Cortree’s Mission and Purpose
Cortree is a social venture owned by Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, a registered charity with a proud 75-year history. We’re committed to making life more inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities and their families by increasing personal knowledge and providing important services like expert training, disability awareness and protocols, and mediation services.
Cortree is a direct line to reliable information that boosts users’ confidence, competence and sense of community. Our work is grounded in the spirit of Peer Support and Independent Living – we’re committed to making life more inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities.
We developed Cortree with the help of our vibrant community members, people who get it – who know life with a disability inside out and are excited to share what they know.
We’ve partnered with industry experts, health care pros, researchers, counsellors, disability specialists – professionals whose experience and expertise are built into every product and service we create.
All Cortree proceeds are reinvested to support new programs and services, education and advocacy campaigns by and for people with disabilities.
The Cortree Team
Tory helped build Cortree from an idea into the thriving social venture it is today. Tory has worked in the field of disability services for almost 20 years. Her goal is to build an inclusive and accessible world where everyone can thrive. She lives in Collingwood, Ontario with her family and loves the outdoors.
Susan is the Product Manager at Cortree, and has been a happy member of SCIO since 2015. Prior to moving to the Cortree team, she was the lead Project Manager on SCIOs VIP4SCI virtual platform launched in 2020. In her role with the Cortree team, she is focused on growing and providing B2C and B2B elearning and training opportunities. You’ve got Cortree questions? She’s got answers. Susan’s professional endeavours have always been focused on inclusivity and equity, from international economic policy, to the arts. Based in Toronto, she often escapes the city to hike a secluded trail with her trusty canine sidekick, Boggs.
Sharol has been with SCIO since 2009, and is the Manager, Mediation and Training Services with Cortree. Sharol is proud to have been instrumental in the development of both the Mediation Services and the Understanding SCI: Training for Attendants. She is passionate about supporting people living with a physical disability in living the life they choose, and believes these two services contribute to this. Sharol’s vision is that one day everyone will be accepted and seen as the individual they are, not judged by their gender, colour of their skin, their beliefs, their abilities, etc. An avid lover of nature, Sharol is often found enjoying the outdoors with her loving and supportive family.
Marty is the Learning Architect at Cortree. This means he designs and develops digital learning, manages the Learning Management System (LMS), and sometimes even does voiceover work. As a learning design professional and technical training programs management guy, Marty’s spent the last two decades honing his training, elearning development and program management skills. One of the professional accomplishments he’s most proud of is packing about three years of on-the-job learning into his first year with Cortree. When he’s not working, Marty strums a little guitar, taught himself to juggle during the pandemic lockdown, and dreams one day of having a new doggo as his home office buddy.
Nancy joined SCIO in 2011 as an Information and Resource Specialist, and has been working as a Cortree Content Developer since March, 2020. Living with a spinal cord injury herself, Nancy’s role is to help clients adapt to their new life after an injury by providing them with information and resources. Being part of the team that produces Cortree TV, this virtual platform gives her the opportunity to reach her goal of connecting with newly injured people and other members in the spinal cord injury community. Outside of work, Nancy enjoys painting, singing karaoke, cooking and playing Mah-jong. Petless for the moment, she is looking forward to the day when she can become a proud dog owner again.
Oda is an Information & Resource Specialist in Toronto. In this role he provides, catalogues, and shares information and resources as well as handle equipment donations; he is also, along with Nancy, a Cortree Content Developer. His proudest professional accomplishment is his involvement in seeing CortreeTV go from idea, to a thriving community. Oda’s personal values inform his career – working with the community and exchange ideas, information and education. Outside of work Oda enjoys: listening to blues music and practicing his harmonica, reading biographies, watching true crime documentaries, pickling things, working out/adding to his legit bicep gains, taking pictures of his cat, satisfying his need for speed, and exploring Toronto.