Malcolm Stewart, TCA President. Malcolm was Executive Director of social planning councils in Sarnia-Lambton and Niagara Region, and of the Ontario Association of Social Workers, from 1978 to 1991. In he 1990’s he taught courses in Canadian social policy, research methods and social gerontology, retiring in 2009.He has served on the Boards of several nonprofit organizations.
Lilian Wells, TCA Past President and founding member of the TCA. Lilian is President of the Ontario Association of Councils on Aging and represents OACA on Ontario’s Senior Secretariat’s Liaison Committee. She is professor emerita of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Social Work specializing in gerontology and health practice.
Joanne Jasper, TCA Vice President. Joanne currently coordinates and teaches faith based nursing; her career, of over 40 years, has been focused on community based health care. Her mission is to support older adults to live life according to their personal best desires, receiving respect within their community, recognition and love from family and friends.
Rebekah Churchyard, TCA Vice President. Rebekah researches technology for older adults and dementia at Ontario Shores hospital. She also consults for the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre in a program for socially isolated older adults. When she is not working on planning Green Care Farms for dementia, she bicycles around Toronto, enjoys Allan Gardens and likes round, red objects.
Shanaz Meghji, TCA Treasurer. Shanaz graduated in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and Finances. She chairs the Home Advisory Committee at Bendale Acres and sits on the Inter-Home Advisory Committee of the Toronto Long Term Care Homes. She served on the Aga Khan Social and Welfare Board and the Aga Khan Health Board.
Edna Beange, Honourary TCA Board member. Edna has been involved in seniors’ advocacy since co-founding East York Meals on Wheels; Board member, Toronto East General Hospital – 1980-1994; Alderman, Borough of East York – 10 years between l975-1988; Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat Liaison Committee; Seniors’ Advisory Committee. Federal Income Security Program; 1999 Toronto Seniors Task Force; involved in planning and construction of Life-Lease Seniors’ Apartment – 1999; Founding Member of Toronto Seniors Council (now Toronto Council on Aging) -1999.
Samantha Biglieri is a PhD candidate in Planning at the University of Waterloo (UW), focusing on inclusive city-building. She is a CIHR Program in Aging trainee and organizer for UW’s Symposium on Aging Research. Samantha has land-use planning and policy experience, and teaches a first- year urban planning class at Ryerson.
Anne Dollendorf, with a degree in Business Administration and over 20 years of working in marketing communications consulting clients from the Corporate, NGO and Not-for-Profit sector, has extensive experience in planning and implementing marketing communication strategies using all modern digital and social media as well as traditional communication tools.
Lori Gershon has served as Communications officer of CAPCO Health Group and currently is the Managing Director. She is a desktop publisher, and, for over 30 years, a volunteer Jewish chaplain serving seniors at a nursing home. She is a committed walker, with numerous medals for competing in races.
Ruth McGarry is retired from the Federal Public Service, where she worked as a Manager in emergency management and contributed to improvements in education and training, regional operations and event response. She is a Professional Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, is passionate about life-long learning and contributing to initiatives designed to improve the lives of older adults.
Deborah (Debby) Vigoda is a former Executive Director of the Ontario Gerontology Association. She has taught staff and students in universities, community colleges, agencies and senior centres how to work effectively with older adults and provided learning opportunities for older people. She works on several Boards and committees.