The Revolution Ride is powered by a committee of devoted volunteers, relentless in their work toward a future without ALS. Meet the go-getters behind the scenes of ALS Canada’s Revolution Ride:
Alisha Martins, Chair
Alisha began her career in marketing in 2017 – at ALS Canada! Since then, she has worked with other non-profit organizations, such as the Canadian Chiropractic Association and now Dying with Dignity Canada. In these roles, Alisha has managed social media marketing, digital community engagement, email campaigns, and website content/SEO, and she will be bringing her expertise and skills to elevate the Revolution Ride.
Alisha’s passion for this cause stems from a personal family experience – she lost her grandfather to ALS in 2013. She loves connecting with the ALS community and she continues to lead her family’s team, Team Antonio, in the Walk to End ALS. She’s excited to help ALS Canada innovate and create a fresh, new event to raise money for her favourite charity.
Kris Noakes, Vice-Chair
Kris Noakes is a citizen of the Anishinabek Nation and a member of Nipissing First Nation. She has been a community advocate at the Municipal, Provincial, Federal levels working in the areas of law, education, mental health and wellness, housing, museums and the arts. She is a member of the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee for the Greater Toronto Area and a member of the Board of Directors for the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic.
Kris is excited to join the committee after an amazing experience participating in the inaugural event. She knows firsthand how important it is to raise funds for research and provide better supports for people and families living with ALS. Kris joins us in honour of the generations of her family that lived with ALS, her grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousin, and for the members of her family living with ALS.
Ellen Gardner, Marketing and Communications
Ellen Gardner is delighted to be a new member of the marketing and communications committee for the Revolution Ride.
Ellen has spent her career as a writer for large corporations and non-profits. In 2018 she became a soloist and now helps small healthcare organizations develop marketing strategies that create stronger connections with clients. One of her greatest joys is teaching business writing at the University of Toronto. When she’s not working, Ellen loves to dance (Nia), cook, swim, and be an active volunteer!
Jan Raeburn, Route & Logistics
For over 40 years, Jan pursued an extensive career in advertising, film production, and special events such as conferences and trade shows. She coordinated and managed a breadth of large-scale activities involving volunteers, transportation, multiple destinations, and incentives.
Next up on Jan’s event schedule - the Revolution Ride!
Lora Flanagan, Outreach & Engagement
Lora is a Human Resources Professional who currently works for Seacore Seafood Inc. Passionate about cycling and travelling, Lora serves as the Overnight Trips Director for the Toronto Bicycling Network. As an active volunteer in the community, Lora has assisted a number of organizations including Toronto Cares, COVID-19 Recruitment, The Special Olympics, Fort York Food Bank and Daytrippers Children's Charity. Lora looks forward to connecting and engaging with the ALS community as she takes on the Volunteer & Engagement role.
Roha Muhammad, Route and Logistics
Roha's interest in volunteering with ALS Canada stems from her background in science, health and volunteering with organizations on a global scale. She aims to educate the public about ALS in a way that is informative yet approachable and fun. She is excited to be a part of a team that positively impacts the community, and connect with like-minded individuals. As an active community member whose goals are to help others with their Health, Roha is eager to see the beneficial effect of this years Revolution Ride for ALS Canada.
Ronnie, Sponsorship and Fundraising
Ronnie is a dedicated volunteer having donated her time to numerous worthwhile charitable and non-profit organizations over the years carrying out a variety of different roles. ALS is a cause near and dear to her heart. After her dad was diagnosed with the disease in 2018, she created Team Peter to support the Walk to End ALS, as she saw firsthand how ALS Canada provided invaluable support for her dad and for the entire family.
She is excited to join the Revolution Ride Committee and continue to help ALS Canada to raise funds for such an important cause and to honour her dad’s memory.