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.

Joseph Mahase, Communications Chair

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.

National Commission Director

Mary LOu Levisky

SLC Director, Ontario Region

Mary Lou Levisky
lives in Ottawa West-Nepean where she was Membership Secretary on the then Federal Liberal Riding Executive. Now retired, she worked at Status of Women Canada and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. Mary Lou attends most Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy and Canada 2020 events and belongs to a vibrant Feminist Friday group. With poverty reduction her passion, she strongly advocates, despite relentless push backs, for the eradication of bed bugs and cockroaches in Ottawa’s social housing and other low-rent housing. She feels that there is nowhere else in Canadian society where people are expected to live with vermin.

Regional Directors

Nicky Rauzon-Wright, Central Region

Central Region

Nicky Rauzaon-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.

Cécile Paquette Crouchman

Southwest Region

Cécile Paquette Crouchman – Cécile began her civil service career in Sudbury ON and moved to Windsor ON to accept a position with the Children’s Aid Society (Ontario). Cécile thoroughly enjoyed working in several capacities for over many years with children and families until her retirement as Child Protection Worker. Cécile is currently an active member with three French-speaking groups in the Windsor, Essex and Kent Counties, ACFO (Association Canadienne Française de l’Ontario) board member for Windsor-Essex-Kent, and has also been a long-time volunteer with the federal and provincial Liberal parties during numerous election campaigns.

Directors at-large

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.

Zaid Azam Rahaman, Director at-large
Zaid Azam Rahaman

A retired businessman, Zaid was born in Trinidad & Tobago and lived his entire working life on the Caribbean island of Grenada. Zaid came to Canada nine years ago through its investment program along with his wife Clearie and they have since enjoyed every facet of a great Canadian life. One of the many ways Zaid helps Canada to grow and blossom is by being on the side of the best people and political party in the land.