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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Jenny Baxter, Events & Communications Assistant

Jenny leaves her sparkle on everything she touches. As a graduate of Public Relations, a previous Community Engagement Intern at United Way, and a YOU Intern at Innovation Works, she is excited to be in her role as Events and Communications Assistant. Her passion for people, planning, humour, and fun is what Jenny brings to the table (and occasionally a snack, too.) Fun Fact: Jenny's parents named her after the famous character from Forrest Gump. Their birthdays are even the same day!

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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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Mitra Cameron, Membership & Support Services Coordinator

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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Susannah Gergich, Training & Education Manager (Currently nurturing and raising her newest offspring)

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.

 

Caitlin Villeneuve, Training & Education Manager

Caitlin Villeneuve has a passion for connection and for creating meaningful relationships out of shared experiences. With a degree in Social Justice & Peace Studies from King's, Caitlin is overjoyed to be working with a local organization that strives to make our community stronger and more cohesive. Caitlin has an interesting background in Co-Active Life Coaching and NeuroTransformation Coaching (brains are so cool, she says!), that have taken her on an entrepreneurial journey, working with individuals as well as teams. Fun Fact: Caitlin is a member of The Voices of Broadway Show Choir and can be seen performing in London and area with a big grin on her face and a kick in her step!

 

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Carolyn Holdsworth, Executive Assistant

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, Director, Diversity & Governance

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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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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