Sheena Moya Chen – Executive Director
905-615-4155 ext 4144
Sheena Moya Chen, founder of the Aspire program with Safe City Mississauga and now Executive Director, graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science, double majoring in Psychology and Political Science. She also completed her Masters’ Degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo, specializing in International Relations and Conflict Resolution studies. Her research thesis was on Human Trafficking, looking primarily at Forced Labour, and she researched this phenomenon publishing educational awareness pieces in local as well as international magazines and newsletters. Under Sheena’s leadership, in 2012, the Aspire program was awarded Best Community Based Crime Prevention Program of the year as presented by the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP). In 2013, Sheena was awarded Peel Regional Police’s Challenge Coin for demonstrated leadership capability. In 2014, under Sheena’s leadership, Aspire was awarded the distinction of being recognized as a ‘Promising Practice’ by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in their published document entitled: ‘Community Safety and Well-Being in Ontario: A snapshot of Local Voices’ (2014). Also in 2014, Sheena Moya Chen, representatives from Peel Regional Police, Pathways Non-Profit Community Developments Inc. of Peel and the City of Mississauga partnered with Reel Youth to develop a film project that brought together youth in the community with their local mentors. This project was nominated and awarded the ‘Modern Day Heritage Award’ from Heritage Mississauga. Sheena is a designated International Crime Prevention Specialist by the ISCPP and holds memberships with the Cyber Ambassadors Community Advisory Group, ISCPP and the Central Ontario Crime Prevention Association (COCPA). Furthermore, she holds certifications from the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) in Community Crisis Response, Mental Health First Aid training through the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and Building a Collaborative Workplace Training through the Peel Leadership Centre. Sheena currently sits on the Board of Directors for Interim Place, an organization that helps women and children in Peel Region break the cycle of violence through the provision of shelter and support services.
Nadia Mokriy – Community Services Manager
905-615-4155 ext 4478
Nadia Mokriy was certified to teach in 2014 by the Ontario College of Teachers. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science, with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies (History and Geography) and a minor in Political Science. She is currently completing her Masters of Education at York University, with an emphasis on character, citizenship, and genocide education. Nadia’s current research, which is funded under the Ontario Graduate Scholarship programme, focuses on student and teacher perceptions and definitions of citizenship following participation in genocide courses in Ontario. Nadia has been a part of Safe City Mississauga since 2013. She has worked with the Aspire, Crossroads and Cyber Ambassadors programs, and has volunteered at numerous Safe City Mississauga events. Nadia has participated in the United Way Speakers Bureau and has presented on the topic of rapport building at Safe City Mississauga volunteer training sessions. Nadia has been involved with various community and educational groups in the past including Couchiching Community Initiative, United Way, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Samantha Gob (on maternity leave) – Youth Development Supervisor
905-615-4155 ext 4480
Samantha Gob holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with High Distinction in Geography and English from the University of Toronto, with a background in Environmental and Social Development. Upon graduation, she earned a Most Outstanding Student Award from the Department of Geography for graduating at the top of her class. Samantha has been involved with the Aspire program since 2010, starting as a tutor and eventually branching into more administrative roles for the program. She was the first site coordinator for the program, and was later promoted to Assistant Program Coordinator and Lead in Volunteer Recruitment. Now, in her role as Safe City Mississauga’s Youth Development Supervisor, Samantha continues to work towards preventing youth crime in Mississauga, contributing to the creation of healthier communities. Samantha has been certified in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Mental Health First Aid and currently sits on the Region of Peel’s Neighbourhood Capacity Support Strategy Committee for children and youth in the Colonial/Ridgeway neighbourhood of Mississauga. She is a part of United Way Peel Region’s Speakers Bureau, delivering presentations to the public about the benefits of volunteering and mentorship. Samantha holds membership with Central Ontario Crime Prevention Association (COCPA) and has obtained a C.P.T.E.D. (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) Level 1 Certificate from the Peel Regional Police.
Valerie Briffa – Youth Education Coordinator
905-615-4155 ext 4467
Valerie graduated from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in Criminology and Human Rights & Equity Studies. During her undergrad, she served as the Vice-President of the Criminology Society at York, working to coordinate and increase social and academic opportunities for students interested in criminological affairs. Following her studies, she worked as a professional recruiter where she was recognized nationally as ‘Rookie Recruiter of the Year’ for exceptional performance. Valerie previously volunteered in various roles as a soccer coach and as a mentor for at-risk youth with Big Brother Big Sisters of Peel. She currently volunteers her time as a Restorative Justice Facilitator with AYSP’s Youth Justice Committee, applying restorative approaches to youth who have been in conflict with the law. Valerie holds certifications in Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) from the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She has also been certified for the completion of the Cyber Academy and Crime Prevention Academy with Peel Regional Police. In her role as Safe City Mississauga’s Youth Education Coordinator, Valerie coordinates the Crossroads Youth Academy and Counter-Act programs.
Melissa Di Pede – Youth Development Supervisor (North-West)
905-615-4155 ext. 4476
Melissa graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Anthropology. More specifically, she specialized in Sociology of Deviant Behavior and Cultural Anthropology, and graduated with honours. While completing her undergraduate degree, Melissa also volunteered as a tutor and mentor for Pathways to Education. Melissa then went on to complete a Master of Arts in Criminology on a full scholarship at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Following her graduation, Melissa became trained as a volunteer for Associated Youth Services of Peel as a Court Liaison Assistant, and as a Diversion Coordinator Assistant, to contribute to their goal of using restorative justice for youth in the community. She is also currently involved in the community as a member on the Acorn Community Out Reach Network, and has recently become a co-leader for the I AM THAT GIRL non-profit organization in Oakville, Ontario. Melissa became a part of the Safe City Mississauga team as an Assistant Program Coordinator, and has now been promoted to a Youth Development Supervisor for the Aspire program so she can continue to promote education for youth and encourage crime prevention techniques.