Kimberly Gibbons has been the Executive Director of OCIC since 2005. Kimberly believes in supporting community-led development and an enabling environment for civil society organizations, and in mobilizing Canadians to achieve universal sustainable development. She is an active contributor to the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation (ICN) and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), and serves on the Humber College International Programs Advisory Committee, the CCIC Steering Committee to Address and Prevent Sexual Misconduct, and the Global Affairs Canada Civil Society Partnerships Policy Advisory Group.
Kimberly has worked in many formal and non-formal education settings with youth and adults of diverse backgrounds in Asia, Central America, Europe and Canada. She holds a Masters of Education in Adult Education and Transformative Learning from OISE, University of Toronto, and studied human rights at the graduate level at the Commonwealth Institute, University of London, England. Kimberly also has a Bachelor of Arts in International Development and Rural Extension Studies from the University of Guelph and completed her final undergraduate year of study at SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India. Outside of work, Kimberly can often be found with her fun-loving daughter and neighbours, growing vegetables and community in mid-town Toronto.
Director of Operations
Lisa Swainston has worked at OCIC since 2008 in a number of capacities. In her new role as Director of Operations Lisa will focus on developing and implementing operational processes and procedures that will better enable the staff and Council to achieve our strategic directions and funded programs. Lisa also supports financial and administrative management of all operations; oversee membership renewal and development; and provides direction on operational and member service activities. Outside of OCIC Lisa is a Board Director for Amnesty International Toronto, and is an advocate for human rights, social justice, equality and inclusion, with a strong interest in Indigenous rights and corporate accountability.
Lisa has an Honours B.A. with majors in Criminology and Sociology and minors in French and Indigenous Studies (formerly called Aboriginal Studies) from the University of Toronto, and Certificates in Project Management from Humber College; Fundraising and Volunteer Management, and Practical Management Strategies from George Brown College. Lisa has taken several courses in Organizational Management and Human Resources from Ryerson University. She also enjoys camping and hiking, watching films, listening to music, reading, traveling and crocheting.
Director of Community & Learning
Isabelle Kim has been passionate about social justice for as long as she can remember. She has been working in international cooperation and community-based education, arts and research since 1996, including eight years as Deputy Director of the in-Canada programs at Development and Peace, where she led a team of regional ‘Animators’ and youth engagement staff on education and advocacy campaigns on diverse global social justice issues.
Isabelle is a proud alumnae of the International Development Studies Coop programme at the University of Toronto at Scarborough. She holds an MA and PhD in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE), where she has been teaching graduate-level courses in Cooperative Learning and Research Methods since 2009. Prior to joining OCIC, Isabelle served as Director of U of T’s Centre for Community Partnerships where she worked with students, staff, faculty and partners from the non-profit and public sectors to enable new community-engaged learning and research initiatives, including student participation in the global Map the System competition. She also served on the board of directors of New Adventures in Sound Art and Community-Based Research Canada. Isabelle lives in the East End of Toronto with her partner and three children where you can often find her playing tennis, biking or walking her dog.
Community Engagement Specialist
Originally from El Salvador, Eugenia Ochoa has been involved with non-profit and civil society groups focusing on community development, storytelling, diversity, inclusion and gender equality. In her Community Engagement role at OCIC, Eugenia develops and coordinates initiatives with youth leaders in policy and advocacy, feminist and multi-media storytelling, and co-creates open and inclusive spaces for transformative dialogue on sustainable development issues. The best part of her work is collaborating with partners from Indigenous communities in Turtle Island, to Colombia and Tanzania, to co-create and share stories of activism and collaboration for people, planet and prosperity.
Eugenia holds a degree in International Development & Gender Studies from Trent University, and has previously been involved in feminist and community-based research through the Aging Activisms Research Collective in Peterborough. Eugenia is also a visual artist. Her multimedia art questions the status of women and Latinx communities, speaking to her own lived experience. She finds inspiration in people’s life stories, particularly women’s journeys of activism.
Elisa Chang is responsible for implementing OCIC’s communications strategies and policies to ensure the visibility of the Council, our members and key stakeholders’ work, and to encourage meaningful participation for all. In her role, Elisa supports the Council’s website maintenance, social media management, email campaign production, and other documents and multimedia material creation. Elisa is an advocate for inclusion, equality and open knowledge. Prior to joining OCIC she worked in Bangalore, India researching women’s participation and power within the local Wikipedian communities.
Elisa was born and raised in Taiwan and holds an Honours B.A. in International Development Studies from the University of Toronto Scarborough, with an additional major in Economics and a minor in Media Studies. Outside of work she enjoys outdoor activities, ultimate Frisbee, and making comics about everyday life.
Marilyn Bastedo joined OCIC in July 2019 and is responsible for supporting the logistics and administration of OCIC programs. She brings her passion for women’s empowerment, connecting with communities, knowledge sharing and transparency to her work.
Marilyn completed her undergraduate studies at Brescia University College through Western University where she majored in Community Development. In 2017, she graduated with a postgraduate certificate in International Development with a partnering certificate in Global Citizen from Humber College, leading her to work with various international NGOs and social enterprises in Zambia, Guatemala and South Africa. Marilyn loves exploring Toronto through events, networking, food and recreational sports leagues.