sustainability. She helped with programming and flood awareness research.
Sarah ran our greening the film and TV industry project. She is a results-oriented, creative Project Management Leader, passionate about working with teams that punch above their weight and make heroes of their stakeholders.
Tom is a network advocacy specialist with over 20 years’ experience in innovation management and now leads the Climate Justice Mobilisation Hub. Though he cut his teeth as Campaigns Manager with global counter-culture agents at Adbusters, Tom also spent time in the private sector, where he co-founded a publicly traded digital agency, gained unique experience leading online stakeholder dialogue projects and designed patented evaluation systems. Now back to his principal passion, Tom works to transfer best practices in advocacy innovation to progressive campaigners. As a researcher and analyst, he has released several reports on emerging campaign practices and publishes frequently in the The Stanford Social Innovation Review and with Mobilisation Lab.
Uyara helped us with financial management. Hailing from Brazil, her first work in Canada was with the Small Change Fund. She is now an Accounting Manager with a large private firm.