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National Leadership Team

Rick Ashbee

Rick Ashbee

National Executive Director

This Rick. He is our fearless leader. His top 10 list will be coming soon. Hopefully. 
Mary Kosta-Cadas

Mary Kosta-Cadas

National Director of Fund Development and Strategy

Favorite thing to eat in the office?        
Not food. Diet coke, or coffee.

How do you like to relax/unwind?
I like to read a book. (I hide the romance cover.)

What’s your superpower (or secret talent)?
I can move my ears, and I'm double jointed.

How do you give back?
I sit on boards and I always help where I can.

What was your most recent adventure?
I recently went to PEI.

What’s on your bucket list?

I want to go to Bali and be waited on by Henry Cavill in a hut on sticks.

Favourite Film?
It's a tie between The Green Mile and The Red Violin.

Favourite ice cream flavour?
Not an ice cream fan. I like slushies like all good people do.

Best book you’ve read so far this year?
Based on the covers of the books I mentioned earlier, I can't say. (Call me and we'll talk.)

Jeremey Ludwig

Jeremey Ludwig

National Program Manager

Favourite thing to eat in the office?        
A bologna sandwich every day for lunch.

How do you like to relax/unwind?
In the evening I like to sit on the front porch with my wife and enjoy life.

What’s your superpower (or secret talent)?
For fun, I wrote and illustrated a couple of story books to read to our son.  They are about our cat and the first one was about a fishing trip with the Loch Ness Monster.

How do you give back?
In the past I have volunteered in the community and helped coach hockey however this all changed with the arrival of our son.  In a few years, I will not doubt be coaching his hockey team, baseball team, soccer team.

What was your most recent adventure?
This summer my mom and I climbed a pyramid at Teotihuacan, Mexico.  I was so excited to climb a pyramid that it wasn’t until we were halfway up that I remembered I do not really like heights. 

What’s on your bucket list?
Skara Brae.  It is the remains of a 5000 year old village located on the Orkney Islands in Scotland and was discovered after a fierce storm in Victorian times.  The village is older than the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge.  I find it fascinating that 5000 years people lived in such remote places.  Why would they live there?  Did they chose or were they driven there?  There must be a story.

Favourite Film?
My favourite “bad” movie is “It Happens Every Spring”.  It’s a 1950s film about a college chemistry professor who accidentally creates a bottle of wood repellent and naturally decides to use the wood repellent to become a pitcher for his favourite baseball team (St. Louis Browns).  It gets complex as his girlfriend is the daughter of the college Dean who would never allow his daughter to date a baseball player.

Favourite ice cream flavour?
Moose Tracks by The Kawartha Dairy Company.  

Best book you’ve read so far this year?
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne.

Victoria Selano

Victoria Selano

National Director Marketing & Program

Favourite thing to eat in the office?
Dried cranberries and cashew trail mix. 

How do you like to relax/unwind?
Bikram Yoga. Bring on the sweat. 

What's your superpower (or secret talent)?
It's so secret that I can't even tell you.  

How do you give back?
I participate in local community clean ups in the spring and fall and donate to a local children's hospital. 

What was your most recent adventure?
First plane ride with a toddler to Quebec City. That was an adventure, especially when she turned to the lady sleeping beside us and screamed "Wake Up".  

What's on your bucket list?
Iceland. 

Favourite film?
So many. But for today it will be Four Weddings and a Funeral. Cheesy I know. 

Favourite Ice Cream Flavour?
Neapolitan. Three flavours one container. Best of three worlds.

Best book you’ve read so far this year?
Triggers, by Marshall Goldsmith. Thank you Julie. 

Andrew Ratcliff

Andrew Ratcliff

National Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Favourite thing to eat in the office?
Large chocolate twist ice cream cone, dipped in chocolate and rolled not sprinkled in sprinkles.

How do you like to relax/unwind?
I usually enjoy watching documentaries or following current events

What’s your superpower (or secret talent)?
I have a very good mind for retaining useless knowledge.

How do you give back?
I spend some of my time during various holidays to help sort and distribute food to the less fortunate at local foodbanks.

What was your most recent adventure?
Learning to navigate the roads of Downtown Toronto on my bike…its quite different then driving your car.

What’s on your bucket list?
I would like get my scuba diving license and explore shipwrecks in the Caribbean Sea. And perhaps find some treasure of my own.

Favourite Film?
I don’t have a clear favorite film but anything that involves giant monsters destroying cities is a winner.

Favourite ice cream flavour?
Please refer to the first question.

Best book you’ve read so far this year?
A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
Alisha Fournier

Alisha Fournier

Digital Content & Social Media Coordinator

Favourite thing to eat in the office?
Chocolate chip cookies. Or, anything chocolate, really.

How do you like to relax/unwind?
I love to watch television. Huge fan of Samantha Bee and John Oliver. Jane the Virgin is my happy place. I also love going for hikes. I try to get out of Toronto and into the bush as often as I can. I love sitting among the trees.

What’s your superpower (or secret talent)?
I can remember a ridiculous amount of celebrity trivia.  

How do you give back?
I volunteer wherever, and as often as I can.

What was your most recent adventure?
This summer I was lucky enough to go to Winnipeg. It's a really beautiful city. Canada is such a beautiful country, I hope to be able to explore it more in the near future.

What’s on your bucket list?
To meet Alyssa Milano. It's going to happen one day, I can feel it.

Favourite Film?
My favourite romantic comedy is Imagine Me and You and my favourite drama is The Hours. I will watch almost any musical. 

Favourite ice cream flavour?
Chocolate chip cookie dough. Mint chocolate chip is a close second.

Best book you’ve read so far this year?
I'm partial to articles, but I recently read a book called Everything Leads to You and it really stuck with me.