The Team

Claire Ross Dunn
Cuppa Change Founder

Claire Ross Dunn is primarily a writer for television.  Most recently, she was an Executive Story Editor on the third season of Wingin’ It, a teen sitcom for Family Channel, Disney XD Canada and the BBC.  Claire was also a Writer and Executive Story Editor for Seasons 3 and 4 of CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie.  Prior to that, Claire was a Producer and Head Writer for all 3 seasons of The Smart Woman Survival Guide, a half-hour sitcom for the W Network and Cosmo TV.  Other TV credits include writing for such shows as Degrassi, The Next Generation, Lunar Jim for the CBC and BBC, Family Channel’s Henry’s World, and Anne of Green Gables, The Animated Series (PBS/TVO).

Claire has published a kids’ non-fiction book with Key Porter Books in Canada and Firefly in the U.S., and her editorials have been heard on CBC Radio and read in the Globe and Mail.  She recently completed her novel, Tassels & Fishnets, supported by the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

Claire is also the Founder of Cuppa Change, an initiative to build schoolhouses in developing countries by raising money through the sales of fair trade coffee.  Claire has run or co-run several other fundraising projects.  She continues to work on raising money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.  She was Co-Coordinator of a fundraising effort to rebuild a home in Honduras for a family after Hurricane Mitch, as well as furnish a classroom, send donated medical supplies, buy farm animals and hot meals for children in the area.  Between 2003 and 2006, she created a program called “Freely Given,” to collect free ‘stuff’ to benefit educational organizations, women’s and men’s shelters.   And in 2000 and 2001, she acted as publicist for “From Sarah to Gilda,” a theatrical fundraiser for Gilda’s House.

Kirk Dunn
Cuppa Change Coordinator

Kirk Dunn is an actor, writer, textile artist and corporate consultant in the art of feedback and customer experience.  Kirk’s writing for television includes multiple episodes of The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon (YTV, TVO and PBS), Ants In Your Pants, Fuzzpaws (Treehouse), and Hello Mrs. Cherrywinkle (OWL TV for PBS).

Kirk has written three plays for young audiences, including The Lost Land and Derek the Viking, both of which were awarded first prize in StoryBook Theatre’s playwrighting competition and which have been produced across North America.

Kirk trained as an actor, and has been seen on screens both large and small, as well as on stages across Canada.  Kirk also played the eight-foot-tall green dragon lead on The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon.  During his three seasons playing Dudley, the show earned a Gemini Award for Best Children’s Series.

Kirk’s other love is knitting.  He has been knitting since 1988, and in 1996, began designing.  In 1998, Kirk apprenticed at the Kaffe Fassett Studio in London, England. Kirk has designed several sweaters, afghans and pieces of knitted art.  His “Thousand Cranes” sweater design is award winning.  In 2003, Kirk was awarded a significant Chalmers Foundation Fellowship in support of  “Stitched Glass,” an installation of four 6’ x 9’ panels, knit in the style of stained glass.  While continuing to work on that large project, Kirk’s smaller works have been seen at the Textile Museum of Canada.  Kirk has been interviewed on CBC Radio, and featured in Vogue Knitting, The National Post, Maclean’s Magazine, Enroute Magazine, Family Circle Knitting, and many other publications.  A half-hour documentary film by Todd Witham called “The Threads of Abraham” has been created about Kirk and Stitched Glass.

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Mary Coopland
Business Consultant

Mary Coopland provides Contact Centre and Operations consulting services to organizations on a project-specific basis.  Prior to that, Mary spent 10 years as Vice President, Service Delivery with The Faneuil Group.

Mary has an MBA from Queen’s University at Kingston specializing in Operations Management, and a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Manitoba.  Somewhere along the way she learned that doing well is not the same thing as doing “good.”  Now she wants to do more good – particularly where that involves improving the lives of children.  Being involved with Cuppa Change allows her to do that.

Mary is responsible for the Cuppa Change website, streamlining the organization’s ordering and delivery processes, financial reporting and creating tracking tools so we can tell how much “good” we are actually doing.  As 100% of the Cuppa Change proceeds go towards the charities it supports, these processes will allow Cuppa Change to grow without incurring additional costs.  Her goal is to make it simple for Cuppa Change’s volunteers to run and report on their own programs.


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