President & CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. Advocate for children and youth.
As President & CEO of BGCC, I am thrilled to be championing the cause of young people in Canada.
Over my career, I have worked with many non-profit organizations, including the YM-YWCA, Easter Seals, Muscular Dystrophy Canada, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre Foundation, CanadaHelps, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.
A proponent of a strong, collective voice for the non-profit sector, I am currently chair of Imagine Canada, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities at Western University and adjunct member of York’s faculty, lecturing at the MBA-level on nonprofit management in Canada.
The 2017 federal budget pledges an incredible $50 million over two years to teach young Canadians to code. This is a huge boost to support Canadians in developing the skills and creativity needed to compete and lead in the global innovation race.
In communities disproportionately affected by violence, targeted prevention programs and mental health supports have a more focused impact. Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada has adopted a proven gang prevention outreach program, but it requires renewed funding and support.
There are endless public awareness campaigns dedicated to cyberbullying. Change is happening. But with the focus on those discussions, children's privacy rights in Canada have been placed on the back burner.