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Rose Savage, Chair
Rose is an 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 fundraisers, Marketing & Sales, Strategic Initiatives, and Business Development. She currently is CEO at the 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 as a 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.
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.
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 was born and raised in Toronto.
She studied at Madonna High 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 a practicing lawyer, she is an active community member, and gives her time to various not for profit organizations.
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 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.
Meezan’s expertise comes from the financial sector, moving into progressively responsible roles in her career journey. She brings an extensive background in sales, national office and operations. Her diverse career experiences and business acumen combined with her collaborative leadership style contributed to her past and current successes and will continue to be key enablers in future roles.
Meezan enjoys formulating strategies to meet business needs, identifying operational issues and seeking product enhancement opportunities to mitigate risks. Her key areas of expertise include transformation strategy, leadership and initiating new projects.
Meezan is deeply committed to community services and brings her entrepreneurial skills in helping people to understand the financial aspects of businesses. Meezan is an entrepreneur, creating new and unique products for people who enjoy pets.
Chand’s keen entrepreneurial sense, business experiences in accounting and seasoned fundraising expertise addresses a few of the competencies sought in the talent mix for this round of director recruitment. Chand combines his passion for raising awareness about the issues experienced by the Centre’s target populations with his business sense and ability to form partnerships with a variety of organizations. Having led, chaired and supported several fundraising and community-building initiatives for the Gerrard India Bazaar community, Chand has an intimate sense of how fundraising can be a tool for reputation building and for developing institutional partnerships with esteemed organizations in the city of Toronto. Chand’s esteemed skills and experiences will raise the profile of any position at the Centre.
Tabitha Mirza – Young Director
Tabitha Mirza is a G(irls)20 Young Director with 3+ years of experience in gender and development capacity building, administration for offices of political representatives, as well as conference planning and workshop facilitation.
As a spirited member of her community, Tabitha recognizes that the driving force of sustainable development is brought to life by empathy, diversity of perspective, and collaboration. Most recently, she joined the board as a Girls on Boards Young Director with the commitment to serving her community by making a strategic contribution to the EHCW.
Her professional development journey has taken her to new heights. Tabitha served as a Research Lead in Tanzania, where she worked on a joint study with the World University Service of Canada – Tanzania and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, led by Principal Investigator Dr. Rebecca Tiessen. Tabitha aided her team in the planning of Canada’s largest student-run International Development Week in 2018. Elected by her student body, she was the Development Students Association’s inaugural Vice President Equity and Activism. She also represented Sweden on the UNESCO Committee at Model United Nations in New York.
Tabitha holds a B. Soc. Sci. degree in Honours International Development & Globalization from the University of Ottawa. She is a passionate volunteer and community builder. Tabitha looks forward to learn more about social entrepreneurship as a way to improve livelihood outcomes for women and youth.
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