OUR PEOPLE

We are here to Elevate and Ignite you!

We are a community of people passionate about the impact of education in changing the world: come meet our full-time and part-time staff, as well as volunteer-driven Board of Directors.
Jamie Arron

Jamie Arron

Executive Director
Education and Work:

For over a decade I’ve been leading innovation-focused projects, having founded not-for-profit organizations and small businesses, as well as working in municipal government, in universities, and consulting to a wide variety of social enterprises, foundations, and corporate leaders. My core passion lies in harnessing technology, strategy, and human-centered design to scale social impact. You can learn more at www.linkedin.com/in/jamesarron.

I studied at Dalhousie University where I majored in International Development, and completed a certificate in Entrepreneurship. I’ve also been educated through Fellowship programs provided by Venture for Canada, MaRS Discovery District, and 21 INC.

Favourite Quote:

“Be like a tree. Stay grounded, connect with your roots, keep growing”

Favourite Book(s):

Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl

What do you like teaching others about?

Spanish language, guitar/piano, travel planning, anything about SOS!

Laura Viselli

Laura Viselli

Program Director
Education and Work:

HBA, Global Studies, Spanish minor and Research Specialization Option, Wilfrid Laurier University (2014).

For more than 4 years, Laura has facilitated the collaboration between SOS volunteers and supporters with partnering organizations and communities in Central and South America. Laura has travelled to Guatemala, Indonesia, Spain, and Costa Rica, and believes in the transformative power of cross-cultural collaboration. Prior to Laura’s involvement with SOS, she supported uniquely-abled children and adults in Ontario as they pursued a more accessible livelihood.

Favourite Book(s):

Ghost River by Edmund Metatawabin

She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

Gently to Nagasaki by Joy Kogawa

Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

What do you like teaching others about?

Travelling, cooking, and history

 

 

Mackenzie Arnold

Mackenzie Arnold

Program Support Associate
Education and Work:

I studied a Bachelor of Management degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, throughout which my true passion was working with students. I loved the unique energy, perspectives, and background that students brought to the table, so I got involved with as many student-oriented initiatives as I could. From first year advising and orientations to instructing and tutoring, I did and loved it all. This is why I’m so excited to be involved with SOS – I was a student supporting other students for five years at university and I so look forward to working with a community that is centred around exactly this purpose!

Favourite Quote:

“Unfortunately, you’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret – all the best people are.”

Favourite Book(s):

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and the Harry Potter series (especially The Deathly Hallows)

What do you like teaching others about?

I like teaching others about vegan cooking! I also like helping others understand ways we can limit our waste and environmental impact day to day.

OUR BOARD
Adam Hamovitch

Adam Hamovitch

Adam’s contributes an endless passion for personal and group development to SOS, which also fuels his work as an HR professional.  He is currently Talent Principal for XPV Water Partners, and previously played roles with BMO as Senior Consultant for Organizational Effectiveness, and with Deloitte as a Senior Partner. Adam is an avid skier. Adam completed his MSc from The University of Oxford and London School of Economics. Adam has been a member of SOS’ Board of Directors since 2016.

Shavone Bazarkewich

Shavone Bazarkewich

Shavone is an Associate at Blakes, Cassels and Graydon LLP, with a focus on tax law.  In addition to providing her legal guidance to SOS since 2017, Shavone has a long held passion for student leadership and cultural exchange. Throughout her studies, Shavone was active in campus leadership as co-executive of the MBA Games Team, a mentor with the Peer Mentorship Program, and volunteer with Pro Bono Students Canada and the Journal of International Law and International Relations. Shavone’s passion for cultural exchange and learning also took her to Brazil where she lived for a semester. Shavone completed her J.D./M.B.A. at the University of Toronto, graduating with distinction from the Rotman School of Management.

Mike Wong

Mike Wong

Mike began his time with SOS as a student volunteer with the National head office and has stayed engaged with the organization ever since, and now sits as a member of our Governance Committee, leveraging his finance-related knowledge. Mike’s day job is as an Associate with KPMG and he currently completing his CPA and CFA.

Rob Scott

Rob Scott

Rob first connected with SOS as a member of an Outreach Trip for Laurier Alumni in 2014 and has been involved ever since; inspired by the first experience, Rob launched a fundraising effort in support of SOS and our international partners in Nicaragua called ‘Winds of Change’ that has supported. Rob is Managing Partner of a boutique management consulting firm for C-suite executives, Ember Advisory. Rob previously held senior roles with PriceWaterhouseCooper, Ernst & Young, and Capgemini. Rob supports SOS by harnessing a multi-decade career in management consulting to assist the organization’s continuous improvement and growth.

Jason Frittaion

Jason Frittaion

Jason is a former campus volunteer for SOS at Laurier University where he supported over 5000 students and raised over $80,000 as an Exam Aid instructor and also served as Chapter Co-President, Outreach Trip Participant, and National Head Tutor. Jason credits SOS for having helped him find his passion for supporting youth which he continues to do as Program Manager for Jack Talks. Jason continues to play a leading role with SOS, helping support the next generation of volunteers and alumni!

Dr. Laurelle Baptiste

Dr. Laurelle Baptiste

Dr. Baptiste is a thought leader in harnessing technology for education. She is Founder and C.O.O. of Vocalmeet, as well as an instructor and Senate Member of OCAD University with a focus on the Digital Futures program. These experiences build on her past experience as a leader in corporate learning working with BDO Dunwoody LLP and Hudson’s Bay Company. Dr. Baptiste lends her depth of knowledge to help SOS stay ahead of the curve and on the cutting edge of education!

Chris Kawasoe

Chris Kawasoe

Chris contributes his depth of experience working in the finance sector to support SOS as treasurer of our Board of Directors. Chris’ career has included progressively senior roles with CIBC, Northland Power and is currently with RBC.

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