1844 Weston Road, Toronto, ON M9N 1V8 (416) 244-7017 info@frontlines.to
Our Staff

Frontlines has been blessed with an amazing and dedicated group of people over the years who are truly committed to building a strong community in Weston and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Stachen Frederick
Executive Director

Stachen Frederick started working at Frontlines in July 2016.

She has over 15 years of experience in the field of community and program development internationally and in Canada (Ottawa, Greater Toronto Region including Peel Region). She has done a number of consultancy jobs for organizations such as the Jane and Finch Family and Community Centre- The Spot, the AIDS Committee of Toronto and Gateway for New Canadians. She has her own not for profit organization called BrAIDS for AIDS. She was with the YMCA of Greater Toronto for 6 and a half years with her last position as Director of Youth and Employment Programs. She has been recognized by CBC Toronto,  How She Hustles, Black History Ottawa, YMCA Canada and the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission in Canada.


She says “Frontlines is a place where relationships are built, hugs are shared and children and youth continue to foster their skills

Matthew Reid
Senior Program Coordinator

Matthew Reid started his position at Frontlines November 2015. Prior to his journey at Frontlines he was event coordinating, consulting, and overall pursuing entrepreneurship.

What he likes most about work at Frontlines is that he gets to make a difference in the life of a child/ youth. Frontlines give a young people a sense of belonging, which is very important to the development of any member of society. 


Noella Charles
Culinary Training and Catering Manager

Noella Charles started working at Frontlines in February, 2017.

Prior to this, she worked in Ottawa as a Culinary Instructor at Supperworks and in Toronto at Hope House-Falstaff as the Culinary Manager and Mississauga convention Centre as a cook. She is the CEO/owner and chef of Ella Charles Cuisine and a contributor to Toronto National Post newspaper-Gastropost Section. Currently she also teaches younger youth in a culinary class at Urban Arts.

She says that working at Frontlines as the Culinary Program manager assisting young adults to excel in this field is very fulfilling; as each student finds their own culinary niche. Frontlines means building a great community. We are setting a path for youth to see the various avenues so that they can use pursue their culinary passion.

Jessica Amoako
Junior Program Coordinator

Jessica started working at Frontlines in February 2017. Prior to this, she worked as a camp counsellor, health promoter, and customer service rep. She was a participant in the Serve for Youth program, and has had the opportunity to execute health promotion workshops focused on sexual health, volunteer work within the community, and engaged in various other activities to build capacity as leaders in the professional space and as an individual.

She says that working at Frontlines is a great learning experience/ character builder. She enjoys being able to be a part of a team that is passionate about the enrichment and growth of the community, and hopes that as she develops her knowledge and professional skills in the field of community development, that she will have more to contribute. Jessica is excited to be a part of the frontlines team as a junior program coordinator.

Svetlana (Lana) Ortseva
Administrative Assistant

Lana Ortseva started working as an Administrative Assistant at Frontlines in January, 2017. Prior to this, she graduated from University of Toronto with programs Criminology and socio-legal studies, Environmental Management, and Linguistics. She has also finished H&R Block: Tax course and has been part of the management of a special environmental project at her university.

She says that working at Frontlines is fun and enjoyable while gaining long lasting relationships and experiences that will help her succeed. As a skilled administrator, Lana continuously looks for new ways to lend support, or make improvements to benefit the organization.