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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 been a resident of South Augusta for 6 years. She has over 10 years of professional experience working on community-based initiatives in Toronto, with a Masters in Community & Social Planning.  She is currently the Program Lead at the University of Toronto’s Infrastructure Institute, leading the development of a Social Purpose Real Estate capacity-building program for nonprofit organizations in the GTA.

  • Tara Boire

    Tara Boire is a local filmmaker who has lived and worked in the Market for over a decade. She participated in the efforts of FoKM to keep Wal-Mart from moving in and officially joined the Board in 2016. Tara is currently working towards her Restorative Justice certification from SFU, graduating in 2022, and looks forward to applying those skills towards the furtherance of this community in the future.

  • 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!!

  • 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.

Acknowledgments: 

We are forever grateful to past board members for their contribution:

Dominique Russell for her contributions as founder of FoKM and chair of the organization from 2014-2020.

The Reverend Maggie Helwig, the parish priest at the Anglican Church of St Stephen-in-the-Fields, at College and Bellevue.