Our commitment. Our passion. Our team.
Meet the Starts With One Executive Team of 2018-2020.
Co-Executive Director Jan Lim
Passionate about Starts With One and the community it serves, Jan Lim is ecstatic for an impactful year ahead with Starts With One in Toronto, ON. Jan is an experienced student leader, activist and public speaker. She has performed two TEDx speeches and has hosted over fifty fundraising events with Starts With One since co-founding the organization in 2012. She served as Executive Director of Starts With One Vancouver from 2014-17. By giving her the opportunity to spearhead a plethora of fundraisers and campaigns, Starts With One has allowed Jan to discover her passion for project management and social entrepreneurship. Jan has previously received the City of Vancouver's 'Healthy City for All' Award in 2016 and the TD Scholarship for Community Leadership for her work in her local community. Outside of Starts With One, Jan serves as a volunteer non-profit consultant with 180 Degrees Toronto. She feels honoured to be serving as the Executive Director of an organization that she holds so close to heart and is especially passionate about launching the One to One Program. Currently studying as an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, Jan feels tremendously grateful for the support SWO has received since 2012. She hopes that Starts With One’s upcoming initiatives will lead to an increased awareness of the realities of child poverty in Ontario.
Co-Executive Director Kulsuma Afkae
Kulsuma Afkae is a second year English and Sociology double major at the University of Toronto and Co-Executive Director of the Starts With One Program. An avid and passionate educator, Kulsuma has, since high school, tutored elementary and high school students in reading and writing. Her various educational pursuits have not only continued in her university years but expanded further, with her current participation in the “Leading to Reading” program at the Toronto Public Library, in which she teaches young children how to read and write. In addition, her current position in and work with the Starts With One program deserves mention, in which she facilitates community events and strives to make the altruistic goal of accessible tutoring and extracurricular activities a reality.
Co-Executive Director Jeffrey Leung
Deputy Executive Director Loizza Aquino
Jeffrey Leung is a Fourth Year Political Science and Criminology Student at the University of Toronto and Co-Executive Director of the Starts With One Program. He has been passionate about and involved in outreach and education since the age of 12. This includes tutoring at Willowpark and Firgrove schools, an outreach mission to India, and finally, the creation and facilitation of the Idea Spark program, a group dedicated to inspiring younger students’ interest in STEM fields through creative science-related activities and games. His devotion to education extends to his work experience, which includes his duration as a tutor for Tutor Doctor, the University of Wroclaw (as part of the AIESEC Global Talent Program), TA for Kumon, and finally, of course, his current work with Starts With One, in which he hopes to provide affordable tutoring and added accessibility to extra-curricular activities to everyone who needs it.
Loizza Aquino is a first-year student at the University of Toronto. She was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Loizza is a public speaker and social activist that has received eleven awards across municipal, provincial, national, and international levels. Loizza has been active in social activism since the age of nine, and has been an advocate in the areas of mental health, technology and media literacy within the classroom, youth empowerment, human rights and child rights. Loizza has spoken at over a hundred schools, leadership conferences, administration and superintendent conferences, and professional development days. Loizza is the first individual to receive the Young Humanitarian Award of Manitoba, presented by the Manitoba Teacher Society, in both the individual category and the group category. She is the first individual to receive the Winnipegger of the Month Award, presented by Brian Bowman, and the first to ever receive the Gawad Genny Lopez Bayaning Pilipino Award in the youth category on the global and international level. Loizza received one of the country's most prestigious scholarship, the TD Scholarships for Community Leadership, along with other awards such as the Premier Healthy Living Award and the City of Winnipeg Youth Role Model Award.
Board of Directors (not pictured)
Steven Chen, Treasurer | Emily He, Vice-President | Virginia Liang, Secretary
Meet the Starts With One Executive Team of 2017-18.
Starts With One Vancouver is proud to introduce its Executive Team of 2017-18. Hover over each photo for a biography of each student leader.