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.

Dan Abrahams

Dan Abrahams

Vice-Chair

Dan currently holds the position of manager trustee services with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has a strong history of volunteerism in social justice causes. He helped rebuild and stabilize The Gatehouse, a centre for sexual abuse survivors.

He 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.

Brigitte Bardeau

Brigitte Bardeau

Vice-Chair

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.

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Don Altman

Treasurer

Donald has been on the boards of many co-operatives, most recently the Co-operators Insurance Company, Alterna Savings and Credit Union, Church Isabella Housing Co-operative, and the Ontario Natural Food Co-op. He sits on the boards of Home Ownership Alternatives Non-Profit, chairing the governance committee, and Karma Food Co-op, where he is treasurer. He was treasurer of the City of Toronto non-union staff association.

In a 35-year career with the City, Donald held several positions in the finance department, retiring as the manager of corporate financial strategies, responsible for the City’s long-term fiscal plan and reserve fund policies. 

He has received the Co-operative Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ontario Co-operative Association and is an honorary lifetime member of the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto.

 

Amanda Bland

Amanda’s career has taken her through work with government, private finance, health charity, and now to a social service agency. A lifelong resident of Toronto, she believes that nobody is better positioned to advance a city than its residents. As a passionate advocate for system equity, social equality, and the celebration of diversity in our city, she believes in evidence-based change through research, grassroots determination, and strategic partnerships with changemaker organizations and politicians. Amanda has several years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, and currently works at St. Stephen's Community House.

 

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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.

Daniel Fridmar

Daniel’s family immigrated to Toronto in 1996. His parents came with no education or job prospects and relied heavily on volunteer and charitable organizations such as soup kitchens, food banks, and community daycare services. In three years, and thanks to the generosity and advocacy of such organizations, his parents thrived and grew into prospering citizens. Daniel’s goal is to advocate on behalf of new immigrants so they can receive greater social opportunities, access to jobs, and other services.

As a lawyer who advocates on law and policy issues, and who has experience with board and corporate governance, he provides necessary strategic legal insight to our Board.

Yonis Hassan

Yonis Hassan

Yonis is an active community builder who believes in a grassroots approach to community engagement and is passionate about increasing civic engagement. He has examined, at home and abroad, the issues facing marginalized and vulnerable communities and partnered with community groups, government leaders, and stakeholders to be part of the dialogue shaping Toronto’s future. He brings a diverse range of experiences including international development work in East Africa. In addition to sitting on the board of Social Planning Toronto, Yonis serves as Vice-Chair of FoodShare’s Board of Directors.

Dana James

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 brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to Social Planning Toronto.

Jasmin Ramze Rezaee

Jasmine Ramze Rezaee

Jasmine is a public policy and communications specialist with 11 years of nonprofit sector experience spanning Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto. Currently, she is the Manager of Advocacy at YWCA Toronto and a Social Planning Toronto and Access Alliance Board member. She has previously served on the Boards of The Centre for Community Organizations in Montreal and the Indigenous Health Centre of Tiohtià:ke. Jasmine is passionate about social justice and health equity, and particularly interested in advancing the rights of racialized and Indigenous community members. She holds an MA in political science from the University of Toronto.

Tracey Rees

Tracey Rees

Tracey Rees is a strategy and marketing-communications professional and passionate social change agent who has led research, planning and development of products, programs and campaigns for dozens of organizations across and between the private, public and non-profit sectors. She has worked for companies such as J. Walter Thompson and Manifest Communications, and as an independent consultant.

Tracey is a longtime volunteer in the non-profit sector in Toronto and beyond, serving on various United Way allocations committees over the years, and was a board member of St Stephens Community House for two terms -- she remains involved in their work as a member of the advocacy committee. She is also an ardent supporter of human rights causes, with a particular interest and focus on Tibet.

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Hana Saab

Hana currently holds the position of evaluation and implementation lead for psychiatry at SickKids, supporting programs that address the mental health needs of children and youth. A nurse before coming to Canada, Hana completed a PhD in Education from Queen’s University and has worked in both the education and healthcare sectors. She has volunteered in a variety of organizations both in Belleville, Ontario, and in Toronto. Hana and her family fled civil war in Lebanon. The hurdles she faced as an immigrant and visible minority have informed her professional and volunteer commitment to equity and social justice.

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Kate Stark

Member-at-Large

Kate has worked in social services for almost 40 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 the Social Housing Connections board, and currently sits on the Dixon Neighbourhood Homes board of directors.

Shannon Wiens

Shannon is Director, Organizational Health Systems at South Riverdale Community Health Centre. She has worked in the community health sector for 26 years in a variety of roles, including working for three of the social planning councils in Toronto early in her career. She believes that the determinants of health are critical to achieving health equity for all. 

A change agent, perpetual learner, and natural leader, Shannon has a demonstrated ability for creative and strategic thinking, planning, inspiring, and critical decision-making. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto Planning Program (MscPl) and the Rotman School of Business Community Health Leaders Program.

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