Jan Mowbray, President
Jan is a resident of Milton and an active volunteer in her community. She sits on the board of Bob Rumball Canadian Centre for Excellence for the Deaf and is learning American Sign Language. Jan also is a member of Halton Living Wage coalition, Poverty Free Halton, and Sustainable Milton, and hosts a monthly cooking class at the Milton Senior Centre. She was elected to Milton Town Council for two terms 2003 – 2010, and she’s a two-term past president of the Milton Historical Society. Jan was a 16-year business owner of a manufacturing & distributor of kitchen accessories, and prior to that was a 10-year owner of a beauty salon in B.C
Ann Lawlor, Vice President
Ann was elected to Halton Hills Town Council in 2010. Before taking public office, Ann’s professional career included 10 years as a marketing account executive; five years as the director of a non-profit social service agency and three years managing her own consulting business. In addition to her Council work, Ann administers historic Devereaux House where she is responsible for facility management and support to the non-profit board.
Ann believes in thinking globally while acting locally. She has a long-time passion for effective government, which is enhanced by her academic training. Ann holds a master’s degree in public administration.
As a volunteer community leader, Ann has served on a number of boards and associations. Her involvement has included:
Chair, Halton Hills Doors Open | Founding Chair, Halton Hills Syrian Refugee Settlement Committee | Founding Member, Community Support Network of Halton Hills | Director, Halton Hills Community Energy Corporation | Director, Georgetown Hospital Foundation | Founding Board Member, United Way of Halton Hills | Founding Chair, Friends of Devereaux House | President, University Women’s Club (CFUW).
Ancilla Ho-Young, Secretary
Ancilla is a member of the Cultural Community in Burlington and the 2012 Recipient of Ontario Medal for good Citizenship as well as Burlington Citizen of the year. For many years Ancilla has been an advocate for Inclusivity and Diversity in the City of Burlington. She has been a leader in promoting awareness of Caribbean Culture and Black History in Burlington and has received the John C. Holland Award for this work. She has participated on committees in the City of Burlington and the Region of Halton giving a voice to those who cannot advocate or speak for themselves. Ancilla has recently retired from a very long career in the healthcare field with the last 10 years working to help women who have experienced sexual assault and domestic violence. She continues to remain involved in the community with her main goal being to help make Burlington the Vibrant and Inclusive City it could and should be.
Margaret Connor, Board Director
A long-time resident of Oakville, Marg has a passion for leadership, social change, public engagement, equality and inclusion. Marg earned an Hon. B.A. in economics and is a dedicated lifelong learner with numerous certificates ranging from Indigenous studies to leadership studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. After launching her career as an applied social researcher, Marg transitioned to challenges in Government Relations at Sheridan College and then to a rewarding career as a social policy development manager and executive leader in the Ontario Public Service.
Currently, Marg devotes her time to helping people reach their full potential through career coaching. Marg is also an advocate for evidence-based supports for individuals who have developmental disabilities and autism. This includes a role as senior adviser to A Centre for Conscious Care, based in Halton Hills, for the implementation of Conscious Classrooms in Ontario District School Boards.
Andrew. F. Falls, Board Director
Gay Loveland, Board Director
Gay has been a counsellor, teacher and administrator for more than 25 years. She has worked for several public boards of education, including the Halton and Toronto Boards of Education, as well as a rural Ontario board and in the private school system. She has served as a department head in Learning Resources, Senior Student Services and Community Outreach. These positions involved working with students, parents, administrators, community organizations, colleges and universities. She has Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, English and Education and a Master’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Toronto, with a specialist certification in Guidance, Counselling and Special Education. She has resided in Oakville for many years and is a volunteer with Kerr Street Mission’s Neighbour Care Network and a home for disabled children. She is currently serving as the Co-President of Canadian Federation of University Women-Oakville.
Joanne McKiernan, Board Director
Over the last decade, Joanne McKiernan has inspired community, corporate and government partners to rally in support of volunteer-driven social change. Most notably, working with thousands of organ and tissue transplant recipients and donor families at Trillium Gift of Life Network to double the size of our provincial registry – an increase of nearly 2 million individual donor registrations, and thousands of lives saved.
Now, as Executive Director of Canada’s largest volunteer centre (Volunteer Toronto), Joanne uses her passion for public engagement to connect volunteers to the non-profits that need them, overseeing corporate and public educations programs that attract over 1500 non-profits and a half a million prospective volunteers each year.
Joanne holds a BA(h) in Political Studies from Queen’s University and an MSc.in Comparative Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh. When she’s not in the (virtual) office, Joanne can usually be found playing competitive recreational volleyball, practicing a new culinary skill or sitting on the Halton Hills Active Easy Alliance—a municipal committee focused on encouraging active transportation.
Stephanie Nguyen, Board Director
Stephanie is a technology leader in the Canadian tech space, recently named Evoke’s Tech Titan: Top 19 of 2019 and awarded PayPal’s Exceptional Leadership in Technology Award. After graduating from Western University, she completed continuing studies at Bitmaker and University of California San Diego where she expanded her knowledge on coding and interaction design. She is passionate about community and encouraging women and minorities to excel in their careers. Since 2016, Steph has served as a Director for not-for-profit group, Women Who Code (EIN 46-4218859) building free resources, mentorship programs, and events for the community.
She is currently serving as the VP, Product & Design at Flashfood, in the mission to reduce food waste and feed families more affordably. Stephanie is also the proud Co-Founder of Digital Entertainment Magazine, Brief Take. Prior to these roles, she worked at Flashstock (acquired by Shutterstock NYSE:SSTK for $65MM CAD), and Coinsquare.
Fawzia Patel, Board Director
Fawzia is a resident of Oakville and has been a registered Social Worker for 24 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from the University of Toronto, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of Calgary. She has worked as a clinical social worker in hospital, governmental, and non-profit organizations, as well as in private practice. Her areas of specialization are trauma and intimate partner violence. For the past 9 years, she has been working as a clinical investigator with The Office of the Children’s Lawyer conducting custody and access assessments for the courts. She has also volunteered on the parent councils of two local schools. Fawzia is passionate about social justice and improving the quality of life for all members of our community.
Nilofar Yousof, Board Director
Nilofar is currently the Career Accelerator Program Coordinator at HMC Connections, a non-profit, multi-service agency with award-winning community programs and services; serving more than 7,000 clients a year. She has been assisting immigrants and newcomers in their journey to making Halton their home and providing innovative services and practical guidance for successful economic and social integration of new Canadians. Nilofar been a strong advocate for social and economic inclusion and access to services for immigrants and refugees. Nilofar’s own experiences as an immigrant shaped her personal and professional choices and lifelong engagement with the community. She works tirelessly to empower newcomers and brings hope to those who are distressed, discouraged and lost. She has been a bridge for immigrant women, allowing them to reach their full potential. Nilofar is passionate about the power of community and actively pursues ways to encourage community-building wherever she finds them.