A look behind the scenes

Behind every project there is a powerhouse team. The team at the heart of Innovation Works is a blending of new roles specific to the Innovation Works space, like our General Manager and Community Animator, and Pillar’s existing staff who support Innovation Works programming, events and more.

 

Michelle Baldwin, Executive Director

As a social innovator whose personal mission is to be a community connector, Michelle is passionate about connecting people and organizations. She’s a firm believer that nonprofits are integral to our community and that business, government and nonprofit sectors must work collaboratively to strengthen our community. Fun fact: Michelle loves weddings mostly for the dancing and has crashed a few over the years.

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Lore Wainwright, Director

Lore sees the impact of social innovation daily in her role as Director of London’s only co-working space intentionally designed for social innovators.  Formerly supporting emerging and existing social enterprises in London running this social enterprise is a natural fit for Lore, encouraging co-tenants to connect and spark ideas and drive change into the world Fun fact: She is a yoga junkie and has been known to succumb to copious amounts of watermelon at any given moment.

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Sienna Jae Taylor, Community Animator

Sienna Jae Taylor has a love for all things community and a deep passion for positive, social change. She's motivated by the incredible world-changers and inspiring projects that she encounters everyday and believes that with a little community, celebration and passion, anything is possible. Fun fact: Sienna's favourite things are coffee, trees and her colossal nail polish collection. 

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Lina Bowden, Volunteer Extraordinaire

Lina is the catalyst behind VERGE and a volunteer consultant with Innovation Works. Lina has more than 30 years experience in the financial services and investment industry and she studied community development at age 50 to apply her finance skills for good. Fun fact: Lina loves to visit friends in Peru annually where her favourite dish is Aji de Gallina.

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Albert Brulé, Director, Resource & Business Development

With over 25 years experience in the not-for-profit sector, Albert has worked with a wide array of charities in such areas as fundraising, marketing, communications and strategic planning. Fun fact: One of Albert’s earliest volunteer positions was when he was just 13 years old as a founding member of the London Community Players.

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Susannah Gergich, Training & Education Manager

Susannah’s combined experiences in the advertising industry and educational field assist her when it comes to coordinating more than 50 workshops and networking events yearly. She is an information junkie that loves a good newsletter and scans social media for the most relevant nonprofit information. Fun fact: Susannah lived in Japan for 2 years where she mastered her chopstick skills.

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Mitra Hewitt, Events & Office Assistant

After studying History and Classics, Mitra found that she was drawn to the nonprofit sector. She loves writing and approaches her work with a strong eye for detail. Fun fact: Mitra used to be in a social issues dance group, performing dances on issues like poverty, abuse and addiction in Canada and the United States.

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Carolyn Holdsworth, Executive Assistant & Membership Coordinator

Carolyn stumbled upon her 10-year career as an office administrator while training as an opera singer at Western. After a stint in Toronto, Carolyn is enjoying London’s contagious sense of community and entrepreneurial spirit. Fun fact: Carolyn’s front teeth are crooked in exactly the same way as her dad’s. He likes to tell her “those are Holdsworth teeth, kiddo!”

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Dharshi Lacey, Diversity & Governance Manager

Dharshi Lacey has worked for over 20 years with and for immigrants and newcomers. She loves the fact that London is becoming more diverse and feels strongly that this will make London a more dynamic city to live and work in. With many years experience in Cultural Competency, she has facilitated many sessions with boards and organizations to help them embed an inclusive lens in their leadership and operational work. Nonprofit Board governance has now become a recent addition to her interest portfolio.

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Sarah Lehman, Special Events Coordinator

Sarah sees the beauty in all things, especially Innovation Works. You can catch her running around the space making connections, rearranging furniture and flexing that relationship building muscle. Sarah has experience working with non-profit organizations locally and internationally with projects involving fundraising, media outreach, events management, volunteer management, public speaking and vegetable gardening. Sarah is excited to be involved with all of the wonderful events happening in our space that involve community members, visitors and co-tenants alike! Fun Fact: Sarah is the best hugger at Innovation Works.

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Megan O'Neil-Renaud, Social Enterprise Coordinator

Megan is a serial social entrepreneur who has a passion for local food and community volunteering. She and her husband are avid travellers who love attending cultural festivals at home and in other parts of the world. Fun fact: Megan loves shoes. She has over 100 pairs of shoes and boots and has even been known to give some of them names.

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Nicole St. John, Program & Event Manager

Nicole brings her sales and marketing experience from the hospitality industry and combines it  with creativity in her role of Program and Event Manager. She skilfully balances timelines, orchestrates details and executes events of all sizes. Fun fact: Nicole’s inner child is omnipresent when you see her playing with her hula hoop or walking to work twirling a baton.

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Andre Vashist, Social Finance Manager

Andre is a social innovator passionate about building inclusive communities. As a social entrepreneur, community development professional and impact investor, he has a combined 15 years of experience. Fun fact: Andre is usually the first person on the dance floor and the last one to leave.

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

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