As a social worker for 40 years, working with culturally diverse populations in the community and hospitals, Naomi Kogan addressed issues ranging from maternal-infant care, to oncology. Building on peoples’ strengths and their inherent resilience, her focus was to develop practical and innovative solutions. Now retired, she is using her knowledge of community needs to strengthen community resources, as a Board member of both The Depot and New Hope [2016-2019], an NDG organization which strives to break social isolation for seniors.
In her three years on the Board of the Depot she has been extensively involved with the Food Depot’s Annual Surveys, interviewing participants across the spectrum of the Depot’s programs, and assessing the programs’ qualitative results. This keeps her in touch with the opinions of Depot participants, and bring these perspectives to the Board. She has been also involved in Depot fund raising events.
Tiffany Callender is a community worker who has developed various community-based programs, particularly for the black community of Montreal. Her field of studies in Human Relations led her naturally into the non-profit sector, where she has worked over the last 14 years. Her passion is to bring new energy and innovative ideas to essential programming, particularly for youth and families at risk. Her past positions include working as a Community Liaison worker and as project manager of a provincially funded entrepreneurship project, the Ujamaa Initiative for Black Entrepreneurship (UIBE) at the Cote des Neiges Black Community Association (CDNBCA).
In 2013, Tiffany ascended to lead CDNCBA as the Executive Director, becoming the youngest black woman to lead one of the longest running black community organization in Montreal. In 2016, she developed a pilot community-based triage system to assist English-speaking families to access health and social services, inspired by the successful completion of a multi-year funding project with the federal government under her stewardship. The triage system, the Community Access Support service, was funded in 2018 for 2.85 million dollars over 5 years. This project has expanded across Montreal and has gained active partnerships with public institutions in a short time. Tiffany’s career is inspired by her personal life as she is a proud mother of three.
Rachel Renaud is President of the Roasters Foundation. Montreal born and raised, fully bilingual, she is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals, businesses and government agencies on the importance of charitable giving. She advises in the not for profit sector at both the organizational and board levels, is an active member of several associations, and over the last nineteen years has served on numerous not for profit boards dedicated to health and education. Rachel’s personal mission of UNITING people to share, exchange and grow is evident in every project in which she is involved.