Together Project

Hellos & Goodbyes at Together Project


After seven years, Together Project Co-Founder Patrick Marshall and Steering Committee member Vanessa Reddit are stepping down and will instead stay engaged with us as Advisors. As we approach this impending transition, we want to share a few highlights about their impact.

Patrick Marshall has made an immeasurable contribution to establishing the mission and vision of Together Project. As our Steering Committee’s governance and finance lead, Patrick has the unusual gift of making infrastructure-building fun! His experience in the non-profit and for-profit sectors is vast, and he has infinite patience to build the capacity of others. Wherever Patrick next turns his attention, we know he will continue to help communities and individuals thrive.

Dr. Vanessa Reddit always leads by example, bringing her kindness to all aspects of Together Project’s operations and strategy. We will always remember to ask ourselves, “How would Vanessa handle this?” With her laser-focused determination, Vanessa was instrumental in helping Together Project adapt its Welcome Group Program to serve refugee claimants. She also led the urgent response initiative, “The Vaccine Access Project,” to ensure refugee newcomers had volunteer support to access COVID-19 vaccinations.

We look forward to continuing to work with both Patrick and Vanessa as advisors.

We are also pleased to welcome back Dr. Hani Bashir, who took a leave of absence last year and is now rejoining our Steering Committee. Learn more about Hani here. We’re also saying goodbye to Nasima Omari Sayar, our Afghan Match Coordinator, who has accepted a position at Jumpstart Refugee Talent, where she will continue to support refugees in Toronto.

Wishing our staff and steering committee members well in their next endeavours!

Check out our video below!

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