The Dream Team also has two staff and one placement student:
Joanna Pawelkiewicz–Dream Team Coordinator
Originally born in Warsaw Poland, Joanna has lived in Canada for more than 20 years.
She has a specialty in Women’s Studies and a Minor in French at the University of Toronto before studying Adult and Anti-Racism Education at the Ontario Institute in Studies for Education. Joanna was very involved in student politics; she was part of an anti-corporate working group at OPIRG and volunteered with a feminist radio collective for five years.
Before coming to the Dream Team, Joanna worked in various social justice oriented projects in areas of food security, youth work, international development, labour rights and violence against women. Her current position as the Dream Team Coordinator allows Joanna to learn from the Consumer/Survivor community and to work with other like-minded people to achieve social change.
Joanna credits exercise, acupuncture, some aspects of CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) as well as family support and meaningful employment for her ongoing recovery from mental illness. Her next steps towards wellness include getting a dog!
Carmen Charles–Outreach Coordinator
Carmen was born and raised in Trinidad. She migrated to Canada as a young girl, and attended the University of Toronto where she studied Politics, International Development and Health Studies. She was actively involved in many campus groups and held a variety of leadership roles. Prior to her involvement at the Dream Team, Carmen worked as a Multicultural Project Coordinator. She also worked as a Research Assistant for a branch of the Privy Council where she coordinated an international roundtable on social innovation which featured industry experts from all across the world. Carmen’s interests are broad: they range from social justice, human rights public health, politics theology and spirituality, and international issues. In her personal time, Carmen enjoys trying new foods, dancing, karaoke, Bollywood movies, sandy beaches, Dexter and anything with salt on it.
Tobi McEvenue was born in Pembroke, Ontario and has been living in Toronto for the past 12 years. She is currently completing her placement with The Dream Team after finishing her final year of Social Work studies at Ryerson University. Tobi is also working at COTA Health as a Supportive Housing Worker and previously worked at Geneva Centre for Autism for the past 5 years. Tobi chose to join The Dream Team as a student because she is interested in ally work, social justice, participatory research and learning from a vital, grassroots group devoted to bringing voices from the margins to the centre. Tobi’s interests include research, art, reading, enjoying family and friends and science fiction.
Melissa Ricciuti–past student
Melissa was born in Hamilton Ontario to an Italian father and an Aboriginal mother. She is currently in her last year of Social Work studies at Ryerson University. Melissa is doing her placement with the Dream Team because of her interest in activism, advocacy and policy with mental health consumers. In her adult life, Melissa has been working to reconnect with her Aboriginal roots. She works with Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto Community Council, The Ryerson School of Social Work Aboriginal Advisory Committee, and Ryerson Aboriginal Educational Council. Melissa also started a student group on campus for fat activism. Melissa’s passions are working with marginalized people, especially the Aboriginal community. She is also passionate about working to advocate for Human Rights and social justice. The key elements of Melissa’s recovery include movement and body awareness. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with family.