Core to our values, "We are better together" we want to introduce you to our Volunteer Team, who are the heart-beat of Innovation Works. We're fortunate to have a dedicated team of volunteers who support our Welcome Desk and many other important projects throughout our organization.
Our volunteers are a key component of our community each bringing their own diverse backgrounds and talents to the space. Get to know the great people we rely on to help Innovation Works thrive.
Damilola Olowoyeye 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 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.
Reem Kambris is a Master of Environment and Sustainability student at Western University who strongly believes in the power of social entrepreneurship in weaving a more equitable tomorrow. She witnessed firsthand the impact of social innovation while completing her undergraduate studies in Lebanon, and she is delighted to support those engineering change for the greater good at Innovation Works.
Aneshwa is a qualified HR professional. Aneshwa is looking for opportunities to expand her professional network and to give back to the community. She is a double Post Graduate in International Business and Human Resources Management, with experience in the investment and oil & gas sectors, as well as in the nonprofit sector. Aneshwa is passionate about everything she does and is a successful self-directed financial investor! Having travelled across 4 continents, she is fond of history, culture and cuisine. A fitness enthusiast, she loves spending time exploring new trails in and around the city and is an advanced yoga practitioner. She’s outgoing and loves making new friends and professional connections. She is an animal lover and is crazy about her fur baby (an Australian shepherd).
Linda loves working with people and helping them in the best way possible. Linda prides herself on her fun and outgoing personality.
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 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.
Nicole Langdon is a certified coach practitioner and the owner of Worn Edges. Nicole’s mission as a coach is to encourage you to reach goals, make change, and expand your possibilities. Shifting perspective and encouraging complete self-acceptance and accountability is Nicole’s passion. She is a strong believer that “the truth will set you free and the bravery to accept your piece in the truth, is the first step towards living your best life.”
Tanya was born in Manitoba, grew up in Montreal, and moved to Toronto after the FLQ crisis in Quebec. She lived 9 months in Cuba on Scuba Diving contract with her (then) husband and when it ended, moved to London to be with family. Tanya worked in the outdoor education field. Tanya moved back to Toronto where she worked in the Recreation Dept at CNIB. She learned a LOT about people that remain with her today. Once that ended, Tanya switched fields and did a variety of ‘non and professional’ jobs including being co-owner of a scuba diving 4-star shop. Tanya’s element is water. She must have been a mermaid in a former life. She co-designed and produced print-based advertising, books, and magazines. She believes that volunteering may not be paid work, but it’s still a commitment and is a great teacher.