CMHA is a registered charity, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our Board is guided by a strategic plan, which is updated on an annual basis. They meet regularly throughout the year to monitor organizational operations. The vision and mission are made possible with the work and support of our Board:
- President and Director: Brian Fazackerley
- Vice-President and Director: Monica Gaudry
- Treasurer and Director: Evelyn Sutherland
- Director: Laura Bhoi
- Director: Jacqueline Delfosse
- Director: Michael Favelyukis
- Director: Juanita Nathan
- Director: Roy Saad
- Director: Michelle Simard
- Director: Ali Soheil
- Director: Dawn-Marie Stevens
- CEO and Director: Rebecca Shields
Brian Fazackerley retired as a senior ranking police officer from the Durham Regional Police Service in 2012. He began his policing career in York Region in 1975 and has spent time working at Queen’s Park as a government policing advisor. He is also a lawyer and still does some consulting and adjudication work. Brian joined the CMHA Board in 2013 and has been President since June, 2015.
Monica Gaudry currently serves as the Manager, Major Gifts, Tiffany Circle with Canadian Red Cross. She is an accomplished fundraising professional with 10 years’ demonstrated experience. She is results-driven with sound business acumen, innovative thinking and marketing savvy. Monica is well versed in the evolving challenges faced in healthcare acquired by many years of employment in large, complex hospital settings.
Evelyn Sutherland was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Enercare Inc. (TSX:ECI) and each of its subsidiaries in August 2011. Since her appointment as Chief Financial Officer, Enercare has quadrupled its revenue and market cap, delivered total shareholder returns of 232%. This represents a return that is nearly 20 times the return of the S&P/TSX Composite over the same period, and places Enercare in the top 10% of companies included in the S&P/TSX Composite. Prior to joining Enercare, Evelyn was Chief Financial Officer of Scott’s Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:SRQ), at the time the organization managed a portfolio of 220 retail properties, in seven provinces across Canada. At Scott’s REIT, she had overall responsibility for financial reporting, external financing/public debt/capital raising, corporate governance, M&A, operations, greenfield developments and investor relations. Evelyn was also the former Chief Financial Officer of the United Purchasing Group of Canada, where she played an instrumental role in building the finance team, assisting with the creation of their strategic plan and working with management groups to improve reporting and overall processes. Ms. Sutherland is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant. She became a Chartered Accountant in 2000 and is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.
Laura Bhoi is a dynamic professional with a combination of strong attention to detail and big-picture vision which, taken together, allow for the setting and attainment of impressive goals. She has a proven commitment to continuous improvement achieved by employing creative thinking, listening carefully to feedback, and ensuring staff motivation and engagement. Laura is known for achieving targets and delivering measurable results. Laura has a reputation as a resourceful team player working with integrity and professionalism to earn respect, inspire cooperation and exceed expectations. She has a strong formal education including an MBA in Health Services Management. Formerly the President of Bellwood Health Services Addiction Treatment Centre, Laura is currently self-employed as a health care consultant.
Jacqueline Delfosse is an accomplished consultant with over 20 years of Human Resources and Training and Organizational Development background. Her experience includes Human Resources, Operations and Call Center Management with a speciality in Learning and Organizational Development. She has worked in various Senior Management capacities, including Senior Manager Training & Development, Manager, Global Learning & Organizational Consultant and has implemented key learning and professional development initiatives across organizations. Jackie has served as a board or committee member on several foundations and associations over the years, and became a board member of Canadian Mental Health Association in 2014. As a senior consultant with Morneau Shepell, Jackie specializes in Leadership Development and raising awareness about Mental Health in the Workplace. She has consulted with, trained, educated and coached thousands of managers and employees, drawing on insights from over twenty years of corporate experience as a manager and human relations professional. She proudly works with industry leaders across the country on Mental Health in the Workplace initiatives and consulting in a way that clarifies the role of the leader and brings a down-to-earth understanding of the complex arena of mental health in the workplace.
Michael Favelyukis is the Vice-President, Finance and Administration, of Community Trust Company. A Chartered Professional Accountant, Michael has particular expertise in tax issues and securities. He obtained his International Bachelor of Business Administration from Schulich School of Business, York Univeristy in 2004, a continuation of his studies which began in the Netherlands. An avid global traveller, Michael is fluent in Russian, Hebrew and conversational in Spanish.
Juanita Nathan is a long time resident of Markham, a community and youth outreach worker, seniors support staff, Triple P parenting group facilitator and a counsellor for abused women. Juanita dedicates her time and energy striving to make positive changes in the lives of youth, parents and seniors. Whether its helping students get their life on track and back into school or helping women cope with abuse, teaching strategies to parents on being involved with their child or ensuring that seniors are active and informed about their health; Juanita plays an instrumental role in the lives of many individuals and families. Her record on community involvement and grass roots engagement is exceptional. After graduating from Brock University with a BA Psychology, Juanita went on to complete a special project for the Ministry of Attorney General focusing on domestic abuse. Her strong desire to help young people overcome obstacles and challenges put her on her path to get involved in the community and pursue a career in the social services sector. Juanita Nathan currently works with YOUTHLINK, Family Services of York Region and serves as an Elected Public School Board Trustee. Juanita’s specialties include conflict resolution, community development projects, program development, implementation and evaluation, & facilitation.
Roy Saad is the Manager, Stakeholder Engagement at United Way of Peel Region. Roy holds a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Ryerson University and has extensive experience in fundraising, relationship management, motivating and leading volunteers for a collective cause, and service integration for newcomers to Canada. He has the ability to impact and influence, develop relationships, and lead organizational change. Roy is a champion for diversity and has been commended for his strong work ethic, solid problem-solving skills and enthusiasm.
Michelle Simard is a Toronto based lawyer with experience in health law and regulatory matters. She is a versatile and highly skilled lawyer who is able to provide organizations with sound legal counsel, mitigate risk/exposure, avoid litigation, develop legal agreements, interpret policy and navigate regulatory issues. Michelle also teaches negotiation tactics and strategy at Osgoode Hall Law School as she is experienced litigator with advanced negotiation skills. Michelle is meticulous and focused, known for exceptional level of service and quality of legal counsel. In addition to the above, Michelle plans to bring her experience in auditing processes, reviewing legislation, assessing legal and financial implications, and utilizing best practices to benefit CMHA. Currently, Michelle advises on policy development and administrative procedures to animal rights and environmental law organizations. She has served on various boards and numerous executives such as the Ontario Bar Association, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, and Climate Change Lawyers Network. Michelle looks forward to bring her notable contributions to CMHA York Region.
Ali Soheil has been with BMO for 28 years. During these years he has held over number of different roles across Sales, Marketing, Product Manufacturing, Strategy, Contact Center, Risk, IT, Process Engineering, Change Management, Program Management and Operations. Ali has earned the reputation of an enterprise leader who delivers results with a strong focus on employee engagement and culture. In addition to his professional career, Ali is actively involved in the community. He is a strong advocate for diversity, youth employment, education & Mental Health. Ali is a digital leader who actively uses social media to advocate, promote and educate. Ali loves to publish articles on subjects he is passionate about, some of which have been featured in management and leadership sites. Ali holds an EMBA from the Ivey School of Business. He also holds a B.Sc. and Masters in Project Management from Schulich. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean enterprise Practitioner. Ali’s key areas of expertise Include: Business strategy and execution, Business and process transformation, Change management, Business innovation, Risk management & Employee engagement & Culture.
Dawn-Marie Stevens is a sales and marketing leader who helps companies bridge the gap between corporate vision and sales execution. Coaching sales teams to focus on mission critical sales activities that increase market penetration. She has a customer-centric approach with a history of establishing and managing key accounts that result in long-term partnerships. Dawn-Marie earned her Bachelor of Arts, Psychology/Counselling, from the University of Alberta. She currently works with Clean River Recycling Solutions.
Rebecca Shields began her tenure as the CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association for York Region and South Simcoe in May 2012. Her model of transformational impact leadership has focused on responsive and innovative solutions to individual and community needs. She has over 18 years’ experience in senior leadership in a variety of social profit organizations, including the Executive Director of CMHA Vancouver Burnaby Branch and Deafblind Services Society of BC, and Director of Development for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. The recipient of numerous accolades for her innovative leadership, Rebecca is a mental health advocate, philanthropist, and committed community builder who, after many years, has figured out that great planning inspires hopes and dreams and not the other way around.
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