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 EarleBoard 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.
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.
Karen is the Director, Human Resources for Cognizant Technology Solutions Canada. She also sits on the Board of Women’s College Hospital, where she chairs the Equity and Community Relations Committee.
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.
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.
Tahira Gonsalves has a background in sociology, with over 10 years of experience in research, policy and program areas. She presently works for the Ontario Public Service, and has previously worked in the not-for-profit, academic and research sectors, within the fields of international development, social policy research and community mental health.
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.
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.
Tania Liu is a Member Services Coordinator at UFCW Local 1006A, providing assistance to injured workers in need of help with WSIB issues. Prior to joining UFCW, Tania worked for progressive politicians at the municipal and federal levels. Having worked in the Accounting Services Division for the City of Toronto, Tania holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.
Nancy is a lawyer who has worked in not-for-profit management positions for over 20 years. She was Executive Director for SPARC BC (Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia) for 10 years and consulted on issues of organizational governance and strategic planning. She is currently Clinic Director at Parkdale Community Legal Services.
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 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.
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.
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.