Julia Grady: Co-Founder, Executive Director. B.A. Fine Arts, Applied Studies Co-op, University of Waterloo
Julia is one of the passionate co-founders of 10 Carden. She has spent the past 20 years of her creative career in Guelph doing it all. In addition to offering support and leadership to 10 Carden, she runs a successful design business, is raising two amazing children with her partner, and designs interior spaces that fulfill the soul. At her core, Julia is a mixed media artist who enjoys creating pieces that quietly reach out and try to speak to the soul of the viewer.
For the past 19 years, Julia has co-owned and co-created Barking Dog Studios, an award winning web design and development firm. Barking Dog is now one of Canada’s longest-running web development firms. Julia’s focus with the business has been to support a high level of community work, balanced with very practical and focussed business, project and client development. The majority of BDS work is in relation to social change and educational spheres. For many years, BDS also ran an on-site childcare to offer the partners and staff a better work-life balance.
Julia is tireless in her dedication to helping 10 Carden move to the next level of sustainability, and permanence in Guelph, and is very proud of the work with community partners thus far, and excited about the potential for future collaborations in the context of expansion.
Joy Sammy, Community Animator
Joy has lived in Guelph (mostly) since 2004 and attended the University of Guelph twice! She has spent time working and living overseas and considers traveling and dancing to be two of life’s greatest pleasures. Joy spends her spare hours volunteering with eMERGE Guelph, the Flying Dance Festival, learning Spanish and chasing her toddler around. Joy most recently worked as a consultant with the Calgary Zoo’s Centre for Conservation Research. Her work has explored sustainable development through a focus on community-based tourism and the impact it has on traditional conservation values. Joy says “I really look forward to connecting with coworkers, members and individuals using 10 Carden and to engaging the wider community in this amazing shared space.”
Steph Russell, Financial Administrator
Steph hails from a farm in rural ontario, but has lived in Guelph for a number of years. She studied Food & Beverage Management at George Brown College but discovered her passion for cooking while working up in the wilds of Northern Ontario. For the past decade Steph has been creating loads of tasty eats for people near and far. When she is not crunching numbers as the Financial Administrator at 10 Carden she works as a personal Chef in Guelph. Steph says, “I love this City – I am so happy to part of an organization that celebrates and promotes all the good things that happen here. “
Emily Davies-Robinson, Financial Administrator
Emily was born in Guelph, but was quickly uprooted to the 905 and calls Bolton, Ontario her hometown. She studied history at Queen’s University and currently works as a social media strategist and content creator. Two years ago, Emily moved to Kitchener, returning to her southwestern Ontario roots. Equipped with a passion for digital communications and community development, Emily has recently graduated from Community and Social Service Management at Conestoga College. She’s excited to be working at 10 Carden learning more about the space and getting to know its members. In her spare time, you can find Emily in the kitchen trying out a new recipe or cheering on the Toronto Raptors.
Gabrielle Clermont, Community Animator: Elevator Project