Meet ehm's Board of Directors 2016-2017

  Susan Murray – President

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As a senior executive in the advertising industry, Susan brings 30+ years of experience in marketing, client service, and leadership to ehm. She is an exemplary coach with a reputation for getting the tough jobs done.

Susan serves as an elder at Armour Heights Presbyterian Church and has been closely associated with ehm since 2007.  She has played a key role in re-branding ehm, led several fundraising initiatives, and served as Interim Executive Director for ten months in 2015.

Susan believes it is the responsibility of those who were blessed with loving families and prosperous lives to help those who have not. “Listening to the stories of our participants and hearing how ehm has helped get their lives back on track, is truly an inspiration.”

  Bruce Bodden  – Vice President

Bruce Bodden is a Professional Engineer, recently retired from MMM Group where he worked for over 40 years, completing projects across Canada and in many countries internationally. In the later period of his career, he served as President and CEO and, for the two years prior to retirement, as Board Chairman.

At various times throughout his career, he was active in the community, teaching, volunteering in professional association work, serving on a university Board, and currently serves on the Board of “Infrastructure Ontario and Land Corporation”. He has been a long standing contributed to ehm through fundraising including a stint as Honourary Chair of the ehm Annual Charity Golf Tournament.

Bruce is enthusiastic about Evangel Hall and its long history of helping many of the neediest people in our city. (His mother was a volunteer making and serving meals at ehm 70 years ago). He is particularly supportive today of the direct, hands on care and compassion generously delivered through the variety of programs offered at the Hall, and of the dedicated staff and supporters who, every day, make this possible.

  Brian  Sankarsingh – Treasurer

Brian is a Professional Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) and a Partner at the accounting firm Swanson, Kane & Sankarsingh LLP; and holds a Master’s Degree in management and professional accounting (MMPA) from the University of Toronto.

In addition to his work with ehm, Brian also sits on the board of Reach Toronto, an organization which aims to teach life skills and independence to individuals with autism, and volunteers at his local Church in the role of treasurer.

Brian feels that ehm plays a vital role in lives of the clients it serves and is enthusiastic about working with the ehm team in order to carry out this important work.

  Janet Campbell – Secretary

Janet enjoys a most challenging career as a Registered Occupational Therapist in community based neuro-rehabilitation. She has practiced for 35 years in public and private health care sectors, in hospitals and rehabilitation centres, consulted to private industry and lectured at the University of Toronto, York University and Seneca College. She assists individuals who have survived acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury and catastrophic health challenges to regain independence and meaning in lives that are immensely changed.

The lessons that Janet has learned over her years practicing O.T. underpin her enthusiasm for the work of ehm, particularly assisting our clients to regain dignity and independence. She is particularly proud of the financial trustee role that ehm provides, as well as the formative teaching in the youth program. As an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church, she believes that we are privileged to serve those in need.

In her spare time Janet loves canoeing, playing guitar in a band, wilderness travel and spending time with her husband Ken and 3 wonderful daughters.

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” – Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948

  Rev. Wes Denyer – Director

rev-wes-denyerA Minister of Rosedale Presbyterian Church, Toronto, since 2011, Wes has served at various levels of church government within the Presbyterian Church in Canada.  At the Presbytery level, Wes has served as Clerk, Moderator and Convener of the Ministry Committee.  Nationally, Wes has served as Convener for the New Church Development Committee, the Stewards by Design National Organization Team, and the Emmaus Project National Design team.  Additionally, Wes has served on the Stewardship Advisory Committee, the Knox College Board of Directors and Development Committee and Assembly Council.

As a leader, Wes believe in the importance of a collaborative model of ministry and inclusive participation and transparency in decision making.

Wes has been involved with ehm since he was a child when his mother made sandwiches to feed the hungry and homeless.  Again in the 1980’s, Wes was involved with ehm during the summer camp program for inner city children at Dorothy Lake Camp.  As a member of the Presbytery of East Toronto, Wes has participated in ehm’s AGM as a voting member.

  Cathy Hazell – Director

Cathy has spent her professional career in both private (Bank of Montreal) and public (Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences) sector organizations. She brings her executive leadership experiences in resource management, business process improvement and the development and implementation of governance frameworks to the Board of ehm.

Community is about belonging to a group of people who care for one another. Over the years, Cathy has contributed to her communities through a variety of volunteer activities. She has raised funds to support Breakfast For Learning Programs and succeeded in securing corporate participation in the Eva’s Phoenix Print Shop. In addition, she’s enjoyed time with local youth by teaching skating and power skating in community centres.  Community is not only about a geographical location. It’s a way of thinking and sharing and respecting.

Cathy has been with ehm over the past two years because she feels the experiences and skills she’s gained over her professional life can make a difference for other people. Working with the ehm team, she believes we can provide all the necessary resources to ensure that when someone in our community reaches out, we are able to offer a safe place to eat, to heal or to live.  Linda Lebrun – Director

  Linda Lebrun – Director

Linda Lebrun is a Portfolio Manager, with experience in equity analysis and asset management roles throughout her professional career. She is a CFA charter holder, has completed numerous courses in the CICBV’s Chartered Business Valuator Program, and the Certificate in Financial Analysis and Investment Management at Univeristy of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

Linda lives with her husband Barry in the King West & Bathurst neighbourhood, which has been home to ehm for the past decade. it was this neighbourhood presence that spurred her to get involved with the organization, to share her expertise to help make ehm successful.

  Elizabeth Speers – Director

Elizabeth is lifelong learner who has studied at various post-secondary institutions.  Elizabeth has over 25 years’ experience in education and business.  This experience includes teaching in university, college and high school programs as well as senior management roles.  Elizabeth is the Director, Centre for Business at George Brown College, and provides academic and operational leadership.  Her industry experience includes providing consulting to senior managers on talent management, succession planning, human resources processes and procedures and performance management. 

Elizabeth has been an elder in the Presbyterian Church for over 25 years.  She was a the representative elder of her congregation in West Toronto Presbytery and chaired the Business Committee as well as serving as the Moderator.  She moved to East Toronto where she currently is an elder at St. John’s Presbyterian Church where she leads the Human Resources Team.

Additionally, she has worked on numerous not for profit boards including the North York Heart and Stroke as well as Rexdale Seniors Board. At ehm, Elizabeth is the Chair of  the Human Resources and Operations Committee.

  Leslie Wood – Director

Leslie WoodLeslie Wood is Director of Communications for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Her team communicates the work of the Foundation to build awareness and understanding of heart disease and stroke among Canadians and to help people live healthier lives.

She is involved in her community through working with her local riding association and sitting on a research ethics board, which works to protect the safety of human research subjects. For many years she also volunteered in elementary school classrooms and led school councils.

Leslie sees Evangel Hall Mission as a supportive environment that provides essentials – physical, emotional and spiritual – for people in Toronto who need a hand on the road to healthier and better lives.

  David Frake – Director

David Frake is a physiotherapist and since 2001 the owner of Balance Physiotherapy, a multi disciplinary practice in Toronto specializing in treating neurological conditions such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke and neurological diseases. He is a consultant on neurological pharmaceutical medical trials with Neural Outcomes Inc. and has a clinical teaching affiliation with the University of Toronto.

David has worked for seven years with the Canada’s Triathlon and Para Triathlon World Championship teams as well as athletes at the Para Pan Am Games. In addition to the EHM board, he is currently, and has been for five years, a board member with the Ontario Rehab Alliance (ORA). In his spare time David competes as a national elite cyclist and member of Canada’s amateur national duathlon team.

David has had a strong connection to the Presbyterian church since his childhood through Melrose Park Presbyterian Church in Toronto and more recently through Armour Heights Presbyterian church. He has engaged with EHM’s community initiatives with his two children and family over Christmas periods as well as a physiotherapist in working to establish physical rehabilitation services. He believes passionately in the role EHM plays in our community and the role it plays in the lives of the individuals it so importantly serves on a daily basis.