Meet the Ramp Rangers!

Debbie Croft

Interim Director

Debbie’s background includes Elementary School teaching, Non-Profit Executive & Administrative Support and Project Management, which complemented her years of passionate volunteering for StopGap. She first joined our team as the School Project Manager.

She moved ahead on updating our curriculum packages for our school programming in the GTA, while lining up all the necessary steps to beta launch our expansion into other cities and provinces with Accessibility & Inclusion Ambassadors and a few pilot schools this Spring. While the rest of our team will not be working for the next few months, Debbie will be holding down the fort as our Interim Director monitoring all our emails and systems while preparing for further development and relaunching our School Project in September, 2020.

Contact Debbie at debbie@stopgap.ca or schools@stopgap.ca

Jessica Black

Engagement Coordinator

Jessica is a multi-disciplinary designer from Toronto, Ontario focusing on Strategic Foresight, Product Development, and Experience Design. She is in her fourth year at OCAD University completing a degree in Industrial Design with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation and Drawing and Painting. 

Jessica’s design philosophy and mission are heavily influenced by the absence of accessibility worldwide. She has observed that present-day design thinking is simple when created for a single demographic with simple needs. She strives for a careful world that allows every place to be accessed and enjoyed by every person. 

Jessica started as an intern with StopGap Foundation in 2017 and now holds the title of Engagement Coordinator, which involves working with volunteers individually or as part of team build days; leading paint days with local students in the School Project; and working with Adrianna to get requested ramps shipped and delivered.

Contact Jessica at jessica@stopgap.ca or volunteer@stopgap.ca

 

 

Adrianna Couto

Administrative Coordinator – Request a Ramp

Social justice has been at the heart of Adrianna’s journey from an early age. She has dedicated her life to ventures and organizations working for the betterment of people and the planet. 

Before joining the Stop Gap Foundation, she worked toward food security with both Kids Right to Know and The Stop; water preservation with Water Docs Film Festival; and a broad range of social inequality issues with the Ontario Council for International Cooperation and other development organizations. 

Over the past year, Adrianna has begun an entrepreneurial journey as the founder of Beaches Reduces, a local community initiative fighting single use plastic waste, and Collective Impact Journey, a social venture that creates community around climate issues here in Toronto.  From building schools abroad and managing large-scale events, to public speaking and workshop facilitation, everything she does is rooted within a deep unrelenting consideration for sustainability and social justice. 

Named a ‘natural mobilizer’ and ‘ray of sunshine’ by past colleagues, Adrianna is excited to join in on StopGap’s inspirational awareness raising with a focus on being fun and punny, while using her project coordination and administrative management background to get more ramps out into the world!

Adrianna is the new face behind our Request a Ramp program.

Contact Adrianna at adrianna@stopgap.ca or buyaramp@stopgap.ca

 

Lee-Anne Bigwood

Outgoing Associate Director 

Lee Anne Headshot

Lee-Anne’s LinkedIn title is ‘A creative organizer – coordinating in many ways in many areas for many people.’ This is true both personally and professionally. She’s always been fond of using her calendar and has a particular fondness for scheduling and organizing content and logistics for others (less so for herself, ask her Mom and her accountant!). 

She’s a veteran superfan of StopGap – so much so that many members of her community already excitedly text her when they see Luke on TV or new ramps pop up in their neighbourhood. 

Before she joined the StopGap staff team, she worked with the Centre for Social Innovation, where StopGap is a long-time member and was one ten enterprises selected to participate in CSI’s Agents of Change: City Builders accelerator program. She was CSI’s HR Coordinator, where she was known to ‘create an island of sanity in a sea of chaos’. Before that she played many roles at CBC, including financial management, then production coordination for the National Radio News team and then associate producer at the Radio Syndicate, where she digitized the interview booking system for regional stations across the country. 

She was honoured and excited to take on the management of the operational programming at StopGap using her history of proactive problem solving and solution building. She is proud of the process and procedure streamlining she achieved during her time at StopGap, including improving the Ramp ordering system to integrate with this website and online accounting software.

She will remain a strong champion and advocate of StopGap, while continuing to be a ‘professional noticer,’ which basically means she takes nice photos of skies, shadows, reflections, street art, dogs and the plethora of kids she’s ‘Auntie Lee’ to at @littlebitesbig.

Photo by Katie Zechner