Ontario Section Board

Sheila Bryan, Interim Chair

Interim Chair

Sheila Bryan

Sheila is a retired communications executive and former CBC producer and broadcaster, who also served as Director, Caucus Communications in the David Peterson Government (Ontario). She has lived and worked in Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor, Edmonton and the U.S.A. Sheila’s background includes work on health, visible minority, indigenous, corrections, business and environmental issues. She has served as a volunteer mentor for, and board member of, a number of community organizations. Sheila holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa.

Peter Frost, Section Vicv-chair

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.

Sheila McKay, Secretary

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.

Kathleen Devlin, Communications Chair

Communications Chair

Kathleen Devlin Now retired, Kathleen Devlin has had a varied career in communications involving education, journalism and politics. As an educator, she has experience as a elementary teacher and as Director of Policy and Public Affairs for a teachers’ union. As a radio producer at the CBC, she covered federal and provincial politics.
As a political advisor, she served in the Peterson Government in the late ‘80s and then for the Liberal Opposition in the early 90’s. Living and working in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta has given her an understanding of shared values across the country. Kathleen would like policies for seniors, especially in pension matters, to be forward looking, as well as addressing current concerns.

National Commission Director

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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

Central Region

Vacant

Eastern Region

Vacant

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

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.