The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has vastly expanded over the past year–in both the scope of our projects and the team of dedicated support staff. Beginning in 2011 with 11 staff, the Foundation has grown to a staff complement of 18; allowing more efficient work and enhancing the quality of projects completed.
Some of these new staff members come to us from Skills for Change, a training school for new Canadians and others through the Toronto sector of Ontario Works. The Foundation is proud to support new Canadians and careers through these programs, not to mention the tremendous talent we have gained by participating.
Recent hires include:
Olusola Ayodele: is a proud mother and experienced customer service professional; she joins us as Database Coordinator. Olusola’s work will help in communicating with fans, supporters, and stakeholders more effectively by guaranteeing the most recent information is organized in an accessible way. In her spare time, she loves to cook and spend time with her daughter.
Bertha Kaupukwa: is inspired by the landscape, water, plants, and animals in the Greenbelt. Joining the Foundation as Receptionist merges both her love for nature and her experience in banking and office administration. As the first point of contact in the office, her bright smile, welcoming demeanor, and professional experience are a great asset. She is excited to be working for a Foundation that is ensuring a healthy environment for the future.
Ryan Hilborn: can be found cycling in the Greenbelt, cooking gourmet dishes for friends and family, working on his latest writing masterpiece, and now, at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation as Executive Research Assistant. He holds a BA in English from Carleton University and an MA in English from McGill, which will prove very valuable when editing and assisting with research papers. Born in a small town near Rice Lake, Ryan takes pride in the fact that his work will enhance the Greenbelt and help people in rural areas like where he grew up.
The Foundation looks forward to the great things that new staff will bring to the table and the new ideas that will surely arise.