Kate Gatto (she/her) is the National Program Director at the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Canada. With over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector managing education programs locally, nationally, and globally, Kate is dedicated to empowering youth to be civically engaged leaders in their communities. She approaches this work through social justice education programming in collaboration with students, educators and community partners. Through this work, Kate has served at organizations like TakingITGlobal, IDRF, YMCA, and CAMH, and she is currently a board member at People for Education, and a member of the Advisory Council at Rawlinson Community School. 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. She lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.
Noor (she/her) is a second-generation refugee to Turtle Island and grew up in Montreal and Ottawa, on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka and unceded Algonquin land. She is an educator and poet interested in community-directed, antiracist and anti-oppressive approaches to education. Her passions involve using spoken word poetry as a way to listen to otherwise underrepresented, marginalized and racialized youth voices tell their counternarratives by naming, challenging and resisting systemic oppression. Outside her role, Noor enjoys backpacking, farming and sustainability, as well as producing podcasts around dismantling barriers to equity in education through her volunteering with the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture.