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our team

Tamarack Institute is a remote organization, which is great for quality of life and for the environment. Our teams live and work within and around the communities we proudly serve. Please reach out directly to start a conversation. 

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Liz Weaver

Co-CEO


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About Liz
Liz, Tamarack's Co-CEO, drives community change through collective impact and collaborative leadership. A recognized thought leader, Liz  has authored numerous papers on complex community change issues.

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Danya Pastuszek

Co-CEO

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Danya, Co-CEO, and Director of our Networks for Change, champions collective impact and data strategy. She's dedicated to fostering inclusive, thriving communities.

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Aaliyah Lahai

Community Animator, Research and Outreach

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Aaliyah, Community Animator Research and Outreach, applies her expertise in Microbiology and Sustainability to the Dev Lab project, fostering skills development for young adults across Canada.

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Alison Homer

Director, Learning, Evaluation, and Systems Change

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Alison builds a culture of learning, reflection, and continuous improvement within Tamarack’s networks for change. She supports her teammates to surface and share success stories that amplify and accelerate community change. Alison enjoys mountain biking and snowboarding in Revelstoke, BC.

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Angelina Pelletier

Associate Director, Building Youth Futures

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Angelina, with a background in legal administration and human rights, is devoted to empowering Indigenous Youth with Tamarack's CBYF.

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Antoinette Brind'Amour

Senior Community Animator, Translation

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Antoinette, Senior Community Animator, Translation and accomplished artist, holds a Bachelor's in Philosophy and a certificate in Graphic Design. With 35 years in bilingual communications, they are now fully focused on translation in the English-French language pairing. Antoinette's interests revolve around geopolitics and entrepreneurship.

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Astrid Arumae

Manager of Communities, Building Belonging & Climate Transitions

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Astrid, Manager of Cities, fosters belonging and climate transitions. With a background in project management and operations, she holds a strong foundation in community-building and entrepreneurship.

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Christiana Iheanacho

Senior Community Animator, People and Culture

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Chúk Odenigbo

Consulting Director, Evaluating Impact

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Dr. Chúk Odenigbo (PhD) is the Consulting Director of Evaluating Impact with over a decade of experience in environmental activism, adult education, project management, community engagement and co-designing towards the future. Chúk’s work is not only informed by his academic background but also by his lived experiences as a Black Francophone in what is currently Canada.

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Claire Lewis

Director, Resource Development

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Claire, a certified fundraising executive, leverages 15 yrs of experience to foster partnerships at Tamarack. She enjoys family time, cycling, and neighbourhood exploration.

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Duncan Field

Associate Director, Skills for Change

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Duncan Field, Associate Director part of Tamarack's Skills for Change team, spearheads e-learning course development and consulting contracts, leveraging his background in Psychology, Philosophy, and Law.

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Heather Keam

Consulting Director, Asset-Based Community Development

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Heather leads ABCD strategies at Tamarack with 22 years of community dev exp. She's a lifelong learner, volunteer, and advocate for community belonging.

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Isaac Hewitt-Harris

Senior Community Animator, Skills for Change

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Isaac supports community development, enjoys wildlife photography, and hiking, and brings his passion for the outdoors to Tamarack's initiatives.

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Jaime Stief

Community Animator, Digital Experience

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Jaime, a Community Animator in Digital Experience, holds a Bachelor's in Communications and Sociology and a Master's in Communication Studies. Passionate about social justice, she enjoys outdoor activities and travelling.

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Jana Harris

Director, Finance and Operations

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Jana manages Finance & Operations at Tamarack, blending her international experience with her love for community building and adventure.

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Jessica Gilligan

Community Animator, Brand Experience

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Jessica holds degrees in French and Marketing, specializes in brand content, and is devoted to sharing Tamarack's impact in an accessible and inclusive way.

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Jorge Garza

Associate Director, Communities Building Belonging

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Jorge holds a Master's in Urban Planning and specializes in equitable futures, and is devoted to empowering communities at Tamarack.

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Jill Zacharias

Growth and Impact, Communities Ending Poverty

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Jill, experienced in social planning, advocates for poverty reduction and is dedicated to supporting Tamarack's impactful initiatives.

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Justin Williams

Associate Director, Public Policy & Government Relations

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Justin leads Public Policy and Government Relations, leveraging his expertise in research and advocacy to drive positive change and community engagement.

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Kate Berezina

Community Animator, Accounts Receivable

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Kate, Community Animator in Accounts Payable, ensures smooth expense workflows and fosters vendor relationships with her accounting expertise.

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Kieran Maingot

Manager of Communities, Climate Transitions

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About Kieran, a sociology graduate, advocates for climate action, and is passionate about contributing to Tamarack's sustainable climate transitions.

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Laura Schnurr

Director, Community Climate Transitions

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Laura holds a B.Comm & M.A. in Global Studies. She champions climate action and social innovation, balancing advocacy with family life across continents.

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Lisa Attygalle

Consulting Director, Community Engagement

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Lisa, Consulting Director, pioneers authentic community engagement strategies. She's an advocate for simplicity and creativity in community change. Off-duty, she co-owns a community café.

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Mairead Stewart

Community Animator, Research and Writing

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Mairead is a part of the Youth Futures team. Their work covers themes of community building and collective practice. Mairead holds a BA in Multimedia Studies from McMaster University and an MDes (Master of Design) in Digital Futures from OCAD University.

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Maureen Owens

Manager of Communities, Ending Poverty

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Maureen holds two Bachelor’s degrees, focusing on Health Promotion and Education. She advocates for equity and community involvement in poverty reduction. Outside work, Maureen enjoys skiing and hiking.

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Mike Des Jardins

Senior Community Animator, Communities Building Youth Futures

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Mike, a certified Ontario teacher, provides leadership and support for Communities Building Youth Futures staff and member communities. He champions youth leadership and fosters community innovation. Outside work, he enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors.

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