Our Board

Our Board team is committed to providing governance and guidance to support our staff and strategic direction. Our Board members bring depth and experience to Social Planning Toronto, and are driven to create a more equitable and inclusive Toronto.

Jasmin Earle

Jasmin Earle

Board Chair

Jasmin has over 30 years of experience in the health and social service sectors in senior management, service planning, service integration, and research and evaluation. She has recently worked as an Instructor at Chang School at Ryerson University, and served as Vice-President of Health Operations at Saint Elizabeth Health Care. Jasmin currently works as a consultant specializing in program evaluation, service integration and quality.

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Dan Abrahams

Dan currently hold the position of Manager Trustee Services with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has a strong history of volunteerism in social justice causes. Helped rebuild and stabilize The Gatehouse, a centre for sexual abuse survivors.

Previously served on the Board of Houselink, a supportive housing agency for those living with mental health challenges. Dan has worked on municipal and provincial elections to support progressive candidates. He has a long career working on behalf of vulnerable groups and working on projects and causes that build healthy communities and a healthy inclusive city for all. Dan also sits on the Public Interest Board.

Brigitte Bardeau

Brigitte Bardeau

Brigitte is an experienced not-for-profit sector professional, including 15 years in social housing. She is a passionate advocate for social justice and has had personal experience with poverty. She currently works with Toronto Community Housing as a Community Services Coordinator in the Resident and Community Services Division.

Brian Eng

Brian Eng

Brian has been a social justice activist for thirty years. Brian's work experience includes Director of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto, Community Action Specialist for the Wellesley Institute and as staff to a Toronto City Councillor.

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Alix Freiler

Alix is a Research Coordinator at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions. She has recently returned to school to pursue a PhD in Policy Studies at Ryerson University. She will focus on the implementation of Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy and the prospects for a living wage in Toronto.

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Jennifer Hollett

Jennifer is an award-winning broadcast journalist, with over a decade of experience at CBC, CTV and MuchMusic. Driven by a passion for social change, she has worked with Journalists for Human Rights, CARE Canada, and Plan Canada and sits on the board of Toronto Environment Alliance as well as the advisory committee of NoJetsTO. Her areas of interest in Toronto include the environment, public spaces, decent work, income inequality, and civic technology.

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Dana James

Dana currently sits on the executive board of UNIFOR Local 6006. Dana is a graduate of Labour Community Service's level two Labour Community Advocate training program. She is an activist who is passionate about doing social justice work. With her relentless motivation and knowledge of social services, Dana will bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to Social Planning Toronto.

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Tyler Johnson

Tyler has demonstrated his strong passion for community and youth engagement through his various experiences having previously served as a member of the Toronto Fire Chief’s Council on Access, Equity and Diversity; as a member of the Toronto Police Services Board Advisory Panel on Community Safety, as an Advisory Board Member of Raising the Roof; as a Youth Coordinator for Pride Toronto, as the founder of the City Youth Council of Toronto and is a few months away from completing a 2-year term as a member of the Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities.

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Alexandra Kocherga

Alexandra Kocherga is a trilingual lawyer, living and practicing law in the suburban area of Thornhill, Ontario. Alexandra brings strong experience in social research and policy analysis in her capacity as a lawyer, but also her knowledge of community development issues, especially as they relate to climate change adaptation.

Additionally, from her personal experience, Alexandra understands issues important to vulnerable and marginalized community members as she herself is an immigrant from Kazakhstan and grew up in a low-income home.

Lastly, Alexandra’s professional background allowed her to gain vast experience providing legal and business advice to various boards of directors. She also has solid experience working with non-profit organizations in her capacity as a lawyer as well as a volunteer.

Jason Merai

Jason Merai

Jason is currently the Executive Director for Urban Alliance on Race Relations. In this capacity, he works collaboratively with Board members to coordinate activities relating to building an inclusive Toronto around areas of community development, policy analysis and public advocacy. With a passion for improving communities, Jason has worked with UNICEF Canada, Humber College, and in South Africa as a CIDA intern.

Ginelle Skerritt

Ginelle Skerritt

Ginelle is the Executive Director at Warden Woods Community Centre. With over 23 years of experience in the non-profit sector, she is dedicated to the principles of community development and has served on several Boards, Committees and Advisory Groups which focus on issues including addiction, mental health, substance abuse, youth, children's rights, cultural leadership, food security, education and women's issues.

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Kate Stark

Kate has worked in social services for almost forty years and recently retired as the Executive Director of Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services. She joined Dixon Hall in 2004 after serving as the Executive Director of Homes First Society. During her career, she has served as Chair of West Neighbourhood House (formerly St. Christopher House), as a Director on Social Housing Connections Board, and currently sits on the Dixon Neighbourhood Homes Board of Directors.

Sophia Wang

Sophia Wang

As the Manager of Global Asset Liability Management at Manulife, Sophia brings an extensive financial and business management background Social Planning Toronto. Given her interest in finances and nonprofit policy and effectiveness, she is also interested in learning how her strong data analysis skills can provide value-added insights into the City's budget analysis.

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