OUR TEAM

Photo Description: Executive members of Hands of Fire; standing from left to right are Andrew Mackin, Noora Mahmoud, Alicia Modeste, and Douglas Free.

Photo Description: Executive members of Hands of Fire; standing from left to right are Andrew Mackin, Noora Mahmoud, Alicia Modeste, and Douglas Free.

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.

 
 
Photo Description: Alicia Modeste smiling wearing a black polo shirt with the Hands of Fire logo on the right hand side.

Photo Description: Alicia Modeste smiling wearing a black polo shirt with the Hands of Fire logo on the right hand side.

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

 
Photo Description: Douglas Free smiling wearing a black t-shirt with the Hands of Fire logo on in the centre.

Photo Description: Douglas Free smiling wearing a black t-shirt with the Hands of Fire logo on in the centre.

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. 

 
Photo Description: Noora Mahmoud smiling wearing a black polo shirt with the Hands of Fire logo on the right hand side.

Photo Description: Noora Mahmoud smiling wearing a black polo shirt with the Hands of Fire logo on the right hand side.

 
Photo Description: Andrew Mackin smiling wearing a black t-shirt with the Hands of Fire logo on in the centre.

Photo Description: Andrew Mackin smiling wearing a black t-shirt with the Hands of Fire logo on in the centre.

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.

 
Photo Description: Table with sculptures with a banner in front which reads “Create Sculptures: Hands of Fire is a charitable organization providing sculpture classes for the blind and visually impaired community”. From left to right three Hands of Fire staff are sitting there from left to right: Noora, Alicia, and Douglas.

Photo Description: Table with sculptures with a banner in front which reads “Create Sculptures: Hands of Fire is a charitable organization providing sculpture classes for the blind and visually impaired community”. From left to right three Hands of Fire staff are sitting there from left to right: Noora, Alicia, and Douglas.