Siloni Waraich – Board Chair
Siloni Waraich is a stakeholder management and strategic communications professional with over 20 years of experience in senior roles, in the public and private sectors. She is currently Vice President, Stakeholder Engagement at Tarion Warranty Corporation where she oversees the organization’s external relations functions and manages the public consultation process. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Business Administration. Siloni’s political experiences as a former School Board Trustee, and as a former President of a provincial political party, have solidified her passion for advocacy. Since joining the Board in 2015, Siloni has had the privilege of chairing the Governance Committee and is now honoured to become Chair of the Ernestine’s Board of Directors. She is excited to continue to advocate for women’s issues and lead a valuable organization that endeavours to end violence against women and children.
Josephine Ho, CHRL – Board Vice & HR and Programs Committee
Josephine Ho is a human resources professional with experience in the non-profit developmental services and healthcare sectors, and a global professional services firm. Currently, she leads the talent management, organizational effectiveness and diversity and inclusion functions at The Home Depot across Canada. She holds a B.Sc.(Hons) in behavioural science from the University of Toronto and the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation in Canada. Highlights from Josephine’s community involvement include: Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where she was a founding member of the Impresarios Club, and the Province of Ontario’s Accessibility Standards Advisory Council. As a long-time supporter of the VAW sector, Josephine is honoured to serve on the Ernestine’s board to promote the prevention of violence against women and their children.
Tieu-Minh To – Board Treasurer & Chair, Finance Committee
Tieu-Minh To is a senior financial professional with progressive experience in financial management, reporting and risk management. She is Assistant Vice President, Finance at Tarion Warranty Corporation with accountability for the finance and accounting functions. Tieu-Minh is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate from the University of Waterloo. As Treasurer and a member of the Finance Committee, Tieu-Minh strives to support Ernestine’s in achieving its mandate through prudent financial management and sustainability.
Rita Said – Board Secretary & Finance Committee
Rita Said is an accounting professional who specializes in commercial banking, working with local entrepreneurs to grow their business and gain their competitive edge. She holds an MBA from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a Chartered Professional Accounting designation in Canada (CPA, CMA). Rita joined the Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter board in 2015, and is honoured to contribute to its work to end violence against women and children.
Seher Goderya – Executive Committee Member & Chair, Governance Committee
Seher Goderya is a commercial real estate lawyer at Dentons Canada LLP, a full service law firm in downtown Toronto. Seher holds a business management degree from York University and a law degree from the Osgoode Hall Law School. She is a long-standing volunteer with the Ontario Justice Education Network, where she has been involved with educating and mentoring high school youth in the practice of law. Seher has always been committed to eliminating violence against women and children, and is proud to be associated with Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter and its dedicated members.
Aiwen Xu – Board Member & HR and Programs Committee
Aiwen is an immigration lawyer at EY Law LLP. She previously worked in a full service law firm where she specialized in immigration and employment law matters. She is currently involved with Matthew House in their Refugee Hearing Program and with Members Assistance Program where she serves as a Peer Volunteer to other lawyers and paralegals. Aiwen holds a JD/MBA degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Rotman School of Management. She joined the Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter board in 2017, and is honoured to be part of the effort to end violence against women and children.
Angela Mazza – Board Member & Finance Committee
Angela Mazza is a fundraising professional with over 18 years of experience working with post-secondary institutions and social service agencies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and has attained the professional designation, Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Angela previously served on the Board of Springtide Resources, an organization committed to helping end violence against women and children. She joined the Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter board in 2017, and is excited and honoured to continue the important work in the Violence Against Women sector.
Cristina Goncalves – Board Member & Ernestine Affair Committee
Cristina Goncalves is a talent acquisition professional with a Canadian software company that has a purpose and mission to help create successful futures. Throughout her career Cristina has worked with leading organizations in the post-secondary and private sectors. She loves to help organizations find the top talent and individuals to accelerate their careers.
Cristina holds an Honours BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies from York University. Her studies sparked her love for learning and working in the community. Over the years, Cristina has held various volunteer roles and most recently was a Committee Member of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and a Coach for Girls on Board for G(irls)20. Cristina joined the Ernestine’s Board in 2017 and is thrilled to be working with an organization that is committed to helping women and children rebuild their lives.
Jennifer Altosaar – Board Member & Governance Committee
Jennifer Altosaar is the Coordinator of the Toronto Network of Specialized Care at Surrey Place Centre. She has worked in Developmental Services in Toronto for over 20 years working with adults with a developmental disability. Jennifer feels privileged to be able to engage with the community to enhance and build systems to better support those with special needs. She has always championed for those who cannot always speak for themselves and considers herself an advocate and agent of change. Jennifer is encouraged by the difference Ernestine’s has made in the lives of Toronto women and children and is pleased to serve on its board.
Jennifer Shiller – Board Member & Governance Committee
Jennifer has worked in the public sector, specifically related to community services, for over four years. She is currently a Manager of Stakeholder Relations at Tarion Warranty Corporation. Prior to Tarion, she was a senior political advisor on health and community safety, with responsibilities for such areas as public health, health promotion, mental health and addiction and women’s health. Previously, Jennifer was the lead advisor on consumer services, not-for-profit law, and government agency oversight including board governance. She holds a Master of Science in Climate Change and Bachelor of Arts in Human and Environmental Geography. Jennifer is a long-standing and active volunteer at the University of Toronto. She serves as alumni ambassador at the Faulty of Arts and Science and is a past mentor at OISE.
Jillian Bannister – Board Member
Jillian Bannister is CEO of Ext. Marketing Inc., a marketing firm focused on the financial services sector. Over her 15-year career, Jillian has worked in marketing management for a number of financial services leaders including Franklin Templeton Investments, one of the world’s largest publicly held mutual fund companies. Jillian’s education includes an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. A long-time advocate for women’s rights, Jillian is proud to support Ernestine’s and the difference it makes in the lives of Toronto’s most vulnerable women and children. She served as Board Vice Chair from 2014-16 and is honoured to continue to sit on the Ernestine’s Board.
Julia Nanos – Board Member
Julia Nanos is a labour and employment lawyer at Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP in Toronto. Her practice includes human rights, wrongful dismissal litigation, collective bargaining and labour relations. Prior to joining Hicks Morley, Julia worked at the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she focused on the issue of discrimination in employment, particularly HIV/AIDS discrimination in developing countries. She holds a law degree from the University of Western Ontario, where she volunteered at the London Family Law Courthouse, assisting unrepresented litigants in family law disputes. She also holds a B.A. in Law and Society from York University, with a focus on human rights and social justice issues facing marginalized communities. Julia is honoured to sit on the Board of Directors of Ernestine’s, and to contribute to the important work it is doing to support women and children fleeing violence.
Samantha Ash – Board Member & Ernestine Affair Committee
Samantha Ash is an international development professional with a background in women and children’s rights. She is currently Senior International Programs Officer for UNICEF Canada where she manages the requirements of multi-million dollar government grants. Prior to joining UNICEF Canada, Samantha worked on children’s rights and women’s issues for Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage and Humans Rights Watch. She holds an Honours BA is International Development Studies from McGill University and a Master’s in Political Studies (International Affairs) from Queens University. Samantha joined the Ernestine’s Board in 2017 and is thrilled to be working with an organization that does so much to address violence against women closer to home.
Board Committee Volunteers
Jasmin Earle – Governance Committee
Jasmin Earle has worked in community health and social services for over 30 years. Her work history includes both nursing and adult education, as well as Executive Director in a large multi-service agency; Regional Manager of Health Services ; Vice-President of Health Operations at Saint Elizabeth Health Care; and Instructor in evaluation and planning at Ryerson University Chang School. For the last 6 years Jasmin has been working as a consultant specializing in governance, quality improvement, service design, evaluation and service integration in community health, mental health and addictions, homelessness and supportive housing sectors. She is also a very active volunteer and serves as Vice-Chair of Social Planning Toronto; board member and Quality & accountability Committee chair at Houselink, Evaluation Committee member at LAMP CHC and past Chair of Developmental Services Toronto Council. Jasmin has been a member of the Ernestine’s Governance committee since 2011.
Marjorie Aikenhead – Finance Committee
Marjorie Aikenhead is a financial services professional with a background in finance, holding a Bachelor degree in Business Management and Organizational Studies from Western University. She is currently an Account Manager in Commercial Banking, partnering with local businesses to support their growth. Marjorie joined the Finance Committee in 2017 and is excited to be supporting Ernestine’s in its efforts to provide assistance to women and children escaping violence.