FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” said the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle whose words aptly evoke creative and business visionary Clarence Ford. There’s no doubt that the parts in question are at the highest level and include his work as an award-winning choreographer, artistic director and producer for clients as diverse as Fortune 500 companies, music legends, movies, TV, sports franchises and stage shows. The whole is where we meet Clarence and his passion project, Square Circle. He had already been giving back through diverse initiatives with his former company, Clarence Ford Entertainment, which integrates live entertainment with evolving technology and a social conscience. This work includes Square Circle, which Clarence founded in 2013 as one of Toronto’s first Social Circus programs provided in areas of need in the city.Square Circle is part of the global Social Circus movement that drives social change by helping youth and teens in underserved communities realize their creative potential and learn invaluable life skills.
DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION
Born and raised in Toronto, Selina’s professional career includes 20 years working at a credit union before turning her attention to Square Circle. From the start, Selina’s steady hand has been a guiding force in nurturing and encouraging the young people who come through the program’s doors. She has created and designed many robust programs, such as Circus in the Park and Square Lens in addition to directing and mentoring our Canada Summer Job hires. Given her warm, personable nature, it’s little surprise her work as a supportive administrator and supervisor consistently receives effusive praise from program participants and leaders in training (LITs). The strong admiration and connection between Selina and the youth in the program are mutual, resulting from her focus on nurturing these young people to go the distance in discovering their magnificent selves. As Selina says, she’s not afraid to persevere through the ‘juggle struggle’ and concentrate on helping each other through that challenge with encouragement. Her background in banking may have set her up for the business of running Square Circle as its administrator, but it’s Selina's heart that makes her the mentor and friend that Square Circle youth treasure so much.
Having grown up in our programs, these four remarkable youth have played a critical role in transforming Square Circle into the much-respected program it is today. As former participants in our activities, they become exemplary 'Leaders In Training.' It's with great pride and much satisfaction that we've been able to hire them through the Canada Summer Jobs grant program. Brandon, Hayaam, Jacob and Stephanie have always shown tremendous initiative and dedication in their involvement in our programs, and we are thrilled to have them as a part of the Square Circle team.