We’re excited to introduce two new members of our team: Shea Sinnott and Kelly Halseth. Code for Canada has big plans for 2018, and Shea and Kelly will be helping with the heavy lifting necessary to scale and grow our organization — and our impact!
Kelly is Code for Canada’s new Education and Community Program Manager. She’s a social worker, a service designer, and — like the rest of the team — a policy wonk. Kelly will be leading Code for Canada’s education efforts, designing and delivering training to build digital capacity in governments and communities across the country. She’ll also be responsible for convening, connecting and empowering Canada’s growing number of civic tech community groups.
Kelly has implemented human-centred design practices in a variety of contexts and jurisdictions, making her an invaluable addition to the Code for Canada team. She previously contributed to the development of Long Beach, California’s violence prevention policy, and was part of the Service Delivery Model Renewal Initiative at the City of Toronto, re-imagining and remodeling how residents access social assistance.
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Shea be leading a brand new civic innovation initiative Code for Canada is launching in partnership with the City of Toronto and the Centre for Social Innovation. She will help build a hub for civic innovation in Toronto, and foster collaboration between public servants, civic tech practitioners and civic tech entrepreneurs. The initiative will offer a unique mix of programming, events, training and consultation, all with the goal of enabling innovators in every sector to design, test and deploy solutions to civic challenges.
With over seven years of experience in the non-profit sector and a MEd from the University of Toronto, Shea is an ideal candidate to lead Code for Canada’s newest program. She originally hails from British Columbia, and has worked as a program manager and organizer at OpenMedia, Next Up and the David Suzuki Foundation.
Kelly and Shea will bring new energy, new ideas and new ways of working to Code for Canada. We can’t wait to work alongside them, and we hope you’ll join us in welcoming them to our small — but mighty — organization.
Both Shea and Kelly will start their new roles on March 1, 2018.