Julie Cosgrove, Executive Director
Julie joined KWIC in 2003 as an exciting opportunity to integrate international and Canadian experience with a new life in Nogojiwanong, Peterborough. Her journey has included studying and working in different parts of Canada, as well as Grenada, West Indies, Nunavut and Cairo, Egypt. Along the way, she has worked in project management, formal and community-based education programs, including adult literacy, education programs for children living with disabilities, teacher training and programming for an education program designed for refugee families living in Cairo, as well collaboratively creating community crisis support systems (for HIV/AIDS and post traumatic stress).
She enjoys the magic that happens when inspired, passionate people gather for social change, loves the amazing food and conversations that are so integral to KWIC's work, the Raging Grannies, parenting and short fiction. Julie completed her Honours B.A. at Waterloo University (Co-op Program), a Bachelor of Education at York University, and a Community-based International Development Program, specializing in Participatory Approaches at the COADY International Institute (St. Xavier University) in Nova Scotia. She is a member of the Partnership Brokers Alumni Association (UK) and a volunteer mediator with Peterborough Community Mediation.
Rachelia Giardino, SEEDS for Justice Youth Program Coordinator
Rachelia graduated from Trent University with a BA Honours Degree in History. While history is one of her passions, so too is youth engagement, and she has over eight years experience working with youth. She is excited to be leading the Seeds for Justice Facilitator's Collective and youth program to engage her creative and social justice side! In her spare time, Rachelia loves reading, drinking tea and playing with her two pugs.
Selena Barre, Volunteer and Resources Coordinator
Selena is currently in her second year of pursuing a joint degree in Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Trent. She has a passion for learning about the relationship people have with each other and their environment, which makes KWIC an exciting place to be. She enjoys the opportunity to experience the enthusiasm and expertise of KWIC volunteers, as well as working with the library available in KWIC’s resource centre. In her time off, Selena loves to travel and try cuisines from all over the world.
Ken Davie, SEEDS for Justice Youth Facilitator
Ken is a graduate of the Ecosystem Management Technician/ Technologist diploma program at Sir Sandford Fleming College and is currently in his final undergraduate year at Trent University for his B.Sc. in Environmental and Resource Management. Ken has a passion for the arts as well as environmental and social justice education, and is able to combine these passions for his role with the SEEDs for Justice Facilitator’s Collective. In his off time Ken can often be found reading or playing his guitar.
Mari Phkhakadze, Trent-Community Liasion
Born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia. Mari Phkhakadze has been advocating for advanced human potential from a very deep childhood. Mari’s professional journeys started from seventh grade when she was sent to Turkey and she has been unlocking the gates of international opportunities ever since. She represented her country all over the Europe through out 3 years. The organizations she has worked with include: “ Erasmus Student Network”, “The European Law Students' Association”, “European Youth Parliament”, “Aiesec”, “GLOW” and etc.
Apart from her academic career, she was a Georgian national dancer and singer for number of years.
Mari has empowered girls through educational camp “GLOW” which was dedicated to raising awareness on leadership topics and STEM fields among girls. She has organized number of events in Georgia, one of them being: ”Model Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe" PACE 2015. An international simulation with 172 delegates from all over the Caucasian region. The year before coming to Canada Mari worked in a creative agency “Leavingstone”. That was when she discovered the power of innovation and technology.
Today she is studying Computer Science at Trent University. Mari believes that change happens when unique human experiences meet education.
Victoria Kacer,Trent OXFAM Coordinator
Victoria is currently in her second year of the Environmental Science/Studies program at Trent. She is extremely passionate about sustainability and environmental protection and education, especially in relation to issues of animal agriculture and water resources. She is excited to be working as the Coordinator of the Trent Oxfam Working Group which focuses on local connections to issues of food, gender, and climate change. She is excited to have the opportunity to rebuild the group from the ground up and allow her fellow students to work on issues they are passionate about in the community.