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  • Serena Purdy - Chair

    Serena Purdy has lived in Kensington Market for 16 years. She’s a resident landlord, and a PhD Candidate studying policy at the University of Toronto. Serena sees so much beauty in Kensington’s unprecedented diversity and hopes to ensure that it remains a space where everyone is welcome. Her focus is mainly on affordable housing and livable cities initiatives. There really is no place like home. 

  • Sylvia Lassam - Treasurer

    Sylvia Lassam has lived in Kensington Market since 2005. She is an archivist by profession and is the founder of the Kensington Market Historical Society.

  • Nick Horton - Secretary

    Sylvia Lassam has lived in Kensington Market since 2005. She is an archivist by profession and is the founder of the Kensington Market Historical Society.

  • Alix Aylen

    Alix has lived in a teeny tiny basement apartment across from Bellevue Square for 5 years. She has 10 years of professional experience working on community-centered initiatives in Toronto, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Social and Community Planning. Her main area of focus is finding ways to enable community control of community space.

  • Tara Boire

    Tara Boire lives in Kensington Market.

  • Jaicyea Smith

    Jaicyea is an Inclusive Designer based in Toronto. She has extensive knowledge in Inclusive Design, AODA, WCAG, and accessibility. Recognized for her exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, leadership, and problem-solving, Jaicyea can handle and resolve issues with expediency. She resides in the Bloor West area but lived in Kensington for 4 years and continues to give back to the community. She was a founder and organizer of the Black women paint Baldwin #baldwinmural, a member of Tea Base in Chinatown, leads community projects with the skate community in Alexandra Park, and is involved in budding skatepark safety and community care initiatives. She loves the market and wants to keep it weird!!

  • Maggie Helwig

    The Reverend Maggie Helwig was appointed as the parish priest at the Anglican Church of St Stephen-in-the-Fields, at College and Bellevue, in May 2013. Before she became a priest, Maggie worked as a writer, editor, arts organizer, and human rights activist. She has been the literary editor of Canadian Forum, the co-coordinator of the Toronto Small Press Fair and the associate director of the Scream Literary Festival. Maggie has lived in or near Kensington Market for most of her adult life.

  • Twoey Gray

    Twoey Gray is a Kensington renter, artist, and friend. She believes strong communities make police obsolete. On the board, Twoey looks forward to representing youth and tenant voices.

Acknowledgment: 

We will be forever grateful to Dominique Russell for her contributions as founder of FoKM and chair of the organization from 2014-2020.