Gia DeJulio, President Board Member since 2010
Gia DeJulio is the Director, Planning & Compliance, Conservation & Demand Management at Alectra Utilities. Gia holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Chemical Engineering discipline, from the University of Toronto, is a Professional Engineer, and has a Master of Laws in Energy and Infrastructure from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Gia’s career in the energy industry includes expertise in buying, selling, distributing, regulating and conserving both natural gas and electricity. In her spare time, Gia likes to golf, follow current affairs, and mentor engineering students.
Patricia Else, Vice-President Board Member since 2014
Building on extensive experience in public health nursing, health promotion, and community based programming; Patricia’s focus is on supporting people to reach their fitness goals. She is a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor, with a Master’s of Science in Community Health Nursing. She is a long time clinic instructor for the Running Room and has worked with hundreds of both beginner and experienced runners.
Founder of Patricia Else Fitness, she provides personal training and small group programming for busy adults in their homes and in community settings, working with them to build fitness and healthy movement into their daily lives. She has a particular interest in the use of physical activity for the prevention and management of Type 2 Diabetes.
Barbara Hume-Wright, Secretary Board Member since 2012
Barbara Hume-Wright is the principle of the Herne Company Limited, a public sector management consulting company. For more than 30 years Barbara has worked within the public and not for profit sectors managing a wide range of portfolios which included a key role on the Toronto amalgamation team, working directly with the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Barbara also led an organizational revitalization of the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards. Barbara provides her board governance expertise to a number of clients with services including articles, training and board assessments. Barbara obtained her Chartered Directors (C. Dir) designation from the Directors’ College (a joint venture of McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada) in 2009.
Martha Beaumont, Treasurer Board Member since 2013
Martha Beaumont is a senior level financial executive with a Chartered Accountant background. She has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, specializing in directing the corporate finance function of a multiple-level organization in the health charity area. Martha holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours Chartered Accountancy Studies Co-Operating Program from the University of Waterloo. She has previously served as Chair of DeafBlind Ontario Services and volunteers for many charitable organizations.
Kathy Howie Board Member since 2013
Kathy Howie is a retired social worker who worked at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto for many years. She is familiar with the challenges facing women and children who have experienced trauma, poverty, and re-location, and is a strong believer in the need to work collaboratively with others in order to promote learning and improve social conditions for families.
Dayo Kefentse Board Member since 2015
Dayo Kefentse is a dynamic Toronto based writer-broadcaster, trainer, and media and communications leader. She is currently Director of Communications for Ryerson University’s Office of the Vice-President of Equity and Community Inclusion. Previous roles include managing media relations for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, and with the public affairs team at the University of Windsor. She has contributed as a journalist for CBC Radio’s ‘Metro Morning’ and ‘Here & Now’; CBC TV News in Toronto and Windsor, as well as a variety of media outlets including CITY News and The Toronto Star.
Seeing a need for media literacy and empowerment in the community, she launched ‘DAYO Media & Communications’ in 2006 — a boutique agency specializing in Broadcast, Writing & Communications Management Services. Dayo has steered the development of multimedia communications and media campaigns for organizations such as The Ontario Council of Agencies Servicing Immigrants, The United Church Observer, and The Toronto District School Board. Believing in the power and principle of giving back, she is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board of Women’s Habitat.
Deborah Hinds-Nurse Board Member since 2018
Deborah migrated to Canada as a PhD student in 2012. However, in 2016 she submitted an application to the Government of Canada for consideration as a Convention Refugee based on her sexual orientation. Her hearing was positively considered by the Government of Canada.
As a refugee immigrant from the Caribbean, Deborah has experienced oppression of varying degrees both in her home country and in Canada. Consequently, Deborah has become an advocate for fairness, equality and social inclusion.
In addition to being a CPA, Deborah is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and an Associate of Chartered Institute of Secretaries (ACIS). She complements her professional qualifications with academic qualifications in business and project management and has served on several Boards of not-for-profit organizations both internationally and in Canada.
Christine Yu Board Member since 2018
Christine Yu comes from a dynamic background of experiences in both the public and private sectors. As a former director and founder of an IT consulting and digital media company, she had become a key member of the community as an entrepreneur putting her efforts into supporting others in business development over the past several years.
Christine also devotes her time to serve others through various charitable initiatives and continues to focus on her passion and commitment to being an advocate for women and girls around the world.
She earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (Honours) from Laurentian University and holds a certification for Human Resources Studies from Georgian College. She has also undertaken a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology (Honours) from York University.