Manager of Cities, Deepening Community
Astrid joined Tamarack to work with the Deepening Community team to support communities to build and develop neighborhood strategies. She is passionate about community-building, climate action, social innovation and entrepreneurship.
Astrid believes that community, connection and a sense of belonging are essential to us as human beings, all of which contribute to our wellbeing and help us thrive. She is driven by social equity and is inspired by people who work to help shift systems and better the lives of those around them. Astrid is certain that when we lead with care and in trust, we cultivate an environment where everyone is welcome to let their light shine.
In her role at Tamarack, she is looking forward to building meaningful relationships with our existing member communities, supporting them on their local journey, nurturing partnerships and growing our network in Quebec and in Atlantic Canada.
Prior to joining Tamarack, Astrid was the founding Executive Director of Covid-19 Help Hub, a non-profit that she launched in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in Outremont, Montreal, with a vision to build healthy and resilient communities engaged in helping one another. She mobilized over 100 volunteers from the community to help seniors and anybody sick or unable to go out to get groceries. From 2020 to 2022, the organization developed other programs and projects covering mental health, community building, seniors’ tech capacity building, a social innovation startup Marché Commun – a zero-emissions food delivery platform with a more equitable business model – and finally Climate Cell, a project for citizen-led climate action in Outremont.
Over the past two years, Astrid worked closely with the City of Montreal, the local borough, elected officials, Public Health, various community organizations and funders, building strategic relationships within the Montreal philanthropic, startup and climate space. Before her non-profit journey, she spent over 15 years in project management and operations in the private sector and founded five other companies, three of which are still operational and doing well today.
Astrid is currently the President of the newly formed Outremont Neighbourhood Table, serves as a volunteer to Climate Cell’s local activities and is the Board Chair of the Covid-19 Help Hub. She also served as an Executive Board member to Montreal Estonian Society for over 10 years, helping to organize many community events and family activities. Astrid lives in Outremont (Montreal), Quebec and enjoys reading, music, skiing on the Mount Royal, growing and cooking food, and is a regular at all the best coffee shops in Montreal’s Mile End.