PACT Program Managers
Taylor Salisbury, PACTCooking/Garden Camp Facilitator
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
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 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
B.A. Dip., A.T.C
Please feel free to contact Will: 416-873-6337 or email@example.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
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)