ABOUT US

ABOUT US

DESTA’s Team

Kassandra Kernisan
Executive Director

Wanda Huskinson
Office Manager

Amanda Maxwell
Support Services Coordinator

Milo Johnson
Project Coordinator

 

Scott Clyke
Education Counselor/Outreach

DESTA’s Board of Directors

Peter holds experience in both the public and private sector where he formerly worked as a professor and latterly worked as a marketing director for the Dunn family’s investment management company.

For almost two decades, Peter has been fundraising on behalf of various community organizations in Little Burgundy. His goal is to expand DESTA’s notoriety in order to reach more individuals, funders, and foundations.

David has spent over thirty years working in the management of a retail department- store chain and has worked for twenty years as a retail management consultant. His work in the public service domain includes being president of a local hospital, member of the hospital’s three foundations, founding director of a community health and well- being centre, committee chair for several events to support a summer camp for handicapped children, 12 years of involvement with Farha Foundation (HIV – AIDS), running an annual clothing sale that, over ten years produced net revenues to the foundation of over $1 million, involvement with the Canadian Red Cross, fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis, and president of a summer-stock theatre company.

David strongly believes in DESTA’s three key goals of providing help with education, employment, and entrepreneurship. David recognizes that Black youth often face discrimination, unfair treatment and abuse, and he wishes his contributions can help Black youth successfully move forward in their lives.

James has been a board member since 2016 where he is responsible for managing DESTA’s financial planning and reporting, as well as participating at board committees on an advisory basis.

At an early age, James learned to use his skills to serve others, and he is now dedicated to helping marginalized youth reach their potential.

James is an alumnus from the John Molson School of Business and brings over 25 years of experience in financial management both within the private business and non- for-profit sector.

Dexter is the Co-Founder and Former Creative Director of accessories brand WANT Les Essentiels as well as the retail concept WANT Apothecary.

Throughout his career, Dexter has received several awards for his successes including:

  • The Canadian Arts and Fashion Award for Accessory Designer of the Year in2014 and 2016.
  • People Shaping the Fashion Industry from 2014-2018
  • Business of Fashion’s prestigious BOF 500
  • 100 Most Creative People in 2015 by Fast CompanyDexter is deeply inspired by entrepreneurship and social purpose and believes that DESTA has succeeded in developing an actionable mission, a strong network, and a diverse leadership team that he is humbled and excited to be a part of.

 

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