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Josephine Camilleri is the Founder of Dementia with Dignity, an organization dedicated to helping our seniors live dignified lives through the education, support and empowerment of families caring for parents with dementia. An Elder Care Advisor, she is the author of The Story Keeper: An Elder Care Medical Organizer & Journal, and The 8 Pillars of Dementia Care - A Family Caregiver’s Readiness Assessment & Planning Tool. The reality of dementia is scary, but fear is born of the unknown, and the more information families have about how to prepare and plan, the more confident and able they are to make tough decisions when it matters the most.
Raveen Kalra has a passion for working with older adults and educating others on issues impacting older adults. With an interest in older adults early on in her career, she completed her Bachelors in Applied Science in Gerontology from the University of Guelph. In addition, she has completed her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University. Over the years she has worked with older adults in diverse settings including acute care, long term care and with community dwelling older adults. Currently, Raveen uses her skills as an Occupational Therapist and works at William Osler Health System as a Discharge Planner where she works with patients and families to coordinate safe and successful discharges.
Amit Chalam is a Senior Manager in the Toronto Financial Services practice. He has spent over 14 years performing financial statement audits, integrated audits and business process advisory services, many of which were spent in KPMG’s New York City office. He specializes in the insurance sector, and has worked with funds, custodians, broker dealers and investment managers, both in the USA and in Canada. Amit joined the CANES Board in March 2017.
Anne Cool is a Human Resources professional, with extensive experience in designing and delivering global HR programs including talent management, compensation and benefits and human resource technology systems. She has successfully led global and cross-functional teams in developing interpersonal and relationship building skills that result in effective relations with senior executives as well as employees at all levels. Her career spans Finance, IT and Human Resources. Anne joined the CANES Board in May 2017.
Chirasthi Mendis is a senior lawyer with broad experience in the energy sector. She has advised on large infrastructure projects, complex license hearings, regulatory compliance and commercial matters. Chirasthi is a founding Activator of SheEO, an organization that supports female entrepreneurs. She joined the CANES Community Care Board of Directors in June 2011 and served as Secretary prior to being elected as Chair.
Dr. Kais Lakhdar is a Senior Strategy Consultant with broad health and life sciences experience spanning the pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostic labs, health information technology and private equity sectors. He has worked with both public and private sector organizations across the globe on corporate strategy, commercial due diligence and operations improvement engagements. Kais has significant international experience having worked on more than 50 engagements in more than 15 countries. He joined the CANES Board in April 2017.
Laurence Wolfson is a senior health care executive with an accomplished record of innovation and performance in diverse, dynamic environments. He has an ability to mesh strategic thinking with practical management skills and strong leadership skills that have been tested in a variety of challenging situations. Over the years, he has gained an extensive network of agency and government contacts and is an expert in establishing and managing joint ventures and partnerships as well as successfully attracting funding for new programs. Laurence joined CANES Community Care Board of Directors in June 2015.
Louise Stratford is a lawyer and a retired senior executive from the Ontario Public Service with many years of experience in the development and delivery of programs designed to protect and support vulnerable persons across the province. In her most recent position as Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Louise was responsible for the delivery of a variety of support services to victims of crime, and to the thousands of clients served by the Public Guardian and Trustee and the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Louise joined the Board of Directors of CANES Community Care in June 2016.
Pat is a resident of Toronto and an executive with significant experience in not-for-profit, government and charitable environments. She is the founding President of the Safe Communities Foundation, an award winning private/public sector partnership which has achieved significant results in injury reduction. Pat was the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Labour between 1994 – 1996. She has extensive volunteer affiliations including Community Living Toronto and winner of the Bank of Montreal Community Hero Award. Pat joined the CANES Board in November 2011.
A retired Ophthalmologist, in 1960 Ron joined the medical staff at Sunnybrook Hospital and taught at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. He was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration and NATO Military Medal. Ron has extensive volunteer experience with St. John Ambulance, the Toronto Zoo, and the Canadian Red Cross. He joined CANES Board of Directors in 2005.