Thank you to our Board of Directors!


Cathy Hennessey, President - June 2015

Cathy Hennessey

Cathy served for more than 30 years in the Federal Government, including as Senior Director General at Service Canada and Director General and Director, Human Resources, at Employment and Social Development Canada. She has also volunteered in private and not-for-profit organizations, leading quality and healthy workplace assessments.

Yuko Sorano, Vice President - June 2013

Yuko SoranoYuko managed and taught adult literacy programs for five years at the Alexandra Park Neighbourhood Learning Centre. She also worked at CERIS, a network of academic, community and government partners for immigration and settlement research. Currently, she is an employment research project administrator at York University.

Yogen Appalraju, Treasurer - June 2014

Yogen AppalrajuYogen is the Vice President, Security Solutions at TELUS and has over 20 years of experience in IT risk, security and regulatory compliance with Ernst & Young and KPMG. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and was a member of the standards committee within the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Alphonse Barikage - June 2015

Alphonse BarikageAlphonse worked for over 15 years for Ontario government's oversight organizations, including as an Ombudsman Representative at Ontario Ombudsman, a Mediator at the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Information and Privacy Commissioner. He has volunteered as Vice-President and Director for Hope for Rwanda's Children Fund and is a long-time community mediator with St. Stephen's.

Katherine Chau – June 2016

Katherine ChauKatherine Chau practices employment law and civil litigation at Van Kralingen Law and completed a public interest internship with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Laos. She is an active member of the Human Resources Committee and grew up in our community.

Sarah Doyle - June 2015

Sarah Doyle

Sarah has a Masters in Science in International Relations and is a Senior Policy Advisor at MaRS. Previously, she worked with the Government of Canada – Privy Council Office, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Before joining the Board, Sarah volunteered as an active community member of the Program Committee.

Zahra Ebrahim - June 2013

Zahra EbrahimZahra is the Co-Lead of Doblin Canada. As a public interest designer, she brings citizens and communities into the process of public and private sector innovation. She is an adjunct faculty member of the City Studies program at the University of Toronto, a board member of Jane’s Walk, and a key advisor on design, innovation, and participatory methods to organizations across the country.

Howard Green - February 2013

Howard GreenHoward held senior positions in the Government of Canada, including Assistant Deputy Minster (Service Canada) and Director-General, Privy Council Office. Since retiring from the Federal Public Service, he has been active in the not-for -profit sector as a volunteer and consultant with Ontario Nonprofit Network, United Way Toronto & York Region and other organizations. 

Sarah Hurrle - June 2014

Sarah HurrleSarah has over ten years’ experience in the non-profit sector as a fundraising professional primarily raising funds for grassroots social services. Before working as a Senior Development Officer at York University, she worked for United Way Toronto and York regions. Sarah also serves on the Board Executive of her Toastmasters Club.

Peter Singh Khela – June 2016

Peter Singh KhelaPeter Singh Khela has a degree in Education and worked extensively for Health Care organizations, including Fred Victor Mission, Inner City Health Associate and the Parkdale Community Health Centre. He is currently the Director of Primary Health Care for the Rexdale Community Health Centre. Peter has served on our Advocacy Committee for three years.

Gina Lee - September 2018

Gina LeeGina brings over a decade of experience in internal and external communications, both from the private and public sector. Prior to her current role as Director of Corporate Communications at OMERS, Gina worked as Communications & Policy Advisor for the Minister of Finance at Queen’s Park, and at the CIBC in various communication roles. 

Amana Manori - June 2015

Amana Manori

Amana has over fifteen years’ experience in the capital markets/financial services and is currently the CEO of Highness Global’s sister company, Highness Capital. She has been involved with fundraising and outreach for women’s health, prevention of women/children abuse, provision of basic necessities for families, and other anti-poverty initiatives.

Frank Pagliarello – June 2016

Frank Pagliarello

Frank Pagliarello holds a CPA, CMA designation and is the Director, Operational Risk Audit within the Bank of Montreal. Frank joined Corporate Audit from BMO Capital Markets Finance where he progressed in various senior roles, most recently as Vice-President, Financial Governance and Compliance Officer, BMO Capital Markets Finance. He has over 12 years of experience in corporate governance, audit, compliance, financial and risk management. Frank previously worked for KPMG and several Federal Government departments and agencies.

Rebecca Stulberg - June 2018

Rebecca StulbergRebecca is a lawyer and outreach manager at Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and the Director of Centennial College’s Legal Information Centre. Before joining CLEO, she worked in employment, labour and human rights law. Rebecca sat on the St. Stephens House Advocacy Committee for three years and volunteers with the Workers’ Action Centre and the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program.

Sonia Yung - June 2017

Sonia YungSonia is a partner at Baker McKenzie and leads the firm’s Toronto corporate and securities law group. She has over 23 years of experience in capital markets transactions as well as public and private company and investment fund regulatory and corporate governance matters. Sonia also serves as a mentor to a number of associates and partners in the firm.

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