Board of Directors
Board of Directors 2019-2020
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.
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 Ryerson University in Toronto. 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 Co-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.
Lou Pike was born and raised in The Bronx. He received his B.A. from Hunter College (City University of New York), an M.A. in Philosophy (Calgary) and M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto. Before joining the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University Lou was an organization consultant and, prior to that, a senior manager in several organizations.
Cecilia and her family first moved to the Stonegate community in 2006 and very quickly fell in love with the neighbourhood. Over the years, Cecilia has volunteered with a number of local organizations primarily related to her children’s activities ranging from managing their sports teams to being a board member at their daycare. Cecilia holds a BA in French Language and Literature and an MBA, both from McMaster. She has spent the last 20 years progressing her career within the pharmaceutical industry in a variety of roles including sales, marketing, analytics and medical education. Cecilia originally joined the Stonegate Board of Directors as a way to give back to the community that has been so welcoming to her and her family.
Jonathan was born in Etobicoke and grew up in the Kingsway area. Over his career, he has had a variety of health system planning roles, including work with Health Quality Ontario and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. For the last few years, he has worked as a management consultant, focused on the development, implementation and evaluation of health system programs and initiatives. He now works at the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, focused on supporting the adoption of innovation in our health care system. He is very excited to be serving on the Board of Stonegate CHC.
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.
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.
Hugh has been a resident of Etobicoke for over 40 years. He is the Executive Director of Team Unbreakable - a charity that is improving youth mental health, and he also provides marketing and communications consulting services through Dynamic Planet. Hugh has held senior roles in the IT sector with a focus on the health and human services community, as well as with the Ontario Provincial Government. He is well known in the community for his volunteer work and leadership with Rotary Etobicoke, Kingsway-Humber Kiwanis, the Rexdale CHC, Toronto Ribfest, and, the Central Etobicoke Community Hub initiative.
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.