Since its inception, Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Foundation has worked with generous donors, volunteers and community members to raise the funds needed to build state-of-the-art infrastructure and purchase the latest medical technology, supporting Scarborough Health Network’s vision to be Canada’s leading community teaching health network.


Vision

Shaping the future of care through giving

Mission

Inspiring the support necessary to become Canada’s leading community teaching health network

Values

Inclusive, Courageous, Innovative, Inspiring

Meet Our People

Officers

Paul Torrie, Board Chair

Co-Chair, Founder & President, Global Resolutions Inc.

Mr. Torrie is the founder and president of Global Resolutions Inc., a Canadian based alternative dispute resolution company that offers Alternative Dispute Resolution services in the form of mediations and arbitrations. Mr. Torrie is one of Canada’s leading experts in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Torrie was appointed by the Attorney General of Ontario to mediate multifaceted land disputes. He appeared as an expert witness on the settlement of insurance claims. Mr. Torrie mediated one of Ontario’s most complex motor vehicle accident cases known as “Operation Fog”.

Mr. Torrie graduated from McGill University, Montreal, with an Honours Degree in 1976. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, in 1980 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1982.

Mr. Torrie has written and lectured extensively to various professional bodies, corporations, law firms, and law schools on the topic of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Torrie is a member of several professional organizations including the Canadian Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

John Walters, First Vice Chair

Bio coming soon.

Tracy Chou, Second Vice Chair

Bio coming soon.

Al Donald, Treasurer

Bio coming soon.

Directors

Matt Ainley, SHN Board Chair (ex-officio)

Bio coming soon.

Jocelyn Bamford

Vice President, Automatic Coating Limited

Jocelyn Bamford is responsible for new business development and marketing for Automatic Coating Limited. Automatic Coating Limited (ACL) is recognized worldwide as having one of the most technologically advanced powder and liquid coating facilities in North America specializing in the application of high performance liquids and powder coating. Automatic Coating specializes in Defense coating, pipe coating and has launched a new pipe viper automated field coating services. Jocelyn previously held positions of Sales Management with AT&T Canada and Bell Canada. An addition to sitting on the Board of Directors, Jocelyn is also the Co-Chair for Scarborough Health Network Foundation’s Women of Philanthropy Council.

Elizabeth Buller (Ex-Officio)

President & CEO, Scarborough Health Network

Liz brings more than 30 years of health care experience, both within Ontario and British Columbia. She is a specialty trained nurse and has served in senior leadership positions for more than 25 years.

Prior to joining Scarborough Health Network in July 2017, Liz was President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto where she was instrumental in the voluntary merger of three hospitals to create Unity Health Toronto. Liz’s extensive background in health care leadership also includes four years as executive vice president of clinical operations and chief of nursing and professional practice for the William Osler Health System, one of Canada’s largest multi-site community hospital corporations.

On the West coast, Liz served as Senior Operating Officer for Vancouver Acute, a multi-site academic health sciences centre within the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Canada’s largest integrated health region. Additionally, Liz has held positions of Executive Director of program planning and services, and Director of cardiac sciences for Providence Health Care, also in Vancouver.

Charlie Cutts

Bio coming soon.

John Gallagher

Bio coming soon.

Ray Gupta

Chairman & CEO, Sunray Group

Ray Gupta is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Sunray Group. Ray conducts stringent market studies
to unearth underutilized, well-located assets with upside opportunities.

Sunray is known for going that extra mile to surpass brand standards and has won the prestigious Pinnacle award for Regional Company of the Year. Ray started by strategically growing his portfolio along the 401 corridor and now has representation in almost every city from Windsor to Kingston, Ontario. His Group owns and manages 58 hotels. He is the largest privately owned operator of hotels in Canada. Ray’s company is successfully building a portfolio of award-winning brands, which include partnerships with Marriott, Starwood, Hilton, Carlson, Best Western, Wyndham and Choice Hotels.

The Group seeks to acquire undermanaged, underperforming assets that can be repositioned in the marketplace, whether through renovation, brand change or bringing in a proper management team. The Group also specializes in the acquisition and disposition of petroleum and retail sites across Ontario.
There are currently 20 sites under development and Sunray is working with major brands including Shell, Petro Canada, Ultramar, Pioneer, McDonald’s and Tim Hortons.

Ray is one of the founders of Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES) focusing on girl’s education in India. Ray is committed to supporting causes and foundations that make a difference to his employees and communities. He launched the Sunray Foundation to lend a hand to employees in the hospitality
industry. He is engaged in community work and helping various charities.

Ray came to Canada in 1976 and settled in Agincourt. His two sons were born at Scarborough General. He later settled in Port Hope with his family, and moved back to Toronto in 2006. His first home in Toronto was in Scarborough, and he is now moving to Pickering. He has several business locations in
Scarborough.

Arthur Heinmaa

CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Cidel Asset Management Inc.

Arthur Heinmaa co-founded Toron in 1988. Toron is a leading global investment manager providing discretionary investment management for private clients, foundations, and pension funds. He oversees the trading, research, operations, and compliance activities of the firm, as well as chairing the firm’s investment committee.

Arthur is a Chartered Financial Analyst with a 25-year career in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Toron he worked at Merrill Lynch (Canada) Inc. and Dean Witter Reynolds (Canada) Inc. Arthur frequently lectures on capital markets at seminars and is a contributing subject matter expert for the Stalla CFA review program.

Arthur has extensive experience in the financial industry having served as a director on a number of Canadian Mutual fund companies and as a director of the Toronto CFA Society. He is also active in the community serving on the boards of Scarborough Health Network Foundation, the Integra Foundation, Victoria Village Hockey League and chairing the financial service program advisory committee at George Brown College.

Arthur lives in the Scarborough community.

Javaid Ali Khan

Prior to joining the SHN Foundation Board of Directors, Javaid served on the SHN Members Nominating Committee and the Major Gifts Committee. Javaid has raised funds for SHN Foundation by scaling the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, participating in Scarborough World Cup of Cricket, Brave TO, the Birchmount hospital MRI campaign, and many other community initiatives.

Before starting his full-time real estate career, Javaid completed a hospitality management program at Concordia University in Montreal, and later worked with major corporations like Steinberg’s, Miracle Food Mart, Sheraton Corporation of America, Canadian Pacific, Aetna Canada Insurance, and Imperial Life.

Javaid is a long-time community service volunteer, having begun in 1998 by raising funds for hospitals and humanitarian projects in partnership with the City of Markham. Javaid has served at the President of Islamic Foundation of Toronto, and public member to the Council of Ontario College of Pharmacists, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at the time.

Javaid also currently serves on the Boards of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto, Progressive Career Planning Institute, Hall of Fame Committee (City of Markham), Cancer Education and Research Foundation, and the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital in Pakistan.Prior to joining the SHN Foundation Board of Directors, Javaid served on the SHN Members Nominating Committee and the Major Gifts Committee. Javaid has raised funds for SHN Foundation by scaling the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, participating in Scarborough World Cup of Cricket, Brave TO, the Birchmount hospital MRI campaign, and many other community initiatives.

Before starting his full-time real estate career, Javaid completed a hospitality management program at Concordia University in Montreal, and later worked with major corporations like Steinberg’s, Miracle Food Mart, Sheraton Corporation of America, Canadian Pacific, Aetna Canada Insurance, and Imperial Life.

Javaid is a long-time community service volunteer, having begun in 1998 by raising funds for hospitals and humanitarian projects in partnership with the City of Markham. Javaid has served at the President of Islamic Foundation of Toronto, and public member to the Council of Ontario College of Pharmacists, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at the time.

Javaid also currently serves on the Boards of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto, Progressive Career Planning Institute, Hall of Fame Committee (City of Markham), Cancer Education and Research Foundation, and the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital in Pakistan.

Al Kiel, SHN Hospital Board Liaison

Bio coming soon.

Dr. Bert Lauwers (Ex-Officio)

Bio coming soon.

Peter Lobraico

Owner, PA Leadership Inc.

Bio coming soon.

Sushrat Mehan

Bio coming soon.

Stan Muthulingam

President & CEO, The CableShoppe Inc.

Stan Muthulingam is a Founder and CEO of The CableShoppe Inc. (The CSI), a leading Canadian business process outsourcing company. After leaving war-torn Sri Lanka and arriving to Canada during the 1980s, Stan used his passion in electronics and entrepreneurship to help build The CSI from the ground up. The company is headquartered in his hometown, Scarborough, and has grown to an extraordinary team of over 180+ professional and highly skilled employees.

In the community, Stan is better known for his volunteer efforts. To name a few, he has received Canada’s Sesquicentennial Pin and the Ontario Volunteer Service award. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his community contributions.

Stan is also paying it forward for his hometown with his latest project: Mosaic Lab. It is a start-up incubator based in Scarborough, which allows researched ideas on potentially marketable products and services to be pitched and operationalized. As an immigrant and entrepreneur, Stan always found it troubling to see good ideas crushed before entering the market. Mosaic Lab will allow Scarborough’s next generation to take risks and dream big.

Shafiq Punjani

Chief Executive Officer, Bridlepath Properties Group Inc.

Shafiq Punjani is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bridlepath Properties Group, an integrated group of companies, involved in the development, management, trading and investment of commercial and residential real estate in Southern Ontario. The Bridlepath Properties Group is part of the larger Punjani Family Group, which also has business interests in the United Kingdom, the Middle East and East Africa, primarily in the Real Estate and Automotive industries. Shafiq has managed various Group businesses throughout the globe over the last 25 years, since graduating with a Master’s degree in Finance from the London School of Economics, at the University of London.

Outside of the office, Shafiq is avidly involved with the philanthropic activities of the Punjani family, being a trustee of the Punjani Charitable Trust, established in the United Kingdom, as well as a trustee of the MP Charitable Foundation, established in Canada. His community involvements include being on the Board of Directors of the Conservative Party, Richmond Hill EDA; as well as being a member of the Executive Committee of the ISIJ of Toronto, where he recently helped build and raise funds for the Jaffari Community Centre, a $30 million, 135,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art, multi-purpose Religious, Educational, Sports and Community Complex.

Shafiq resides in Richmond Hill, Ontario and enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis and skiing in the winter.

Ken Scullion

Consultant, RKS Consulting

Ken Scullion is a retired academic administrator with more than 30 years’ experience in registrar office systems, processes and procedures. He is a member of a very select handful of university registrars who have been honoured by both the Canadian and Ontario professional University Registrars’ Associations, having received their highest awards.

Ken is the founding partner of RKS Consulting, a boutique consulting firm specializing in post-secondary academic administration systems.

Ken is also a very active cardiac rehabilitation volunteer, providing support to patients who have experienced, or who are working to avoid, a cardiac event. He also spends time volunteering in the Centenary hospital catheterization lab, supporting patients who are about to, or who have completed, angiogram, angioplasty procedures, and a range of other heart-related treatments.

Dr. Robert Ting

Bio coming soon.

Alicia Vandermeer

President & CEO, SHN Foundation

On January 6, 2020, Scarborough Health Network Foundation welcomed Alicia Vandermeer as our new President & CEO. After spending 19 years in senior roles at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and previously working in fundraising in the health care and social services sectors, Alicia is excited to join SHN Foundation to lead our fundraising and donor relations efforts.

Prior to AGO, Alicia held various positions at a national fundraising consulting firm, the Canadian Hearing Society Foundation, and the York-Finch Hospital Foundation. “SHN serves a population of close to 1 million people, putting the need for donor support into sharp focus,” says Paul Torrie, Co-Chair, Board of Directors, SHN Foundation. “Alicia is passionate about bringing her skills in fundraising, branding, marketing and data analytics to lead our Foundation in supporting a healthier Scarborough community.”

Alicia has an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a major in Urban Studies from the University of Toronto, a Master of Business Administration with a Major in Marketing & Entrepreneurial Studies from York University, and is a graduate from Claremont Graduate University’s Museum Executive Development Program.

Dr. Cindy Wang

Anesthesiologist, SHN Vice-President, Medical Staff Association

Dr. Cindy Wang is an anesthesiologist at Scarborough Health Network’s Centenary hospital. As a Montrealer, she completed medical school at McGill University and her anesthesiology residency in Toronto. She’s worked extensively with PARO, the resident association, in her role as the Toronto site Chair, focusing on contract negotiation, resident wellbeing and member advocacy with hospital administration and registration bodies.

Since then, Dr. Wang has become involved with the Ontario Anesthesia Association and was also one of the organizers for the 2019 Ontario Anesthesia. In terms of community engagement, she was an investigating coroner for the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario until 2 years ago.

Most recently, in order to better understand the facets of current public health policy discourse and socio-political dimensions of public health policy, Dr. Wang completed the Masters of Public Health program at Harvard University. Additionally, she attended the Value Based Health Care initiative hosted by Harvard Business School.
Dr. Wang considers it an honor to work alongside people with similar ideals in our quest to make SHN a better place that can better serve our community.

Dr. Cathy Whiteside

Emerita Professor and Former Dean of Medicine at the University of Toronto

Dr. Whiteside is an MD and PhD graduate of the University of Toronto and FRCPC in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. From 1985 to 2005 she was a staff nephrologist at the University Health Network, Toronto, and clinician-scientist in the Department of Medicine. From 2000 to 2005 she was Associate Dean Graduate and Inter-Faculty Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine and from 2006 to 2014 Dean of Medicine and Vice Provost Relations with Health Care Institutions at the University of Toronto. In 2012 she was recognized with WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award.

Dr. Whiteside was awarded in 2007 the Medal for Research Excellence from the Kidney Foundation of Canada. She is the recipient of the Canadian Medical Association 2009 May Cohen Award for Women Mentors. In 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada and in 2016 received the OMA’s Advocate for Students and Residents Award.

She is a founding member and past President of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and currently serves as a Director on the Board of Baycrest Health Sciences. In 2016 she was appointed as Member of the Order of Canada. Dr. Whiteside previously held the position of Executive Director of the Strategic Patient-Oriented Research Network in Diabetes and Related Complications.

Richard Wong

Bio coming soon.

Mark J. Wood

CEO, Microart Services

Bio coming soon.

Mike Yorke

President, Director of Public Affairs and Innovation, Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario

Mike Yorke, president and senior business representative of Carpenters Local 27 of the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario, has over 25 years of experience in Ontario’s unionized construction industry. Local 27 represents 8,500 members of the Council’s 27,000 full membership. As president, he has extensive knowledge of collective bargaining and arbitration issues and is involved in numerous political, community and training initiatives. Mr. Yorke has a solid background in workplace health and safety issues, from both training and site representation perspectives.

He is a strong community supporter of outreach to “youth at risk” training programs with the City of Toronto and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) highly regarded CHOICE and CRAFT programs and he plays an active role on the Local 27 College of Carpenters and Allied Trades Board of Directors. Mr. Yorke is co-Chair on the City of Toronto Youth Employment Action Plan (YEAP) Advisory Committee. He sits as an editorial advisory board member of the Daily Commercial News and as an advisory board member of the Urban Land Institute, Toronto.

Mr. Yorke also plays an industry advisor role as a board member of the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) and is also the recipient of the Wood Works Ontario Wood Champion Award in 2016, and the Harry Jerome Award for Diversity in 2018. He holds certificates in labour studies from George Brown College and human resources management from Ryerson University.

Executive Office

Alicia Vandermeer

President & CEO

On January 6, 2020, Scarborough Health Network Foundation welcomed Alicia Vandermeer as our new President & CEO. After spending 19 years in senior roles at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and previously working in fundraising in the health care and social services sectors, Alicia is excited to join SHN Foundation to lead our fundraising and donor relations efforts.

Prior to AGO, Alicia held various positions at a national fundraising consulting firm, the Canadian Hearing Society Foundation, and the York-Finch Hospital Foundation. “SHN serves a population of close to 1 million people, putting the need for donor support into sharp focus,” says Paul Torrie, Co-Chair, Board of Directors, SHN Foundation. “Alicia is passionate about bringing her skills in fundraising, branding, marketing and data analytics to lead our Foundation in supporting a healthier Scarborough community.”

Alicia has an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a major in Urban Studies from the University of Toronto, a Master of Business Administration with a Major in Marketing & Entrepreneurial Studies from York University, and is a graduate from Claremont Graduate University’s Museum Executive Development Program.

Cameron Rogers

Associate Vice President, Finance & Operations

Cameron Rogers is the Associate Vice President, Finance & Operations at Scarborough Health Network Foundation. He has oversight of financial affairs, gift processing, information management, grant management, human resources, and administrative functions.

Prior to joining SHN Foundation, Cameron spent eleven years in senior finance roles at York University. His last role at York University was Director of Budgets & Planning, a role in which he was responsible for developing and reporting against an operating budget exceeding $1 billion. In this role, Cameron was awarded The President’s Leadership Award which annually recognizes one individual who is committed to excellence and who performs at a level that inspires professionalism, creativity and innovation among peers.

Cameron is a designated CPA CA and holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Alayne Metrick

Special Advisor to the President

Alayne lives in Scarborough and began her career at Centenary Hospital Foundation where she previously served as President.

Between 1995 and 2017, she served as President of St. Michael’s Foundation at St. Michael’s Hospital, and has been Executive Director of their Foundation for the last year. During her tenure at St. Mike’s, she spearheaded four successful fundraising campaigns, including a recent $238 million campaign to advance patient care and research, and increased the hospital’s fundraising revenues from $5.5 million to $53.5 annually.

In addition to being a Fellow of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, Alayne is also a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award.

In her new role as Special Advisor at SHN Foundation, Alayne will work directly with the campaign volunteers and donors to raise funds for the It’s Our Time campaign.

Yvonne Ragnitz

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Yvonne Ragnitz is a seasoned executive assistant with more than 34 years in the administrative field, and more than 20 years with Scarborough Health Network (SHN). Yvonne’s expertise in governance and strong leadership skills makes her an invaluable asset to Scarborough Health Network Foundation (SHNF).

In her role as executive assistant to the president and CEO and Board of Directors of SHNF, Yvonne provides high-level administrative support including Board Committee preparation and follow-up, Board recruitment, on-boarding and calendar management to the senior executives.

Throughout her time at SHN, Yvonne has also worked as a corporate executive assistant to the president and CEO of the hospital.

Yvonne completed her education in human resources and project management at Durham College. She is Lean Yellow Belt certified through the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), and has continued her education through seminars with the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries, and the Governance Centre of Excellence.

Campaign

Emily Hillstrom

Associate Director, Campaign

Bio coming soon.

Major Gifts

Verna Chen

Associate Vice President, Gift & Estate Planning

Verna Chen has a strong passion for stewardship and planned giving. Since joining SHN Foundation in March 2009, she has established a robust stewardship and donor recognition program, the third one in her fundraising career. Six years ago, Verna started the planned giving program. She has since grown the number of confirmed legacy donors from 24 to more than 100 today, along with a strong and growing pipeline of prospects. Prior to joining SHN Foundation, Verna was manager of stewardship and donor relations at the faculty of medicine, University of Toronto, and manager of researchand stewardship at Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

Verna holds a BA in English, an MA in Linguistics, and a master of library and information science. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners and the Association of Donor Relations Professionals.

Bruce Logan

Director, Major Gifts

With more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, Bruce Logan is an integral member of the major gifts team for SHN Foundation. Among his responsibilities, Bruce facilitates and solicits large donations to fund the It’s Our Time capital campaign.

Bruce’s experience in fundraising began at the University of New Brunswick as faculty development officer for the faculties of science and nursing in 2003. In 2007, Bruce became chief development officer for the faculty of science and engineering at York University, responsible for all major gift fundraising, volunteer management, and alumni events. He later became senior development officer for athletics.

Prior to his career in philanthropy, Bruce worked as a political staffer for two Ontario cabinet ministers from 1992 to 1995, and for the chief NDP whip from 1995 to 1999. In 2000, he became executive director for the New Brunswick New Democratic Party (NDP).

Bruce holds a bachelor of arts in political science from York University, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Association of Health Philanthropy (AHP).

As a former football player and coach, Bruce enjoys sports and is a lifelong fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Red Sox.

Howard Baker

Associate Director, Prospect Research

Howard joined SHN Foundation in 2015 after earning a degree in library and information science from the University of Toronto. He also holds a master’s degree in history of medicine from Cambridge University and completed a certificate program on business fundamentals from Harvard Business School. In his spare time he enjoys learning languages and collecting rare books.

Linda Tse

Associate Director, Development

Linda is a natural-born storyteller. She was photographer, columnist and managing editor for fashion and lifestyle magazines in her native Hong Kong before immigrating to Canada, which she now calls home. After taking time out to raise four beautiful children, Linda resurfaced to become a popular TV news reporter with Chinese-language media before moving to fundraise for a long-term care facility. And now with SHN Foundation, she has found her dream job that fulfills not only her passion for serving the community, but also helping with the sick and the vulnerable. An excellent cook to begin with, Linda is a social media darling with postings of gourmet dishes made from her home during the pandemic.

Purni Rahman

Campaign & Stewardship Officer

As a passionate, results-oriented fundraising professional, Purni Rahman is an integral part of the gift planning team at SHN Foundation. With over eight experience in the non-profit sector and extensive knowledge in client relations, Purni manages strong relationships with Foundation donors.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Purni managed volunteers and fundraising at Belmont House, a long-term care facility and retirement home.

Purni obtained her bachelor of arts in international development from the University of Toronto (U of T) with a minor in health studies and geography. Purni also holds graduate certificates in both project management, and fundraising and volunteer management from U of T and Humber College, respectively.

Fiona Kingsley

Development Officer

Bio coming soon.

Community Development

Ryan Baillie

Vice President, Community Development

Ryan Baillie joined SHN Foundation in November 2020, bringing with him a wealth of experience in health care fundraising, donor and board relations and fundraising events. Previously, Ryan was Executive Director of Hockey Helps the Homeless (HHTH), where he worked with a board of directors and steering committees across Canada to implement 14 charity hockey tournaments. Ryan led and executed the organization’s national fundraising strategy, raising over $5 million annually through corporate sponsorships and peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising, turning HHTH into one of Canada’s Top 25 P2P Fundraising programs. Under Ryan’s leadership, the organization achieved significant revenue growth, expanded to new markets, and made significant grants to charities serving those experiencing homelessness across Canada. Prior to his role with SHN Foundation, Ryan held event fundraising positions at the Canadian Cancer Society, SickKids Foundation and at Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Ryan lives in Stouffville with his wife, Jess and two sons, Jack and Smith.

Marion Putman

Annual Programs, Manager

Marion joined Scarborough Health Network Foundation team as a Development Officer, Direct Mail and Database Integrity way back in June 2010. Prior to this, she had similar positions with The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, York Central Hospital Foundation, and Mount Sinai Auxiliary.

Marion continually learns every day during her tenure at SHN Foundation, for which she is very grateful. Marion is now Manager, Annual Development, focusing on Direct Mail, Online Giving, Monthly Donors, Tributes, and other annual programs.

Marion has a varied and extensive background in Raiser’s Edge that has involved many hours of data entry, coding, writing policies and procedures for the database, and training many staff on RE policies and procedures. At Children’s Wish, she was crowned “Queen of RE” (and still has her crown from that ceremony)!

Before her not-for-profit experience, Marion spent over 20 years in various administrative and management positions in the corporate sector.

Both Marion and her husband have a love of reading and taught their two children to read and enjoy books at a very young age. All her family can be found in a library or book store somewhere pretty much any day of the week. For Marion, the best part of any day is the time spent with a good book, a cup of tea, and a comfortable chair in which to curl up.

Krishni Narine

Manager, Community Development

Krishni has established a strong connection to Scarborough after working in the community for almost 15 years. She understands and relates to the rich diversity the people represent and has developed lasting relationships. She has been with the SHN Foundation since 2010 and connects with the community to support health care in Scarborough through fundraising events and community partnerships. She has worked on raffles, golf tournaments, walkathons, radiothons and proprietary events including The Scarborough World Cup of Golf, Scarborough Win A Car Raffle, Canadian Tire Brave TO, and the Kaleidoscope Ball.Krishnigraduated from UofT with a BA (Hons) and holds a post-graduate management certificate in HR from Seneca College. Krishniloves travelling, playing sports, and enjoys the outdoors with her husband and 2 children.

Tasnuva Ahmed

Manager, Community Development

Bio coming soon.

Communications

Jennifer Lee

Director, Marketing & Communications

Bio coming soon.

Kyla Tymchen

Communications Specialist

Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Kyla moved to Toronto in 2013 to pursue a degree in Communications and experience big city living. Soon after graduating and armed with an additional certificate in event management, she found her first role in the non-profit health care sector. As a special events team member, Kyla helped plan and execute fundraising events – and felt right at home. While putting on fundraising events was incredibly fun and rewarding, Kyla missed what she loved most – storytelling and digital communications. Thus, started an adventure to find the perfect place to make a difference and do what she loved. And that’s when she found SHN Foundation.

Kyla is responsible for telling the stories you read about our incredible donors, patients, staff and volunteers in our monthly e-newsletter and digital channels. She also creates fundraising proposals, letters, speaking remarks, and really anything to do with words. Kyla is also passionate about digital marketing and analytics and recently obtained a graduate certificate in Advanced Marketing from the University of Toronto.

In her spare time, Kyla enjoys reading (surprise, surprise), taking classes, travelling wherever she can, or watching basketball, baseball and football (Canadian football, of course. Go Riders!). With experience in both the non-profit and corporate worlds, Kyla can confidently say she is exactly where she belongs – fundraising and making a difference in the Scarborough community.

Gabriel Odina

Communications Officer

Bio coming soon.  

 

Administration

Rose Benavidez

Manager, Database & Operations

Rose joined SHN Foundation in June 2018, bringing with her years of experience in various areas in the non-profit sector; and the Raiser’s Edge, an essential fundraising database. She comes with her expertise in managing and administration of fundraising data systems.

In her role at the Foundation, Rose is responsible for the overall operation, maintenance, and security of Raiser’s Edge, as well as overseeing all routine data input and extraction.

Rose has a plethora of experience working in the non-profit and healthcare sector including her role as a database manager at Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation and St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation.

In her most recent roles, Rose has managed a database with over 6M records and worked in an organization that had locations across Canada like Canadian Cancer Society and Nature Conservancy of Canada. She managed ongoing information system maintenance and data needs for donor and prospect management, among many other significant responsibilities.

Rose obtained her bachelor of science in computer engineering from Adamson University in Manila, Philippines.

Laurie Breeze

Database & Administrative Coordinator

Laurie Breeze joined the Scarborough Health Network Foundation office as the fulltime receptionist in 2007, at the Centenary site. However, Laurie first joined the Foundation on a part-time basis in 2003, at the Ajax site, helping with fundraising events such as the Festival of Trees and the annual gala and golf tournaments.

As Database & Administrative Coordinator, Laurie is responsible for processing, data entry and receipting of donations, memorial reporting to families, monthly processing of recurring gifts and the staff payroll. She is administration assistant for office staff and handles queries from front line staff, donors and visitors, in person as well as through the phone.

Before coming to the Foundation, Laurie left the work force for a number of years to raise her two children. Prior to that, Laurie was an Automobile Adjuster with Crum & Forester Insurance Company, where she started as the mall clerk and was promoted to administration assistant before she where took on her role as an Automobile Claims Adjuster.