OUR PEOPLE

We are here to Elevate and Ignite you!

With 3 members out of head office and a Board of volunteers who support and guide SOS, we are a tight-knit group of people passionate about the impact of education in changing the world.
Jamie Arron

Jamie Arron

Executive Director
Education and Work:

For over a decade I’ve been leading innovation-focused projects, having founded not-for-profit organizations and small businesses, as well as working in municipal government, in universities, and consulting to a wide variety of social enterprises, foundations, and corporate leaders. My core passion lies in harnessing technology, strategy, and human-centered design to scale social impact. You can learn more at www.linkedin.com/in/jamesarron.

I studied at Dalhousie University where I majored in International Development, and completed a certificate in Entrepreneurship. I’ve also been educated through Fellowship programs provided by Venture for Canada, MaRS Discovery District, and 21 INC.

Favourite Quote:

“Be like a tree. Stay grounded, connect with your roots, keep growing”

Favourite Book(s):

Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl

What do you like teaching others about?

Spanish language, guitar/piano, travel planning, anything about SOS!

Laura Viselli

Laura Viselli

Program Director
Education and Work:

HBA, Global Studies, Spanish minor and Research Specialization Option, Wilfrid Laurier University (2014).

For more than 4 years, Laura has facilitated the collaboration between SOS volunteers and supporters with partnering organizations and communities in Central and South America. Laura has travelled to Guatemala, Indonesia, Spain, and Costa Rica, and believes in the transformative power of cross-cultural collaboration. Prior to Laura’s involvement with SOS, she supported uniquely-abled children and adults in Ontario as they pursued a more accessible livelihood.

Favourite Book(s):

Ghost River by Edmund Metatawabin

She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

Gently to Nagasaki by Joy Kogawa

Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

What do you like teaching others about?

Travelling, cooking, and history

 

 

Manjeet Varekar

Manjeet Varekar

Marketing Communications Manager
Education and Work:

  • (Post-Graduate Certification) Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Centennial College (2017)
  • (M.A.) Marketing Communications from Middlesex University London (2015-2016)
  • (B.A.) Media & Communications with Marketing from Middlesex University London (2005-2009)

My career has spanned journalism, advertising, public relations and marketing, primarily at agencies managing international clients. I think outside the tesseract and thrive in creative environments! I made my transition to the charity sector after volunteering for human/animal rights organizations and feeling a sense of purpose. Joining a dynamic social enterprise such as SOS to create ripple effects through education = finding my ‘IKIGAI’ (the process of allowing the self’s possibilities to blossom)!

Favourite Quote:

“The universe is a puzzle, life is a problem to be solved, it’s a conundrum, it’s not what it appears to be. There are doors, there are locks and keys, there are levels, and if you get it right, somehow it will give way to something extremely unexpected.” – Terence McKenna

Favourite Book(s):

Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book For All and None by Friedrich Nietzsche

What do you like teaching others about?

Mysticism, philosophy and music