Meet Our Staff!

Velanie George

Senior Operations Manager

Velanie has been a member of the StopGap community since 2014, beginning as a volunteer while studying Environmental Design at OCAD University. Since graduating, she has enjoyed taking on a variety of roles within the organization, including being a member of the Board of Directors from 2019 to 2021 while working elsewhere as an accessibility consultant.

She currently serves as StopGap’s Senior Operations Manager, overseeing the Ramps on Request, Corporate Team Building, School Project and Volunteer programs. Velanie also helps to plan and execute campaigns and events, such as the annual Ramp Up fundraiser. She is passionate about accessibility and dedicated to the Foundation’s mission of helping to create barrier-free communities.

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Francis Tomkins

Development and Communications Coordinator

Francis is the Development and Communications Coordinator at StopGap Foundation, where they manage StopGap’s social media accounts, write the newsletter, and connect with community members and donors.

Francis is a graduate of OCAD’s Cross-Disciplinary Arts: Publication BFA program. They became interested in accessibility while they were working as an arts administrator in galleries and artist run centres, where they noticed many opportunities that accessibility could be further incorporated into the arts. They are passionate about creative solutions to addressing accessibility barriers in public spaces. As a freelance accessibility consultant, Francis has worked with artists, art galleries and museums to improve their accessibility practices and protocols and has provided training on accessible communications, marketing and design.

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AJ Kamalanathan

Program Assistant

My name is AJ. I have been involved in the non-profit sector for the past two years while completing the Community Worker program at George Brown College. My involvement started almost 10 years ago while doing food and clothing outreach with a group of friends, and that passion fuelled me to pursue a career in the field. I have experience working in shelters and on community-based research projects focusing on digital accessibility. Whether it is digital access or physical access, I believe in StopGap’s mission and vision for a more equitable barrier-free world.

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