A shared sense of belonging.
Anna Hill – Co-Director
Anna is the management lead for Together Project with a focus on resource development, communications and community programs including, the Welcome Groups for Refugee Claimants pilot program, the Urban Nature Access Pass for Refugee Newcomers and the Ritz-Carlton Newcomer Hospitality Program. After working in architure for a decade, Anna moved to the non-profit sector where she was involved in programs like the Weston Family Parks Challenge and the TD Park Builders program at Park People. Her experience with newcomer engagement in parks and as a private sponsor led her to co-found Together Project and develop its community programs.
Andrew Lusztyk – Co-Director
Andrew is the programs lead for Together Project. Prior to moving to Toronto, Andrew spent six years designing, implementing, and assessing community development initiatives in three continents. Since co-founding Together Project, he has been developing and directing its flagship Welcome Group Program across Ontario.
Natasha Comeau – Volunteer Coordinator
Natasha is in charge of Together Project's volunteer recruitment and training. She holds a Masters of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She has worked at a number of non-profits in Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg, and is also passionate about writing and photography.
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 Executive Producer 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 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 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 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.
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.
Leith is a strategic consultant for social impact organizations. Leith was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. She also has a decade of experience working as a producer for both NPR and CBC radio.
Craig Damian Smith
Together Project is grateful for the support of the following founding donors, funding partners and program partners.
Torontonians Gather with Barenaked Ladies to Embrace Refugees
Toronto Observer, , 11/27/2019
Refugee Matching Program Celebrates 100 Matches
CBC Metro Morning, 01/02/2019
CBC Interview With Alkhouly Family And Their Welcome Group
CBC Player , 01/01/2019
From Friends To Family: Together Project Matches Newcomers With Local Families
CBC News , 12/31/2018
Helping Government-Assisted Refugees
CBC Metro Morning, 12/19/2017
Refugee Welcome Program Plans Thunder Bay Expansion
CBC News, Thunder Bay, 10/11/2017
Together Project Matches Government-Assisted Refugees With Canadian Volunteers
CBC News, London, 10/09/2017
Together Project Helps Government-Assisted Refugees Find Support and Friendship
Tides Canada 2016 Year in Review, 09/28/2017
We Day Family - Toronto, 09/28/2017
Overwhelming Number of Volunteers Wanted to Help Syrian Refugees
CBC Radio International, 07/09/2017
Settlement Agencies Unprepared for Volunteer Surge Amid Refugee Crisis: Report
The Globe and Mail, 04/09/2017
Private Sponsorship is not Panacea for Refugee Integration
Refugees Deeply, 04/04/2017
Refugee Lay Down New Roots at First-Time Visit to Toronto’s High Park
CBC News, 03/20/2017
Refugees in Canada Going Curling for the First Time
Canadian Refugees Learn to Curl
“Welcome to Canada”
The Globe and Mail, 03/15/2017
Syrian Refugees: One Year Later
The Agenda with Steve Paikin, 12/20/2016
Taking Refuge in Toronto
Toronto Life, 12/20/2016
Together Project Plays Matchmaker for Government-Assisted Refugees
Toronto Star, 11/23/2016
Government-Assisted Refugees Partner up with Canadians Thanks to Together Project
Metro Toronto, 11/16/2016
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