Brenda has worked for the past 27 years in the voluntary sector. She has a strong commitment to community development and social justice. For the past 10 years she has been the Director of Community Leadership and Learning Services with the United Way of Peterborough and District. Through her work with United Way and United Way of Canada-Centraide Canada she has had the opportunity to work with individuals and community groups pan Canada, including Nunavut and Brazil by developing resources in governance and leadership, community capacity building and volunteer management for the voluntary sector. Prior to United Way she worked for 17 years at Community Living in both Lindsay and Peterborough in a senior management position. She has served on, provincial and national groups, including the Ontario Canadian Volunteerism Initiative Network, PAVR-O, United Way Canada-Centraide Canada, and Volunteer Canada. She developed the Not for Profit Leadership Certificate Program at Fleming College and continues is associate faculty to the program. As well she has volunteered locally as a member of the board of directors of KWIC, YWCA, PHAC, and as a past chair of the Peterborough Housing Corporation to name a few.
Safo is a Researcher with the Peterborough Social Planning Council. In 2016 she led the work for a feasibility study which looked at the prospects of establishing a socially responsible temporary employment service in the Peterborough area. Prior to this role she was a Researcher and Program Coordinator for the Peterborough Immigration Partnership, a community based partnership of 100+ members, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. She was the project coordinator for the OHCRIF 2014-2015 funded study Investigating Workplace Language Training and Culture as Factors in Labour Force Productivity in Peterborough. The findings of this study were shared at 2015 Metropolis Conference in Vancouver, BC and at the MTCU’s 2015 Policy Symposium in Toronto, ON. In 2013 Safo was the project coordinator for the “Diversity Advantage” conference, which brought to Peterborough diversity and inclusion leaders from across the province, including Hon. Jean Augustine, PC, CM, CBE - Ontario’s Fairness Commissioner, as a keynote speaker.
Recently Safo served on the Board of Kawartha World Issues Centre. Her background is in law and policy research. She holds an LL.M. from Temple Law School in Philadelphia and a second LL.M. from Graduate School of Law in Riga, Latvia. Before moving to the Peterborough area she worked in a number of developing projects in the Balkans.
Chris Hunt is now a Research Associate for the Peterborough Social Planning Council. A graduate of the Social Service Worker program at Fleming College, he interned at the Peterborough Social Planning Council during his course work. He has volunteered at many functions over the years in both the social and political spectrums. Chris has a passion for social justice, with a focus on income, housing and social inequalities. Having worked in public transit in Toronto for 14 years he has a wealth of experience working with citizens in crisis. It was these experiences that fueled his passion for social justice and his desire to change careers and enter the field of social work. Chris has been successful in numerous projects with the Peterborough Social Planning Council and represents the organization on various social committees in Peterborough.