SCHOLARSHIP GROUP FUND
We are a registered charitable organization whose objective is to create opportunities for higher academic achievement in the Spanish-speaking community.
Our Charity’s Business Number is 83326 7115 RR0001
a) Advance education for the benefit of Spanish‑speaking youth and children by providing opportunities for youth development by offering outreach, leadership training programs and workshops.
b) Advance education for the benefit of Spanish‑speaking youth by providing workshops and instructional seminars on performance and visual arts and by providing opportunities for students to publicly exhibit, present, or perform their works, or develop their crafts or skills in conjunction with these learning activities.
c) Advance education by providing scholarships to Spanish‑speaking youth to encourage academic excellence.
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
CONOSER and Teach 2 Learn have been around for 6 years now and until recently we operated as a not-for profit. We are now going to undergo a significant change. For years, we have worked with volunteers and partners to develop programs and workshops that help give our Latin@ youth more chances of academic success. We now have free tutoring programs in three primary schools, a youth workshop program in one high school, our youth art program at Casa Maiz and our parent’s program throughout the City.
It seems like it was only yesterday that we weld our first meeting with parents at City Hall, but the realities that sent us to work on that first meeting are still there. As a community we still has some of the biggest academic needs and our youth are still not on and equal basis and so we continue to work collectively and to grow.
As of August of this year, CONOSER is now a charitable organization. This will allows us to raise more funds in order to help more youth and their families. It has been a shared effort and we wanted to share it with our larger community of followers, friends and volunteers.
We thank you for all of your hard work and support.
MATIAS DE DOVITIIS
MATIAS DE DOVITIIS – President
Born in Uruguay, Matias has been a very active member of Spanish-speaking community in the last 10 years. He helped to start and was President of the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) at the University of Toronto. This student group is now located in 5 campuses across Ontario. He was a founding member and President of Mosaico 21, a Latino culture magazine, for 4 years. Matias currently works for as Executive Director of the DUKE Heights BIA and is a board member of a number of other community organizations.
ANDREA MERA – Secretary
Andrea is completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto where she studies Political Science, Sociology and Philosophy. She was born in Ecuador and moved to Canada with her family. She has been involved with various non-for-profit organizations including Mosaico21 and Radio Voces Latinas. Andrea currently works for City of Toronto Councillor Anthony Perrruzza. Andrea recently joined CONOSER as the Treasurer.
CHRIS RUGEL – Vice-President
Chris has been working with the professional community, charitable foundations, pensions and municipalities, and select institutions, helping them to achieve their capital preservation objectives since 1994. Leveraging the expertise gained as a former fixed income trader in the institutional bond market, he has developed specialized fixed income portfolios for clients to help them achieve their goals. In low interest rate environment, maximizing the yield portfolios is paramount for low-risk institutional clients including foundations and municipalities, Chris has worked with numerous and diverse clients to develop their goals and priorities
JEN QUITO – Member at Large
Jen practices Law in the areas of pay equity and education law. She joined the Law firm Cavaluzzo and partners in 2012. She joined the firm after clerking at the at Supreme Court of Justice in Toronto. While at Osgoode Hall Law School, Jen received several honours, including the Dean’s Gold Key award, The Ian Scott Public Interest award, the Norton Rose LLP award, the Borden Ladner Gervais Professional Excellence award and the McMillan Binch award. Jen was also part of the 2011 Laskin Administrative Law Moot competition where she received recognition as the 4th place overall oralist and won 1st place pair award with her partner, as well as two other team awards.
Prior to law school, Jen received an Honours B.A. in Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies from the University of Toronto. During her time there she co-organized a tutoring program aimed at benefitting Latino youth, and was the head representative of non-resident students at Trinity College. Jen is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Assocation, the Law Union, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), and the Hispanic Ontario Lawyers Association.