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 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. 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.

         

Alex Koch

Alex Koch

Secretary

Alex Koch is a trilingual lawyer, living and practicing law in the suburban area of Thornhill, Ontario. Alex 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, Alex 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, Alex’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.

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Diana Campbell

Diana brings 10+ years experience as an analyst, KTE specialist, and capacity builder, primarily in health, policy and clinical settings. Diana specializes in information synthesis and knowledge sharing and has a proven track record of quality improvement through evidence-informed program development in the community health sector. Diana also brings 5+ years of governance experience through previous board work. Diana’s professional and volunteer activities have been influenced by her lived experience of growing up in Scarborough to immigrant parents and being a former tenant of TCHC, a current member of a housing co-operative, and a single mother.

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Natasha Crowcroft

Natasha is a physician, senior scientist, and professor at the University of Toronto. Natasha is a relatively recent immigrant from the UK, which has provided her a sense of the experiences of those who move to Toronto. Her background is in public health and preventative medicine, which includes the importance of social determinants of health and has equity as a core professional value. Natasha has been working with the World Health Organization in some of the poorest countries in the world, with extensive experience of the social and health impacts of policy on different groups. Natasha has a deep commitment to social justice and is very interested in contributing more to her local community.

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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.

Yonis Hassan

Yonis Hassan

Yonis Hassan is an active community builder who believes in a grassroots approach to community engagement and development 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.

Yonis brings a diverse range of experiences including international development work in East Africa. He is a Fellow at the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, the fund development coordinator at Artscape, and sits on the Board of FoodShare; he previously served as the community engagement lead at the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club. He advises community groups in his York-South Weston community.

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 will bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to Social Planning Toronto.

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Arabind Nanda

Arabind is a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng.) in the province of Ontario, holds an MBA from University of Toronto Rotman and an undergraduate engineering degree from McGill University. Through his career, Arabind has worked in Management Consulting, Public Policy and the Power sector. He has supported various not for profit organizations in the areas of finance, strategy and program implementation.

Jasmin Ramze Rezaee

Jasmine Ramze Rezaee

Jasmine is a policy specialist with more than 10 years of non-profit sector experience spanning Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto. Currently, she is the Senior Marketing and Advocacy Officer at YWCA Toronto and a former Board member of the Centre for Community Organizations and the Indigenous Health Centre of Tiohtià:ke. Jasmine is passionate about social justice, particularly about advancing the rights of Indigenous and racialized community members. She holds an MA 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 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.

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