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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tim Groves is an investigative reporter and an organizer with the Media Coop.
  • Leah Henderson is a long-time Toronto organizer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brook Thorndycraft teaches Group Facilitation at George Brown College, and facilitates many meetings and workshops in her own life and activism.
  • Lesley Wood is a professor at York University and a member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty.

Are you an activist and trainer in the Toronto area with a skill set or perspective that you think would be valuable to Tools for Change participants? Click here to fill out our Trainer Application Form