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.



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).



Natali Euale is a member of GAP (Guelph Anti Pipeline) and was the Assistant Library and Archives Coordinator during the summer and fall of 2018.  She is interested in how settlers can un-learn colonial behaviors and build allyship with Indigenous communities to support their struggles for land-restitution and self-determination. She will be working full-time out of the OPIRG Guelph office as of February 2019.


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.



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 10:30am to 4:30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Symposium Coordinator

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


Liz Homer is an avid craft beer and cat lover who both grew up in Guelph and attended University here. She has been heavily influenced by the social and environmental organizing done within the Guelph community, and you can often find her volunteering with community groups. She is particularly concerned about the current state of the Ontario government, especially the prevention of progressive and accessible public education, the rejection and dismissal of climate change measures, and the ongoing attack on those living in poverty and requiring social assistance. She is very excited to be part of OPIRG-Guelph’s Social and Environmental Symposium this year, and hopes to help build a strong platform that fosters knowledge sharing and social change at a grassroots level.





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.  This position only exists in the summer.



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.


Azka Tahir is currently studying Criminal Justice and Public Policy at the University of Guelph. She is very interested gaining valuable social and environmental activism experience, and very excited to be part of OPIRG’s team this year.


Assistant Library and Archives Coordinator

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


Jason Richards is a fourth-year Sociology major, a member of the Varsity Football team, and is the director of the Guelph Creative Collective (CSA club). Jason is interested in how creative activism can transform traditional arts-based research methodologies and how research innovation can re-vitalize the non-profit sector.


Speed River Project Event Support

The Speed River Project Event Support staff person assists in planning, running and promoting tree plantings, park maintenance, invasive species control and river cleanup events.

We do not currently have anyone in this position.