Our Team

Meet the YPI Canada team!

Holly McLellan, Executive Director

Holly
Holly has worked in social justice and environmental education for over sixteen years, including for a charitable foundation in Hong Kong; for Frontier College, in their excellent “Beat the Street” program for young adults; and for several Toronto-based environmental organizations: University of Toronto Sustainability Office, Garden Jane, Toronto Renewable Energy Co-op, and Evergreen’s Learning Grounds. Holly founded and led a unique after-school Ecoliteracy program for children in Scarborough from 2006-2012, and is a past recipient of the Douglas Pimlott Scholarship, and Dan Leckie City of Toronto Award. Holly has been featured in articles, panels, and conferences about the topic of youth philanthropy in Canada and the United States. 

Kate Gatto, National Program Director

Kate G
Kate Gatto brings ten years of experience in the non-profit sector managing education programs locally, nationally, and globally. She is committed to working with a diversity of educators and community partners to empower young people to be civically engaged leaders who drive positive change in their communities. Through this work, Kate has served at organizations like TakingITGlobal, IDRF, YMCA, CAMH, and on the Board of Directors at Pueblito Canada. Kate earned an M.Ed from Brock University, where she studied the social and cultural contexts of education, and completed her B.A. in English Literature at the University of Toronto. When Kate is not making things happen at YPI, she is usually chasing her toddler daughter around, practicing yoga, or baking.
Please contact Kate with inquiries about the YPI curriculum, enrolling your school, or for support implementing YPI in your classroom/school. 
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Rachel Paris, Social Impact Coordinator

Rachel July 2016 Rachel Paris is a young professional dedicated to social justice and community engagement. She holds a degree in French Linguistics from U of T, and is a recent graduate of the Social Service Worker program at George Brown College. Rachel has five years volunteer experience providing peer support and mentorship through youth-directed telephone helpline programs, and has facilitated topic-based workshops in leadership, self-esteem and LGBT social inclusion for diverse audiences. She has also coached youth and adults in flat-track roller derby, a grassroots feminist sport, and believes in the positive impact of participation in active, team environments.
Please contact Rachel if you are a participating charity, or with inquiries about YPI's impact, reporting, & evaluations. 
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416-489-1044 ext. 227

 

We acknowledge that YPI Canada’s office is on the territory of the Mississaugas of New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat. The traditional territory named Tkaronto has been a site of human activity for over 15,000 years and, today, is still home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on their territory and commit ourselves to the work of reconciliation.