• Tools for Change is hiring a coordinator. You interested?

     Tools for Change is hiring a coordinator


    Tools for Change is seeking an organized and collaborative person who is committed to providing training and capacity building to activists and building Toronto’s social movements.

    Position Description

    This position plays a key role in coordinating and managing the Tools for Change program. 

    A project of George Brown College, OPIRG Toronto, Greenpeace, and Earthroots, Tools for Change provides skills training to activists across Toronto.

    The program was founded in 2010, and has evolved into an efficient, sustainable, practical, stable, and very useful one-of-a-kind training program committed to strengthening social movements and campaigns across the Toronto region.

    The coordinator will report to the Tools for Change coordinating committee.


    • Training Steering Committee on Tools for Change policies, responsibilities, and procedures
    • Coordinate the development of new policies, when necessary
    • Organize five to six coordinating committee meetings a year 
    • Support committee members in completing their workshops so the program runs to a high standard
    • Coordinate process for selecting trainings and choosing training priorities for the year
    • Organize five to six trainings a year
    • Do media and social media work, including managing the facebook account, sending out occasional press relases, and sending emails via Mailchimp to our list of subscribers
    • Promote the program, including meeting one-on-one with organizations in the city and producing postcards
    • Manage the website at www.toolsforchange.net and the registration system at eventbrite.com
    • Manage finances, including managing the budget, and tracking expenses 
    • Write grants, secure funding from partner organizations, and manage the fee-for-service workshop program
    • Recruit new organizational partners and members to the steering committee
    • Maintain and update documentation on how to run the Tools for Change program

    Desired skills

    • Experience leading activist trainings
    • Organizing and event management experience
    • A background in social movement organizing
    • Knowledge of relevant software, such as MS Word, Excel, Google Docs, MailChimp, and WordPress
    • Fundraising experience
    • Enjoys collaborating and working with others 
    • Organized
    • Strong writing, editing and communication skills 
    • Commitment to anti-oppression practices 


    $20 an hour for 10 hours a week.

    How to apply

    Send a resume and a one page cover letter to [email protected] by October 10.  Put “job application” in the subject line. Short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. We cannot respond to all applications.

  • About us

    A project of George Brown College’s Community Action CentreOPIRG TorontoEarthroots, and Greenpeace Canada, Tools for Change helps you develop skills to advocate for social change.  The project began in 2010.

    We organize approximately 20 trainings in Toronto throughout the year. Our workshop topics are chosen through a survey process. Every year, we ask organizations across the Greater Toronto Area what workshops they think we should host.  Once we have our list of workshop topics we identify the best trainers we can find to teach you useful skills.  We prioritize recruiting trainers who are active in social change and from Toronto.

    Contact us if you’re interested in working with us to build the capacity of your constituency and volunteers.

    Contact us: tools.change at gmail.com.
    Join our email list to receive workshop announcements and more.
    Twitter:  Tools4ChangeTO
    Facebook:  Facebook.com/ToolsforChange.net

    Thank you Luca DeFranco for producing this video, and thank you Jessica Ponting for being a great interview subject.

  • Coordinating committee


    • Yogi Acharya is the volunteer and programming coordinator at OPIRG Toronto.
    • Jessica Bell is Tools for Change’s staff person.  She is the co-chair of  TTCriders and a lecturer on advocacy and government relations at Ryerson University.
    • Natalie Caine is an organizer for Greepeace Canada, and co-founder of Rhythms of Resistance.
    • Lindsay Hart is the administration and finance coordinator at OPIRG Toronto.
    • Anjali Helferty is the former sustainable campuses coordinator at the Sierra Youth Coalition and worked in the US at the Energy Action Coalition. She is completing her PhD at OISE/University of Toronto.
    • Sharmeen Khan is a long time media activist, editor at CALM, and bookkeeper at CUPE 3903.
    • Tammy Kovich is completing her PhD at York University, and is the former programming coordinator of OPIRG Waterloo.
    • Michelle Pettis is the Community Action Centre Coordinator with the Student Association at George Brown College. And a long-standing and enthused participant in the Tools for Change series.
    • Laura Severinac is a campaigns organizer at Greenpeace Canada.
    • David Sone is a campaigner at Earthroots, and an ally of the Grassy Narrows First Nation and the KI First Nation.
  • Funders




    Unifor’s Social Justice fund supports projects that support human rights and humanitarian goals.




    The Good Ideas Fund supports activities on the University of Toronto’s campus that contribute to student life.





    The Student Initiative Fund (SIF) offers financial support to projects that enhance the student experience and foster a sense of community at the University of Toronto.



    Alterna-Savings-Logo-Nov-2012Alterna Credit Union is a cooperative bank owned by its members. On an annual basis, one percent of Alterna Savings’ pre-tax profit is distributed to worthy community organizations through the Community Grants Program.  Tools for Change was a recipient in 2013.




    Based out of the Toronto Enterprise Fund, Enterprising Non-Profits Toronto (enp-TO) is a grant funding initiative to seed and support social enterprise in the Greater Toronto Area.



    freedonia logo

    Freedonia provides funding and other support for the development of movements promoting radical democratic and systemic change.



  • Trainers


    We invite people who are experts in their field to train for us. We prioritize trainers in the Toronto area so they can provide additional mentoring and advice to participants.

    Here’s a list of our current and former trainers:

    • Jen Angel is co-founder of media strategy, publishing and tour management agency, Aid and Abet Booking, and former editor of Clamor Magazine.
    • Jessica Bell is a lecturer at Ryerson University and a steering committee member of the TTCriders.
    • Angela Bischoff is the Outreach Director for the Ontario Clean Air Alliance.
    • Natalie Caine is an organizer for Greepeace Canada, and co-founder of Rhythms of Resistance.
    • Fariah Chowdhury is student, activist, writer, researcher and organizer with No One Is Illegal Toronto.
    • Jen Danch is an activist, amateur boxer and survivor of gender-based violence. She is currently the Coordinator of Shape Your Life – a free recreational boxing project for women and trans survivors of violence. She is a former advocacy coordinator at the Stop Community Food Centre.
    • Joel Duff is the communications director at the Ontario Federation of Labour
    • Annahid Dashtgard is the co-founder of Anima Leadership, a training and consulting company devoted to creating work environments and communities where everyone feels that they matter and belong.
    • Christy Ferguson heads the climate & energy campaigns team at Greenpeace Canada.
    • Tim Groves is an investigative reporter and an organizer with the Media Coop.
    • Leah Henderson is a long-time Toronto organizer.
    • Syed Hussan is a writer and organizer with migrant justice movements in Toronto, including the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change.
    • Faria Kamal is an organizer with No One Is Illegal Toronto.
    • Anil Kanji is the Supporter Communications Manager at Greenpeace Canada.
    • Erin Kelly is a skilled facilitator, as well as an active community member, citizen, volunteer and ally, who brings a profound commitment to anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices, along with reflective, analytical and collaborative skills, to her work.
    • Sharmeen Khan manages the books for CUPE 3903 and OPIRG York.  She also regularly programs with CHRY 105.5 FM – a community radio station in North York.
    • Nora Loreto is an activist, writer and musician based in Québec City. She is the former Communications and Government Relations coordinator for the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario.
    • Martin Lukacs is an independent journalist, community organizer, editor with the Media Co-op network and the Canadian Association of Labour Media.
    • Cathy Mann has helped organizations develop the infrastructure and culture of philanthropy required to build sustainable development programs.  She is an educator and academic coordinator at Ryerson University’s Fundraising Management Certificate program and fundraising consultant.
    • Clare O’Connor is a Toronto-based activist and writer. She is the former Editor in Chief for the Ryerson Free Press, and past volunteer and programming coordinator for OPIRG-Toronto.
    • Justin Podur is a reporter, writer and editor, as well as a professor at York University. His writing can be found at Rabble.ca, Znet, and on his blog, killingtrain.com.
    • Mac Scott has been organizing around poverty, immigrant rights, environmental justice and indigenous solidarity for a good long while, mostly in Toronto.
    • Anu Radha Verma (arv) is a disaporic queer sometimes-femme who works in the non-profit industrial complex; she’s interested in creating space for dialogue on issues of social justice.
    • David Sone is a campaigner at Earthroots, and an ally of the Grassy Narrows First Nation and the KI First Nation.
    • Brook Thorndycraft teaches Group Facilitation at George Brown College, and facilitates many meetings and workshops in her own life and activism.
    • Sarah Vance is an organizer with the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.
    • Lesley Wood is a professor at York University and a member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.

    Contact us at tools.change at gmail.com if you want to partner with us to host a training for your group. 

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