Ontario Section Board

Doug Brydges, Section 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 serves on the SLC’s Management and Charter Committees. Doug is also Executive VP with the Nipissing-Timiskaming (ON) EDA.

Peter Frost, Section Vicv-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.

Sheila McKay, 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.

Eric Young, Policy Chair

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.

Gerry Stickland, Communications Chair

Communications Chair

Gerry Stickland (CPIM, CMC) – Gerry is a retired executive and management consultant who has worked and lived abroad. A Radar Technician while serving in the RCAF, he earned his Certificate in Business Administration at Ryerson University in Toronto and furthered his administrative studies through Atkinson College (York University) in Toronto.
Gerry’s 50-year career in a variety of industries including nuclear, electronics, automotive, consumer and construction products, provided him with a wealth of experience in numerous operational and management positions. Additionally, he has been President of two (2) unheld Ontario Provincial Riding Associations in which candidates were successful in unseating long term Conservative incumbents. Gerry welcomes the opportunity to participate in strengthening the services available to seniors.

National Commission Director


SLC Director, Ontario Region

Daphne Gabriel
Now retired after a lengthy career in both federal and provincial public services, Daphne more recently served as an Employment Equity Counselor in Ontario and with Brampton’s City Safety Council. Daphne is also founder of a youth organization for latch-key children, and is presently a pastor. Having worked more recently with disabled persons, she is passionate for the well-being of seniors and looks forward to being actively involved with the Senior Liberals’ Commission.

Regional Directors

Nicky Rauzon-Wright, Central Region

Central Region

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.

Camylle Tremblay, Eastern Region

Eastern Region

Camylle Tremblay – Camylle worked in the field of human rights, 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.

John Stopper, Director, Northern Region

Northern Region

John Stopper – John has lived in the Parry Sound District for the past 43 years. He has served on Municipal Council, been President of the Local Retired Teachers of Ontario, as well as President of the local Children’s Aid Society. On the local Health unit he has served as Chair of the Finance Committee and co-Chair of the Building Committee. Provincially he was the Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. John’s vision is working towards the elimination of poverty.

Edelgard Mahant, Toronto Region

Toronto Region

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.

Bhagavat Pandya, Golden Horseshoe Region

Golden Horseshoe Region

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.

Anne Robertson, Southwest Region

Southwest Region

Anne Robertson – Originally from northern Ontario (Powassan), Anne attended University of Waterloo and the Michener Institute of Technology to become a Medical Radiological Technologist. She has worked in all aspects of Radiology, including clinical teaching, CT scans and specialized procedures. Anne’s career has included Director of Diagnostic Imaging in Owen Sound with expansion into MRI, Cardiology and Neurophysiology and, subsequently, added responsibility for the imaging departments at five rural sites outside of Owen Sound, and leading a process connecting the imaging departments of all hospitals in the region. More recently Anne assumed the position of Director of Professional Practice for the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists working in Ottawa for three years, and returned to again assume the role of Director of Medical Imaging for Grey Bruce Health Services.

Directors at-large

Sheila Bryan, Director at-large
Sheila Bryan

Sheila has lived and worked in Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor, Edmonton and in the U.S. A retired communications Executive and former CBC broadcaster, she served in the David Pearson government as Director, Communications for the Liberal Caucus Service Bureau. Sheila’s sector experience includes health, indigenous, corrections, visible minority, business and environmental issues. She has served as a mentor and community volunteer board member for a number or organizations. Sheila holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa where she currently lives.

Gary Wiseman, Director at-large
Gary Wiseman

Gary has lived in Ottawa for 35 years and is a retired Naval Officer. Gary served as President of Ottawa West and Ottawa West Nepean for several years. Gary was active in Federal leadership affairs through the 1990s and early 2000s as served as President of President’s council in the eastern Ontario region. Gary is a Senior Liberal himself and has served as caregiver and Power of Attorney over the years and to the present. Gary looks forward to being able to contribute again to the Liberal issues of importance.

Kamal Jain, Director at-large
Kamal Jain

Kamal has lived, studied and worked in the riding of Hamilton West- Ancaster- Dundas for over 45 years. Having recently retired from a Senior management position in industry, Kamal wants to give back to the community that has given him so much over the years. Having worked closely with all age groups and ethnic origins and with extensive experience helping them resolve personal and professional problems, he understands well the needs of Seniors and others and looks forward to contributing towards their betterment.