About Us

The Team

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Kim Samuel

Founder & Fierce Believer in the Right to Belong

Kim Samuel is an educator, researcher, and advocate working to address challenges of social isolation around the world. As Founder, Kim ensures that SCSC’s mission and vision is being carried out through its programs, research and partnerships.

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Jennie Tao

Manager, Communications

Jennie h​elps to shape and tell the stories from the SCSC. She has spent over 10 years leading non-profit communications and fundraising, most recently at Green Economy Canada. She holds a B.Com from the University of Toronto.

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Jessica Farber

Strategic Initiatives Coordinator & Project Manager, Common Threads

Jessica directs research, outreach and advocacy related to forced migration. Jessica’s interests lie at the intersection of global health, human rights, forced migration and humanitarian action. Jessica graduated with a B.A. in International Development Studies from McGill University in 2017.

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Celine Thomas

Strategic Initiatives Coordinator & Manager, Social Connectedness Fellowship Program

Celine contributes to the strategic growth of the organization and manages the Social Connectedness Fellowship Program. Celine is passionate about education equity and Indigenous youth empowerment. She graduated with a B.A. in International Development Studies from McGill University in 2017.

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Priya Nair

Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

Priya supports the research and programming related to the Common Threads project and the 2019 Global Symposium. With an avid interest in narratives, conflicts, and representation, Priya is passionate about bridging social inequity and tackling social justice from an interdisciplinary lens. She graduated with a B.A. from McGill University in History and Middle East Studies in 2016.

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Vino Landry

Global Symposium Coordinator

Vino oversees the coordination of the 2019 Global Symposium. Vino holds a deep interest in the social and psychological effects of war and forced migration, specifically the impacts of intergenerational trauma in the Tamil Canadian community. In order to engage with these issues from a human rights perspective, she is currently pursuing her legal studies at McGill University.

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Courtenay Field

Global Symposium Events Coordinator

Courtenay collaborates with the team to develop the 2019 Global Symposium through event-logistics, partnerships and programming support. Hailing from Toronto, Courtenay graduated from the University of Toronto in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science, focusing on the African American experience post-natural disasters across the American south.

This team operates in a spirit of empowerment and compassion.

Kim Samuel, Founder