the team

Who organizes Homeless Connect Toronto?

Homeless Connect Toronto is organized by a group of passionate and committed volunteers from the community. We were incubated in 2013 by the Centre for Social Innovation as part of the ING Direct Youth Agents for Change.

Board of Directors

  • Sr. Georgette Gregory, Acting Board Chair (2016-present) • Health and Medical Support, Sisters of St. Joseph
  • Jeffrey Li, Secretary (2016-present) • Associate, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, LLP
  • Samia Hussein (2017-present) • Associate, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
  • Jessica Elia (2017-present) • Chartered Accountant, Manager, Circle of Care
  • Mwarigha Shad (2017-present) • Vice-President of Housing and Homelessness, Woodgreen Community Services
  • Melody Li (2013-present) • Executive Director, Homeless Connect Toronto
  • Azar Farhani, Chairperson (2013-2016) • Agency Review Officer, City of Toronto, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration
  • Priti Saini (2014-2015) • Consultant, Deloitte
  • Michael Shapcott (2013-2015) • Director of Community Initiatives, Prince's Charity Canada
  • John Carey (2015) • Former ED, Flemington Neighbourhood Services
  • Linsey McPhee (2013-2014) • Former Manager, Toronto Drop-In Network


  • Alex Zsager, Social and Community Services Consultant


Planning Committee

Melody Li
Executive Director

Terence Ha
Logistics Chair

Alvita Chan
Data Chair

Timothy Yiu
Finance Chair

Dhanukshi Jayawickreme
Communications Chair

Season Kam
Media Relations

Emily Fan
Services Co-Chair

Karen Choe
Services Co-Chair

Melissa Bates
Services Co-Chair

Celine Chan
Sponsorship Co-Chair

Andrew Tom
Sponsorship Co-Chair

Bonnie Tang
Volunteer Co-Chair

Josephine Kwong
Volunteer Co-Chair