Jenny Cafiso, Director
Jenny brings years of experience as programme coordinator at the international office of the Jesuit Refugee Service based in Rome. She has also worked as coordinator of educational animation at Development and Peace in Toronto. Jenny worked for two years in Peru with the leadership formation team of TAREA, a popular education centre working in slum areas of Lima. She has travelled extensively for work in Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Shaji Kangapadan, Program Coordinator
Shaji has worked extensively in development and humanitarian aid projects with the Indian Social Institute, Catholic Relief Services and Unicef in India. He has also served war-affected communities in Afghanistan for Catholic Relief Services and CORDAID. He brings to CJI solid experience in partnership, capacity building and community organisation, as well as strategic planning and project evaluations.
Kirsti Tasala, Youth and Outreach Coordinator
Kirsti has worked with non-profit organizations in community development and education both in Canada and abroad. Before joining CJI Kirsti was the Program Coordinator with an NGO in Nicaragua working in adult and youth education. Previously Kirsti worked with the North West LHIN and PARO Centre for Women’s Economic Development in Thunder Bay. Kirsti has also lived and worked, as well as being involved with various volunteer projects, in Costa Rica, Kenya, England and Japan.
CJI Staff (part-time, contract)
Elly Kaas, Accountant
Elly is a chartered accountant who has provided management and accounting services in the charities sector for the past 25 plus years. She has worked with Church and other groups dealing with peace and environmental issues, homeless people, prisoners, women and youth. Currently she is on the Board of the Catherine Donnelly Foundation and is Treasurer of Peace Brigades International.
Krishnanand Shenvi, Database Administrator
Krishna Shenvi is a database professional who handles a range of functions related to our donor database.
CJI also outsources some work to people working on a freelance basis.