Our Board members are from the broad community and have served the Neighbourhood Centre with a minimum of 50 volunteer hours. Our current Board consists of the following individuals:
Angela is Chair of the HR Committee and Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee. Angela worked as Vice-President, Investor Relations at Canadian Tire and as VP, Investor Relations at TD Bank Financial Group. She worked at Nortel for many years in senior roles and has much experience in strategic and financial planning. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration and is a graduate of the Directors Education Program, ICD (Institute of Corporate Directors) Corporate Governance College. Currently, she is engaged in consulting work. Angela’s elderly aunt lived for many years in the Crescent Town community.
Jeannie is the Board Secretary. She has a law and human rights background and is currently working as Tenant Duty Counsel at the Advocacy Centre For Tenants Ontario. She has worked for numerous community legal clinics around Toronto in various areas of poverty law as well as for an international women’s rights NGO. She is very interested in community development, especially within her home neighbourhood of East York.
Linda Nicolson, Co-Chair
Linda is Co-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Policy Committee. She is the Research Strategy Project Lead at the Education Research & Evaluation Strategy Branch of the Ministry of Education. She has extensive history in Communications and Evaluation work. She lives in our community and has been active in many neighbourhood activities. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences degree from Western and a BA in Journalism from Ryerson.
Mark has spent his career in executive search and human resources as a recruiter, a salesperson, an HR executive and a business owner. He co-founded Funnel Search Group in 2009 and later sold the business in 2013. Mark is excited to join the Neighbourhood Centre and is particularly impressed by its grassroots history and its hands-on involvement in serving the community. Having spent most of his life in Toronto, Mark has a great appreciation for Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods and its compassionate approach towards helping others. He is honoured to join the team. Mark has already been providing valuable support on NC’s Human Resources Committee.
Peter is the Project Leader of ALLIES (Assisting Local Leaders with Immigrant Employment Strategies) at Maytree Foundation. He leads a pan-Canadian initiative to build the capacity of city leaders to create and adapt local solutions to further the suitable employment of skilled immigrants in their city. ALLIES works with ten immigrant employment councils across Canada to develop and enhance programs and services that assist newcomers to Canada. Peter was born in Ethiopia, and lived in India and the U.S. before moving to Canada in 2007. He earned a Ph.D. in public administration and urban affairs while working in the US. He began public service in Ohio as a housing and community development coordinator for Summit County. He went on to serve as Senior Policy Analyst for Summit County Council. He also taught public administration courses at the University of Akron for 4 years.
Sarah Vanderburg, Co-Chair
Sarah is Co-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. She is current a Partner in the Department of Professional Practice at KPMG. Sarah is a Chartered Accountant, with skills in financial statement auditing and international financial reporting standards. Aside from contributing her time to the Neighbourhood Centre, Sarah also helps with CPA’s free tax clinics.