Our Team

Meet the YPI Canada team!

Holly McLellan, Executive Director

Holly has worked in social justice and environmental education for over sixteen years, including for a charitable foundation in Hong Kong; for Frontier College, in their excellent “Beat the Street” program for young adults; and for several Toronto-based environmental organizations: University of Toronto Sustainability Office, Garden Jane, Toronto Renewable Energy Co-op, and Evergreen’s Learning Grounds. Holly founded and led a unique after-school Ecoliteracy program for children in Scarborough from 2006-2012, and is a past recipient of the Douglas Pimlott Scholarship, and Dan Leckie City of Toronto Award. Holly has been featured in articles, panels, and conferences about the topic of youth philanthropy in Canada and the United States. 
Please contact Holly for matters of funding & strategic partnerships. 
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Kate Gatto, National Program Director

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Kate Gatto brings ten years of experience in the non-profit sector managing education programs locally, nationally, and globally. She is committed to working with a diversity of educators and community partners to empower young people to be civically engaged leaders who drive positive change in their communities. Through this work, Kate has served at organizations like TakingITGlobal, IDRF, YMCA, CAMH, and on the Board of Directors at Pueblito Canada. Kate earned an M.Ed from Brock University, where she studied the social and cultural contexts of education, and completed her B.A. in English Literature at the University of Toronto. When Kate is not making things happen at YPI, she is usually chasing her toddler daughter around, practicing yoga, or baking.
Please contact Kate with inquiries about the YPI curriculum, enrolling your school, or for support implementing YPI in your classroom/school. 
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Rachel Paris, Manager, Digital Strategy & Community Engagement

Rachel July 2016    Rachel Paris is a young professional dedicated to social justice and community engagement. She holds a degree in French Linguistics from U of T, and is a recent graduate of the Social Service Worker program at George Brown College. Rachel has five years volunteer experience providing peer support and mentorship through youth-directed telephone helpline programs, and has facilitated topic-based workshops in leadership, self-esteem and LGBT social inclusion for diverse audiences. She has also coached youth and adults in flat-track roller derby, a grassroots feminist sport, and believes in the positive impact of participation in active, team environments.

Please contact Rachel if you are a participating charity, or with inquiries about YPI's impact, reporting, & evaluations. 
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Sneha Devaraj, Manager, Stewardship & Development 

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Sneha Devaraj brings more than 7 years of professional experience in corporate partnerships, volunteer management, event sponsorship, fund stewardship and development. Her passion for youth-led development started at the age of 12, where she participated in street plays to bring awareness to issues such as child labour, AIDS and communal disharmony. Sneha has volunteered with youth-led organizations for over 20 years in various leadership roles. She is dedicated to a positive socio-cultural change, especially through youth led development. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector as a Corporate Fundraising Officer for ActionAid, Manager Corporate Partnerships at Smile Foundation and Area Manager Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at CARE India.

Please contact Sneha with inquiries related to funding and stewardship.
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