Volunteer Committees

Volunteer committees play an integral role in the Foundation’s work. Some committees help to guide our granting process, while others tap into their networks to help foster donations, or to make our events successful.

THANK YOU to these dedicated women and men who are at the heartbeat of our community — they typically bring a specific area of experience or expertise to their committee. They come from across the country and they help to make it all happen, by sharing their time, ideas, and energy.

Our volunteer committees are formed by invitation, but we occasionally post opportunities to join in this space. Find out about general volunteer opportunities.

Marsha Sfeir (Chair), former Executive Director, Springtide Resources
Marcia Cardamore, PeopleSense Foundation
Jill Hanley, McGill University School of Social Work
Marilyn Roycroft, Canadian Women’s Foundation Board Member
Melissa Hyland, Resiliency Rising Consulting
Ruth Mandel, Philanthropist
Loly Rico, FCJ Refugee Centre
Michelle Smith, Sandgate Women’s Shelter
Susan Berthiaume, Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad

Natasha Jackson, Committee Chair, Department of Communities, Culture, & Heritage, Province of Nova Scotia
Jennifer Laidlaw, CIBC Gender Inclusion
Doreen Parsons, Women Unlimited Association
Indu Krishnamurthy, Association Communautaire d’emprunt de Montréal
Michelle Lochan, National Research Council of Canada
Lyda Fuller, YWCA Yellowknife
Patricia Blocksom, Dunphy, Best, Blocksom LLP
Gina McKay, Program Facilitator, Sexuality, Inclusivity, & Prevention Training
Dallas Fikowski, Labour Ministry, Government of Alberta
Susan Henry, Alterna Savings
Pamela Wicks, Pulse Seismic Inc.
Carolyn Bendo, Ricki’s
Ellie Jones, Thrive
Elizabeth Lougheed-Green, Manager, VanCity Community Foundation
Nancy Coxford, Grey Birch Foundation

Sonia Prevost-Derbecker, Committe Chair, Winnipeg Manitoba
Manjit (Jeet) K. Chand, Vancouver British Columbia
Norma Tombari, Montreal Quebec
Iris Yong Pearson, Coquitlam British Columbia
Julie George, Calgary Alberta
Hawa Mire, Toronto Ontario
Ann Watterworth, Toronto Ontario
Amber Young, Edmonton Alberta
Monica Arab, Halifax New Brunswick
Jessie Hemphill, Port Hardy British Columbia
Sophie Mayes, Montreal British Columbia
Ali McConnell, Yellowknife Northwest Territories
Armine Tadevosyan, Toronto Ontario
Ramona Lumpkin, Halifax Nova Scotia
Teshini Harrison, Toronto, Ontario
Emilie Chiasson, Saint John, New Brunswick
Jennica Alhda Barcial, Rankin Inlet, Nunavut

Dr. Kristin Blakely, Committee Chair
Ben Lord, former teen healthy relationships program participant
Carly Neill, Royal LePage Shelter Foundation
Dr. Jae-Marie Ferdinand, Montreal Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor at McGill University
Golsa Golestaneh
Julia Miller, Leslois Shaw Foundation
Kevin Vowles, White Ribbon
Killa Atencio
Lindsey Decontie, National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence
Nasma Ahmed
Pauline Paterson, YWCA Girls and Family Centre
Nathalie Lozano-Neira
Peggy Moss, PREVnet Board member and author
Sandy Whitham, TJX Canada (Winners/HomeSense/Marshalls)

Angie Arora, Seneca College
Cecile Guerin, Embrace Life Council
Diana Lee, TD Bank Group
Etana Cain, Ontario Nurses Association
Jacqueline Bazompora, Microcrédit Montréal
Jillian Kilfoil, ED, Women’s Network PEI
Jody Johnson, Board Member
Lisa O’Connor, Superior Propane
Karen Love, Boys & Girls Club
Karine-Myrgianie Jean-François, DAWN Canada
Kim Hawkins, Executive Director, Rise Women’s Legal Service
Kristen Lobay, Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre
Patt Lenover-Adams (Chair)
Rhonda Ford
Tamara Sabarini, Scadding Court Community Centre
Tania Hlovosky, Envision Counselling and Support Centre
Tsion D Abate, Multicultural Family Resource Society

Alice Trudelle, Atelier d’innovation sociale Mauril Bélanger
Aline Nizigama, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
Amanda Kanbari, Fostering Open Expression among Youth (FOXY)
Annie Laurin, RBC Banque Royale du Canada
Corinne Ofstie, Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services
Deb Larocque, Assured Natural
Grace Lore, Victoria Sexual Assault Centre
Laurie Young, Board Member
Lesley Anderson, First United
Nadine Sookermany (Chair), Women’s Health Clinic
Sarah Cassellis
Shanan Spencer Brown, Royal LePage Shelter Foundation
Sheila Davis, Bryony House

Vanessa Paesani, Committee Chair, The Folding Chair Group, NB
Roselyne Mavungu, Independent Consultant & QC Network of Community Credit, QC
Nada El Masry, RADIUS Social Innovation Hub, Simon Fraser University, BC
Morenike Olaosebikan, Ribbon Rouge Foundation, AB
Maiden Manzanal-Frank, Global Stakes Consulting, AB
Ludivine Ventura, Social Venture Connexion, QC
Lauren Sears, Common Good Solutions, NS
Karen Gilmore, Fulmer Capital Partners Inc., BC
Julia Vlad, New Market Funds, ON
Irene Gannitsos, Vancity Community Foundation, BC
Frances Westley, University of Waterloo, ON
Debra Campbell, Philanthropic Advisor, ON
Crystal Laborero, Laborero Consulting and Assiniboine Credit Union, MB
Chi Nguyen, Former ED, Social Innovation Canada, ON
Sarah Mariani – Young Director – Girls on Boards, ON

Ellie Smith, Committee Chair
Anne Kean
Madison Brush
Dayna Morgan
Erin Viala
Kathy McMillan
Lauren Hutchison
Alison Taylor
Vanessa White
Karen Boudewyn
Alex Hunt
Chelsea Bedrejo

Cathy Spoel
Dayna Bradley
Mary Mowbray
Jo-Anne Ryan
Carolyn Hursh
Pat Blocksom

“This program would not be what it is today without the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s support. Words cannot thank you enough!” (Paige Van Praet-Guthier, Program Coordinator, Girls’ Mentoring, Sarnia-Lambton Rebound)