Our Board of Directors, which we refer to as our Partnership Team, sets the strategic direction for our centre. They willingly give of their time, setting policies and engaging in activities with the staff to raise the profile of Frontlines.
Frontlines is currently accepting applications from qualified and interested candidates wishing to join our Partnership Team. A description of the role including responsibilities and qualifications can be found here and an application to join can be downloaded here.
Darlene Lucas, Board Chair
Is a member and the Deacon’s chair at Weston Park Baptist Church and has been an active community partner of Frontlines for many years. Darlene’s experience in the non-profit sector spanned over 25 years. Darlene’s professional expertise includes program and financial planning and management, leadership and human resources training, policy development, grant submission, community relationships and advocacy. Darlene also loves to navigate the wonderful world of social media and has created a strong online presence.
Roy has a long history of volunteering and was looking to serve the community in which lives. Having moved to Weston in December, 2013, and wishing to positively influence young people, Frontlines was an obvious choice. He joined the Frontlines Board in September, 2014. Roy is a lawyer, and when he isn’t spending time in court or with family, can be found expressing encouragement and disappointment, in equal measure, at any television playing a sporting event featuring a Toronto team.
Carol joined the Board of Frontlines in September 2014 and prior to that had been involved in various volunteer roles including assisting with the annual fundraising dinner. Carol has spent her career in the Ontario Public Service working in a variety of social policy areas. Carol brings her wealth of public policy to her role on the Board. Carol is a life-long Weston resident and believes strongly that people should give back to their community in whatever way they can. She also believes in giving children, youth, individuals and families the tools they need to set them up for success. Carol has an Honours BA from University of Waterloo, and a Master’s of Public Administration from Queen’s University.
Matthew has been involved with Frontlines for almost 20 years, first as a participant, then as a volunteer and, for the past five years, as a member of the Partnership Team. Matthew, who is a chef by profession, will be the first to say that Frontlines has had a remarkable influence on his life and is responsible, in many ways, for the person he is today. He has wonderful stories to tell about his years at Frontlines and is a success story of what the centre is doing in Weston.
Chris worked in the nonprofit sector for over ten years as a manager and chief financial officer before joining the Ontario Public Service. He joined the Frontlines Board in 2014 with a long history of community involvement, particularly with youth. Chris has worked and travelled through many parts of the world, but has now settled in Toronto where he enjoys competing in several athletic endeavors.
Susanne was born and raised in Toronto and lived in various parts of the city – in Etobicoke, Parkdale, South Riverdale and now in Weston with her beautiful family. She attended the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School. She became a lawyer in 1986 and practiced criminal law for over 20 years. She is currently the Manager of Legal Services in Legal Aid Ontario’s Toronto North District.
She is a proud member of St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Etobicoke and gives her time to many noteworthy endeavors such as being a board member of Frontlines.
Joyce Nyhof Young
Dr. Nyhof-Young is a social scientist with a Ph.D. in Curriculum Teaching and Learning from OISE/UT and has been a resident of Weston since 1991. She is a medical educator and a Curriculum Evaluation Coordinator in the undergraduate medical program at the University of Toronto. She holds an appointment as an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She supports the health of local vulnerable communities by working with health professions students and grassroots community agencies in participatory community based research and program development.
Bill is an HR practitioner with a BBA from York University. He has 35 years of progressive HR experience at General Motors and the City of Toronto. At the City, he has provided support to all the community services divisions gaining insight into their valuable work. Bill has lived in Weston since 1988 and has coached Weston Minor Hockey and North York Storm competitive girls hockey (when not playing himself). He is also a member of the Weston Village Residents Association Executive Committee. Bill has been on the board at Frontlines since Oct. 2015 and is a member of the HR Committee.
Abraham Ogbaslase, Youth Board Member
At our AGM 2016, we said fairwell to Diana Stapleton, Past Board Chair
Having volunteered for many years at the Weston Area Emergency Support food bank which shares the premises with Frontlines, Diana became very familiar with the staff and participants at the centre. She soon developed an appreciation for the excellent work being done for the community and when she was invited to sit on the Team, she did not hesitate. As a member of the Fundraising and the Human Resources committee, Diana has had the privilege to work closely with the dedicated staff and volunteers that make Frontlines successful.