Meet Our Dedicated Staff
Sabina Ali is one of the founding members of the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee. She has worked to build the capacity and economic opportunities of residents and manages a wide variety of food, art, fitness, markets and garden programs. She is the recipient of the Elizabeth Coke award for excellence in leadership in 2011, the 2014 Jane Jacobs Prize for her work in transforming the city through innovative thinking, dedication to community development, and passion for hard work, and the 2014 Phenomenal Woman Award. She was also selected as one of the Top Ten Torontonians to get the things done by Globe and Mail. In 2017 she received an award for Excellence in Civic Action and the MP’s Sesquicentennial Citizenship Award. She is also an active member of Toronto Food Policy Council.
Ahyan, one of Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee garden assistants, found the opportunity to pursue his passion for gardening on a larger scale by helping out at The Thorncliffe Family Garden. Prior to joining TPWC, Ahyan used to grow plants as a hobby on his balcony.
Ahyan also manages and co-leads the Children’s Garden Drop-in Program on Tuesday wherein Children from Ages 2-12 explore the garden and are taught about various environmental topics. On Fridays, He is responsible for setting up the Friday Market and assigning roles to volunteers.
Ahmed’s responsibilities as a marketing coordinator include promoting the various programs the Committee runs, which includes their Friday market. He typically promote events by taking pictures during the event or creating graphic designs, and posting them on the TPWC Facebook & Instagram.
He also assists in distributing flyers promoting the events, such as our Cultural Festival. He coordinates and recruits volunteers to assist us for our events, which includes setting up for our vendors, park cleanup, gardening, and more.
An avid nature enthusiast, Julianne enjoys spending her time outdoors as a garden assistant. Since a young age she has hiked often with her family, and loves to share plant and bird facts with others! At the Thorncliffe Family Garden, she helps to grow various vegetables, fruits and wildflowers, and discusses environmental issues at the Children’s Drop-In program.
Additionally, she manages the Arts in the Park program on Fridays, coordinates with external organizations and volunteers, and helps with the weekly market setup and food demonstrations.
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