Our Team

A look behind the scenes

INNOVATION WORKS STAFF
 

Caleigh Atkinson, Communications & Marketing Assistant

Caleigh is a marketing professional who specializes in social media. She has a passion for bringing her creativity to life through marketing and graphic design. Caleigh’s main focus is social media marketing for Innovation Works but also helps with Pillar’s communications. She aims to amplify all of Pillar’s efforts within the community through her graphics and innovative marketing strategies. She hopes to garner more interest from the London community to become Pillar members. In her spare time, you can find Caleigh binge-watching reality tv with her Golden Retriever, Sadie!

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Roman Mechkov, Innovation Works Coordinator

I am a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a double degree in accounting and political science. I also hold a post-degree diploma in not-for-profit management from Western Continuing Studies and am excited to utilize all of my skills to help Pillar Nonprofit Network and Innovation Works! Beyond academics, I love to play tennis however that has been somewhat difficult as of late given the pandemic. In my spare time I like to watch a lot of movies, I love film, and fun fact, build LEGO sets or any 3D models. Building these sets and models are extremely rewarding once the entire construction is complete but can be a massive time sink if I’m not paying attention. My greatest aspiration is rather straightforward: I simply want to help as many people as I can throughout my career. It isn’t exactly one specific great aspiration but rather I aspire to be the best person I can be and to help those who need it most.

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WELCOME DESK VOLUNTEERS
 

Damilola Olowoyeye

Damilola is a mother and an entrepreneur. She is passionate about helping others and making them feel good. Her goal is to connect with her community and she aims to gain more work experience.



Michele Martin

Michele has over 20 years of experience in communications, public relations and marketing experience in health care.  Most recently, she worked at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) as Internal Communications Manager, Strategic Priorities and Lawson Health Research Institute as the Manager of Communications and Public Relations. Michele is looking to give back to the community and meet like-minded people at Innovation Works.


Jason Jordan

London’s Animator for Greening Sacred Spaces. Will be working with Places of Worship to be more environmentally sustainable. 


Linda De Bruyn

Linda loves working with people and helping them in the best way possible. Linda prides herself on her fun and outgoing personality.


Maureen Waller

Maureen has always loved working with people and spent many years in the hospitality business. One of the jobs that she loved very much was the 4+ years she spent with "troubled teenagers" at a residential facility here in Ontario. Maureen was there until government funding economies closed the facility.
 

Lynda Mgbemere

Lynda is currently enrolled in the Healthcare Administration Management program as a student of Fanshawe College. Lynda came from the Caribbean, the beautiful Island of Grenada (The Spice Isle). She just recently rounded up the pharmacy intern position before moving into Canada. Having had experiences in her previous volunteer positions, Lynda is hopeful and excited to share valuable time helping the community and creating a positive impact.  Volunteering has deepened her level of appreciation for multicultural approaches at the community level. The opportunity to effect positive change has been her driving force and the most attractive aspect of giving back to society.
 

Tanya Anderson

I have gone through a host of life experiences from general office work, co-running a scuba dive store and training center, training and working in outdoor and urban recreation, Director of Harbourfront Senior Program as it transitioned to a Board made of Senior Adults, and for the past 20 odd years I have been designing books, magazines, and other print media.


Camila Ariza

Actress, Cultural Manager, and Mom. Passionate about theater and freedom, she studied acting at the Centro de Investigación Cinematográfica de Argentina, improvisation, and clowning at Universidad del Bosque in Colombia. She is currently an international Event Planning student at Fanshawe College and a volunteer at Innovation Works. Eight years ago, she co-founded Colectivo Play, a cultural enterprise in Colombia that connects people with their social-emotional skills through play and theatre. They create cultural experiences, workshops and shows. As an actress and director, she has participated in international festivals and won awards and grants for her theatrical work with a gender focus. Her main tool is comedy. Her best clown teacher is her 5-year-old daughter. Camila loves to travel, share knowledge, laugh loud, love and transform.


Patrick Mazurek

Pat is a 24 year old coffee lover and serial entrepreneur. He’s committed to proving that you can build a unicorn (billion dollar company) while living a fun, balanced life in the process. Pat believes that by doing the things he loves - camping, listening to music, (regretfully) cheering for the Detroit Lions - he gives himself the energy to take risks and make big decisions.

When he’s not on an adventure or enjoying a local patio, Pat divides his time between:

  • Funnl, a digital marketing agency for startups and small businesses
  • Happily Discontent, time management tutoring for high achievers
  • School, finishing his Bachelor of Commerce at Queen’s University


Pat is very excited to connect with current and aspiring founders and talk about the ways that we can use business to solve the world's biggest problems. He’s at the front desk on Tuesdays from 12:30-4:30, but his love for coffee and craft beer make him available for meetings around the clock.


Innovation Works is a backbone initiative of Pillar Nonprofit Network and is governed by Pillar’s trailblazing Board of Directors.