PACT Program Managers
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.
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 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)