The Breast Cancer Support Fund is a non-profit organization, run by a volunteer board and supported by an advisory team.
The members of our board provide a wealth of experience in business and not-for-profit. The members of our advisory team bring diverse experiences from within the breast cancer community, as well as an understanding of the limitations of the health care system and the challenges that accompany a breast cancer diagnosis. They all have one thing in common: a shared passion and vision to ease the burden of breast cancer patients.
Donna Sheehan, Founder
Donna Sheehan, Founding Board Member, is a business woman and entrepreneur, experienced in program management for community-based organizations with a focus on supportive cancer care and health promotion. Long history of advocacy in the not-for-profit sector, government relations. Interdisciplinary Studies in Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector management. Breast Cancer survivor.
Melanie Cole, Chair
Melanie Cole, Chair, is a securities and corporate partner at Aird & Berlis LLP, a full-service Canadian law firm based in Toronto. Long history of volunteering and Board participation in the charitable and not-for-profit sector, with particular strength in board governance and legal compliance. Prior to her legal career, Melanie was a legislative advisor to a federal cabinet minister.
Jill Voisin, Treasurer is currently an Assistant Vice President TD Financial, TD Securities, CGA, and has a long history of volunteering for Girl Guides of Canada.
Tracey Rutledge has extensive experience in fundraising and outreach programs, volunteer management, communications, and marketing. Three family members, including her daughter have fought breast cancer and through their strength and courage, provided the inspiration and desire to support others as they face this devastating disease.
Tara Wood is a communications strategist that specializes in corporate communications and issues management. Having split her time between the agency and non-profit sectors, she has worked across a range of industries including health, energy, environment, financial and more. Her passion is developing campaigns to help organizations best reach and activate their target audiences to achieve meaningful results.
Georgianna Ma is an experienced management consultant. She is currently a Senior Manager, Business Transformation at BMO Financial Group. She provides advisory services to leading multinational and Fortune 500 companies to help optimize and transform their organizations. She has a keen interest in volunteering for various charitable organizations.
Marcie Somers is a marketing communications strategist with over 15+ years experience in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors. A relationship builder who is recognized for initiative, perseverance, goal alignment and establishment of strong, collaborative relationships, Marcie develops strategies that benefit diverse stakeholders, generate impact and drive positive change. Marcie has a long history of volunteering and has sat on various boards supporting health, homeless and animal welfare organizations.
Layla R. Velasquez
Having represented some of the most respected global charity brands for more than 15 years, Layla R. Velasquez, CFRE is deeply committed to a donor-centric philosophy, marrying metrics and management with passionate commitment to effect meaningful social change.
“I am grateful to serve on the Board for a young organization such as the BCSF, bringing meaningful support to women when they most need it.”
Lisa Van Arem
As a senior development professional, Lisa has more than 19 years of professional experience managing and raising funds for both international, national and provincial organizations, applying her creativity, energy and entrepreneurial spirit towards raising money to support those who need it most.
She is a recreational pilot and a competitive equine show jumper.
Karen Cannon a social worker who has worked in both health care and community settings for close to twenty years. Most of her professional career has been spent working with cancer patients and their families/caregivers. As an oncology social worker, she has assisted individuals with all aspects of the cancer journey, including financial, social, emotional and psychological. Her professional experience, as well as her experience as a breast cancer survivor, provides her with insight into the challenges facing breast cancer patients.
Lindsay Kronenberg worked for over fifteen years as an Human Resources Professional in the field of broadcasting. Currently, she works part-time for an organization that provides emotional, psychological and informational support to individuals and families living with cancer. Lindsay has had a personal experience with breast cancer and volunteers as a Peer Support volunteer.
Deanna Nemeth is a freelance translator with more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, public relations, community development. Currently completing her MA, Translation Studies at York University’s Glendon College, Deanna volunteers for several not-for-profit and community organizations. Deanna became involved with BCSF after losing a close friend to breast cancer.
Allan Austin is a corporate communications generalist with four decades of experience. He works closely with senior leaders to create, develop, implement and measure strategy-based communications programs. His experience includes not-for-profit, business, institutional, and government clients, and writing for print, spoken word, video and social media.
Lois Didyk is a social worker with over 25 years of experience in community mental health. In her work, she has seen the role that poverty plays in contributing to health inequities, adding to the hardships of illnesses like breast cancer. As a sister of someone who died of breast cancer, she is intimately familiar with the day-to-day realities, and costs, of living with breast cancer. Lois brings a commitment to easing the compounding ways that people suffer when they face breast cancer while living in poverty.