Board of Directors

Term: June 2, 2017 – June 2, 2018

Bruce McKay, Chair

Bruce is a licensed private investigator who owns and operates a private investigation firm specializing in security consultation s and issues of cross border transportation cargo theft investigation and prevention. Bruce has been a facilitator at The Gatehouse since 2010, participating in level 1 and the new level 2 support groups for men and women. Since 2007, he has been facilitating male participant groups with “A Time for Men” which is an organization closely connected with the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness. He is an advocate public speaker, trainer and support person for men and women who have been traumatized by childhood sexual abuse. He actively participates in the training of new Ontario Provincial Police sexual assault investigators, providing insight on what people need form a victim’s perspective. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, the focus of which was to promote public awareness, support survivors in initiating the first steps of healing, and provide information.

Al Page, Vice Chair

Al Page has been with The Gatehouse since it’s inception in 1998.  He has previously chaired the fundraising committee and this is his second term as a Board of Directors member.  He also lead facilitator in the men’s groups at The Gatehouse. Al retired recently as the sales manager of a firm of consulting engineers and was also part of the Board of Directors for the Etobicoke Olympium Sports Centre.

Gigi D’Souza, Treasurer

Gigi D’Souza is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant with several years of experience in the accounting, auditing and financial consulting industries. Gigi currently works in business valuations for the purpose of litigations and arbitration. Prior to this, she ‎worked in at one of the big four public accounting firms, managing audit engagements for financial institutions. In her spare time, Gigi enjoys watching and playing sports, reading and volunteering. She also serves on the finance council at a local church. Gigi graduated with honours from the Masters of Accounting program at the University of Waterloo in 2013 and qualified as a CPA,CA in 2015.

Bruce Burchart, Director

Bruce has been an Associate Portfolio Manager at RBC Dominion Securities since 1995, where he provides wealth management solutions for individuals and corporations. He is a founding director of CHX Technologies, a dental pharmaceutical research company based in Toronto and Dublin, Ireland. Bruce was trained as an engineer and spent part of his early career on mapping projects in the Middle East based in Cairo, Egypt. As a long time resident of Western Toronto, he has been a volunteer in a number of local charities.

Rita Grenci, Director

Rita has been an employee of Royal Bank of Canada for the past 27 years. During that time she has managed, coached and counseled teams of up to 21 employees. In her current role as Sr. Manager of Residential Mortgages she plays a strategic role in helping clients to achieve their objective by providing expert advice and service in home financing. She is a co-owner and Chief Financial Officer of an Adult Assisted Living Home facility offering adults with disabilities a safe and secure place to live. Rita is very active in the community, volunteering her time in numerous committees and fundraisers. In her recent accomplishments, she was involved in the design and implementation of several projects which she personally over looked from the start of construction to final completion. In her spare time Rita enjoy living a healthy lifestyle with proper eating and exercising.

Tony Vella, Director

Tony Vella is a community-oriented police officer with 18+ years of distinguished, multi-faceted experience across media & public relations, staff recruitment & training, and law enforcement, in the service of Canada’s foremost municipal police service.  He has an outstanding track record building and cultivating key relationships within the community, the police service, and the city, as a solid touch point on community and city issues.  He is an exceptional leader with the ability to communicate complex, challenging messages in traditional and new media (print, television, radio, Twitter, and Facebook).

Mary Grogan Ed.D., Director

Dr. Mary Grogan is a passionate educator, and student advocate committed to continuous learning, social justice and social change.  She has served students and families with diverse backgrounds and histories, e.g. socio-economic, cultural, and traumatic due to abuse, neglect, loss, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, war etc.   as a teacher, guidance counselor and principal within the Toronto Catholic District School Board.  Throughout her career, she has designed and delivered professional development programs at the local, school, board, provincial, and international level in the Caribbean and Europe and has taught within the education faculties at U of T, York U, and Nipissing U.  As a continuous learner, she completed a B.A. (Sociology), a M.Ed. (Applied Psychology) at U of T, and certificates in family therapy, mediation, and restorative justice and coaching.  Recently, while she was a principal and behavioral science instructor, at Ross School of Medicine, Dominica West Indies she completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning, and returned home to begin her own educational consulting practice.

Dr. Alok Mukherjee, PhD., Director

Alok Mukherjee is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University, Toronto. He served as Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board from 2005 to 2015. With his focus on promoting effective and affordable community-based policing under civilian oversight provincially and nationally, Dr. Mukherjee was actively involved in Ontario government’s Future of Policing Advisory Committee as well as in other police governance forums across Canada. He is frequently called upon to speak and write on policing issues for a variety of audiences. He brings a unique perspective to law enforcement issues from his experiences in a highly multicultural and multiracial environment.
Dr. Mukherjee has worked as an educator and a consultant. He has written extensively in a variety of areas including diversity and inclusivity, employment equity for racially visible and aboriginal people, and anti-racist education. Dr. Mukherjee has held several public appointments, including membership on the Toronto District School Board Safe and Compassionate School Task force and the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services, and has served as Vice Chair and Acting Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Dr. Mukherjee has received several awards for his volunteer activities and for his outstanding work at a professional and social level. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Government of Ontario.

Carol Tarasio, Director

Carol Tarasio has been in the Financial Services Industry since 1984.  Her career began with the Bank of Montreal as a Human Resource Manager.  By 1986 made the shift to become a Mortgage and Loans Manager.  In 1989 she joined Laurentian Bank where she pioneered the Mortgage Sales Centre as Senior Manager, Mortgage Sales.  She was the team leader in performing due diligence in reviewing of mortgage portfolios for various Trust Companies during the Bank’s growth through acquisitions.  Carol was also actively involved with new home builders throughout the GTA.  In 1995, she joined CIBC as a Mortgage Specialist while continuing as an active supporter of the Greater Toronto Homes Builder’s Association and was appointed Chair of Sales and Marketing for GTHBA.  She continued her support and went on to hold a position as a Member of the Board of Director’s for the GTHBA.  In 1996 Carol was awarded for her sales contribution with CIBC in being among the top 10 sales producers across Canada.   In 1997 she joined TD Bank as a Mortgage Specialist.  Carol’s strong abilities in Management, Sales and Business Planning, played a key role in her decision to start her own mortgage brokerage.  In 1998 Carol became a Mortgage Broker and started her own brokerage firm, Focus Mortgage.  The firm was very successful within its first two years and was recognized in the industry through receiving top funding awards from various Lenders.  In 2000 Focus Mortgage merged its portfolio and agents with Invis Mortgage Brokerage, a then newly developing national Mortgage Brokerage company. Carol became Invis’ first Regional Mortgage Sales Director and applied her experience and knowledge of the industry and its people, to help build this new brokerage company.   In 2003, Carol joined RBC to develop and implement the Alternate Mortgage Solutions Unit (AMS) across Canada and currently holds the position as National Director, Alternate Mortgage Solutions. The program has proven to be a great success and the leader in providing Alternative Financing for mortgage Clients in Canada.

Sabra Desai, Director

Sabra Desai, MSW, RSW is a Kellogg Fellow, counsellor therapist and an educator.  A former faculty in the School of Social and Community Services is currently the Manager of Community Partnership at Humber College.  Anchored in the values of Adult Learning, and Transformational Leadership she has provided leadership in the areas of inclusive education and access to post-secondary education for marginalized and vulnerable populations including Aboriginal youth. Sabra laid the foundation for the Humber College Centre of Human Rights, Equity and Diversity as well as initiating the Aboriginal Student Resource Centre by submitting a successful grant application with Elder Shelley Charles.  She is skilled in community engagement and capacity building and is a respected leader who has pioneered organizational and social innovation.  In the early 1980s Sabra worked with a group of women to advocate for a shelter for women and children survivors of family violence which led to the establishment of Interim Place, the first such shelter in Peel Region. Sabra has also worked internationally on issues related to human rights, health and mental health. She is also the recipient of several awards including the 2015 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Education.

Stefan Horodeckyj, Director

Stefan is a lawyer who has worked and volunteered in the criminal justice system for over 30 years, and in particular in Corrections. He has been volunteering with The Gatehouse for the last 6 years in different capacities, including Chairman of the Fundraising Committee. Stefan is a recipient of the Governor General of Canada’s ‘The Corrections Exemplary Service Medal’ and the “Minister’s Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service” as a result of his extensive volunteer work. He strongly believes in the principles of restorative justice, in particular as it relates to addressing social justice initiatives.

Simona Jellinek, Advisor, non-voting member

Simona T. Jellinek was called to the bar of Ontario in 1996. Her practice is restricted to plaintiff side catastrophic personal injury litigation with a focus on representing survivors of sexual assault. Her experience includes representing plaintiffs in civil sexual assault cases including plaintiffs in the Maple Leaf Garden sexual abuse cases, cases involving the Crown, Childrens’ Aid Societies, many Religious Institutions and School Boards. She also represented claimants from Walpole Island First Nations in the Independent Assessment Process for survivors of Aboriginal Residential Schools.

Recently, Simona co-drafted the Law Society’s Sexual Abuse Guidelines applicable to all Ontario Lawyers.

Simona has served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trial Lawyers (OTLA) Association from 2004 through to 2013 and was on the executive committee for 6 years of those years. She twice co-chaired OTLA Spring and Fall Conferences and twice co-chaired the Canadian Institutes’ National Summit on Sexual Assault Litigation. She has presented at the AAJ in New York, various CPD programs for Osgoode Hall, LSUC, CBA and OBA.

Simona also has been an instructor at Osgoode Hall’s legal clinic for ten years teaching advocacy skills and ethics. She has guest lectured at Queens University Faculty of Law. She has been a member of the Sexual Assault Advisory Committee of the Toronto Police Services for the last seven years.

All meetings are being held at Humber College, Lakeshore Campus, Room will be posted by each date

Upcoming Meetings 2017 – The Board will meet on the second Tuesday of every month in 2017 until further notice, 6:30PM-8:30PM at Humber College Lakeshore Campus, Building H room H105.

March 14,  6:30PM-8:30PM

April 11, 6:30PM-8:30PM

May 8, 6:30PM-8:30PM

June 12, 6:30PM-8:30PM

July 11, 6:30PM-8:30PM

September 12, 6:30PM-8:30PM

October 10, 6:30PM-8:30PM

November 14, 6:30PM-8:30PM

December 12, 6:30PM-8:30PM