PACT URBAN PEACE PROGRAM, TORONTO

Staff

PACT Operating Team

David Lockett, Co-Founder and President

David LockettDavid Lockett is a Toronto businessman, social entrepreneur, community volunteer and visionary, as well as a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

Between his volunteer work with the Redwood Shelter and the PACT Program over the past 25 years, David has helped over 15,000 people through his vision, passion, leadership and unconditional kindness.

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In 1987, David Lockett and his friend Dan Cornacchia became charter members of the Rotary Club of Parkdale with a vision to build a shelter for domestic violence. In 1993, with the help of Rotary, The Redwood Shelter opened its doors to help victims of family violence. Redwood provides the counseling and support necessary for those struggling with abusive relationships, including free and confidential sessions in 20 different languages, to foster independence and build self-esteem.

Individual Awards

  • PACT Co-founder David Lockett was nominated and featured as a Globe and Mail: Transformational Canadian for his work with PACT.
  • City of Toronto, Ward 16, Volunteer of the Year award (2007)
  • Special recognition award from Mayor Miller and City Council re. Transformational Canadian (2010)

Please feel free to contact David at 416-256-0726 or david@pactprogram.ca

Ben Marshall, Director of Program Development

Ben MarshallAs Director of Program Development for PACT, Ben Marshall works to make PACT the best organization it can be in all areas and through continuous improvement.

This includes: overall program design, development, implementation, logistics, documentation, administration and expansion, as well as, fundraising, marketing, website management, best practices policies and procedures implementation and monitoring, community, judicial and school relations, as well as developing and managing strategic partnerships.

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Ben started out as a volunteer Restorative Justice Facilitator in 2003 and soon after joined the organization full time as Program Manager helping to establish PACT in the Metro West Court that same year, and the 311 Jarvis Court in early 2004. Ben then went on to expand the PACT Program into the school system including providing Restorative Justice training workshops for the TCDSB’s Safe Schools Department.

In the role of Program Manager, Ben worked closely with youth in conflict with the law and those in the school system, as well as their victims, families, members of the local community, and the wider social services sector. More recently as Director of Program Development, Ben continues to liaise directly with members of the judicial and school systems, and youth focused community organizations, in the coordination, promotion and delivery of PACT’s various programs and especially PACT’s seven LifeSkills Community Service Projects.

Ben has strong educational credentials: he graduated from the University of Toronto in 1994 with an honours degree in criminology and history and has held volunteer positions as a Probation officer and as a “Special Friend and Literacy Tutor” with the Children’s Aid Society. Ben has also recently been certified as a Facilitator by the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP).

Ben spent eight years in management positions within the telecommunications industry and four years as a Business Systems Analyst for a software company supplying the cable industry, before joining PACT. Both positions allowed him to strengthen his business process and management skills and taught him to increase efficiency across organizations.

As Co-designer and past Manager of the PACT LifePlan Coaching Program (2006-2010), Ben was responsible for developing, overseeing and delivering the program; working directly with referred clients and their assigned coaches, parents and the judicial system, as well as PACT Head Coach and Trainer Kate Sharpe.


Please feel free to contact Ben:

416-656-8824

ben@pactprogram.ca

J. Paige Lockett, Director of Operations and Fundraising

Paige LockettPaige can be reached at paige@pactprogram.ca

 

Rachel Schwab, PR & Social Media

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Instructor: PACT Online Entrepreneur

Rachel is a communications and digital marketing consultant, responsible for maintaining the PACT website, all PACT social media channels and media relations.

As the instructor for the PACT Online Entrepreneur digital marketing program, Rachel brings over a decade of experience, teaching youth about branding, marketing and online resources.

Rachel can be reached at rachels@pactprogram.ca.

 

Andrea Black,  Administration and Operations Coordinator

Andrea BAndrea is currently on maternity leave.

Andrea joined PACT team early in 2015 after returning from five years of traveling the globe. Though she was trained as a lab technologist in children’s cancer research, it was her goal to have a closer impact with young people. From the lab, Andrea brings her tremendous organizational skills and attention to detail to PACT, which allow her to manage and maintain the online database.

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Andrea helped develop and facilitate the PACT garden summer camp, and also led a yoga class every morning with the youth.  Trained in India as a yoga teacher, she strongly believes in the practice of yoga to create a positive self-image, a connection to others and the earth and to reduce stress, tension and negativity, which can help to empower our youth.

Andrea aids in operational decisions, helps to problem solve and constantly improves programming.  She assists with fundraising and donor relations, as well as liaises with referral agents and probation officers.

Andrea can be reached at andrea@pactprogram.ca

 

PACT Program Managers

Taylor Salisbury, PACTCooking/Garden Camp Facilitator

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Taylor plays a multi-faceted role a PACT facilitator, from developing program curriculum to providing youth support to recently taking the lead as PACTCooking instructor and Garden Camp counsellor. As well bringing a teaching ideology that stems from a strength-based perspective, Taylor is committed to promoting safety, inclusion, affirmation and gratitude while helping youth develop their skills and confidence. She received a BSc in Psychology and an Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Care.

La-toya Fagon, PACTCooking

La-toya Fagon Having worked with the PACT program for several years, Chef La-toya Fagon thrives on teaching youth life skills through hands-on, accessible cooking classes and more.

Chef La-toya brings many years of related experience to her role with PACT. In 2002 she attended George Brown’s Chef School and continued to train at a number of top restaurants and hotels throughout Toronto, Europe and Mexico. La-toya tapped into her entrepreneurial spirit and Twist Catering was born. Twist catering is a full service event planning and catering company doing events as small as an intimate dinner for 2 to corporate team building or private dinners and parties for hundreds, just to name a few.

Chef La-toya plans to bring her entrepreneurial spirit to the table as the PACTCooking program continues to evolve and expand, providing motivated youth with real world experiences  as they pursue careers and post secondary education in the culinary arts.

Above all, La-toya will continue to engage and empower the youth through her passion for all things food.

Irene Stickney, PACTFashion

Irene Stickney Irene Stickney is the head designer, seamstress and project lead of PACTFashion. As the owner of and instructor at The Make Den Sewing Studio in Toronto, she feels  fortunate to be able to help people realize their crafty dreams.  From making a first pencil case to developing a university quality fashion portfolio, Irene feels good knowing that she is helping to make the world a craftier place.

Irene was a founding member of a really awesome arts collective/bicycle gang called The Deadly Nightshades.  As a collective, they were voted “Toronto’s Fashion Hero’s” by NOW Magazine in 2008 and “Canada’s Most Fashionable Biker Gang” by the Genteel in 2012.  Their latest project is Fabric Bike, a short film by the Nightshades (shot at The Make Den) which toured 30+ cities around the world including New York, Paris, London and Tokyo with the Bicycle Film Festival in 2011.  Fabric Bike received accolades from the likes of Opening Ceremony and The Genteel.

After attending Ryerson for Fashion Design, Irene worked in production at Jones New York and then as an alterationist at 69 Vintage.   Irene spent as much time in school helping others with their projects as she did on her own and definitely found her calling as a special and caring teacher and mentor.

Please feel free to contact Irene at 416-705-6925 or info (at) themakeden.com.

Paul Davis, PACTFilm

Paul Davis is the Founder and Director of PACTFilm. He brings 20-plus years of working professionally in the Film/TV industry in Canada, Europe and the U.S. He has worked in all aspects of film/video production, including as an actor, director and camera operator, and has been a member of the Directors Guild of Canada and ACTRA. He has taught film and video in Toronto, Edinburgh, Scotland and most recently in New Zealand where he helped establish a PACTFilm program in that country.

In the summer of 2009, Paul was the lead instructor on an eight week shoot that involved youth from around the Lake Simcoe watershed, highlighting lake pollution. Sponsored by the Ladies of the LakeAssociation, and the Ministry of the Environment, 80 youth made short films about the environment and water. He continues to engage youth with the passion and creativity of storytelling through digital video and film.

Please feel free to contact Paul at 416-906-3193 or padstudios@gmail.com.

Rich Seibert, PACTBuild

As well as running his own professional painting company, Seibert’s Fine Finishing, Rich Siebert currently leads the PACTBuild Wall Finishing and Painting project as head instructor.

Rich discovered PACT by volunteering at Sir Sandford Fleming’s “Grow to Learn” garden. It was there that he met PACT co-founder David Lockett who wanted to buy a shed and assemble it. Rich said he could build it just as easily from scratch, came up with a quick computer sketch and got building within a month. He spent the next two summers helping organize and run the Grow to Learn program.

“Many students who have trouble staying focused in class – myself included – are tactile learners,” says Siebert. “They are missing out if their schools don’t offer hands-on, experiential learning. PACTBuild offers youth an opportunity to learn by doing, and to realize that they have real talent that can help them on the road to a rewarding career in the skilled trades. To give kids such an opportunity, and simply for the love of building things, this is why I do what I do”.

Please feel free to contact Rich w.r.siebert@gmail.com

Christian Bridges, PACTMusic

Christian Bridges is a multi award-winning songwriter based out of Toronto, Ontario. Due to complex challenges at home, Bridges was made a Crown Ward by The Children’s Aid Society at a very young age. He grew up in a diverse range of foster families across the province up until the age of 18. While attending the Etobicoke School of the Arts, Christian began to discover music & visual arts as a vehicle to bring more positivity and fulfillment into his life. Since then Bridges has taken his music to new levels by playing shows for the benefit of charities, women’s shelters, high schools, yoga studios, the Occupy Toronto Movement. He has also played in concert halls and venues all across Ontario, as well as in the U.S and Japan. Through creative expression, Christian has found a sort of inner freedom that he continues to pursue and strives to perpetuate as a spiritually uplifting artist, activist, and mentor.

Liana Rose, PACTMusic

Liana Rose is a pianist, vocalist, and songwriter with additional skills on the guitar, ukelele, and the dulcimer. With a degree in Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University, experience as a host foster sister since childhood and a lifelong passion for community service, Liana has been involved in the special needs field for over ten years in both professional and volunteer capacities. Her roles have included camp counselor (Camp Winston for youth with complex neurology), respite care worker, music therapist, listening therapist (http://www.tomatis.com/), music educator, behavioural therapist, special needs academic educator, and friend. In the music sphere, Liana has been involved in many music endeavours since her music education began at age 6, including classical music performances as a solo pianist, choral groups exploring many styles, (including classical, gospel, and African genres), popular music bands in various styles as vocalist and keyboardist, and experimental/improvisational ensembles as multi-instrumentalist (including percussion and saxophone).

Currently, she is a recording artist with voice and keyboards for a published songwriter, and a professional songwriter for a popular Israeli recording artist. Liana is thrilled to be a part of PACTRocks as it both reflects her belief that music and creative expression are some of the strongest tools for health and growth, and allows for a deeper expression of her commitment to wellness through community support.

Bryden Chernoff, PACTMusic

Bryden Chernoff is a Canadian-based drummer who is passionately working in Toronto. He has studied with some of Toronto’s best drummers, exposing him to genres that implement groove, afro-cuban, samba, jazz and Latin folk. Upon completing his Bachelors of Music, Bryden has been introduced to the world of production management. Bryden is the C.E.O of TaySound, a management company geared towards helping artists with marketing strategies, promotion and production.

In 2014, Bryden became co-founding member of the up-and-coming Latin folk group Tayua. He has had the opportunity to perform all around Ontario, promoting a new generation of folklore music that combines traditional Latin folk music with contemporary music styles. In addition to Tayua, Bryden is also member of Tofu Stravinsky, an indie rock group that has gained popularity across Canada.

PACT Grow-to-Learn Garden Managers

Agata Gidzinski | JPCI Garden

Lianne O’Keefe | Thistletown CI Garden

Kaila Clarke-Mendes | Elmbank PS Garden

PACT LifePlan Coaching

Catalina Chaux

Catalina is an International Coach Federation (ICF) Certified Professional Coach, who has experience working with youth and a passion for supporting processes that involve intercultural communication, time management, family/ corporate values and social responsibility. She has been working as a Life Coach with PACT since 2008 and took over as LifePlan Coaching Program Manager in 2011. In the role of LifePlan Program Manager, Catalina liaises with the judicial system, referred youth, parents/guardians, PACT Coaches and other related youth focused agencies in the coordination of the Program.

Catalina also holds a law degree and has a passion for the legal profession, which is a common denominator throughout her professional career. As a lawyer she has had the opportunity to work in several unique areas such as developing public policies, participating in the modernization and restructuring of institutions, supporting the process of small business development in both Canada and Colombia, applying legal principles to resolve conflict and supporting minority and newcomer populations.

Catalina has 19 years of experience working in the public sector in her home country of Colombia in the agricultural and financial sector and the diplomatic service. This gave her a solid background and an understanding of the development and implementation of public policies and allowed her to foresee the importance of mediation and conflict resolution as basic tools to achieve specific social objectives. She used this background and experiences in the different projects she worked with involving rural areas, farmers, small entrepreneurs, communities, settlement and the inclusion of gender perspective, helping to create peace and harmony in urban communities. She has also undertaken postgraduate studies in Economic law, Economic history and Dispute Resolution and has extensive experience teaching business law and strategic planning.

Her experience as a Colombian diplomat working in Canada provided her with the skills to understand the diverse needs of immigrant and visible minority communities and their continuous struggle to become active and productive members of Canadian society.

Please feel free to contact Catalina:647-205-9376 or catalina@pactprogram.ca

Kate Sharp

Kate Sharpe is head coach and program co-designer for the PACT LifePlan Coaching Program. Kate works with a dozen coaches and is in charge of the coaching strategy for all PACT coaches and youth.

The LifePlan Coaching Program works with the court system, as an adjunct to probation, with youth in serious conflict with the law who are either on the brink of incarceration or are nearing release from custody and who require an intensive intervention and/or a customized reintegration plan.

Kate’s coaching strategy is geared toward building capacity and empowering youth to create personalized plans and positive paths forward. Moreover, it is designed to give youth the confidence and vision to put their plans into action and the support and structure to help realize this vision.

As a Certified Professional Coach, Kate Sharpe focuses her coaching on leadership and performance coaching. Kate’s energy and expertise as an award winning educator, researcher and educational programming consultant all contribute to her approach to coaching.

Kate’s has worked with clients that include The Ontario Principals’ Council (OPC), The Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario (CPCO), Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (E.T.F.O.), Toronto District School Board, Thames Valley District School Board, Canadian Association of Independent Schools and PACT.

Most recently, Kate and Jeanie Nishimura, M.Ed., PCC were invited by The Ontario Principals’ Council in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and seven designated school boards from across Ontario, to design and facilitate a four-part customized MentorCoach Training for Educators Program.

As an educator, Kate taught with the Toronto District School Board for twelve years and received an award from the Canadian Association for Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAPHERD) for her leadership.  Kate served for four years as a member of the Curriculum Advisory Council for the province of Ontario, in conjunction with the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA) and was a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Acitv8 program.

Kate has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and French for the University of Western Ontario  and a Master’s Degree in Education from York University.

M.Ed., Certified Professional Coach, A.C.P.C.

Please feel free to contact Kate: 416-463-2023 or kate.sharpe@sympatico.ca

Joe Pampena

Joe Pampena

Joe is a Master Board Certified NLP Coach and Hypnotherapist as well as a certified Adler Trained Coach. He recently took early retirement after 34 years working in a large corporation and chose to pursue his new passion and goals by establishing a successful Coaching Practice helping both individuals and businesses be more successful in what they do. Joe is currently contracted by the PACT Urban Peace Program of Toronto which is a charitable organization that empowers and supports at-risk youth to reach their full potential and fulfill their life plan. In the last three years, Joe has worked all over the GTA and Belleville with many high risk youth offenders referred into the LifePlan Coaching program.

Joe has also helped develop and support the in-house proprietary training process for PACT’s LifePlan program, bringing more structure and consistency around best practices and introducing a number of tools and methods to assist the coaches in their challenging work with youth in repeat conflict with the law. Joe works with his client’s to unlock their own unique strengths and values so that they may set meaningful goals to achieve their own vision of success. Joe’s work explores key self-leadership values such as honesty, integrity and courage. In the past couple of years Joe’s clients have gone on to accomplish goals such as completing their GED (high school equivalency), enrolled in College programs and set SMART future paced goals to continue their growth, learning and successes. Joe has coached many individuals and businesses to achieve their personal or business goals within his own coaching practise. Joe is a certified member of International Coaching Federation, American NLP Board, American Hypnotherapy Board, and Project Management Institute.

MNLP, MTLT, MCHt, ATC, and Hypnosis Instructor

Please feel free to contact Joe: E: joe@pampena-coaching4change.ca  W: www.pampena-coaching4change.ca

Will Manos

Will Manos

Will received his coaching certification through Adler International Learning Inc. and OISE at the University of Toronto. He has since pursued his passion for supporting and serving youth in achieving their personal goals. He is currently contracted by the PACT Urban Peace Program of Toronto and The John Howard Howard Society of Belleville, Ontario, both award–winning charitable organizations that empower and support at-risk youth to reach their full potential and fulfill their life plan. In the last several years, Will has worked all over Ontario with many high risk youth offenders. Will’s work explores key self-leadership values such as honesty, integrity and courage. Will supports the youth he works with in their own environments with their individual goals and life’s interactions regarding family, friendships, work and community. Over the past several years, many of Will’s youth clients have been honored by the PACT program for their personal transformations and positive contributions within their communities. Will is a certified member of ICF International Toronto.

B.A. Dip., A.T.C

Please feel free to contact Will: 416-873-6337 or willmanos333@gmail.com

PACT Urban Peace Program Board of Directors

David Lockett, PACT President and co-founder, Canadian Foundation for Prevention of Family Violence
Dan Cornacchia, PACT Treasurer and co-founder, Canadian Foundation for Prevention of Family Violence
Marjorie Agnew, Retailer, Owner Main Course Kitchen Store
John Zanini, Owner, Dunpar Homes

Advisory Board

Roy McMurtry, (Former Chief Justice of Ontario, Former Attorney General of Ontario)
Karen Stintz, Former Toronto City Councillor
Justice Richard Blouin
Glen Purdy, Defense Lawyer
Jake Bouwman, Sgt. RCMP (retired)