Board

  Jan Mowbray, President
Jan is a resident of Milton and an active volunteer in her community. She serves as Chair of the Milton Seniors Activity Centre Advisory Committee and is the lead on food services at the Senior Centre as well as sits on the Fund Development Committee; President of the Milton Historical Society, Director of Country Heritage Park, chairs the Halton Living Wage coalition, is a member of Poverty Free Halton, a Director of the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf in Milton, and chair of Doors Open Milton. In the past, Jan held the position of Councillor for two terms at the Town of Milton, a 16-year business owner of a manufacturing distributor of kitchen accessories and a controller for an engineering company.
  Rosario (Ross) Bragdon, Board Director
Born in Montreal, in a multicultural neighbourhood, Ross speaks English, French, Italian and some Spanish. Ross coached soccer and at 21 became the founding President of the Laval Soccer League and Volkswagen Owner’s Club.

Married to Pauline for 44 years (2 children, 1 grandson). Moved to Oakville 20 years ago and supported various local organizations: Burlington Caribbean Connection, Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton, Carousel of Nations, Probus, Royal Canadian Legion, Polar Bear Dip, Home Suite Hope. Ross served 6 years on the Board of the Young Achievers of Halton as P.R. Director and assistant to the Treasurer. Served the past 8 years on the HMC (Halton Multicultural Council) with the last two as President.

Ross worked in I.T. for over 40 years for large multinational organizations: CN, NT, Philips, Johnson & Johnson, Maple Leaf, and Borden’s and travelled extensively throughout South Africa, Europe, Latin America, U.S. and of course Canada.  Ross’s greatest strength was in Methods Analysis with the emphasis on that “There’s always a better way of doing things.”

Retired as Vice President and C.I.O. of a Medical Facility in the U.S.

  Abdul Chaudhry, Board Director
Abdul resides in Burlington and is currently retired. In his professional career of almost three decades, Abdul was a Social Worker for in the Child Welfare Sector. He is an active volunteer with the International Development & Relief Foundation, previously as the Hamilton representative and at the present time is the Burlington representative. Also, he is a volunteer member of the Grants Committee with the Oakville Community Foundation.
  Ancilla Ho-Young, Board Director
Ancilla Ho-Young 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, Inclusive City it could and should be.
  Gay Loveland, Board Director
Gay Loveland 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.
  Stephen White, Board Director
Stephen White is an ICF accredited Coach and founder of Competitive Edge Coaching, a firm  specializing in Career & Executive Coaching and Human Resources consulting.Over the course of his career Stephen held several senior Human Resources positions in both the public and private sectors. He holds an Honours B.A. in History and Political Science, Masters degrees in Public Administration (M.P.A.) and Industrial Relations (M.I.R.) from Queen’s University, a Certificate in Adult & Continuing Education from the University of Saskatchewan (CACE). He also completed the Certified Professional Coaching designation (CPC) and the Advanced Coaching and Personal Coaching Certification (ACPEC) from the College of Executive Coaching in California.In addition, Stephen is an Outplacement Consultant with Career Compass Canada of Hamilton.  As well, he is an Instructor in the Human Resources Management at McMaster University, and a Part Time Professor in the Pilon School of Business at Sheridan College in Mississauga.
  Nilofar Yousof, Board Director
Nilofar Yousof 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.