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

Tamara Chanoine
Project Manager

Manuela Simo
Social Media

Berlin Reed
Community Food
Program Coordinator

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.

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.


Evan has been building his career in the non-profit and entrepreneurial sectors. He served as President of Commerce and Administration Students’ Association (CASA) at the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) providing opportunities for employers and students to connect and enhancing the student experience. Following that, he served as president of the Canadian Association of Business Students (CABS), an organization that brings together student leaders from across the country for network building and professional development.

Evan also founded Playground, a brand identity and web design agency specializing in serving businesses in the tech industry. He recently left the company and currently works as Project Manager for MTTR, a media company aiming to change the way we consume news.

Scott Simons | Ecopreneur | Founder/CEO Organik Corporate Health

Since 2002, Scott’s mission has been to inspire a daily wellness practice. To fulfill his mission, he created four social businesses.

• Organik Santé Corporative (2006): corporate wellness brokers that offer on-site services to companies across Canada.
• Organik Experiences (2018): elevated wellness experiences that gather like-minded people in inspiring spaces to move, breathe, learn and evolve together.
• DESTA (2006): an alternative school for marginalised young adults.
• The Padua Centre (2004): a community wellness centre offering yoga, meditation and TED Talk style dialogue sessions.

Scott is also a yoga and meditation teacher, personal trainer, and health coach.


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