The Stone Soup Network Advisory Board
Sara Mohammed, Chair
Sara is a community engagement and strategic planning professional lending her skills to the non-profit and public sector. She is a community strategist with core strengths in human-centered policy design and evaluation focusing on equity and social justice. Sara is a daughter of indo-Caribbean immigrants, she has served on the Stone Soup Network Board since 2017.
Rev. Alexa Gilmour
Alexa has a reputation as a preacher of justice, who follows through with action. She is a refugee advocate and community leader in anti-poverty and anti-oppression work, including founding the Stone Soup Network in 2016 and the hosting of the Contagious Hope Podcast in 2021. She is a sought-after speaker and writer, as well as the recipient of several awards including the Parkdale High Park Canada 150 Award, the Emmanuel College (U of T) Alumnae Service Award, and the McGeachy Senior Scholarship. When not being a changemaker, she is happiest at home with her blended family of six.
Ayan has been a Community leader and a strong equity advocate for many years. She is the founder of and the organizer of march. Ayan is also an Executive Board member of and a Swansea Mews Pod leader. She has a deep connection to Swansea Mews and has volunteered for many events within the larger Swansea Village community for the past 7 years. She is a parent of 3 young children, so school plays a major part in her life and she brings that aspect to the Board. Ayan has also been on the Parent Council at the local Elementary School for the past 5 years and she is the first black council chair in Swansea school history. Ayan joined the Board in November 2018.
Dalton is currently working within PepsiCo’s Finance Department. A graduate of the University of Toronto’s Business program, Dalton is eager to have opportunities to apply his financial planning, strategic planning and project management skills. He has honed his skills through his work at PepsiCo, as well as through two years internship experience with BMO investment banking and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Dalton joined the Board, as Treasurer, in March 2020. He is also involved with the Board’s strategic planning.
Lisa has worked in the non-profit, private and public sectors. She enjoys collaborative projects and seeks out opportunities to support well-being in the workplace, and in her community. She initiates process improvements to keep work flowing and records and files organized. Lisa joined the Board, as Secretary, in March 2020.
Lorne has 35 years of experience working internationally in the Motion Picture industry. In his most recent
Musheer has a strong understanding of business processes. As a Strategic Advisor, he has successfully led teams at a number of business advisory firms. Having worked and travelled in a number of countries, he has many stamps on his passport. He enjoys working with global teams managing multiple projects and building long-term business relationships. He has also led several global volunteering efforts such as ‘Donate to the homeless’ in London, England, and supporting education initiatives in rural parts of India. Musheer joined the Board in March 2020.
Dr. Stephen Scharper
Stephen is an Associate Professor at the School of the Environment and Anthropology (UTM) at the University of Toronto. He is also an author, editor, journalist and public scholar with a special focus on regenerative sustainability and values. His research and teaching interests include environmental ethics, worldviews and ecology, sustainability ethics, as well as nature and the city. Stephen joined the Board in September 2018.
Deborah has worked in international development for more than 40 years and has undertaken hundreds of development projects in more than 60 developing countries and countries in transition. Since 1997, Deborah (B.Sc., M.Sc., Honourary Doctorate of Science), has taught a number of courses to undergraduate students enrolled in the University of Toronto’s International Development Studies program at Scarborough. She has served, and continues to serve, on the Boards of a number of Canadian and International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in developing countries and in her local community. Deborah joined SSN’s Board in 2017.
Verity Dimock, National Director
Verity joined Stone Soup Network as National Director in March 2021, and is focussed on directing and implementing SSN’s national expansion plans. With more than ten years’ experience in nonprofit leadership roles, she has led implementation projects for Customer Relationship Management and Learning Management System platforms, as well as training, fundraising and brand operations teams for organizations such as: Smart Serve Ontario, Black Creek Community Farm and Futurpreneur. Verity grew up in a family of local food entrepreneurs, in Toronto, and has been involved in community projects since she was thirteen. Verity holds a graduate degree in business performance technology and a fellowship in social enterprise from Ontario’s School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Sarah Doucette, Neighbourhood Director –
Toronto: Parkdale – High Park (Ward 4)
Sarah joined Stone Soup Network (SSN) as Neighbourhood Director in February 2020, after serving as a volunteer, for a year. She has been instrumental in SSN’s growth and is focussed on expanding SSN in the Toronto neighbourhoods of Parkdale – High Park (Ward 4). Having served as a Toronto City Councillor (Ward 13) for eight years, from 2010-2018, Sarah knows how to pull people and resources together to make change happen. She has lived in Swansea for over 30 years. When her two children were young, Sarah was involved with school parent councils. Currently, she sits on the Boards of four organizations: The Four Villages Community Health Centre, The Period Purse, Friends of High Park Zoo and Swansea Town Hall.