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The Journey would not exist without an exceptional team of volunteers. They work tremendous hours with deep passion and commitment. So, while this is the staff page, we are only the people who empower our volunteers to do the work of The Journey. We are here to serve them and to serve you.

 

Journey Footsteps

 
 
 
 

Rather than the usual biography stuff, we wanted to do something a little different, so we’ve shared a few things that are really meaningful to us and maybe a few that really aren’t!

 

Steve - HeadshotSteve Allin, Executive Director

My hero is Nelson Mandela.  He found a peaceful way to change racist hearts and minds, bringing hope and freedom to the racially segregated and oppressed people of South Africa.
I grew up on a farm and a lesson from mom was to, “Grow what you eat and eat what you grow.”
The one thing I want to accomplish before I die is, ‘to have a song I’ve written recorded by a famous musician’.
The first concert event I ever went to was Foreigner at the The CNE and I went with my girl friend (now my wife)!
The greatest risk I ever took was when I quit my executive job with the intention of using my skills and passion to help people.
My favorite meal involves barbecued meat and my favorite snack food is popcorn.
The one thing that I would like to accomplish at The Journey is bring joy to every person in the community.
I work at The Journey because I love the people.

 

aIMG_1125Kevin Birmingham, Manager

The most unusual thing in my desk drawer is, “I don’t have a desk!”
A “lesson from mom” that I still live by today is, “Life is far too serious to take seriously.”
The first concert event I ever went to was The Beatles at the Maple Leaf Gardens and I went with Lindsay, the girl across the street.
The best thing anyone has ever said to me is, “I pray for you every day.”
The greatest risk I ever took was when I became a freelance photographer.
My favorite meal involves curry and my favorite snack food is anything with sugar.
The one thing that I would like to accomplish at The Journey is having The Journey no longer be needed.
I work at The Journey because I want to make a difference.

 

 

Kyrel Thompson, Program Coordinator

A lesson from mom that I still live by today is to not care so much about what people think about you. Say what needs to be said, do what needs to be done. That, and “it’s all about relationship”. My favourite meal involves more meat and less vegetables (most of the time). No seriously, my favourite meal involves something to eat. I’ll eat just about anything. In my spare time I like to watch movies, write or read. The most interesting thing about me is, I know a little bit about a lot of things. My favourite movie is probably Inception, or The Dark Knight Trilogy, or Tron, or Fight Club (I like a lot of movies). My favourite book is “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller. The one thing I want to accomplish before I die is to have travelled more.
The one thing that I would like to accomplish at The Journey is to help others know that where they are, doesn’t have to be their final destination. I work at The Journey because I want to help make a difference in the community.

 

ashleigh-photo-croppedAshleigh Kelk, Community Engagement Facilitator – Ardglen

The greatest risk I have ever taken was going back to college to upgrade after being a stay at home Mom for 10 years.
In my spare time I like to spend time with my two children and other family when I can.
My hero is my Mom, because she always pulled through even when she could have given up.
The best thing anyone has ever said to me was even though I felt I wasn’t enough, I was doing a great job as a Mom.
The most unusual thing in my desk would be my Kool-aid liquid juice. Everyone needs a little sweet once and awhile!
The first concert I ever went to was as an adult. I went to see my childhood favourites, Boyz ll Men.
The one thing I would like to accomplish at The Journey is to become more involved with the community anyway I can. Also, to get Freaky Friday back up and running.
I work at The Journey, because I love working with the community. Plus I volunteered here enough so I figured why not 🙂

 

Aasia Khan, Community Engagement Facilitator – Orenda

The most unusual thing in my desk drawer is ear plugs.
My hero is my father-in-law because he was the calmest person I have ever met and he was a wonderful doctor and family-man.
The greatest risk I ever took was when my husband and I renovated and upgraded our master washroom.
A “lesson from mom” that I still live by today is “Treat others the way you want them to treat you”.
The first concert event I ever went to was at Central Peel Secondary School when my son performed in it.
My favorite meal involves Biryani Rice with salad and yoghurt.
The one thing that I would like to accomplish at The Journey is empowering community through connectivity.
I work at The Journey because I want to use my teaching background to support youth and families.