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.
Jessica is a multi-disciplinary designer from Toronto, Ontario focusing on Strategic Foresight, Product Development, and Experience Design. She graduated from 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.
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.