Ontario Section Board

Chair

Sheila BryanSheila Bryan, Chair

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.

 

Vice-Chair

Vacant

 

Board Coordinator

Vacant

 

Policy Chair

Kamal JainKamal 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.

 

Communications Chair

Rick IrvingRick Irving

Richard Irving (Rick) has lived in Port Credit for six years. Prior to that he lived in Toronto and was a tenured professor at the Schulich School of Business for 35 years. His areas of research and teaching were Information Systems Strategy and Project Management specifically as applied to healthcare and LTC. Rick has been involved in various community groups from being president of Hazelburn Co-operative homes (a non-Profit Housing Co-op) to being involved in the Liberal party of Canada.

 

Regional Directors

Eastern Region

Janet Hatcher Roberts has over 30 years of experience in bridging communities, evidence and policy provincially, nationally and internationally. Currently, Janet is the Co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Knowledge Translation, Technology Assessment for Health Equity at Bruyere Research Institute, University of Ottawa. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Canadian Society for International Health, overseeing the design and implementation of global health systems and strengthening projects globally. She served as the Director of Migration Health with the International Organization for Migration, now UN Migration. Since 2018, she served as an ex-officio member and director at large with the Ottawa Centre Liberal EDA, where she has been the senior rep for the last two years.

 

Central Region

Vacant

 

Northern Region

Vacant

 

Toronto Region

David Wallace – David has an extensive background in international trade, transportation, lumber exports, housing, and international expositions & trade fairs. His experience in various industries has provided him with extensive business and government contacts in Asia and Canada. David is Instructor Emeritus, International Trade, at Arbutus College in Vancouver and on their Program Advisory committee. He lived in Japan for a total of eight years where, among other assignments, he was the Public Relations Officer at the Canadian Pavilion, Expo 85, at Tsukuba, Japan. The next year, he moved home to Canada and became the Aviation Producer at Expo 86 in Vancouver. Later, in his home suburb of Coquitlam, he ran for Municipal office. David has maintained his connection to Japan, as a past President and current Board Member of the Vancouver Mokuyokai (Thursday Club- Japan & Canada Trade and Cultural) Society, past Board Member, Canada-Japan Society of British Columbia and as a current Board Member of the Japan Society of Toronto.

 

Golden Horseshoe Region

Norma Gibson-MacDonald – Norma Gibson-MacDonald has been a Liberal supporter for decades beginning with the Young Liberals of York-Scarborough in the 60’s and with the Burlington Federal Liberal Association (BFLA) since 1993. Norma holds an MLS from Western University and retired as Manager, General Health and Safety Services at the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. She is a past member of the Burlington Library and Burlington Museum Boards and a founding member of the Ontario Workplace Health Coalition. Norma is currently the Seniors’ representative on the BFLA board.

 

Southwest Region

Vacant

 

Eric Young

Director-at-Large – Policy Chair Emeritus

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.

 

John Bryan

Director-at-Large

John Bryan Following the study of psychology and then theology (D.Min.), the first part of my life began in the USA. In 1967 I was ordained by the Presbyterian Church and over 17 years held several roles. During this period, I was active in the civil rights movement – establishing and facilitating inter-racial dialogue groups. Professionally, I was a founding member of The Association of Religion & The Applied Behavioral Sciences and became editor and President. In 1983, part two of my work began. I married and moved to Toronto where we opened a management and organization consultancy. I continued volunteering including Chair of the board of The Toronto School of Theology at The University of Toronto where I also taught. Since retirement in 2004, I have continued to volunteer, including The Kensington Group for Refugee Settlement, as a member of the University-Rosedale EDA and the Senior Liberals’ Commission (Ontario).

 

Kathleen Devlin

Director-at-Large

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.

 

Eden Gajraj

Director-at-Large

Eden Gajraj Eden has spent more than three decades in the banking and financial industry. He continues his career in this field, as Managing Partner of a group of professionals who provide a range of services to clients. He has extensive Community involvement in both Canada and Guyana, working on a number of projects from Food insecurity to the Environment. Eden has been recognized for his significant volunteer service with a number of awards & medals. He has been involved in a number of Liberal Party campaigns, over many decades, as a both a volunteer and as a Candidate. He is currently the EDA Senior Representative for Scarborough North. Eden holds an ACCA (Association of Certified and Corporate Accountants) Certification and an MBA from the London Business School (London, England).

 

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Women’s Commission Liaison

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 about the well-being of seniors.