INNOVATION WORKS STAFF
Caleigh Atkinson, Communications & Marketing Assistant
Caleigh is a marketing professional who specializes in social media. She has a passion for bringing her creativity to life through marketing and graphic design. Caleigh’s main focus is social media marketing for Innovation Works but also helps with Pillar’s communications. She aims to amplify all of Pillar’s efforts within the community through her graphics and innovative marketing strategies. She hopes to garner more interest from the London community to become Pillar members. In her spare time, you can find Caleigh binge-watching reality tv with her Golden Retriever, Sadie!
Roman Mechkov, Innovation Works Coordinator
I am a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a double degree in accounting and political science. I also hold a post-degree diploma in not-for-profit management from Western Continuing Studies and am excited to utilize all of my skills to help Pillar Nonprofit Network and Innovation Works! Beyond academics, I love to play tennis however that has been somewhat difficult as of late given the pandemic. In my spare time I like to watch a lot of movies, I love film, and fun fact, build LEGO sets or any 3D models. Building these sets and models are extremely rewarding once the entire construction is complete but can be a massive time sink if I’m not paying attention. My greatest aspiration is rather straightforward: I simply want to help as many people as I can throughout my career. It isn’t exactly one specific great aspiration but rather I aspire to be the best person I can be and to help those who need it most.
WELCOME DESK VOLUNTEERS
Omolade Williams (she/her)
Omolade Williams founded BLAccess to support and provide Canadian employers with the tools and knowledge so they can be more aware of cultural diversity, and be better positioned to match qualifications, and relevant experiences. BLAccess helps bridge any gap in cultural understanding between employers and professional immigrants.
I have assisted with personal development and training for the indigenous communities in Canada. The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud.
Omolade Williams is also the Windsor Chapter Leader for Canada Learning Code, a national organization that helps introduce young people to S.T.E.M. A mentor for Black Boys Code. I have been nominated twice as Tech Mentor of the Year in Windsor. I volunteer and have served on the board of various community organizations both internationally and within local Windsor Ont. I enjoy empowering youths and adults alike to believe in themselves and their skills; most importunately seeing positives in negative challenges. I am committed to community building, networking and empowering. I believe in unifying and respect for sustainable relationship of all.
Nohe Tekle Resom (he/him)
Nohe is currently a volunteer at Innovation Works and found out about the volunteer position through the pillar nonprofit network website. Nohe is a London born resident who is passionate about giving back to his community which is what led him to Innovation Works. Outside of volunteering at Innovation Work, Nohe is currently a Western University student who is pursing his Bachelor of Engineering Science degree.
Taylor R.W. Bentley (they/them)
In addition to a Welcome Desk Volunteer, Mixter (Mx.) Taylor Ross Walkden Bentley is a Board Director at Reforest London (term ending 2025) and has been a policy specialist with the Canadian government on all things Internet, digital and data for over 10 years. At the Strategy and Innovation Policy Sector of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada, Taylor has contributed to ministerial priorities on global Internet governance, domain names, artificial intelligence, and data governance. As Canada’s information society is maturing, Taylor seeks to support better data use and sharing in non-profit organizations and socially beneficial causes working to build a better nation that is inclusive of French, English, Metis, First Nation and Inuit from coast, to coast, to coast. Taylor has expertise in international standards and developing policy to encourage compliance with best practices on privacy, results-based budgeting, and governance. These issues are critically important to every Canadian in today’s society.
Taylor grew up in Belmont Ontario and currently lives in London’s Old North neighbourhood. Taylor’s family stays close to nature either at the family cottage at Lake Huron or in the many forested areas of London. As a family, the Bentleys are committed to keeping London as green as possible, and regularly participate in community clean-ups and Truth and Reconciliation efforts. London and the region surrounding the Thames River has been home to many First Nations since time immemorial. Taylor advocates for this wealth of knowledge to be sought and welcomed into all conservation efforts of the region.
Linda De Bruyn
Linda loves working with people and helping them in the best way possible. Linda prides herself on her fun and outgoing personality.
Mark Dickey (he/him)
Mark grew up in Guelph before moving London to do grade 7 to 13. Since then, Mark has been juggling between pursuing his passion for making music, and cooking. Feel free to share your favourite your current ear-worm tune or a recipe you’re loving with Mark.
Actress, Cultural Manager, and Mom. Passionate about theater and freedom, she studied acting at the Centro de Investigación Cinematográfica de Argentina, improvisation, and clowning at Universidad del Bosque in Colombia. She is currently an international Event Planning student at Fanshawe College and a volunteer at Innovation Works. Eight years ago, she co-founded Colectivo Play, a cultural enterprise in Colombia that connects people with their social-emotional skills through play and theatre. They create cultural experiences, workshops and shows. As an actress and director, she has participated in international festivals and won awards and grants for her theatrical work with a gender focus. Her main tool is comedy. Her best clown teacher is her 5-year-old daughter. Camila loves to travel, share knowledge, laugh loud, love and transform.