The Team - Samuel Centre For Social Connectedness — Samuel Centre For Social Connectedness
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The Team


Kim Samuel

Founder, Chief Belonging Officer and 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.


Celine Thomas

Partnerships Manager

Celine contributes to the strategic growth and partnership development of the organization. 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 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

Olivia Smith Rodrigues

Program Manager

Olivia fosters a sense of belonging through program development and management at the centre. Coming from over two years as community developer within the HIV/AIDS & harm reduction sector, Olivia is passionate about social isolation, societal marginalization and how we can create spaces of heartfelt belonging. She believes in working with community from the ‘ground up’ while prioritizing lived experience, and storytelling. She has a B.A. in Social Justice & Peace Studies, and Political Science from King’s University College at Western University, both of which inform her interdisciplinary approach to social justice and social connectedness.

Rebecca MacLeod

Researcher and Writer

Rebecca is a lead writer for the newsletter, Voices From the Movement, as well as a contributor to the coordination team for the Global Symposium. As the Founder of her own organization, New Grocery Movement, she is extremely passionate about restructuring our food systems to address inequities and build sustainability. Carrying this into her work at SCSC, Rebecca is committed to exploring how food and farming intersects with community-building. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and International Development from McGill University in 2017.

“This team operates in a spirit of empowerment and compassion.”

Kim Samuel, Founder and Chief Belonging Officer