Meet the Current Board of Directors
Robert Gibson (he/him) – Board Liaison
Robert Gibson is a graduate of Trent University in the Environmental Science and Studies program who has an interest in local and provincial policy. Rob started volunteering with OPIRG Peterborough with the Green Dishes program. After seeing the social and environmental Justice work in the community Robert joined the board in 2018.
Angela Connors (she/her) – Policy & Governance Portfolio
Angela Connors, the Executive Director of the Community Race Relations Committee, is Anishinaabe from the Saugeen First Nation Beaver Clan. She has a passion for social justice, fuelled through her ancestry and shaped by over two decades in the non-profit sector and organized labour.
Angela has worked extensively with organizations across Ontario providing professional development encouraging dialogue and action on anti-racism and anti-oppression. She is a past recipient of the City of Toronto’s Access, Equity and Human Rights Award in Aboriginal Affairs.
In 2019 Angela spearheaded the successful campaign to get Peterborough to sign onto the Canadian Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities. She hopes to bring this campaign to municipalities across Peterborough County.
Jenn MacDonald (she/her) – Staff Liaison
Jenn MacDonald joined the Board of Directors in 2019 as Staff Liaison after falling in love with OPIRGs mission during her time as a student staff member. Jenn has a degree in International Development from Trent University, and has over 5 years experience working in the non-profit sector. She currently works in communications and fundraising at Heads Up for Inclusion and supports the Accessibility and Inclusion Network. Jenn is passionate about accessibility, social justice, and meaningful inclusion. In her spare time enjoys being in nature, spending time with her cat Beans, and taking on too many hobby projects.
Addison Clermont (he/they) – Provincial Liaison
Addison, originally from Tkarón:to, is a queer settler-canadian with French and English ancestry. He first moved to Nogojiwanong in 2009 to attend Trent University, earning a H.BA in English Lit and Philosophy. They developed a passion for workers rights during their time in the construction and hospitality industries.
He cites an Indigenous Literature course with beginning his journey of accepting the responsibility inherent to his settler roots. Currently he is President of the OPIRG Provincial Board and co-chair of its Finance and Administration Committee. He first joined the OPIRG Peterborough Board at the 2018 AGM after returning to Trent to pursue a degree in Indigenous Studies and Psychology. As a member of the board he hopes to help navigate the administrative and financial complexities of non-profit work while pursuing meaningful actions related to his passion for Indigenous Sovereignty, LGBTQIA2s+ rights, and workers rights.
Mohammed Farah (he/him) – Programming and Volunteer Liaison
Mikayla Livingston (she/her) – Currently on Leave
Nicola Koyanagi (she/they) – Coordinator (Staff)
Nicola Koyanagi is a fourth-gen Japanese Canadian with Irish, Scottish, German, and English ancestry, who grew up as a settler in Nogojiwanong on Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg territory. She is a learner and a lover moved by food, plants, art, and human connection. Through her community work and organic growing, Nico is interested in how we can live with more compassion, kindness, and care towards ourselves, each other, and the earth alongside challenging and resisting colonialism and capitalism in all its forms.
Nico is grateful for all the work OPIRG Peterborough does in the community and can’t wait to collaborate with you all towards our collective vision of transformation and liberation.