Hands of Fire is run entirely by volunteers, with no donations or funding going to salaries, and is overseen by an Executive Team.
One of the requirements of the CCB's by-laws is that our chapter President be a visually-impaired individual, and that official votes by the chapter membership be weighted so that at least 60% of the deciding body is also visually-impaired. This ensures that those with vision loss have a "controlling interest" in decisions affecting them at the chapter, divisional, and national levels.
The Executive are very closely involved with how the group runs on Saturdays but also plan social events and interact on behalf of the group with other chapters of the Canadian Council of the Blind.
Alicia Modeste - President
Alicia is an accomplished visually impaired artist and member of Hands of Fire since its inception in 2013. She has been involved with the Canadian Council of Blind over five years working with CCB Toronto Visionaries. She has been the chapter President of Hands of Fire since June of 2016
douglas free - vice-President
Douglas is a self-taught artist with a passion for sculpture. He has been an instructor with Hands of Fire since its inception in 2013. When Hands of Fire became a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind in 2016, Douglas became Vice-President as well as instructor.
noora mahmoud - Secretary/Treasurer
Noora is a student at the University of Toronto and a self-taught illustrator and sculptor. She has been an instructor with Hands of Fire since 2014. In 2016, when Hands of Fire received its charitable state Noora began serving as Secretary/Treasurer.
ANDREW MACKIN - GRANT WRITER/EXECUTIVE-AT-LARGE
Andrew is a student at the University of Toronto and a published writer. He has been a part of Hands of Fire since 2016. In addition to supporting the instructors each Saturday, Andrew has lent his writing support to Hands of Fire and other Canadian Council of the Blind chapters seeking out grants and funding opportunities.
For more information on the Canadian Council of the Blind, visit www.ccbnational.net.