Rose Savage, Chair

Rose has accomplished at IBM, Business Development Executive with unique leadership skills in the Financial Services Industry delivering high impact customer value with strategic business solutions that creates vision, forms collaboration and drives growth. Rose is recognized for closing many strategic business deals and significant achievements, including not-for-profit fundraiser, Marketing & Sales, Strategic Initiatives, and Business Development. She currently is CEO at Savage Foundation and is on the Board at Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women and Vaughan Public Library as Vice Chair and Trustee. She is an inspirational leader who brings with her extensive knowledge in banking and business development. Rose continues to make an impact in the community.

Rose also served as a board member at Sheena’s Place, where she received the 2011 Volunteer Award. She played an active role at Scotiabank, as Director in Shared Services and committee member for Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, Sheena’s Place Breakfast Chair and United Way Ambassador. She previously served as IBM Country Club Director, United Way Chair, Terry Fox Run Chair, IBM’s Media & Community Donations Chair, Running Club Director, Children’s Programs & Special Events Program Director.

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Michael Denyszyn, Vice-Chair

Michael Denyszyn has been a member of the EHCW Board of Directors since August 2016, and the Board’s Vice-Chair since August 2017. Michael received his Hon. B.A. (with High Distinction) from the University of Toronto in 1998 and his J.D. from New York University in 2001. After acting as a lawyer in private practice in New York and Toronto, Michael has worked in the public sector since 2008 and now manages a team of lawyers. Michael lives in Toronto with his spouse and son and provides volunteer career counselling to undergraduate students and recent graduates.


Vinod Sharma, Treasurer

Vinod Sharma brings over 15 years of management experience in accounting, finance, purchasing and operations in the private sector as well as 15 years in social housing. He has served on boards of different Non-Profit organizations for the past 7 years. He has received training in board governance, fundraising and financial management from the Maytree Foundation. He has spearheaded and coordinated new initiatives and the delivery of programs and services to diverse communities including low income seniors and youth.

Vinod holds a Master of Arts in Economics and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.

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Dr. Carolyn Hibbs, Board Secretary

Dr. Carolyn Hibbs works in the non-profit sector and brings 12 years of experience in the sector as a Board member, consultant and employee. A researcher and educator for most of her career, Carolyn’s academic experience ranges from studies in women and religion in South Asia to non-profit management. She holds various professional certificates and degrees including a PhD from York University and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Ryerson University.

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Niya Bajaj, Past Chair

Niya Bajaj’s interdisciplinary background supports her commitment to making systems level change to create a safer, more inclusive community for women and girls. She does this primarily by telling compelling stories that encourage audiences to act in meaningful ways. She currently provides strategic communications advice at the Poverty Reduction Strategic Division at the Province of Ontario. Her previous 9-5 roles include: fundraising at the University of Toronto, strategic communications and event marketing at the Ontario Public Service and media relations at the Ontario Heritage Trust.

Her 5-9 side hustle for the soul uses the principles of grace, wisdom and hospitality to develop accessible, healthy, inclusive, safe communities where women can thrive as active participants. She is currently supporting resource development and using her governance expertise as a Chair of the Board of Directors at the Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women, and as Vice Chair of the Board at the Driftwood Theatre Group. She is also an Executive Producer at TOgether and is planning a holistic wellness event to connect communities of colour with physical, mental, emotional and community wellness tools. She recently completed her term as Director of Logistics at Toronto For Everyone. She has been involved in communications, event planning and fundraising consulting for not for profit organizations including Planned Parenthood Toronto, Pride Toronto and the United Way.

Niya is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a major in Sexual Diversity Studies, and minors in Psychology and English. She also has a certificate in Event and Meeting Management from George Brown College. She completed her training in yin, restorative, meditation and aerial yoga in addition to her 250 hour yoga teacher training and is continuing her training with work in trauma specific yoga to help her master new ways of telling stories through teaching yoga and mindfulness practices.

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Alicia Mondesire

Alicia Mondesire is an institutional development consultant with over 20 years experience as an advisor on gender equality to organizations including the United Nations, the Government of Canada and the European Commission. She was formerly the Ontario Director for CUSO (Canadian University Overseas) and subsequently CUSO’s Eastern Caribbean Director. Among other appointments are Member of the International Planning Committee for the Association for Women’s Rights in Development; Council Member for the Inter-American Development Bank’s Women in Leadership program; and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the Foundation for International Training. As a member of the board of ehcw, she chairs the Governance and Policy Committee. She holds a Master’s degree in International Management and has worked in more than 30 countries.


Deanna Sgro

Deanna was born and raised in Toronto.

She studied at Madonna Hugh School before attending York University where she obtained her undergraduate degrees. She also earned her law degree (1992) and her Masters in Law(2013)from Osgoode Hall law school in Toronto.

Deanna uses her legal skills not only in her career as Vice President and General Counsel at a successful Canadian corporation but she is an active volunteer with Law Help Ontario where she provides free legal
services at Toronto Courts.

In addition to being a devoted wife to Lou, proud mother of Greg and Irma, and practicing lawyer, she is an active community member, and gives of her time to various not for profit organizations.

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Raushan Bhuiyan

Raushan Bhuiyan is a policy analyst, urban geographer and social science researcher. She has interfaced with social policy development for 10 years in the corporate sector. For a concurrent 12 years, she navigated policy communities in higher education institutions, not-for-profit foundations, and grassroots organizations through her volunteer commitments. She advised Employment and Social Development Canada, Status of Women Canada and the Official Minorities and Languages Commission. She is currently in the policy development stream at the Government of Ontario.

Her professional experiences are informed by her advocacy efforts for multi-barriered populations, namely, homeless populations and low-income populations. She wants to fix disparities in a social support system system that benefitted her family when she was young, but whose complexity has, at times, failed those who need it most now. Her latest policy interests examine the interactions between housing affordability, poverty, public infrastructure development, health equity and behavioural conomics.

Raushan is also a non-fiction writer and uses prose to explore the intersections of cultural identity, civil rights, and placemaking. She has received nationally-recognized honors such as the 2013 Joseph Bombardier SSHRC Award and the 2008 Stephen Leacock Memorial Award for Humour. Raushan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women’s Studies from York University and is currently wrapping up her Masters of Arts in Geography at York University while pursuing her public administration certificate at Humber College.

Raushan’s next goal is to create a network of public sector and academic professionals dedicated to exploring the ways that poverty informs social and macroeconomic policy development in Canada.


Caitlin Gascon

Caitlin Gascon is a Human Resources and Labour Relations professional who brings experience in various areas of human resources management including labour relations, employee relations, recruitment, health and safety, training and development, workforce planning and compensation in both the private and public sector. Caitlin has earned a Masters of Industrial Relations and Human Resources from the University of Toronto and a certificate in Not-for-Profit Management from the Schulich School of Business. Caitlin looks forward to continuing to offer her professional expertise garnered from her education and significant work experience in social services to contribute to the Not-for-Profit sector. As a volunteer, Caitlin has dedicated her time to Woodgreen Community Services as an English Facilitator working with participants on conversational English. Caitlin also enjoys mentoring and career coaching in order to help individuals find their ideal professional path.

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Allison Buchan-Terrell

Allison Buchan-Terrell is a former journalist turned communications professional who has served as an advisor to some of the most senior political leaders in both the municipal and provincial governments. Most recently, she was the in-house communications lead providing strategic communications advice and support as part of the team implementing the Ontario Basic Income Pilot, a ground breaking research study testing a different approach to supporting people living on low incomes. Previously, she was a producer at the current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin at TVO where she contributed to high-profile projects like provincial and federal budget coverage and the award-winning Mental Health Matters series. She has an Honours B.A. from Western University with a Specialization in Political Science and a Masters of Journalism from Ryerson University.

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