Our Amazing Volunteers:
Jordan was first introduced to the idea of social change at a young age by her grandfather, who was a civil rights lawyer and activist. She decided to pursue law and graduated from the Law Clerk program at Fanshawe College in 2015. She has since decided to further her education and is currently attending the University of Guelph. Her passions include growing her own food, hiking, and learning how to make the world a more sustainable place! She would love to talk to you about gardening, veganism, and art!!
David McConnell has lived in Guelph since his university days which began over 40 years ago. Upon graduation, he worked in the area of labour relations for six years before returning to university and obtaining a Bachelor of Education degree. He then pursued a rewarding career in high school education for another 28 years. Since retirement, he has been engaged in a variety of volunteer activities throughout the city, most recently at 10 Carden. Literature and film are two of his personal passions as are hiking and cycling. Life is good.
Handel Callender has over 10 years experience in the entrepreneurship arena and currently moves through the world sharing that knowledge via workshops and career consulting. His most clever moves have been starting a biodiesel company, and teaching his friends how to buy him beer. He loves working with other entrepreneurs, game changers, instigators and irritants of orthodoxy.
Tania is a long time 10 Carden volunteer, she takes care of our plants (don’t touch her plants) and keeps the ship afloat! She is a retired architect, graduated from the Universidade do Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, and also an art teacher. Nowadays she dedicates herself to making her own art and organizing art shows. She loves the shared space at 10 Carden. “Great place to work and meet new people.”
Jocelyn Kelly is intensely curious about the natural world and loves learning about ways of living in respect and harmony with the living beings that surround us. Originally from New Brunswick, she grew up in an Acadian and English-speaking community and would love the opportunity to speak with you en français!
Katie Wilde is a painter, sculptor, and installation artist who works with artists in the community through Guelph Arts Council and the rotating art program at 10 Carden. She believes in the necessity of a transition to sustainable communities, and that three sewing machines is not too many sewing machines for a young woman to own. She is continually exploring fields of interdisciplinary cross-pollination, arts/nonprofit/education management and advocacy, curation, and accessible art writing. She is tremendously fond of skunks, and has now accomplished her dream of interacting up close with one. ktwilde.com
Gary Young – A long-time member of Saskatchewan’s arts and cultural community, Gary integrates personal creative practice with community arts programming and administration, exhibition consultation, organizational development, and research of creative community ecologies. A former gallerist of thirty years, he is co-director of Finding City Community Arts Inc., a multidisciplinary artist group supporting critical community and professional development strategies for artists and other agents of social change.
Raised in Brampton by a bilingual family, Michelle lived in eastern Ontario and Ann Arbor before settling in Guelph with her husband and two teenage children.
The affordable lifestyle of this city allows her to stay at home with the two young monsters sharing her house and to volunteer where her interests lie. 10 Carden has introduced her to many lovely people.
Dale Vangoozen began volunteering at 10 Carden Street in December 2013 until March 2016, then came back in September 2016. Dale loves to be with others and make new friends, so her interests include singing with the Guelph Community Singers, curling and volunteering for events which enable her to meet new people and make them happy. Dale is a member of the Baha’i Faith and is actively involved in promoting community building activities offered to all by the Baha’i community, which emphasize collaboration and consultation on the pressing needs of society today. While she was away from 10 Carden, Dale was volunteering for the Baha’i Faith in Alberta assisting the communities of Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. Dale is so glad to be back at 10 Carden and looks forward to working along with everyone else to make 10 Carden a positive force for change in Guelph.
Kira Hoffman graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2015 and has been working as a freelance writer for the past five years. Out of university, she was employed full time at a mobile startup and had the pleasure of attending the 2015 Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland. Currently, she is working on a sci-fi novel while completing UBCs continuing education program for game writing. In five years, she hopes to be employed as a writer at an independent video game studio. Politics, human rights, and technology feed her passion and call her a “nerd” but networking with other passionate individuals is one of her favourite pastimes. Feel free to add her on LinkedIn: https://www.