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, until recently coordinated a faith-based nursing course at the University of Toronto; 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. She was Alderman, Borough of East York and was involved in planning and construction of Life-Lease Seniors’ Apartment. Edna was a Founding Member of Toronto Seniors Council (now Toronto Council on Aging) in 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.
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.
Jane Szilvassy During her 25 years at the March of Dimes, Jane held a variety of positions involving administration and program development, overseeing a 5 million dollar budget, training programs and supportive housing projects, employing over a hundred full and part time staff. As a volunteer, Jane was active in the Alzheimer’s Society. Jane describes herself as a problem solver and an innovator.
Sarah Wu is currently pursuing her PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo (UW). Her research focuses on food intake and the mealtime experience for residents living with dementia in long-term care homes, as well as program development, implementation, and evaluation. Sarah is a Student Representative for the Canadian Association on Gerontology and an organizer of UW’s Symposium on Aging Research.