Together Project
About Us
About Us

Our Vision


A shared sense of belonging.

Our Team


Anna Hill— Co-Director

Anna is the management lead and co-founder of Together Project with a focus on communications, innovation, and community programs including the Welcome Groups for Refugee Claimants pilot program. With her co-director, Anna has helped develop Together Project’s emergent response to the pandemic, including a new model of remote social support for refugee newcomers.

Andrew Lusztyk— Co-Director

Andrew is the programs lead and co-founder of Together Project. Prior to moving to Toronto, Andrew spent six years designing, implementing, and assessing community development initiatives across three continents. Since co-founding Together Project, he has been developing and directing its flagship Welcome Group Program, as well as working to measure and improve the initiative’s impact.

Natasha Comeau— Volunteer and Communications Coordinator

Natasha is in charge of Together Project’s volunteer recruitment and manages Together Project’s social media. She holds a Masters of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and was formerly a Fellow in Global Journalism at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She has worked at a number of non-profits in Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg, and is also passionate about writing and photography.

Steering Committee

Leith Bishop, Chair

Leith Bishop is a former executive in the not-for-profit sector in Toronto. She has expertise in strategic operations and organizational design. Her professional specialty is around issues of inclusion and belonging. Together Project’s commitment to a new model of connecting newcomers and volunteers to accelerate integration attracted Leith to the organization right from its early days. She was invited to join the Steering Committee in September 2019, and to become its Chair in January 2021.

Hani Bashir, Vice Chair

Hani joined Together Project Steering Committee in January 2019. As a newcomer and refugee himself, Hani brings his real-life experiences in the non-profit management, settlement, social work, community integration, and empowerment. Hani Co-Founded Immigrants Healthcare Support Network (IHSN) to mobilize health care professionals, equip and strengthen communities for better health services and awareness in GTA and all over Canada.

Kate Bate

Kate’s experience as a volunteer with Syrian newcomers to Toronto resulted in an awareness of an important opportunity for civil society to play a meaningful role in the settlement and integration of Government-Assisted Refugees. This led her to co-found Together Project as an initiative where volunteers could have impact on the most vulnerable of newcomers by complementing the work of community agencies. In return, people would benefit from new learnings and greater cultural understanding. She is a serial entrepreneur, having launched and managed three related post-production companies over the last 20+ years. She is currently Partner and COO at Tendril Studio, a design and animation company based in Toronto and Sao Paulo. She has held board positions with Rethink Breast Cancer and a handful of media industry associations.

Patrick Marshall

Patrick has over 20 years of experience in governance and fundraising for Canadian non-profit organizations and international NGOs. He is President of Adrem Brands, a natural health products company, and currently serves as a director and trustee of Lakefield College School.

Vanessa Redditt

Vanessa is a family physician at the Crossroads Clinic, a specialized primary care clinic for newly arrived refugees at Women’s College Hospital. She is also a lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Her research and teaching focuses on the health of refugee newcomers, with an aim of improving health systems and social supports responsive to their needs.

Shadi Shami

Shadi joined Together Project’s Steering Committee due to the increasing need of refugees and newcomers to integrate in society and get the necessary support. Shadi brings a wide range of expertise in education, training and professional development, meaningful community engagement, volunteer management and events planning; in addition to his experience in settlement and supporting refugees and newcomers through counselling and mediation.


Kate Bate
Anna Hill
Andrew Lusztyk
Patrick Marshall
Craig Damian Smith


Manisha Burman
Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh
Samantha Mehra
Lindsay Oughtred
Lisa Wyndels

Supporters & Partners

Together Project is grateful for the support of the following founding donors, funding partners and program partners.

Founding Donors

Amanda Rosenthal Talent Agency
Peter Lusztyk
Beverly Bate
Anna Hill & Jim Creeggan
Diane Hill & Kevin Somerville
Omar Khan
Patrick Marshall & Kate Bate
Wayne Perry
Studio Blackwell
Tendril Studios
Quidnet Inc.

Funding Partners and Corporate Sponsors

Program Partners



Privacy Policy

Volunteer Letter of Understanding

Together Project is a charitable initiative of MakeWay. For more information about MakeWay’s policies, please click here.

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