Our Team

History

Fathers Across Cultures (FAC) was established in 2009, by Rev. Sky Starr and concerned residents, in response to the need for positive male role models in the home and community, which has adverse effects on the behaviour and attitude of young men and fathers-to-be.

The FAC Team

Out Of Bounds Grief Support Services have partnered to support and empower fathers in our community. Mentorship programs for men and young men (13+) as well as an annual Father’s celebration will be organized through the Fathers Across Cultures Initiative which is managed by Rev. Sky Starr Director of Out of Bounds Grief Support.

We are grateful to the Student and Staff volunteers from Newtonbrook & Secondary School who continue to lend their time, talents and energy to our events and initiatives in the community.

Out of Bounds Grief Support
outofboundsjf.org
Newtonbrook Secondary School
www.tdsb.on.ca

Volunteers

Fathers Across Cultures (FAC) welcomes new volunteers. We are looking for reliable, hard-working, self-starting, independent, enthusiastic students who are excited about our community initiatives and who want to be among the next generation of community leaders with a caring heart. For more information about how you can become involved please download our FAC Volunteer Criteria.pdf.

Special thanks to out FAC Student Volunteer Coordinators:
FAC Club at Newtonbrook – Staff Advisor Ms. Donna Blanco

Board of Directors

Sky StarrRev. Sky Starr

Founder / Executive Director Of OOB

 

A resident of Jane/Finch community for 38 years, Rev. Sky is the Co-Chair of Jane/Finch Crisis Support Network and a first responder to crisis.
She is a marriage, family, and grief therapist who holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Community and Religious studies.
Rev. Sky is an educator, consultant, advocate, a former nurse, teacher and business owner and an avid stakeholder in her community.

She was instrumental in the formation of a crisis network team in the community where she provides compassionate, creative care for those who are traumatized by violence. She works with schools and community organizations from a unique trans-cultural perspective. Her work and services include group facilitation, grief & trauma-focused training, workshops, restorative justice mediation, therapeutic intervention, mentorship, lecturing at universities, and emotional intelligence training to youth, schools and the wider community.

She was recognized by CBC TV as a 2010 national “Champion of Change” in Jane and Finch community, by the federal government with the Queen Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012, and as a Role Model and Community Ambassador by Black Canadians, 2014.

Melinda Harris

Chair

Melinda Harris has been actively involved with Out of Bounds, filling in the role of Secretary.

As an executive coordinator with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and brings with her 20 years of experience in project coordination. She majored in English and French literature with the University of Cambridge and holds a translation diploma from Ryerson University.

In addition to volunteering for Out of Bounds, she is an active member with Toastmasters International. Her roles with Toastmasters include Vice President of Education, Secretary and most recently President of the only English-French Toastmasters club in the GTA.

Melinda has always had a love for the theatre and live performance. She was recognized with the Best Actress Award in the 1989 National Drama Festival from her homeland.

Melinda enjoys cooking, singing and playing the guitar. Her creative passion is to do voice-over for documentaries and she has been involved in the editing and publication of children’s stories for the past few years.

Her most significant achievement is rearing her 10-year-old son.

Garcia Bartley

Treasurer

Our youngest member of the board is a former student of York University – Schulich School of Business, where she completed a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Accounting.

As a trained Facilitator, Garcia has successfully completed the Introductory level of Trauma-Focused training provided by OOB and she shares the knowledge gained with others by participating at monthly programs given by OOB.

Garcia currently works as a staff accountant at Ernst & Young LLP where she is committed to developing an in depth knowledge of audit and financial reporting. Her portfolio describes her as a dependable, hard-working, and enthusiastic individual who is currently en route on the journey of becoming a CPA and a better human being.

Family and community ranks high on her priority list as Garcia strives to be an example at home and a role model in the community where she loves to volunteer.

Kevin Junior

Board Member

Kevin Junor brings over three decades of leadership in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Ontario Public Service to our team. He is a change management champion and has demonstrated this as a role model in the community.

He has been recognized for his leadership with various awards including the Order of Military Merit and the Harry Jerome Professional Excellence Award. Kevin has held various voluntary positions including the Chair of the Provincial Alliance Credit Union Board of Directors.

As a widely-traveled decision-maker, Kevin’s most significant achievement is his military deployment to Sierra Leone as a senior military advisor. For relaxation Kevin enjoys spending time with his family while learning to play golf.

Jennifer Macko

Board Member

Jennifer Macko is a human rights and social justice lawyer based in North York who brings her experience in non-profit law and governance to the Out of Bounds board. In the past, she has worked at a legal clinic in Northern Ontario and served as the Director of a social enterprise that helps marginalized individuals find employment opportunities. She is a graduate of Queen’s University, Faculty of Law (J.D., 2010), and Carleton University (B.A., 2007). 

In addition to volunteering with Out of Bounds, Jennifer serves as a director on the boards of the John Howard Society of Toronto, KLINK Coffee, and Reaching out Through Music.

In her free time, Jennifer is an avid traveller, a theatre fan, and a very slow half-marathon runner. 

Nick Reid

Board Member

Nick Reid is the Executive Director of Ryerson Urban Water (RUW), a collective of 44 Ryerson University researchers who share common concerns about water in the urban environment. Formerly he was Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) and was responsible for the day to day operations of Peel Region’s 4 main Water and Wastewater plants serving over 1.2 million residents.

In addition to Out Of Bounds, Nick volunteers as a Board Member at the Ontario Water Works Association and also with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). TRIEC recently recognized Nick as a 10 time mentor in helping professionals from other countries adjust to Ontario’s business, government and social practices.

Nick is a science graduate of Trent University.