Noah Zavitz is a queer and transgender social service worker with a background in frontline addiction care, harm reduction, and substance use education, as well as mental health advocacy for the LGBTQ community.
They come to Bereaved Families of Toronto with lived experience as a suicide loss survivor, and a keen interest in supporting bereaved youth and young adults. Noah strongly believes in peer support models and community resiliency, and tries as much as possible to work from decolonial frameworks that honour the Indigenous peoples of Toronto.
Ellen Chang, MSW, RSWYouth Program Coordinator
Ellen joined BFO-Toronto in 2008 after the sudden death of her mother at the age of 22. Ellen participated in the young adult group at BFO-Toronto and found it incredibly supportive because she was finally able to be in a community that “got it” and it made her feel less alone in her grief journey. As a way to honor her mother’s legacy, Ellen became a volunteer as a group facilitator in 2009. Since then, Ellen has had various roles at BFO-Toronto. In 2014, Ellen was hired as the Youth Program Coordinator where she developed and facilitates the youth bereavement group for ages 13 to 19. Ellen also co-developed a youth bereavement training for volunteers.
Ellen holds a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and has extensive experience working with youth in various settings. In addition to her work at BFO-Toronto, Ellen works full-time as an Addictions Therapist with youth and their families and has a part-time private practice.