Ontario Section Board

Chair

Doug Brydges – Doug is a retired business owner/operator with significant experience in the automotive service, retail, newspaper publishing and commercial printing sectors in northwestern Ontario. He is currently the Communications Chair with the Senior Liberals’ Commission (SLC) and also serves on the SLC’s Management and Charter Committees. Doug is also Executive VP with the Nipissing-Timiskaming (ON) EDA.

Vice-Chair

Peter Frost – Peter has been actively involved in Toronto St. Paul’s Federal Liberal Association (FLA) for many years and has served on the Executive in a number of capacities including 10 years as President. His interest in “seniors’ issues”, developed through the process of looking after aging parents. Also his daughter, a Personal Care Worker, has exposed him to many problems seniors face.

Secretary

Sheila McKay – Sheila is a retired college English educator for adults with learning challenges and ESL. She was the Office Manager for a federal Liberal candidate in the 2004 and in the 2008 elections. Sheila was one of the Alberta Delegates to the 2014 Liberal Convention in Montreal. She was elected Secretary on the Ontario Seniors Liberals’ Commission during the October 2014 meeting and her mandate was renewed in October 2016.

Policy Chair

Eric Young (MD, BSc, MHSc, CCFP, FRCPC) – Prior to retirement from his position as the Deputy Provincial Health Officer of British Columbia Dr. Young had served as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health for Saskatchewan. Before specializing in Public Health and Preventive Medicine he was a family physician in BC. He has served on many provincial and national committees and worked on the development of various strategies from pandemic influenza response to hypertension prevention and control.

Communications Chair

Joseph Mahase (Dip Ed, MA, MSc) – Joseph has retired from a career of more than thirty years in national and international development, a large part with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). His experience entailed participation at senior levels in national and regional policy review, social mobilization, and program planning and management in child and family well being, advocacy in HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and a wide range of inter-disciplinary aspects of social development. He has worked in a number of countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, North America and the Caribbean, and the South Pacific Islands. Joseph offers a multi-cultural breadth of experience having worked and lived in over twenty countries. He has a deep interest in protecting the rights and improving the well being of seniors borne out of listening to and observing his spouse’s work in elder long term care.

Regional Directors

NORTHERN: Doug Brydges

CENTRAL: Nicky Rauzon-Wright – Nicky has lived in York Region for 30+ years. She is Past-President of the Simcoe Provincial Liberal Assn., and was on the board for several years. She worked on health planning committee at the Provincial level (for the Entitee de Planification ) and at the Federal level in establishing Reseaux in Ontario. She worked in health promotion for a Newmarket hospital. Nicky wants to rethink service to seniors.

EASTERN: Camylle Tremblay – Camylle worked in the field of human right, employment and pay equity, at the local, provincial and national levels for many years. From 2001 to 2013, Camylle launched, owned and managed an IT and Softskills training centre. She is active in the Liberal Party in preparation for elections. Camylle was elected to the Ontario Senior Liberals’ Commission as Communication Co-Chair (French) in October 2014. Her interest in seniors’ issues is personal and long standing having taken care of her father and then her mother and now helping family members in their 80’s.

TORONTO: Edelgard Mahant – is a product of the maelstrom that was Europe during World War II, from whence stems her interest in international relations and human rights. She has taught at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Glendon College in Toronto and the University of Botswana and has been a visiting professor in Hong Kong and in France. In 1985, she was the provincial Liberal candidate in Sudbury East, and was President of the Toronto-Danforth Federal Liberal Association for many years. Her most recent accomplishment is a book about life in Botswana – Grandma’s Gone to Africa: One Woman’s Journey to Botswana the Good.

GOLDEN HORSESHOE: Bhagavat Pandya – A retired registered dietitian, Bhagavat has been actively involved with various Senior’s Clubs for many years i.e. Flower City, and Gujarati Senior’s Club. He wants to work on a national strategy for seniors to ensure that all Canadians receive the quality of care they deserve. He also believes that it should become mandatory to report elder abuse to the authorities.

SOUTHWEST: – vacant

Directors at-large

Kamal Jain | Zaid Azam Rahaman | (1 vacant)