Board of Directors
Board of Directors 2020-2021
Deborah moved to Etobicoke with her partner and young daughter in 2017 and enthusiastically refers to her new neighbourhood as home. Deborah holds a master’s degree in journalism from Western University and an honours BA from Carelton University. She currently works as a media advisor for a provincial non-profit health research institution, but worked as a newspaper reporter and television news producer in her previous life as a journalist. Deborah is looking forward to working with the residents of the Stonegate community as a member of the Board of Directors.
Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from Queens University and her legal degree from Western University. She previously worked in private practice in the areas of Intellectual Property and Food and Drug Regulatory law. She currently works in-house at GlaxoSmithKline as Legal Counsel.
Erin resides in the Stonegate community with her husband and two young children. The Stonegate community has been so welcoming to Erin and her family. She looks forward to giving back through her involvement with Stonegate CHC.
Rami Garg grew up in Toronto and now lives in Etobicoke, in the Stonegate area with her husband and two daughters. She is a healthcare researcher who holds a Masters degree in Biology, from York University. Rami is also activity involved in volunteer initiatives at her daughter's school and with girl guides. She is excited to be a board member with the Stonegate CHC.
Alessandro was born in Toronto and has resided in Etobicoke for the last 20 years. He has worked as a policy analyst for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario as well as a fitness and health consultant for those with varying health issues and has noted firsthand many of the social determinants that can impact a person’s health. Alessandro has also worked as a course director for York University, teaching on issues related to health care ethics.
Alessandro has an academic background in both economics and health policy/ethics, including a Ph.D. in the field of bioethics, specializing in policy relating to clinical research with terminally ill subjects. He is a published author and looks forward to an exciting upcoming year with the Stonegate Community Health Centre. He is passionate about health care and eager to continue working with the Stonegate board of directors in contributing to his community.
Colin was born and raised in Etobicoke. He completed a PhD in Economics at Lancaster University and is currently an economist at Wilfrid Laurier University. An active community volunteer, Colin has previously been a director of the Capitol Centre, a public performing and visual arts institution; a director of the Business Centre N-PS, a small business accelerator; and a trustee of Lancaster University. He is currently the Chair of the Central Etobicoke Community Hub Initiative, a community led action committee working with the City of Toronto, not-for-profit organizations, and community residents to improve public facilities in Etobicoke.
Anita has resided in the Stonegate community since 2013 with her husband and three daughters. Over the years, she has volunteered with various organizations including women’s centres, international relief organizations, food banks and youth shelters, and continues to be an active leader in a community youth organization.
She received her honours degree in Sociology from Glendon College (York U), has previously worked in Immigration with the CBSA, and currently works as a Detective Constable for a municipal police service.
Anita is enthusiastic about the programming at Stonegate, and is passionate about wholistic and community based approaches to health, as well as innovative approaches to building more resilient communities.
Lou Pike was born and raised in The Bronx. He received a B.A. from Hunter College (City University of New York), an M.A. in Philosophy (University of Calgary) and M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto where he focused on organizational development. Lou taught in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University for 20 years, was an organization consultant and, prior to that, held senior management roles at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and at Glaxo Canada.
A resident of Etobicoke for over 15 years, Kateryna is a proud member of the community and always seeking ways to contribute back to the community that has given her so much.
A daughter of immigrants, Kateryna obtained her Masters of Arts in Economics from University of Toronto and is a recipient of NACVA’s Top 40 Under 40 Valuators. She has a long history of volunteering and activism in different organizations such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the WHY Collective and UCU’s Remembrance Day Committee.
As a Consultant for Litigation Valuations, specializing in Personal Injury cases, she sees the importance of long-term health solutions on a daily basis. Kateryna is an advocate for healthy eating and active lifestyle. She is a passionate reader and traveler.
Lystra has always been a “West-ender”, growing up in Etobicoke and subsequently settling there with her family. She obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and has a Dispute Resolution certificate from York University. She previously served as Vice President and Board Member at a non-profit child care agency, and volunteered at a shelter for abused women and their children conducting community outreach and support activities. Lystra is thrilled to be joining the Stonegate CHC Board and is looking forward to working with residents, staff and Board members in providing programs and services to the Stonegate community.
Reham moved to Etobicoke in April 2019 after she has lived in Midtown Toronto since her relocation from Dubai in 2016. She has worked as a case facilitator for Generali Global Services in Thornhill Ontario. Since she moved to Etobicoke, has started her own international consultancy business connecting Canadian exporters and manufacturers with the MENA region and creating leads in food and beverages, machinery, medical supplies and fashion.
Reham has two academic backgrounds in both international business and tourism. She is working on publishing her first book about her journey in Dubai and she is willing to share her expertise with the Stonegate Community Health Centre. She is a community oriented person and her aim is to contribute to the community through her role as one of the board of directors at the Stonegate Community Health Centre.
Alicia is a Health Promotion Specialist. She has 12 years of experience working in Chronic Disease Prevention for the Muskoka Parry Sound and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Units working on municipal and provincial tobacco, healthy eating and physical activity policy development. Most recently, she worked at ParticipACTION managing the Sports Day in Canada program to strengthen communities and get Canadians moving. Alicia is currently working as an independent consultant for AGT Consulting supporting organizations in the health and physical activity sectors. Alicia is very happy to be part of the Stonegate Board of Directors.
Karen Trzaska is a municipal lawyer and has a master’s degree in social urban planning. As a Lawyer, Karen has experience working with and advising Boards of Directors and her experience in social planning has focused on housing and human service provision in urban settings. Karen has volunteered with several organizations that aim to improve the provision of health and wellness programs to moms and babies throughout the GTA. As a parent of three young children, Karen is an enthusiastic advocate for the development and implementation of strong, community based, health programs and services that serve to improve the well-being of our communities and residents. Karen has benefited from many of the programs provided for babies and young children by the Stonegate Community Health Centre and she looks forward to giving back to the community by contributing to the Board of Directors.
Mary has lived in Etobicoke for over 30 years and grew up in the Stonegate community. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Mary has held positions in business as Controller, Commercial Real Estate Salesperson, Property Manager and her current position is Vice President of Leasing with a private real estate developer.
Mary’s previous volunteer activities include fund raising for several charities, Toronto Crew Mentorship Program Committee Chair and a parent committee member at Etobicoke Collegiate and Etobicoke School of the Arts.