Meet the Team

YWiB Toronto 

Miranda McKie

Miranda McKie

Miranda Mckie is Master Data Governance Professional and is currently working for Softchoice. She believes in the importance of breaking down barriers for women and helping them succeed in their careers.

Fun fact about Miranda: I have a black belt in karate

Favourite Quote: “If your dreams don’t scare you they’re not big enough” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Diviya Lewis

Diviya Lewis

Diviya has been a volunteer with YWiB Toronto since March 2016. She is the Founder of Choose Gratitude, and is also an aspiring Psychotherapist. Using gratitude, awareness and connection, she aspires to help individuals and organizations flourish. She loves to travel, dance, and has a weak spot for murder mysteries.

Fun fact about Diviya: “I’ve hung out with komodo dragons, and befriended monkeys with mohawks, and had my lunch stolen by an angry orangutan.”

Favourite Quote: “If you’re depressed, you’re living in the past. If you’re anxious, you’re living in the future. If you’re at peace, you’re living in the present” – Lao Tzu

Chelsea Harding

Chelsea Harding

Chelsea’s personal brand offers a commitment to strong communication, organization and innovation. She has excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interface with individuals at both retail and corporate/executive levels, and her talent in client account management has established herself as an asset in the marketing industry.

Fun fact about Chelsea: “I love Koalas. A lot.”

Favourite Quote: “If an opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door!”

Cassandra Piroutz

Cassandra Piroutz

Cassandra joined the YWiB volunteer team in February 2017. She is an administrative whiz and event planner, and enjoys collaborating with creative people to make extraordinary things happen.

Fun fact about Cassandra: “One of my favourite coffee shops is Grindsmith in Manchester, England – they make a mighty fine cup of coffee!”

Favourite Quote: “If not now, when?”

Cobra Shahghasy

Cobra Shahghasy

Cobra has been a volunteer since October ’16. She is the founder of #fellowfemme & NAZRAH Foundation. With these platforms, she aims to provide support and opportunity for the youth of our communities.

Fun fact about Cobra: My recipe for happiness: dancing and food.

Favourite Quote: “my heart aches for sisters more than anything, it aches for women helping women, like flowers ache for spring” – Rupi Kaur

Casey Bettridge

Casey Bettridge

Casey is a hybrid experience designer and front-end developer who enjoys building digital interfaces. When she’s not tending to her houseplants, she’s convincing businesses that user research is essential to successful products and not that scary, really.

Fun fact about Casey: “Me and Kanye share the same tattoo artist”

Favourite Quote: “I tell my students, when you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.” – Toni Morrison

Catherine Vendryes

Catherine Vendryes

Catherine is an expert at translating brand messages into communications across many different platforms. She believes interesting stories are everywhere, they’re just waiting to be told by the right person.

Fun fact about Catherine: “I have double jointed elbows”

Favourite Quote: “People can only be found in what they do.” – Timothy Findley

Lenore Ramirez

Lenore Ramirez

Lenore is a graphic designer and a jill of all trades with experience in Fine Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, and UI/UX design. She enjoys reading, long walks on the beach, baking, and (unfortunately?) already has her cat’s name all picked out.

Fun fact about Lenore: “I enjoy drawing calligraphy in my spare time, often set to Beyonce lyrics; and enjoy reviewing restaurants/finding the best spot to eat around the city!”

Favourite Quote: “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

Jessica Santa

Jessica Santa

Jessica is an aspiring publicist from Vancouver.

Fun fact about Jessica: “I sit front row at comedy shows in hopes of getting made fun of, but no luck yet.”

Favourite Quote: An excerpt from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Ulysses: “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield”

Margaret Saliba

Margaret Saliba

Margaret always had a passion for writing and recently accomplished one of her goals to start a lifestyle blog. She is interested in strengthening her knowledge in Digital Marketing, Social Media, and turning her lifelong passion for learning into a career.

Fun fact about Margaret: “Dances like no one’s watching”

Favourite Quote: “I don’t like to talk about my dreams. I like to make them happen. I prefer to talk about them when they’re done.” – Diane von Furstenberg

Jinghuan(Josie) Wu

Jinghuan (Josie) Wu

Fun fact about Josie: “Her interests include fitness, sports, and music”

Favourite Quote: “You will never know your limits unless you push yourself to them”

Humaira Rahman

Humaira Rahman

Humaira is a Media Communications graduate who believes in balance: design with writing, work with play, self with others. A creative individual focused on helping people promote their ideas through digital media.

Fun fact about Humaira: I’m known as the “Flag Girl” within the Toronto Trance music scene. In 2014, I started a flag movement, representing “Trancefamily Toronto” at events. Now, there are over 200 flags out there. Whether I’m at a show or not, you will spot people waving their Toronto flags at shows and festivals worldwide.

Jaspreet Kaur Araich

In my most recent years, I’ve learned that one of the greatest things you can do for yourself is step outside of your comfort zone

Fun Fact about Jaspreet: I can squat and deadlift my bodyweight

Favourite Quote: “My favourite f word is feminism.”

Rona Abayan

Rona is a digital native with a natural proclivity to connect with the broader cultural and social media world.

Fun fact about Rona: I share the same birthday as Beyoncé (September 4), and who wouldn’t take a strange pride in that connection?

Favourite Quote: “Great things never came from comfort zones.”

Zahra Dattu

Zahra is a Product Marketing Specialist at ADP. She has extensive experience in the product marketing space in the Retail, Manufacturing and IT industries. She leverages her ability to prioritize, be innovative and organized in managing campaigns, as well as work cross-functionally with all areas of marketing such as digital, communications and analytics.

Fun fact about Zahra: I’m a huge foodie! Food Director for @viewsoftoronto & @eatzoftoronto

Callie Pak

Callie is a National Account Manager with over five years of experience in FCMG with expertise in health & beauty, food & beverage, and with creating and managing national account plans. She loves to empower women and inspire them to be their best self.

Fun Fact about Callie: I love fitness! Ask me about kickboxing & dragonboating!

Victoria Stacey

Tatiana Rivers