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Joanne McKiernan, President
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.

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.

Bolu Babatope, Treasurer
Bolu is a resident of Oakville. She is a seasoned finance professional with over a decade of experience in the financial services industry across the United Kingdom and Canada. She is passionate about equality, inclusiveness, and women empowerment.
Bolu is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) who is licensed to practice in Ontario. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (ACCA) and holds an MBA from the Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, UK.
Outside of the professional network, Bolu enjoys experimenting with new culinary activities and seeing new places.


Fawzia Patel, Vice-President
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.

Deinde Olatunde-Austin, Board Director

Andrew Drummond, Board Director

Blessing Olutoto, Board Director

Oluseyi Okanla, Board Director

Hami Mafi, Board Director

Lynn Matisz, Board Director

Maureen Turner, Board Director

Thank You Board of Directors