Sarabeth Holden: President

Sarabeth Holden - Toronto Inuit Association President

Sarabeth was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and grew up with her family between Nunavut, New Brunswick, and Ontario. After graduating with an Economics degree from Dalhousie University, Sarabeth travelled to study French at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France, where she developed a passion for languages and eventually moved to Spain, where she studied Spanish at the Universidad de Málaga.

Sarabeth has worked as a management consultant, and volunteered with several Indigenous organizations, including Tungasuvvingat Inuit, Nunavut Sivuniksavut, and Odawa Native Friendship Centre.

Today, Sarabeth is the President of the Toronto Inuit Association, supporting the local Inuit community as it grows. She also volunteers with the YWCA of Toronto as a board member. In addition to her volunteer work, Sarabeth is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Government of Ontario, is an active yoga teacher, and loves to spend time with her husband, Sean and dog, Oslo. Her passion for languages continues as she works to develop tools to support learning Inuktitut in an urban settings.

Marilyn Maychak: Treasurer

Marilyn was born in Vegreville, Alberta to parents of Inuit and Polish-Ukrainian ancestry. She was raised in Vegreville and St. Albert, Alberta. Her Inuit roots connect to Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut where her mother was born. She was educated at the University of Alberta and Concordia University of Edmonton where she received her BSc, BEd, and MEd degrees.

Professionally, Marilyn is a teacher with 14 years of experience. In 2009, Marilyn moved to Toronto and continued her teaching career with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Part of her experiences with the TDSB includes providing leadership to schools to better understand how they can best support the achievement and well-being of Inuit, First Nations, and Metis students. Marilyn also delivers Indigenous Education professional learning sessions to pre-service teachers, educators and education professionals to learn more about Inuit history, culture, and perspectives.

Currently, Marilyn is on leave from the TDSB working for the Ontario Ministry of Education as a Student Achievement Officer providing support to school boards in the Toronto region.

Joshua Stribbell: Director (youth)

Joshua Stribbell was born and raised in Keswick, Ontario. His mother is from Iqaluit, Nunavut. He is currently the Program Worker for Torontomiutaujugut - the first initiative to provide services for Inuit youth in Toronto.

Jacinda Adams: Director

Jacinda Adams - Toronto Inuit Association

Jacinda is a mother, sister, daughter, and Insurance Broker - but most importantly she's an Inuk of the Toronto community.

For over 15 years Jacinda has been involved with the growing, vibrant Indigenous community in Toronto. This has given Jacinda first hand experience in strengthening these communities - from food banks, to clothing drives, and participating in various workshops for at-risk youth and families in the court system.

Since graduating five years ago from the Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate Program at George Brown College, Jacinda has worked with women and children in abusive situations. She is now happily a board member of the Toronto Inuit Association.

Jacinda's other experience includes working in Saskatchewan for a 16 bed, 6 week Youth Treatment Facility. There, she organized and coordinated cultural and recreational activities such as outings, sweats, and meetings with elders. Jacinda enjoyed growing with the youth, and hearing their struggles made her stronger and wiser.

Nikita Larter: Board Member

Nikita Larter - Toronto Inuit Association

Nikita Larter is an Inuvialuit activist from the Beaufort Delta. Born and raised in the Northwest Territories, she moved to Ontario to pursue a career in graphic design and become a role model for Indigenous youth. She is the first Inuk to hold a degree in Global Business and Digital Arts from the University of Waterloo and now works in Toronto. Nikita dedicates her time to advocating for Indigenous sovereignty and women’s rights, as well as sharing and reconnecting with her culture.

Jason Edmunds: Secretary

Jason Edmunds - Toronto Inuit Association

Jason Edmunds is an Inuk from the communities of Nain and Makkovik, Nunatsiavut. He was an active youth, participating and contributing in local and regional Inuit youth groups as well as language and culture preservation committees. He grew up next to the Atlantic Ocean, and has travelled the coast of Labrador extensively while hunting and assisting his father with tours and boat charters. Coming from a family of politicians, Jason went on to study political science at Memorial University. Taking a break from academia, he then went on to study carpentry and tourism. Now, living in Port Credit, ON Jason is a professional expedition guide, polar bear monitor and Expedition Leader in the summer months with Adventure Canada and Students on Ice. During the winter months, he assists in the planning of quality Arctic and sub-Arctic expeditions throughout all four Inuit regions in Canada as well as Greenland. Jason has been recognized as a Youth Role Model by the Nunatsiavut Government for his work in education and has been inducted as a member of the Explorer’s Club, and a fellow in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. When not working, he spends his time assisting Inuit communities where he can and raising his two girls.