OUR STORY

About Thinking Forward

Bullying has become a major social issue. The statistics are alarming, and numerous studies have shown that bullying carries long-term harmful impacts – both for the child being bullied and the child doing the bullying.

Thankfully, the need to address the issue is top-of-mind for educators and parents alike.

At Thinking Forward, we have a singular goal: to decrease the incidence of bullying by developing strong character and leadership abilities in children and youth.

Our approach is a little different from what you might typically see. Rather than provide resources, how-to’s and information about bullying at school assemblies, we actually go into the classroom and provide a 4-week character education program.

To keep it engaging and meaningful for children, our program features a highly interactive, arts-based curriculum.

The end goal is to inspire our children and youth to channel their energy into creating positive change in their communities. We believe this can significantly reduce the occurrence of bullying in our schools.

Our Team

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Wilson Leung

Chairman, Co-Founder

Wilson teaches leadership development at Ryerson University and holds a doctorate in leadership. He is an avid runner and is a big fan of Toronto sports teams!

Ranee Lee

Vice Chair, Co-Founder

Ranee teaches industrial design at OCAD University and is pursuing her Masters in  Education at University of Toronto. In her free time, you can probably find her at a local coffee shop!

Huston Loke

Secretary

Huston brings strategic expertise as the Director of Corporate Finance at the Ontario Securities Commission. He is also an Iron Man triathlete!

Angela Draskovic

Director

Angie is the President and CEO of Yonge Street Mission and has an extensive background in corporate and not-for-profit. She loves to golf and has a contagious laugh!

OPERATIONS TEAM

Susan Wilson

Treasurer

Sue brings a wealth of accounting experience and is the owner of a financial service company.  She enjoys making pottery and watercolour painting!

Aileen Lam

Operations Coordinator

Aileen graduated from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and currently works as a teacher for the Durham District School Board. She is an avid ultimate frisbee player and enjoys traveling to new places.

Kageana Arul

Program Coordinator

Kageana has been utilizing her artistic talents and rapport building as a program facilitator for over a decade with various organizations. In her free time she likes to decorate her house with nifty DIY projects.

Introducing…

To help spread the message of being buddies to one another, we have launched The Buddy Effect which aims to bring donors, educators, and volunteers together to make a positive impact in the lives of children and youth in Toronto.

Thinking Forward is an Approved Partner of the TDSB

Thinking Forward’s Generous Partners