Ontario Section Board

Sheila Bryan, 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.


Rob Willson, Section Vice-chair


Rob Willson – Rob is a retired engineer, who spent his career as a design and project engineer in the electric power, chemical and municipal industries for domestic & international projects. He has lived and worked in Vancouver, Toronto and Israel. In retirement, he continues to be a volunteer in his profession and in his community.





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


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

Eastern Region



Peter McLarnon, Central Region

Central Region

Raised in the Montreal area, Peter McLarnon has worked in Montreal, Vancouver,Edmonton and Toronto in healthcare (med/surg) product development and pharmaceutical packaging, and remains active in the industry. Personal social projects include successful by-law challenges for the disabled (CP/MS) and improved treatment by diabetic specialists in rural Ontario for Type II patients facing amputation, primarily seniors. He has had several years on EDA’s in Oshawa and Whitby, with a current SLC focus on South Asian elders in the Durham Region. Peter holds a degree in Econ/PoliSci (University of Montreal/Loyola).


Northern Region



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.


Kamal Jain, Director at-large

Golden Horseshoe Region

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.


J. Brian White, Southwest Region

Southwest Region

J. Brian White – Brian served twenty-four (24) years with the Canadian Reserve and is a retired Elementary School Teacher. An active Liberal from a young age, and currently on the executive of the Essex EDA, Brian looks forward to expanding the number of Senior Groups in the Southwest Region.


Directors at-large

Peter Frost
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.


Bhagavat Pandya
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.


John C. Bryan
John C. Bryan – In 1964, after studying psychology and theology (D.Min.,STM), John worked in the USA with The Presbyterian Church (community organizer, pastor, director leadership development, associate executive organization development, executive and treasurer). During that time he was also active in the civil rights movement – establishing and facilitating inter-racial dialogue groups and education events. In 1983, he immigrated to Canada and established a management and organization consultancy in Toronto. Clients included: federal and provincial governments, financial services, military and mining organizations, as well as colleges and not-for-profits located in North America, Europe and Asia. He became a Canadian citizen in 1988, and a member of The Liberal Party. Volunteer activities include: The Kensington Group for Refugee Settlement, Board of Directors of Kensington Apartments Ltd. and Board of The Toronto School of Theology at The University of Toronto.