Vasie was born and raised in Hamilton, and recently moved back to the city. She has over 12 years of experience working both in the public and private sectors. She spent several working in transit – first as a consultant, then an employee of GO Transit/Metrolinx and then at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. Prior to that, she worked as a political assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Sheila Copps. Vasie is now the Fiscal Affairs Manager for Philip Morris International in Canada and deals with all matters related to taxation and regulations. She has over 14 years of volunteer experience supporting women’s rights and affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity and the organization she founded in 2014 called OurWrite. Since 2014, she has been the Canadian Chapter Chair for Building Trust International, a non-profit charity created on the premise of having good design as a core tenant to tackling any social issue and producing skills for problem solving. In 2016, she was named to the board of Habitat for Humanity Hamilton. Vasie’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Ottawa, and she has a Masters degree in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh. She will have her executive MBA from the Richard Ivey Business School completed in 2018. She has also traveled to over 45 countries documenting them through her travel photography.
Jane Foster joined the Board of Directors at Culture for Kids in the Arts in 2011 and is currently the CKA Treasurer. Following the completion of her PhD at the University of Toronto and 2 postdoctoral fellowships in the US, Jane and her family settled in Hamilton, ON in 2003. Active in scientific outreach and community volunteering, Jane brings a creative and enthusiastic approach to CKA and its many endeavours.
A print solutions provider and consultant at Stirling Print Solutions, Rob loves working with other people in the community for the purpose of the greater good, especially in giving kids a chance to excel and be involved. With a long history in Volunteerism, he has sat on the Board for the Better Business Bureau of South Central Ontario and is also a Charter Member of the Lincoln Optimist Club. Rob has spent eight years serving on the CKA Board and is a Past Chair of CKA.
Margot Burnell is a proud Hamiltonian with deep roots in the local arts and theatre community. Currently she works as the Head of the Arts at Sir John A. MacDonald Secondary School at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Previous roles at the school board included working as the Specialist High Skills Major Co-ordinator and Experiential Learning Consultant. Through her years of experience working with students, teachers and community members, Margot has a keen grasp of the existing creative community in Hamilton. Margot is excited to be involved in helping CKA facilitate arts for everyone, everywhere!
Tyler Ferguson owns The Farm Network, a local food distribution company based in Hamilton. He is actively involved in the business community via the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, and their Young Entrepreneurs & Professionals Division. Tyler was born and raised in Hamilton, and attended McMaster University before moving to the UK for graduate studies and to start his career. He returned to the area in 2012 with his wife and daughter.
Melissa Schweyer is the Director of Marketing and Development at Habitat for Humanity Hamilton. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Women’s Studies from McMaster University and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto.
Melissa has several years of experience working and volunteering with not-for-profit organizations, including The Elizabeth Fry Society, International Catholic Migration Commission, We Canada Initiative, Free The Children, Toastmasters and the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation. She’s also an avid journalist and blogger, with an interest in corporate social responsibility and purpose-driven business.