Surrey Place is governed by a Board of 12 Directors, with the Chief Executive Officer serving in an ex-officio capacity.
The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that Surrey Place achieves success in the following areas:
- Overall integrity of the organization – including vision, mission, strategic direction and core values
- Quality of programs and services
- Financial soundness
- Compliance with all statutory requirements
- Responsiveness to needs of the community
As an Organizational Behaviour expert with almost 30 years of experience, Helen Wojcinski operates her own consulting practice and has worked with clients in a variety of industries and in all three levels of government.
Helen has served on boards and committees for health care planning, children’s mental health, the engineering profession in Ontario, and the Canadian National Exhibition Association. In addition to an MBA from Western University Ivey School of Business, Helen also holds a B.A.Sc. (Civil) from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Leading Strategic Change from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
She is both a Licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario and a Certified Management Consultant.
Helen joined the Board of Directors on September 25, 2013.
As a Human Resources executive with almost 30 years of experience, Fern Goncalves has extensive experience in providing human resources and training services within healthcare and a regulatory association as well as expertise with strategic planning, leadership training and succession planning, advocacy and community outreach. Fern is currently the Director of People Development at Professional Engineers Ontario, responsible for the oversight of various departments, including human resources, professional development, volunteer services and events/conference management. Previously she held a leadership position with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
Fern has been actively involved in numerous Board and committees with the United Way of York Region and the Catholic Community Services of York Region – a family and social services agency accredited by Family Services Ontario and a member of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants.
An active member with the Canadian Society of Association Executives and Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), Fern has also served on various HRPA committees and participated in mentorship programs. Fern holds a Masters of Adult Education (M.Ed.) from the University of Toronto – OISE as well as the designation of Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) from the Human Resources Professionals Association.
Fern joined the Board of Directors in March 2016.
Colin Chambers is a Partner in the Tax practice at MNP LLP, a leading national accounting, tax and business consulting firm in Toronto. Colin has over 12 years’ experience working with businesses in a broad range of industries, including non-profit organizations, manufacturing and distribution, technology, hospitality, retail and private equity.
Colin is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), and serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.
Colin Chambers joined the Board of Directors in 2015.
Amanda Kennedy operates a consulting firm focused on providing communication and facilitation services for complex environmental, infrastructure and community-based projects. Amanda is the former Chief Conservation Officer and Vice President of Communications for Oakville Hydro. She is also an active volunteer in her downtown neighbourhood, and the past Chair of the Toronto Council of the Canadian Red Cross. Amanda holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Oxford.
Amanda was pleased to join the Board of Directors in 2017.
Michael Waby is a criminal lawyer with 30 years of experience in the criminal justice system and is employed by the Ministry of the Attorney General. He has worked in both the private sector and extensively in government, and he is the Executive Director responsible for modernizing the province’s criminal courts and enhancing access to justice. He works extensively with a very wide range of justice sector participants.
Michael Waby has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2013.
Sanober Diaz is a Managing Director at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Her diverse background includes entrepreneurship, management consulting, non-profit governance, and extensive experience working with broader public sector organizations across Ontario. She holds a Masters degree in Health Administration from the University of Toronto and a diploma in Professional Baking and Pastry Arts from George Brown College.
Sanober joined the Board of Directors in 2017.
Andrea Englert-Rygus has extensive business experience from the chemical, retail, healthcare and public sectors. Her career has included roles in finance, sales, customer service, human resources, labour relations, operations and manufacturing.
Andrea is currently Chief Procurement Officer and Vice President Customer Relationship Management at Plexxus, a Toronto based healthcare shared services organization with expertise in supply chain management, IT and business transformation. Prior to joining Plexxus, Andrea held leadership positions with Baxter Healthcare, PepsiCo and DuPont Canada.
Andrea holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and has been actively involved in numerous Boards and associations. Andrea is currently a member of the Conference Board of Canada Innovation Procurement Council and a Director on the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) National Board.
Lew Golding is the Clinical Manager of The Adult Neurodevelopmental Services at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. In 2012 he assumed the leadership of four clinics including: the Dual Diagnosis Service Toronto and Peel, the substance abuse program for African Canadian and Caribbean youth, and the psychological assessment team for children and youth.
Lew started his career in Social Services in 1979 and as a social service practionner for the last 36 years, he worked extensively with youth, regarding youth and for youth serving change agents. He served on the board of Directors at the United Way Toronto from 2008 to 2014 and has successfully mobilized initiatives, which respond to the challenges faced by youth, their families, their families and the institutions that serve them. Lew’s work at times takes the form of advocate, educator, facilitator of services which questions, informs and empowers.
Lew is a 4-time Canadian National Champion in Track and Field and was a member of Canada’s National Track and Field Team. He has a Master’s Degree from York University and is the father of two adult children.