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The Team

Alana Laws

For the past few years, Alana Laws has worked with children in the capacity of a caregiver as well as social and cognitive developer. Education in psychology and experience with basketball have been the tools Alana use daily working with children, youth and adults. As a basketball player, trainer and mentor coach Alana continues to emphasize the importance of the tools developed along with playing basketball or taking part in any physical training that transforms into life skills.

May the present continue to inspire you to continue to create through whatever art form you do.

Education/Background
Psychology

Monique Campbell

About me: l am a professional in the financial services industry with 20+ years experience providing excellence in customer service, administration, facilitation and leadership. I am passionate about leadership and the development of others, as well as mental wellness- especially now during these unprecedented and difficult times.

Education/Background
Adult Education certificate – George Brown College.
Psychology B.A program – York University

Monique Webley

About me: I played for ETBA during my elementary and high school basketball career. I was able to receive an athletic scholarship and completed my undergraduate education at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Since then I’ve been able to attain my Masters degree in Social Work at York University in Toronto. I’ve worked as a Family Service Worker for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society. Currently, I work for the Toronto Catholic District School Board as an Education Assistant and I am in my second year of Teachers College at York University in Toronto. I love working with children, youth and families in various capacities. I have a passion for community work and have been on the ETBA Board for over 10 years.

Education/Background
MSW, BSW, BEd (currently) 

Renée Wallace

Renée has over 8 years experience working with children, youth, and families within vulnerable communities across Toronto. Renée graduated with her Bachelor of Social Work from Lakehead University, B.A in Human Services, and she is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work. She uses her education, skills and lived experience while working with diverse populations. She is passionate about supporting others going through challenges. When Renée sees there is a need, she is there to help problem solve and create innovative ideas that benefit the community. In the pas she has implemented a summer breakfast program for children experiencing food security issues. With this breakfast program, children were able to learn how to make their own meals that promote health and wellness.

Renée enjoys the outdoors, bike riding, travelling, and cooking. She is continuously seeking to gain more knowledge and skills and broaden her education.

Education/Background
Bachelor of Social Work, Lakehead University, B.A in Human Services

Samantha Frederick

Samantha Frederick has been working in the social service field for eleven years. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology in 2014. In 2017, she earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree. She then went on to York University, where she completed a Master’s degree in clinical Social Work. During her Masters degree, Samantha completed a practicum placement at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, where she provided therapy, consultation, clinical assessments and mentorship to individuals and focus groups.

Samantha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist. She currently works with youth and young adults who experience mental health concerns. This includes depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, etc,. Her holistic and eclectic approach to mental health, helps her navigate and provide the best service needed.

Samantha is a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers  and Social Service Workers. She engages in continuing professional education in accordance with the requirements of her College. Samantha is also a good standing member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Samantha enjoys the outdoors, producing music and trying new foods.

Education/Background
Bachelor’s of Arts degree, Psychology
Bachelor of Social Work degree
Master’s degree, clinical Social Work

Trainer Tashawna Higgins

Tashawna is an ETBA alumni who became a part of the same organization that once helped her as a Youth. Tashawna brings 10 + years of expertise and experiences as a fitness professional to the ETBA community. She is a Personal Trainer and Nutritional Coach, and will consult on physical fitness/training, and positive nutritional habit changes. Tashawna is an OUA basketball official in Toronto and plans to guide Youth on ways to become a basketball official in Ontario. Tashawna took her basketball journey to the highest level possible as she played professionally in Iceland, France and Spain. Also, her determination and hard work allowed her to play for the Jamaican National Team in 2018 at the CBC games held in in Barranquilla, Colombia. Tashawna is looking forward to paying it forward and guiding tomorrows youth to success.

Education/Background
Norfolk State University ’09 B.A. in Sociology