Our Team
We are an enthusiastic and energetic team with a diversity of skills, experiences and stories. However, what brings us together is passion for the nonprofit sector and excitement about being able to help grow leadership and organizational capacity. We LOVE what we do!
Vanita Varma

Vanita Varma

Interim Executive Director

Vanita is an organizational strategy professional with over 15 years of senior leadership experience in the non-profit sector including strategic visioning & planning, change management, policy development, stakeholder engagement and impact measurement. Vanita is also a visionary and an integrated systems thinker with experience in strategizing and leading initiatives in non-profit & business environments for strong and sustainable impact. Her key areas of expertise include:

  • Executive Leadership and Strategic Planning: A big picture thinker with an extensive experience in developing and implementing strategic and business plans; Provided dynamic leadership  to a diverse non-profit organization and led the expansion and the growth from a single program delivery model to a multi-service delivery model
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Demonstrated success in guiding and leading innovation at the community and sectoral level through design thinking and development of unique collaborative programs
  • Leading & Managing Change: Successfully led the merger of two grassroots organizations through effective strategic planning and transition management strategies
  • Measurement & Evaluation of Success: Expertise in development and implementation of impact   measurement tools & accountability frameworks
  • Non-profit Community and Sectoral Knowledge Base: Solid understanding of the community needs and gaps, health care and social services landscape in GTA
  • Stakeholder Relationships: A relationship builder with proven success in building & fostering collaborative partnerships for joint delivery of programs, combined research and towards broader system improvement

Most recently, Vanita held the position of Executive Director at Spectra Community Support Services in the Region of Peel. Vanita holds a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership and is currently pursuing her PhD with research focus on outcomes measurement and social impact. Vanita currently serves on the Board of Directors of William Osler Health System. Her prior volunteer roles included leadership committee of Mississauga Community Foundation and United Way’s South Asian Advisory Council. Contact Vanita at vanita@peelleadershipcentre.org

Tina de los Santos

Tina de los Santos

Lead, Communications & Events

Tina brings a diverse mix of nonprofit and business leadership to her role at PLC. From the Director of Operations at a multi million-dollar company in India, to a youth outreach worker at a small non-profit in Mexico City to managing a youth led café in Alliston, Tina has straddled the nonprofit and business sectors throughout her career. In all roles, she has been passionate about creating engaging learning experiences that support and inspire people’s professional and personal growth. Tina is PLC’s knowledge sharer extraordinaire and loves finding and sharing great leadership/capacity building content. She also looks after PLC’s e-learning and social media and looks forward to digitally connecting with leaders and aspiring leaders from Peel and beyond! Contact Tina at tsantos@peelleadershipcentre.org

Daven Seebarran

Daven Seebarran

Capacity Building Coach

Daven is a senior leader with over 15 years of progressive experience within the charitable sector, with specific expertise in non-profit management, organizational development, fund development and community development. His roles have included Director of Operations of an organization in Vancouver, Director of Development for several institutions across Canada and almost a decade of experience as an Executive Director in health and human services. As a prolific fundraiser, Daven Seebarran has raised more than $34 million for institutions across Canada. Daven is also the principal at Daven Seebarran Consulting & Coaching. In his role of Capacity Building Coach at PLC, Daven brings his cumulative experience to develop meaningful relationships with organizations in Peel to assess, provide and/or convene support to strengthen their leadership abilities and build capacity. Contact Daven at dseebarran@peelleadershipcentre.org
Liz Dennis

Liz Dennis

Lead, PLC Evaluation Project

Liz has worked for over 10 years in the nonprofit sector as a program manager and senior leader. Most recently, she helped to develop a provincial volunteering website and coached nonprofits on their use of story as a tool for engagement. Previous to this, she managed a thriving community information program in Guelph Ontario, where, in addition to her leadership role, participated in the development and implementation of provincial data standards and was an active member of numerous community planning initiatives. Liz has a Certificate in Leadership and Management in the Not for Profit Sector and was a ONN Connect the Sector Fellow. She brings her passion for nonprofits to PLC as the first point of contact with clients and members. She also supports PLC in finding, tracking and sharing our impact. Contact Liz at ldennis@peelleadershipcentre.org

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