Velanie has been involved with StopGap Foundation for several years, beginning as a volunteer while studying Environmental Design at OCAD University. Since graduating in 2016, she has taken on a variety of roles within the organization, including being a member of the Board from 2019 to 2021 while working elsewhere as an accessibility consultant.
She currently serves as StopGap’s Engagement Coordinator, managing the Ramps on Request, Corporate Team Building and Volunteer programs and putting together content for programming, social media, and grant applications. She is passionate about accessibility and dedicated to the Foundation’s mission of helping to create barrier-free communities.
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.
Communications and Marketing Assistant
Madeline is a recent graduate from Toronto Metropolitan University’s Creative Industries program where she specialized in Communication Design and Fashion studies. Having grown-up with a family member a part of the disability community and a parent working closely in special education, Madeline has been continuously passionate about the disability community and the intersectionality of thoughtful storytelling alongside advocacy.