Staff

Alison Bradshaw, 
Chief Program Officer

Systems and processes have Alison has been a teacher, professor, facilitator,consultant and principal with over twenty five years of experience in Indigenous education, diversity and inclusion. She worked in remote fly-in communities in northern Ontario and Manitoba for 15 years before joining the education system in southern Ontario as a school principal, system principal and professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, and Queen’s University. She has spent much of her career examining Indigenous ways of knowing and being through story, as a vehicle for self knowledge, inter-community awareness and the promotion of shared humanity. Alison’s experiences in Indigenous communities and large public systems have led her to an awareness of the need for systems change on both a micro and macro level, beginning with oneself, flattening hierarchies and recognizing the connectedness we share as human beings. She is excited to bring all these experiences to Anima to share stories and change the world with like-minded humans. Away from the office Alison reads, runs and works on semi-successfully training her dog Arlo.


Alex Krosney, 
Brand and Marketing Communications Manager

“Know better, do better” are the words Alex lives by. Equipped with a BA Hons in Politics and Communication from the University of Winnipeg and a career in government, she is interested in using everything she’s learned to make exclusive systems more understandable, accessible, and equitable for everyone. As a queer cis-woman making her home as a white settler in Treaty 1 Territory, her perspective has been shaped by being simultaneously included in and outside of power. When she’s on the “inside” Alex works to leverage her privilege to disrupt those systems and spaces from within. When she’s not sharing Anima Leadership with the world, she can be found travelling Manitoba’s many hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing trails with her family, reading in a sunbeam with her dog Judy Garland, or playing roller derby for the Winnipeg Roller Derby League as Lex Go.


James Beaton, 
Operations Manager

As a sociologist, James has always had an interest in social processes and the relationship between individual/group actions and larger social systems. His graduate work (including an unfinished PhD from York University) focused on the ways in which policies can lead to or amplify inequality as it relates to education. He is one of those people who enjoys looking at statistics and data and finding some useful conclusions that can make the world more equitable and inclusive. Over the last fifteen years with Anima Leadership, James has led numerous data collection and audit processes with clients from various sectors. Other than research, James is passionate about wildlife photography and travelling the city with his trusty bicycle. His three cats are furry companions for his day-to-day work and help him relax at the end of the day.


Emma Lind, 
Senior Educator

Emma is a scholar-practitioner with a stubborn interest in how identity plays out in our relationships with others, and with ourselves. She’s moved by what we can learn about ourselves and the organizations we build by exploring what goes unsaid, unnoticed, unseen and unaddressed. Emma has spent the better part of the last twenty years teaching and researching whiteness as a way of being and knowing, but it wasn’t until moving into fat activism that she really found the heartbeat in JEDI work. Her PhD (Carleton, 2021) focused on whiteness, settler colonial identity, and urban life, and her current teaching and writing is primarily on weight stigma in health care. She’s a queer white low-femme cis-woman with a secret love for Taylor Swift and exceptionally good espresso. And also, a proud single mom by choice to the most fabulous kid.


Rebecca D’Souza, 
JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Educator

Rebecca is a life-long learner and educator with a passion for creating healthy communities. As a first-generation immigrant and cis woman of colour, she wants to understand how our identities engage with each other and with the world around us, and to create spaces where people of all identities can thrive. With an undergraduate degree in Psychology & Philosophy (St. Andrews, 2011), and a Master’s in Comparative Social Policy (Oxford, 2017), she has spent the last 10 years in non-traditional educational settings developing and facilitating harm reduction, community engagement and JEDI work. Away from her desk, she spends her time investing in houseplants, losing sleep over horror movies, and appeasing the demands of her cats.


Amy Hoare Nassar, 
JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Educator

Amy is an artist, facilitator and a lifelong learner who enjoys examining the complexities of being human. Understanding what supports authenticity, connection and health within systems is what compels Amy’s curiosity. During their BFA studies at Concordia University, they were first introduced to Queer and Feminist theory where they began to explore the intersections of their own identity. Having spent over a decade facilitating group processes in business and community spaces, Amy weaves together her praxis in attachment and trauma recovery (TCTSY, SE) with their commitment to queer reproductive justice. Amy is deeply connected to her Irish roots and understanding their white settler identity in Canada. They are an avid gardener, more than a little obsessed with flowers, their happy days are spent in the sun listening to podcasts and audiobooks.


Felicia Falconer, 
Social Media and Content Specialist

Felicia is an interdisciplinary artist and academic who is endlessly curious about the world around us. She completed her undergraduate degree in Law & Society and Human Rights & Equity Studies at York University, where she researched the complex relationships between individuals and the social systems that shape our lives. Understanding the power that is held in our laws, cultural norms, languages, stories, and thoughts – Felicia has spent her career exploring a nuanced approach to social inquiry that tries to hold space for the full range of the messy human experience. Her work is nested in the practice of mindfulness, just as she is often nestled on her yoga mat in her local hot yoga studio.


Lilian Jones, 
Executive Assistant

Always a wearer of multiple hats with many tools in her belt for administration and coordination, Lilian is a strong organizer with a keen attention for detail, big-picture vision and a knack for Kaizen – continuous improvement.

Their passion for equity and justice work took root through the intergenerational impacts of the Cambodian genocide and diaspora, combined with curiosity and empathy for the experiences and intersectional identities of themself and those around them. They are continuously seeking to understand how the web of relationships within ourselves, one another, our communities, society and the world can become a playground for meaningful change and profound transformation while embracing all of who we each are individually and together, just as we are.

She enjoys volunteering, facilitating, spending time with and engaging in deep dialogue with family and friends, practicing Shoshin— beginner’s mind—while playing and engaging with their daughter, partner, and others. Where she can find a spare moment, she’ll immerse herself in a book or a show.


Operational Support

Karine Jaouich, 
Operational Consultant

Systems and processes have always been what Karine naturally gravitates to – with curiosity and an interest for how these affect people. She has been applying this passion over the last 20 years by working with numerous non profit organizations and social enterprises. Karine is always looking to strengthen an organization’s foundation to enable them to thrive and to fulfill and accelerate their mission work. Her love of systems developed while doing a B.Sc in Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. During that time she became more aware of the injustices in the world and as such, realized for the first time her privilege as a  white, heterosexual cis woman. This only deepened her desire to create change for a more equitable world. When not contemplating the interconnectedness of everything,  she enjoys being in the moment with her kids and in nature (or trying to be!).


Dan Bashaw (B.A. Information Systems), 
Online Learning

Dan focuses on helping organizations use web, post-web, and social technologies effectively as tools for global learning and collaboration. He is an active member of the Web of Change community, an annual conference which connects thinkers and do-ers in social media, technology, and social change, and a former Dreamfish Labs Fellow, where he facilitated a globally distributed team of designers, developers, artists and entrepreneurs involved in innovative projects promoting the ‘reinvention of human work in a globalized world’. His consulting work with Anima includes e-learning course development and the management of the Anima online learning and web environments.


Annie Liew (B.A., Multimedia Design), 
Creative Consultant

Annie Liew (B.A., Multimedia Design), Creative Consultant

Annie is responsible for helping Anima Leadership authentically communicate their brand values and voice through public-facing media. An avid traveller who has lived on four continents, she has worked with a diverse range of people in varied environments; from large corporations and small businesses to agencies, start-ups and entrepreneurs. She loves the creative process of starting with an idea, asking questions to distil it down to core important elements, refining it and bringing it to life. She’s happiest when she’s creating, learning, exploring and thinking about how to make things better and solving problems. Annie values the importance of community and is active in both the tech and design spaces. For more about Annie.

Vanessa creates cultures – personal, organizational, societal – that are alive and deeply aligned with all of life; this includes working generatively with disruption and transitions, and hospicing endings. Vanessa is a former executive director of Montreal’s Santropol Roulant, a vibrant non-profit founded by young people where innovations with food, urban sustainability and intergenerational relationships act as catalysts for social change. A writer, and former executive publisher of Canada’s Utne award-winning ascent magazine, she brings reflective practice to develop the inner diversity and world of leaders and change agents. She is currently working on her book, The Wild Life of Dying. Her Tedx talk Conscious Closure and the Wild Life of Dying is one to watch.


Associates

Parker Johnson (B.A., M.Ed.), 
Anti-Racist Educator and Consultant

Parker Johnson is a group facilitator, mediator, intercultural educator, and organizational change specialist who is committed to building just, equitable, diverse and inclusive organizations. With his diverse array of interests, skills and experiences, he brings deep-level understanding of intersectionality. Parker studied administration, planning and social policy at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and rounds out his education with practical application in mediation, coaching, intercultural communication and anti-oppression work. He worked for the City of Vancouver for 10 years in the Equal Employment Opportunity Office delivering inclusive and respectful workplace workshops, conflict mediation and investigations, along with employment outreach to diverse communities. His specialty is post-secondary educational institutions where he counsels on both staff and leadership development as well curriculum revisions. As a workshop facilitator, he is a master at bringing concepts alive through the power of storytelling.


Eddy Nason (B.Sc, M.Phil), 
Senior Consultant, Research and Evaluation

Annie is responsible for helping Anima Leadership authentically communicate their brand values and voice through public-facing media. An avid traveller who has lived on four continents, she has worked with a diverse range of people in varied environments; from large corporations and small businesses to agencies, start-ups and entrepreneurs. She loves the creative process of starting with an idea, asking questions to distil it down to core important elements, refining it and bringing it to life. She’s happiest when she’s creating, learning, exploring and thinking about how to make things better and solving problems. Annie values the importance of community and is active in both the tech and design spaces. For more about Annie.


Vanessa Reid (B.A., M.A., M.Arch.), 
Facilitator and Systems Change Specialist

Vanessa Reid (M.A., M.Arch, B.A.), Facilitator and Systems Change Specialist

Vanessa Reid is co-founder of the Living Wholeness Institute which works with citizens, teams, organizations and social movements around the globe on initiatives that are transforming broken systems and creating new, deeply sustainable social realities. She has a Masters in Architecture (McGill) and a Masters in Process-Oriented Psychology and Conflict Studies (PWI) and 25 years experience in systems transformation, leadership development and building practice grounds for participatory change processes locally and internationally; including co-intiating The Art of Hosting – Athens as a result of Greece’s economic and political crisis. She combines a living systems worldview with deep democracy to discover collective ways forward while tending to trauma, diversity and relationship issues and unprocessed history.

Vanessa creates cultures – personal, organizational, societal – that are alive and deeply aligned with all of life; this includes working generatively with disruption and transitions, and hospicing endings. Vanessa is a former executive director of Montreal’s Santropol Roulant, a vibrant non-profit founded by young people where innovations with food, urban sustainability and intergenerational relationships act as catalysts for social change. A writer, and former executive publisher of Canada’s Utne award-winning ascent magazine, she brings reflective practice to develop the inner diversity and world of leaders and change agents. She is currently working on her book, The Wild Life of Dying. Her Tedx talk Conscious Closure and the Wild Life of Dying is one to watch.