John Campey – Executive Director
John Campey joined the Ralph Thornton team in January of 2015. From 2003 until 2014, John was Executive Director of Social Planning Toronto, an organization that links research with community mobilization to improve the quality of life of all Toronto residents, with a strong focus on supporting the community non-profit sector, and advocating on issues of poverty, exclusion, and marginalization. John has also been an elected Trustee on the Toronto Board of Education, representing the Downtown Ward, a classroom teacher (including working as “Community Outreach Teacher” at Dundas Public School), and an association manager. John has served on a number of volunteer Boards, and is currently on the Advisory Council of the Canadian Education Association, the board of the Canadian Council for Social Development, the Ryerson School of Public Administration advisory board, and the Triangle Program Community Council. John lives in Cabbagetown with his partner Jefferson and their dog Copper.
Maria Moutsatsos – Director of Programs
Maria Moutsatsos joined the Ralph Thornton Community Centre team in 2013 and holds the position of Director of Programs.
Maria brings 15 years of experience working in community-based programs in downtown Toronto. Prior to joining the Ralph Thornton Centre Maria served as Program Manager at Serve Canada; Transitional & Housing Support Program Coordinator at Nellie’s; Edible Garden Program Coordinator at Halton Food for Thought; and Director of the Youth Substance Abuse Program at YMCA Greater Toronto. Maria’s early career was spent on the frontlines in counselling and community development roles, mainly working with youth and adults experiencing homelessness or living within the shelter system. Maria now brings her leadership skills and passion for community development and program planning as Director of Programs to help further Ralph Thornton’s role in Riverdale.
Glenn Gustafson – Business Manager
Glenn Gustafson joined the Ralph Thornton Community Centre as our Business Manager in 2015. Glenn was the Executive Assistant to Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell for nine years. At City Hall, he worked on local and city-wide projects and policies related to social inclusion and equity, including improved access to recreation to programming, increasing women’s participation in municipal government, and the beginnings of Toronto’s poverty reduction strategy. In addition, Glenn has managed federal, provincial and municipal election campaigns across the country. He has shared his years of experience through creating training modules and leading workshops on strategic planning, volunteer engagement, and communications. Glenn and his family live a leisurely walk away from the Ralph Thornton Community Centre.
Susy Glass – Volunteer Coordinator
Susy Glass joined the RTC team in 2007 as part of the Riverdale Community Action Project. Susy has expanded her portfolio to include Volunteer Development and Policy and Procedure Review at RTC. Susy has a degree in Political Science and Sociology and has spent the last 2 decades working with marginalized communities to assist them in increasing their voice both in the community and politically. Susy has worked on various political campaigns spanning everything from women’s rights and safety to anti-corporatization and anti-globalization. In her free time Susy enjoys practicing Yoga, spinning poi, travel and discovering good food.
Jianli (Janice) Zhang – Mentor Program Coordinator
Jianli Zhang joined the RTC team in 2010 as Youth-Children Mentor Program Coordinator. Jianli has a community service diploma and has experience working with marginalized and isolated community members in several non-profit organizations. Jianli speaks English and Mandarin, which could support Chinese newcomers and their families better integrate into our community during their adaptation period to the new country. Jianli also enjoys spending time with family, friends and doing crafts.
Ian Sieunarine – Maintenance
Ian Sieunarine started with the Ralph Thornton Community Centre team in March 2010, and holds the position of Maintenance Worker. Ian brings 23 years of experience in the field of building maintenance, and takes great pride in the level of maintenance he delivers here at the Centre. Ian is father to a very busy body eight year old son Kyle, and husband to ‘his anchor’ Tricia. He’s a proud home owner in the Parkdale neighborhood, and loves traveling back to his native Trinidad to spend time at his home there with his mom “who I love beyond words.” Ian is a very creative person – in his off time you will almost always find him in his garage helping a friend doing repairs on their car or just tinkering with some new idea to add to his house.
Mark Johnson – Maintenance
Mark Johnson has been with Ralph Thornton Community Centre since 1995. He has worked for RTC in various positions over the years from Child & Youth worker to Building Maintenance. His greatest passion at present is screenwriting. Some of his short films can be found here: www.pressfame.com
Rose Scher – Reception
Rose joined the team at Ralph Thornton in August 2014 as casual relief staff working in both Maintenance and Reception. Her previous employment for the Facilities Department at the University of Toronto from 2004 until 2014 provided her with many of the skills required for both aspects of her job; her enthusiasm and people skills make her a great fit. Her previous volunteer work includes the Toronto Pride Committee, the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre and the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival. She is a member of the Toronto Historical Bowling Society, and spends her free time with family, friends and their various children and pets.
Peter Dyett has been with the Ralph Thornton Centre’s night reception for 6 1/2 years. Peter started coming to the Ralph Thornton Centre in order to train in Wing Chun Kung fu with Sifu Chris Blake. Peter liked RTC so much he thought he might as well get the odd shift. Peter has a General Arts and Science diploma from George Brown College. He lives in Downtown Toronto with his daughter. Peter loves to read and practice wing chun and other martial arts.