Meet Our Directors!

Adil Dhalla

Board Chair

Adil Dhalla is an artist, community organizer and the Managing Director of Artscape Daniel’s Launchpad.  Previous to this role, Adil spent 6 years at the Centre for Social Innovation, where he was CSI’s Director of Culture and then Executive Director.  Adil Chairs the Board for the StopGap Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise that focuses on improving physical accessibility in communities.  He also co-founded Camp Reset, is a DiverseCity Fellow and a BALLE Fellow, awarded to local economy leaders who are creating the new economy. He is the first Muslim to ever receive the honour.

Contact Adil at adil@stopgap.ca

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Max Halparin

Treasurer

I’m Max, StopGap’s treasurer. My days are mostly spent practicing human rights and employment law, cycling around Toronto, and engaging with the local music scene. I learned about this amazing organization through the work of Accessibility for Humanity and StopGap Ottawa, and as a former student of urban geography I’m thrilled to work toward a more just and accessible world with the StopGap team.

Contact Max at max@stopgap.ca

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Matt Dewar

Admin

My name is Matthew Dewar and I am excited to join this amazing board! I am a registered social worker with experience in community development and non-profit operations. I was connected to StopGap through my work developing programs to address critical social issues, and have been involved ever since! In addition to my role at StopGap, I am a Community Development Officer with the City of Toronto. I am passionate about inclusion, holistic wellness and creating conditions that allow people to thrive. I look forward to hearing from you!

Allison Bone

Member

Hi, I’m Allison. After years of noticing and admiring StopGap’s ramps all over Toronto, I decided to reach out and get to know the organization more closely. The StopGap team’s incredible vision for our communities and its entrepreneurial spirit left me wanting to get more involved. I’m honoured to bring my over 20 years of experience in fundraising and non-profit management to the Board. By day I’m a Senior Consultant with KCI and passionate about building capacity and healthy work culture in non-profit organizations.

Andrea Atkins

Member

My name is Andrea Atkins, and I’m honoured to be a part of this powerful board of directors, impacting tangible change in communities near and far. If you’ve been to a Ramp Up FUNraiser in the last few years you may have spotted me hovering around lending a hand wherever I could – this drew me into the StopGap family, and I think I’m here for good. I can also be found training future Engineers and Architects at the University of Waterloo. I am passionate about the built environment, and ensuring that everyone is able to contribute to and enjoy every part of our community.

Contact Andrea at andrea@stopgap.ca.

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Haley Rae Dinnall-Atkinson

Member

Hello, my name is Haley Rae. I have a foundation in environmental design and by day, I am an Accessibility Specialist with Human Space, a division of Quadrangle. My journey with StopGap Foundation started over 5 years ago! You may remember me as former Ramp Ranger Blue, or as a Community Ramp Project leader alongside my classmates at OCAD University. My engagement with StopGap has come full circle. I am humbled to share my unique perspective with the Board and StopGap’s incredible team of positive change-makers!

 

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Russell Winkelaar

Member

Hello there access allies, my name is Russell Winkelaar. I describe myself differently every time I make an attempt at doing so. Mostly I enjoy being a disability awareness advocate, which I have done through the mediums of public speaking as well as acting. I have been a ramp aficionado for as long as I can recall. Physically my favourite ramp is located in the glass dome atop the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany. As a concept though, StopGap ramps are by far the most amazing ramps out there! I first encountered a StopGap ramp back in early 2012 and helped in my couple of ramp builds in the summer of 2014. Now that I have finally made it to the inner circle, I am excited to bring as much energy and enthusiasm as I can to help promote StopGap and access for all. I can’t wait to see where this adventure goes!

Velanie George

Member

From a young age, Velanie has had a love for all things in the fields of Art and Design. Her interest in Architecture led her to study Environmental Design at OCAD University, where she earned a Bachelor of Design. Velanie’s involvement with StopGap Foundation began in 2014, when she led a Community Ramp Project in Toronto’s Little Italy neighbourhood for an Inclusive Design course. The experience was extremely rewarding and she continued volunteering with the Foundation upon completion of the Project. This led to the opportunity to work with StopGap Foundation, which Velanie welcomed in December of 2016.

Previously, Velanie was StopGap’s Program Coordinator, managing the Ramps on Request, School Project, and Corporate Team Building programs, coordinating the onboarding of volunteers, and creating media/graphic design/web content. She is now enjoying her new role as an active StopGap Board Member.

Outside of her work life, Velanie enjoys going to concerts, weightlifting, and taking long walks around the city.

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