Starting back in September, we have been sharing a weekly series called Employee Spotlight, featuring the staff at The Storefront and what we do. This week’s spotlight is on Mash Mojadidi, our Coordinator of Grassroots Connection.
Name: Mash Mojadidi
Job Title: Coordinator, Grassroots Connection
What do you do at The Storefront?
I mainly find and support grassroots organizations in the neighbourhood, some include youth-led organizations and organizations that support seniors. At The Storefront, I support Sport for Change (S4C) and Hanging at the Hub (H.A.T.H.)
Favourite motto you like to go by?
A motto I like to go by is “Embrace the messiness.”
How did you come to work at The Storefront?//What did you do prior to working at The Storefront? (education, jobs)
I got my degree in sociology. Prior to working at The Storefront, I worked in a number of roles where I supported local youths in their pursuit of education, employment and other opportunities. For instance, my last position was a youth coach, where I connected recent University and college graduates with employment and mentoring opportunities.
What does it mean to you to be part of a Community Backbone organization?
It’s a great feeling to be part of an organization that focuses on leveraging its relationships and resources in the community to support the community. Due to the nature of my role as a Grassroots Connection Coordinator, I work with a lot of grassroots organizations and it’s extremely fulfilling to be able to take part in community-led initiatives and programs that serve the community.
My favourite book would be the Game of Thrones series. I actually read it recently, after finishing the television series.
What do you enjoy most about working at The Storefront?
The people – my colleagues, community members, community partners. Everyone brings in a unique perspective to the table and it’s nice to be able to learn and hear the different ideas and opinions everyone has.
What is your favourite food or cuisine?
My favourite cuisine would definitely be Indian food.
What is a project that you are working on at The Storefront?
I am currently working on Sport for Change: Above the Rim. First of all, Sports for Change is an internationally acclaimed initiative designed by Mathare Youth Sports Association in Nairobi, Kenya. Through sports, residents and diverse groups come together to build a community, connections, and pursue intentional civic engagement. The Storefront adapted and implemented Sport for Change in the Kingston Galloway/Orton Park community with the aim of building a strong community through sports and teamwork. At The Storefront, we have Sport for Change: Feet in Motion and Sport for Change: Above the Rim. Above the Rim is a basketball tournament; however, due to the pandemic, we have shifted away from an in-person large scale tournament event to online training sessions.
Apart from your work at The Storefront, what are some side projects or hobbies you have outside of the office?
I like to do a lot of handiwork, so I’ve been helping my family and friends with any handiwork they need help with. Prior to the pandemic, I did open mic nights at comedy clubs.
If someone were looking to join the team at The Storefront, or looking for work in a role similar to yours or in the nonprofit sector in general, what advice would you have for them?
In this field, our work is multi-faceted. It’s important to be able to embrace the messiness and adapt because no one size fits all.
Where would you like to travel to in the future and why?
A place I would like to visit in the future is Machu Picchu. I love to hike and am very interested in history, especially learning about how people used to live in the past centuries.
What is on your wish list for the next five years?
Professionally, I would like to just continue to learn. I am a lifelong learner, whether it be learning in a formal or informal setting. So, I’d really like to continue taking part in new experiences and opportunities where I can learn new things.
Personally, I like to pursue good health and happiness in life. It can be challenging to find a balance between work, life, and health, so I’m taking steps to take care of my health and happiness.