A message from our CEO
I believe that young people have tremendous potential, limited only by the opportunities provided to them. At 360°kids, we will continue to work in partnership with the York Region communities to develop more and more opportunities, especially for youth who are most-at-risk of homelessness. I was drawn to the organization by the breadth of services offered to help ensure young people are supported and their potential realized, and I continue to be impressed by the organization’s truly wraparound approach to service provision. In making our services responsive to the changing needs of our young people, their voices need to be central to the work we do. In this way, we will ensure that we continue to provide relevant programs in a manner that helps each person we come in contact with feel the genuine care and concern we have for their well-being.
To that end, the staff at 360°kids are real heroes for me. Their work, day in, day out, is the key to the ongoing success of the organization and they need to be applauded for a job well-done. Their voices also need to be heard and their efforts supported. I am also very grateful for the many volunteers including our Board of Directors who do so much for 360°kids as they give of their time and resources in so many ways to keep the organization strong. I am pleased to be part of such an amazing team!
Bonnie HarknessChief Operating Officer
A message from our Chief Operating Officer
It’s more than just a roof over their heads and a meal. It’s knowing someone cares, it’s a family, it’s a home.
Having worked with 360ºkids in several different capacities over the years, I’m continually inspired by the youth we serve. While our incredible staff encourage and support our youth, it’s their strength and courage that provide motivation to us. We help youth to make positive changes in their lives, to overcome barriers and to move from crisis to a place of safety and security. At 360ºkids they find friendship and kindness in the most unexpected places. Our programs are innovative in that they meet people where they are at. Here, there is no shame in where you have come from or where you would like to go. Instead, our programs provide support and resources to help people live the life they desire.
I’m proud of the dynamic, innovative and vital programs provided throughout the Region by 360ºkids’ dedicated staff and volunteers. It is an organization that really cares, that really does believe that people matter. We are grateful to be a part of this community, honoured to give back and are rejuvenated every day by those we come in contact with.
Lesley SimsDirector of Resource Development
Luisa BitaDirector of Finance
Stephanie AustinDirector of Human Resources
Jessica WardSenior Manager, Housing Programs
Lori SchislerSenior Manager, Community Services
Christine HsuEquity Adviser
Board of Directors
Director of Strategic Operations with CALIBRATE
Lead, Programs and Services, KOJO Institute
Dan Kenigsberg, TreasurerAVP Financial Planning and Analysis, Manulife
Director, Human Resources & Administration, Hyundai Canada
Alvaro AlmeidaDeputy Chief, Investigations Branch
Karen ReaWard 4 Councillor – City of Markham
Neil MahonSVP & Chief Information Officer, Medcan Health Management Inc.
Barry ZeidenbergHead of Marketing, QA Consultants
Ann GomezSpeaker, Author, Founding President, Clear Concept Inc.
Amy WongDirector, Risk Advisory at Deloitte Canada
Jackie MasabaSenior Counsel, TD Bank Group Legal Department
Hande BilhanPrincipal and Co-owner, Golfdale Consulting, Inc.
Daniel WexlerAdvisor & Project Specialist, Human Resources, IAMGOLD
Uma JayaramDelivery Lead, Accenture
How You Can HelpGet Involved
360°kids works with individuals, corporate, school and community groups to provide both financial and in-kind donations to help support our work to assist at-risk and homeless youth.
In-kind donations from the community such as non-perishable food, clothing and hygiene items help keep our costs down so that more of your donation dollars can go towards direct programming, equipment needs and support to the youth.
Funds raised by 360°kids are invested back into our organization in improving and expanding the supports offered to vulnerable youth so that they can become stable, well-adjusted adults who contribute to the community.