Shalamar Brown-James
Connections Coordinator

Shalamar Brown-James

Shalamar has always had a passion for working with at-risk youth and children in general. Her upbringing allowed her to see the world from many different points of view which is her drive for trying to make sure the voices of the voiceless youth are heard. She completed her studies in Chid and Youth Work...
Ciara Loughram
Safe at Home Worker

Ciara Loughram

Ciara is originally from Ireland and lived in Scotland for just over 10 years. She completed her Social Work degree in Scotland and worked for Scotland’s CAS equivalent before moving to Canada in March 2020. She has always enjoyed working with children and young people and ensuring that their voices are heard in all aspects...
Monika Figura
Safe at Home Worker

Monika Figura

Monika believes all children and youth deserve happiness, a sense of community, and human connection.  Monika joined the StepStones Team after running multiple summer camps and community drop-in programs for at-risk children and youth across York Region, along with soccer programs in Toronto. Monika completed her studies at Humber College & at The University of...
Ebere Nnorom
Connections Coordinator

Ebere Nnorom

Eb is originally from Montreal, and yes, he can speak a bit of French! He went to Concordia University and has a Bachelors in Political Science. He has a history in eSports Community Management and Building, through video games such as Street Fighter and Guilty Gear, and has his own podcast: Black Nerd Talks. He...
Debby Nunes
Clinical Supervisor

Debby Nunes

Debby Nunes (Pronouns: she/her or they/them) is a genderqueer, first generation Canadian/Portuguese, Social Service Worker. For the last twenty years, Debby has been working in community to support and affirm youth from diverse life experiences, navigating multiple intersections of identity. Debby engages with young people, their families and communities by grounding her work in the...
Chris Quach
Executive Assistant & Program Support

Chris Quach

Chris joined StepStones a few years ago as a Camp Counselor and Camp Coordinator. She completed her degree in Political Studies and is currently in the works of completing a degree in Social Work. Chris has participated in various youth advocacy and social justice initiatives. She has since developed a passion for incorporating sustainable (social...
Alexi Manis
Program Development

Alexi Manis

Alexi is a filmmaker, educator, and writer who spends much of her time on her bike and also loves to sew. She assists StepStones with program development, fundraising events, and grant writing, all the while sporting her favourite StepStones’ t-shirts in several different colours. She is continually inspired by the incredible youth at StepStones!
Jackson Walker
Head of Partner Engagement

Jackson Walker

Jackson completed his degree in Media Studies at Queen’s University and has 10 years of experience working in youth programming in both a camp and education setting. He joined StepStones in early 2020. Jackson is excited to be connecting with our donors and sharing all of the amazing updates on our youth and the great...
Heather O’Keefe
Executive Director

Heather O’Keefe

Heather O’Keefe founded StepStones in 2004. She has been the residential summer camp director and the Executive Director since this time. Heather believes that charities have a responsibility to operate efficiently and most importantly effectively. She believes that donor dollars must go directly to programs that have proven ability to effect positive change. She also believes...
Maria Garcia
Part-Time Grant Wrtier

Maria Garcia

Maria joined Stepstones 10 years ago as a counselor at our Girl’s Summer Camp. She has since been a part of Stepstones and has helped at our Gift Wrap station and as a grant writer and researcher. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from York University and post-graduate certificates in Marketing and Project Management. Currently, she works...