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Board Members

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 Chair & 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, Finance & Fundraising 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 & Fundraising Committee, Tieu-Minh strives to support Ernestine’s in achieving its mandate through prudent financial management and sustainability.

Jennifer Altosaar - Board Secretary & 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. She is very excited join the Board Executive Committee as board secretary. 

Catherine May - Past Chair & Executive Committee Member 
Catherine May is currently the Resources Development Manager, with responsibilities for fundraising and communications, at Street Haven, an organization that provides shelter, health care and education to women experiencing or at risk of homelessness in downtown Toronto. Catherine has worked as a television producer, director and writer, creating documentary and lifestyle series that are broadcast around the world. Catherine joined the board of Ernestine’s in 2011 and served as Chair from 2014-2016. She is honoured to serve an organization that saves the lives of women and children fleeing violence and provides the resources needed to begin again.  

Seher Goderya - Executive Committee Member & Chair, Governance Committee
Seher Goderya is a lawyer at Basman Smith LLP, a full service law firm in Toronto, where she practices in the areas of business, real estate and estate planning law. 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.

Jillian Bannister – Board Member & Chair, Finance and Fundraising Committee
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.

Cara Henry - Board Member & Chair, Ernestine Affair Committee
Cara Henry is currently an Event Manager at Rogers Centre. In her 16-year career there, she has managed all non-baseball events at the stadium, including concerts, sporting events and corporate functions. Previously, Cara was the Meetings Manger at the Recycling Council of Ontario, a non-for profit organization focused on waste reduction. In 1994, Cara graduated from the University of Toronto with a Political Science major, with a Specialist in Environmental Studies. She is pleased to chair the shelter's annual gala, the Ernestine Affair, to raise funds for the Ernestine’s mission and awareness of the issue of violence against women and children. 

Julia Nanos - Board Member & Chair, HR and Programs Committee
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.

Martha Hancock – Board Member & Finance and Fundraising Committee
Martha Hancock is a financial services professional and an expert in corporate social responsibility, brand marketing and community investment. Most recently she was Assistant Vice President, Philanthropy & Sponsorships at Manulife Financial with accountability for enterprise corporate social responsibility, and corporate giving and sponsorships in Canada. She holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto and is a graduate of the Directing Program at the National Theatre School in Montreal. Martha joined the Board of Ernestine's Women's Shelter in September 2011, and over the years has been an active member of numerous committees and the Executive Committee. She is proud to contribute to Ernestine's work to end violence against women and children.

Jessica Rayne - Board Member, Finance and Fundraising Committee, & Ernestine Affair Committee
Jessica Rayne is a Brand Strategist and Research Professional at In-Sync, a division of Publicis Healthcare Communications Group, which focuses on marketing research and brand strategy consulting. There, Jessica helps Fortune 500 companies understand their consumers and tap into strategic opportunities to improve patient outcomes and drive business growth. Jessica brings a wealth of experience from the social service sector through volunteering with the City of Toronto where she helped develop and implement health and anti-violence programs for marginalized youth. Currently, she is a Strategic Advisor for the City of Toronto’s Gender Based Youth Violence Initiative. She holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from York University and a Diploma in Business Management and Marketing from Humber College. Passionate about social change, she is honoured to be a member of the board and actively contribute to positive change in the lives of women and children impacted by violence.

Rita Said - Board Member & Finance and Fundraising 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. 

Chengli Tang - Board Member & Finance and Fundraising Committee
Chengli Tang is an experienced management consultant with over ten years of experience in the Financial Services industry, while working at various locations around the world. She holds an International MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. In 2014, she joined the board of Ernestine's Women's Shelter and is extremely thrilled to be part of the work to stop violence against women and their children. 

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. 

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