Staff Profiles

Coordinator of Volunteer Programming and Community Engagement (Volunteer Coordinator)

The Coordinator of Volunteer Programming and Community Engagement manages the volunteer program and provides training and support for volunteers and Action Groups. The VPCE also works with other organizations to bring speakers and programming to the campus  and wider community.

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Mandy Hiscocks is well known for her dedication and understanding of a range of issues. She  has lived in Guelph for over 20 years, many of which were spent studying and working at the U of G, so she has an in-depth knowledge of the campus and the community. If you want to volunteer at OPIRG, join or start an Action group, propose an event or a workshop, or get connected to other people and groups doing similar work to you, drop by or get in touch to  make an appointment. Mandy is happiest when the OPIRG office is full of busy, enthusiastic people. You can usually find her there 12-4:30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 1:30-4:30pm on Thursdays.

Coordinator of Organizational and Policy Development (Organizational Coordinator)

The Organizational Coordinator is responsible for organizational and policy development, Board support and development, and work associated with Ontario PIRG (the provincial network of PIRGs).

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Brad Evoy is a nerdy, disabled Mi’kmaw, who is known for his focus and his upbeat tempo. While new to Guelph, he has spent nearly ten years working within campus and activist organizations in both Newfoundland and Ontario—as such he has a broad knowledge of education, training, capacity building, and policy & organizational development. So, if you want to check out our archives and library, learn more about our Provincial Network or how our Board does its thing, come on by or drop Brad a line! He’s really looking forward to connecting with folks across the campus and community.. He can usually be found Monday-Thursday from 10:30 am – 5:30 pm

Coordinator of Office Finances and Administration (Office Coordinator) and Speed River Project Coordinator

The Office Coordinator is responsible for managing OPIRGs’ physical space, administrative systems, bookkeeping and financial reporting and equipment purchases and maintenance.

The Speed River Project Coordinator is responsible for managing OPIRG’s Speed River Project, which includes the Adopt-A-Riverside project. The Speed River Project Coordinator works with OPIRG staff, students and the broader community towards enhancing the ecological health of our rivers. Neighbourhood-based naturalization initiatives and educational programming form the heart of this project.

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Kiran Bhattarai has a wealth of knowledge and experience about community development and environmental sciences. She also has international experiences on social and environmental activism. Most weeks Kiran is in the office from 10 am to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

 Symposium and Bookfair Coordinator (Symposium Coordinator)

The Symposium Coordinator is a temporary staff person who is responsible the overall operations of the annual OPIRG Social and Environmental Justice Symposium and Rebel Knowledge Bookfair.

Summer Research and Archival Coordinator (Research Coordinator)

The Research Coordinator is a temporary staff person who is responsible the overall operations of the annual OPIRG People’s History Project.

WORK STUDY STAFF

The OPIRG Workstudy Support Staff are temporary staff who responsible for assisting full-time staff in aspects of their work, engaging in training and skill-building, and taking on project specific tasks related to the organization.

Events and Programming Support

The Events and Programming support staff person assists in planning, running and promoting events including the annual Symposium.

Celeste Lopreiato is an undergraduate student at the University of Guelph pursing a degree in Environmental Governance. She is passionate about many different social justice issues, and cares about the protection of animals, humans, and the environment we share. She helps organize and run various OPIRG events and is always wanting to learn about activism in our community.

Assistant Library and Archives Coordinator

The Library and Archives assistant coordinator aids in the overall operation, function and promotion of the Radical Resource Library and the OPIRG Local/Provincial Archive.

Emma Legere is a third year arts student majoring in English and History. She has worked extensively in writing and tutoring fields throughout her studies, including work on the Footnotes Collective for 2017. As the Library and Archives Assistant Coordinator, she is the go-to person with questions about OPIRG Guelph’s Radical Resource Library or extensive archives. Emma has a passion for all literature and writing from Japanese manga to eighteenth-century poetry. When she isn’t doing schoolwork or taking care of her puppy, she is almost certainly playing either Magic the Gathering, World of Warcraft, or Dungeons and Dragons. You can usually find Emma in the Radical Resource Library Mondays and Wednesdays from 11AM-2PM.