It's time to say goodbye — and thank you — to departing Board members, and to welcome new ones.
Thank you so much, Tyler Johnson and Zoran Jovanovic, for your outstanding contributions on the SPT Board — you will both be greatly missed!
To fill their vacancies, we're thrilled to welcome two new members whose diverse professional and volunteer experiences align with our passions and mission.
Donald Altman, Board 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 the 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.
Yonis 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.
Thank you to Donald and Yonis for committing to using their knowledge and skills to guide SPT's mission, strategy, and goals in a year of transition for us.