Kimberly Gibbons (she/her) 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. As an active contributor to the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation (ICN) and Cooperation Canada (formerly CCIC), a member of the Humber College International Programs Advisory Committee, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Programs Advisory Committee, Knowledge for Change Toronto Hub, and Global Affairs Canada Civil Society Partnerships Policy Advisory Group (CPAG), Kimberly is a vocal advocate for small and medium-sized organizations (SMOs) and their potential to strengthen local to global connections, transformative partnerships, and solidarity.
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. Throughout the pandemic period,
Kimberly’s love of plants and community gardening have grown as she has spent countless hours with her hands in the dirt in her balcony pots, and while connecting with neighbours and passers-by the Hopewell Community Garden.
Director of Operations
Lisa Swainston (she/her) has worked at OCIC since 2008 in a number of capacities. In her role as Director of Operations, Lisa is responsible for 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; oversees 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.
Community Engagement & Gender Equality Specialist
Aniqah Zowmi (she/her) works from an intersectional, anti-oppressive operational framework. As a Muslim woman of colour with multiple other intersectional identities, she brings her lived experience authentically into her work. Some of her recent efforts have included supporting humanitarian projects in Jordan focused on mental health, psychosocial awareness, and economic empowerment, for the Italian NGO Un Ponte Per… (UPP) and for the Canadian NGO Menonnite Economic Development Associates (MEDA). Aniqah has also served as a Youth Representative to the United Nations’ Department of Global Communications’ Steering Committee, the Canadian Youth Delegate to the Youth20 (the official youth engagement arm of the G20) in 2018, and a member of the Joint Youth Delegation to the Commonwealth Youth Forum in 2015. She is currently the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Leading Change Canada, a Youth Advisor to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and the incoming Chair of Girls Action Foundation. Aniqah holds a Master of Arts in Social Justice and Equity Studies from Brock University, where she looked at feminist and anti-colonialist perspectives on social enterprise. Prior to her Masters, she completed her Honours Bachelors of Science in Neurobiology, specializing in learning, memory, and neurobiophysics.
Communications & Content Specialist
Cari Siebrits (she/her) is passionate about telling compelling stories and engaging her local community around global issues. Since 2015 she has worked in strategic communications and public engagement roles at Plan International Canada, Transforming Faces, and most recently, FoodShare Toronto. Cari’s interests include past involvement on OCIC’s iAM eMagazine Editorial Board, and overseeing the foster program at TEAM Dog Rescue, on a voluntary basis. Cari majored in International Relations at the University of British Columbia, with a focus on gender studies. She has had the opportunity to work and live in South Africa, Mali, Thailand, and Canada.
Membership & Administration Coordinator
Marilyn Bastedo joined OCIC in July 2019 and is responsible for supporting membership, logistics and administration for OCIC programs. She brings her passion for women’s empowerment, connecting with communities, and knowledge sharing to her work. Marilyn majored in Community Development at Brescia University College through Western University and in 2017 completed her postgraduate certificate in International Development with a partnering certificate in Global Citizenship from Humber College. Marilyn’s experience in the non-profit sector spans from volunteering locally with the United Way, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Culture Link and Progress Toronto. She has also worked internationally with CARE Canada in Zambia, with rural indigenous women weavers in Guatemala, and on social justice movements through the use of information and communication technologies in South Africa.
Through her work she has specialized in community and public engagement, strategic partnerships, and gender equality. Marilyn currently volunteers for TEDxToronto supporting community partnership outreach and relationships. She is continually learning and is currently focusing on expanding her knowledge of local policy research and corporate social responsibility. She can most often be found out for a run or a bike in the city.
SDG Innovation Lab Coordinator
Jason Wong (he/him) is an international development professional who has worked with communities across Canada, Central Asia, and Nepal. Through data-based storytelling, Jason visualizes and guides innovative partnerships for international development. His past work includes improving access to education in Tajikistan with the Aga Khan Foundation, citizen-led preservation of green spaces in Kyrgyzstan with Soros Foundation, and mapping municipal elections in Toronto. A specialist in strategic planning and data visualization, Jason is committed to building equity and pluralism into data. Jason holds a Masters in Geography from Carleton University where he mapped traditional knowledge for policy reform in international development. He is a former OCIC Youth Global Changemaker, presenter at the University of Oxford’s “Map the System” policy challenge, and an avid open water swimmer.
Eric Plato (he/him) has been the Accountant at OCIC since the fall of 2019. Eric is a CPA, CMA who has worked in the charitable sector for nearly 30 years. He has experience working in organizations with budgets ranging from under $50,000 to over $100 million. Eric is an excellent trainer, speaker and facilitator in nonprofit financial management. He currently teaches financial management for NGO’s at Centennial College. His goal has always been to assist people to feel more confident and comfortable in managing their finances. Eric has served on several boards and is currently the Treasurer at North York Community House. Outside of work Eric enjoys running, travelling and cooking for friends.