Our Board of Directors
PLC has a FABULOUS Board of Directors that is made up of leaders in the nonprofit, public and corporate sectors. Each Director brings a unique skillset and a great deal of experience!
Shari Lynn Ladanchuk
President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel
With over 25 years of experience in the social service/nonprofit sector, Shari Lynn Ladanchuk truly believes in the value and values of mentoring and volunteerism. Her 20 years working within the Big Brothers Big Sisters movement has afforded her tremendous opportunity to impact children and youth and their families through her leadership, volunteer endeavours, community development and collaboration efforts and advocacy work. Since 2008, she has held the position of President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel having previously served as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph since 1999. In this role, she has served as an Accreditor with BBBS of Canada and has provided leadership and support to many national projects and committees within the BBBS movement.
Locally, she is a passionate convener of ideas and is often found exploring shared service models/structures and collective impact efforts through her work with Peel Counts and creative support of the Regional Diversity Roundtable. Shari Lynn has served as the Board Chair of the Peel Leadership Centre since 2013. She believes that good leadership is inclusive leadership and is always looking for ways to unleash and foster the leadership attributes in everyone!
Director, Strategic Initiatives, RBC Royal Bank of Canada
Mariam Hashmi is a Director in the Transformation and Strategy Enablement group within Technology & Operations at RBC. She specializes in designing and implementing transformation initiatives with a focus on value delivery. Prior to joining RBC, Mariam was a Manager within KPMG’s Management Consulting practice where she led engagements for private and public sector clients. She has also worked in the Strategy & Transformation consulting practice at IBM Canada.
Mariam currently serves on the boards of the United Way of Peel Region and the Peel Leadership Centre. Mariam received an MBA and HBA from the Ivey Business School. In 2013 she received an Emerging Leader Award from the Ivey Alumni Association and was the recipient of the National Community Leadership Award at KPMG. She was named a DiverseCity Fellow in 2015 by Civic Action.
Financial Planning and Development Finance/Deputy City Treasurer for the City of Vaughan
Having worked in the municipal sector for over 15 years, Lloyd Noronha is a financial professional with experience in strategic planning, reporting, budgeting, investments and project management. Lloyd is currently the Director, Financial Planning and Development Finance / Deputy City Treasurer for the City of Vaughan. He holds two undergraduate degrees in science and business and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Lloyd grew up in the Mississauga/Brampton area and currently resides in Caledon with his wife and three small children.
Executive Director, Heart House Hospice
Theresa Greer is the Executive Director of Heart House Hospice, an agency whose vision is to make a meaningful difference to someone’s end of life journey. Theresa joined Heart House Hospice in May 2004. Prior to this, Theresa spent a year as Executive Director at Halton Helping Hands, an agency assisting seniors to live at home. From 1989 to 2003, Theresa was Executive Director of Halton Women’s Place, where she oversaw the building of two shelters for abused women. Thirty-five years ago Theresa started her professional career as a Social Worker with the Children’s Aid Society of the Region of Peel.
Theresa has a Bachelor of Sociology Degree from the University of Guelph, a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from McMaster University and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from York University. Theresa is a Registered Social Worker. Theresa is a co-chair of the Central West Palliative Care Network, Past Chair of the Metamorphosis Group, Member of Peel Leadership Centre and participates on a number of committees both in the Central West and Mississauga Halton LHIN related to hospice palliative care.
Professor Emerita, Ryerson University
Gerda Kaegi is Professor Emerita, Ryerson University, Department of Politics and Public GerdaKaegiAdministration. She was responsible for the development of the first part-time Public Administration Degree Program. She was co-founder and coordinator of the Program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management at the Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University. Gerda has served on a wide variety of community organizations in the greater Toronto area as a volunteer board member taking on a range of different roles.
Program Manager, Renewed Computer Technology
Yoliana is a Program Manager at Renewed Computer Technology (RCT). She is an out of the box Manager with experience in program and partnership development regionally and provincially in the NFP sector. Yoliana believes in real and effective collaboration and its impact in the community. Her achievements include enabling more than 11,000 low income families to access affordable technology for home use through collaborative partnerships with more than 200 agencies across Ontario including support to first nations communities. Yoliana has also supported various school boards in Ontario to offer equity of access to technology through the implementation of their Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative.
Mariam currently serves on the boards of several organizations: United Way of Peel Region, Peel Leadership Centre, and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. Mariam received an MBA and HBA from the Ivey Business School. In 2013 she received an Emerging Leader Award from the Ivey Alumni Association and was the recipient of the National Community Leadership Award at KPMG. She was named a DiverseCity Fellow in 2015.
CEO of St. Leonard’s Place Peel
Christopher McIntosh has worked with a range of community-based health and social services organizations in both clinical service provision and management capacities. Christopher is the Chief Executive Officer of St. Leonard’s Place Peel, a supportive housing organization located in Brampton. Christopher is convinced that everyone has something to contribute and he enjoys working with others to identify and support their strengths and passion. Christopher’s community involvement includes serving as a board member of the North Peel & Dufferin Community Legal Services. Christopher holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor, and a Masters Certificate in Health-Care Management from York University’s Schulich School of Business.
Executive Director, Our Place Peel
As a dynamic leader in the non for profit sector with 18 years of experience, Christy Upshall became the Executive Director at Our Place Peel in September 2003. As Executive Director, Christy oversees all aspects of the organization, including the residential programs, fundraising, fiscal responsibility and providing leadership support to the management team. Christy works with a Board of Directors to ensure that the agency’s goals, values and mission are being met and lead agency into further expansion. After completing her BA from the University of Western Ontario and her Diploma in Child and Youth Work from Humber College, Christy decided to pursue a career working for a non-profit organization which supported youth. She chose Our Place Peel because it offers a one of a kind program in the Region of Peel, helping empower youth and putting the youths’ needs first and foremost. Christy became a Board Member at the Peel Leadership Centre in 2016 and believes strongly in the power of collaboration of leadership in the non-profit sector.
Executive Director, Erin Mills Youth Centre
Darcy has been executive director with Erin Mills Youth Centre since 2013. A veteran in the non-profit sector, before coming to EMYC Darcy helped to pioneer the development of Settlement Workers in Schools programs across Canada, including the award winning Newcomer Orientation Week and Welcome and Information for Newcomers programs. He also led a dynamic team in Ajax to launch the Durham Welcome Centre Immigrant Services. He is passionate about community-driven development, collaborating for change, matters of equity and inclusion, and believes in the power and potential of youth to make a lasting, positive impact on the world.