"Safehaven meant we could talk with other families who were in similar situations and realize that we weren't alone." - Safehaven Family

about safehaven

Board of Directors

Daniel Ionescu - Treasurer

Elected to Board: October 2, 2012
Daniel is a senior manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He joined PwC in Bucharest, Romania in 1998 after graduating from the University of Economic Studies with a degree in Business Administration. In 2000, Daniel moved to Toronto with his family and joined PwC Canada's Toronto office. He has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Ontario since 2004. Daniel provides a full range of assurance and advisory services to his clients covering financial audits, advice on financial reporting, internal control systems and governance structures. His past clients include St. Joseph's Health Centre, Markham Stouffville Hospital and their foundations. Daniel and his wife Sorana are dedicated parents of two children. Daniel was referred to Safehaven by Eric Clarke.

Howard Borenstein

Elected to Board: October 2, 2012
Howard Borenstein is the father of a resident living at Safehaven since January 2012. In addition to this child, Howard and his wife Kate share two other children. Howard has degrees in philosophy and in law. He has worked as a lawyer for 15 years and as a criminal court judge for the last six years.

Susan Bisaillon

Elected to Board: October 2, 2012
Susan is the Executive Director, Clinical Operations and Interim Director, Emergency Health System, Cardiac Health System and Implementation lead for Steri Pro at the Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga. Susan is a RN with Masters Degree in nursing and healthcare management, Schulich School of Business. Susan is also an associate in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. She has an extraordinary career in healthcare and promoting community health.

Connie Lombardi

Elected to Board: September 27, 2011
Connie is a self employed owner of Marcon Kitchen and Bath Studio with over 25 years experience in the kitchen and bath industry, working with architects, designers, contractors/builders and home owners. Connie is co-founder and president of Angels from Heaven Youth Foundation, a nonprofit, fundraising and granting charitable organization. Angels is dedicated to working with organizations to develop and promote integration programs for children and young adults with disabilities, their families and the communities in which they live; and to further educate and heighten awareness within communities as to the abilities and contributions of the disabled.
As a mother of a special needs child, Connie understands the difficult challenges, demands and responsibilities of having to care for and look after a child with complex physical needs.

Andrew Weir

Elected to Board: September 28, 2010
Andrew is Vice President, Communications for Tourism Toronto and created the Relax, Recharge, Renew program that has now won several international awards for corporate social responsibility and in which Safehaven is an active partner. Prior to joining Tourism Toronto, Andrew was Director of Communications for the Minister of Children and Youth Services at the time the new ministry was formed, following ten years as a communications professional in the health care field. He and his wife, have three young children.

Erin McGinn

Elected to Board: September 28, 2010
Erin is Chief of Staff, Office of the President at Ryerson University and in this role is the principle advisor to the President in relation to the execution of the university's priorities. Previous roles included Policy Advisor in the Office of the Premier of Ontario and Director, Operations and Government Relations at the University of Toronto. Erin and her husband Andrew live in Toronto and have two daughters. She was born and raised in North Bay, and tries to get home at every opportunity.

Karen Riley - President

Elected to Board: September 28, 2010
Karen is a human resources professional with over 35 years experience in banking and human resources with TD Bank Financial Group. In the various positions she has held globally, she has been responsible for implementing strategic HR policies and programs that support the business and for providing expertise, advice, counsel in managing HR issues. She is currently a Vice President Human Resources, Corporate Office for Finance, Treasury, Audit and Corporate Strategy & Development businesses.

Nicole McKinney

Elected to Board: October 14, 2008
Nicole's marketing and communications experience and expertise is focused around brand development. She produces memorable (WOW! Comment from satisfied clients) projects that assist in growing a brand. Nicole owns BCAD Group, Building Cultures and Defining Brands - a fully integrated marketing and communications agency, Share (A division of BCAD Group) specializes in interactive business solutions, creative development and design for both traditional, online and in-store and technology strategy and build. Professional alliances and corporate partnerships for past projects include Neinkamper, Crabtree and Evelyn, Kerr and Company,
SONY, Moet and Chandon, Kitchen Aid and Home Depot. Past public relations campaigns include George Brown College and Bruce Mau's Institute without Boundaries, in conjunction with Bruce Mau's Exhibit Massive Change Art Exhibit.

Karen Oster - Secretary

Elected to Board: October 14, 2008
Karen is a child and educational psychologist with over 30 years of experience in paediatric rehabilitation and special education. While at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab, she founded Play and Learn the first integrated preschool in the province of Ontario. It became a model for inclusion in early childhood education programs. As Senior Research Consultant at the Roeher Institute (a national research and policy development organization
for persons with disabilities), she coordinated projects concerning models of service delivery. She has worked on two film projects with TVO on inclusion. As a volunteer with CESO (Canadian Executive Services Overseas), she worked in Sri Lanka and the Philippines teaching best practices to support children with special learning needs. Karen has taught at Ryerson University and most recently, coordinated Student Support Services for a private school system in Toronto. She has participated on Boards of the Children's Museum, Jennifer Ashleigh Foundation, Trent Centre for Community based at Education Trent University. She is a new board member of the Rails End Art Gallery and Centre in Haliburton, Ontario.

Janet Quinn

Elected to Board: October 14, 2008
Janet is the mother of a young man who has been a resident of Safehaven since its inception. He originally was at the Clayland residence but now lives at the Glenaden residence. Janet is one of the founding families of Safehaven and has served on the Board of Directors in past years in various positions, including President, and has been involved with many committees over the years. Janet is the Managing Director of Field Sales & Finance for Carlton Cards.

Paul Fraumeni

Elected to Board: October 14, 2008
Paul Fraumeni is the father of a resident who has lived at the Clayland residence since it was opened. In addition to this child, Paul and his wife Frances have two other children. A professional writer, editor and creative director for over 30 years, Paul has been Director, Research Communications at the University of Toronto for the past 14 years. Most of his career has been focused on providing communications counsel and services to Canadian not-for-profit organizations, such as Ronald McDonald House, the National Ballet of Canada, Saint Mary's University, York University, Sheridan College, Baycrest and St. Michael's Hospital.

Fern Mozersky

Elected to Board: October 16, 2007
Fern has over 30 years of advertising and marketing experience in national, retail and non-profit accounts. Her extensive background in non-profit ranges from capital campaigns to event planning, from bio-ethics to family advocacy. She has dealt with dozens of organizations, boards, professionals and families within the health care system. Some of the organizations she has been involved with either professionally or as a volunteer are: The Hospital for Sick Children; Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab (Play and Learn Nursery School Site); Mount Sinai Hospital; Princess Margaret Hospital; North York General Hospital; Toronto Rehab; The Easter Seals Society; Safehaven; Starlight Children's Foundation; Baycrest; UJA Federation; United Nations and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. As a parent, Fern is in a unique position. Her youngest child Paul died at 4 years of age with multiple neurological complications and her oldest son has been aggressively battling brain cancer. Her daughter is a graduate of the communication disorders program.