On behalf of Abbeyfield Canada’s Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Daniel Young-Tessier has joined our organization as Executive Director, effective immediately.
Daniel is a fluently bilingual non-profit organizational executive and public affairs professional with a solid record of achievement in member relations and services, outreach and communications, government relations, advocacy, strategic planning, project management and sponsorship development. Over the years, he has guided many non-profit organizations to new levels of performance.
Accustomed to working with non-profit boards, members, committees and volunteers, Daniel favours the use of collaborative strategies and tactics to cultivate a genuine, goal-oriented organizational culture. As a matter of principle, he also prefers clear, concise, manageable goals and action plans. Built into his tactical and strategic leadership qualities is an ability to engage stakeholders, communities of interest and members to work collaboratively and focussed on producing meaningful, measurable results.
Given our limited resources, his structured approach will enable Abbeyfield Canada – in collaboration with members and volunteers - to more effectively advance our national organizational objectives, capture the attention of targeted stakeholders and deal with opportunities and challenges.
Over the next few months, Daniel will work closely with the Abbeyfield Canada Board of Directors to develop a long term action plan in support of our national strategy focusing on partnerships and sponsorships, member services; member communications and outreach; government, stakeholder relations.
Please join me in welcoming Daniel to Abbeyfield Canada. He can be reached at 416-920-7483 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandi organising the 2010 AGM
The National Office of Abbeyfield Canada is in Toronto, ON. It serves the whole of Abbeyfield Canada. All Abbeyfield Societies in Canada are members of Abbeyfield Canada -
Abbeyfield National Office is home to Abbeyfield Canada's records and resources. It is also the office of the Executive Director, Daniel Young-Tessier, who joined Abbeyfield Canada in the autumn of 2014, bringing impressive project management, advocacy and strategic development experience to help consolidate and advance Abbeyfield Canada's growth.
The National Office is ably staffed by Sandi, the National Administrative Officer. Sandi is a wife, Mom to Thomas, who is heading into grade one now. Sandi recently graduated with a degree in Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She has been with Abbeyfield since Summer 2010.
If you have a query that isn't answered on this website, please contact National Office for more information.
Abbeyfield Houses Society of Canada 427 Bloor Street West, Box 1, Toronto, ON M5S 1X7 Tel: 416-920-7483 Email: email@example.com Fax: 416-920-6956 Web: http://www.abbeyfield.ca
Meet the National Board
The Board Meet at the 2010 AGM
The National Board are drawn from across Canada. They work to promote Abbeyfield on a National level, whilst also maintaining strong links with individual Societies through their liaison work.
If you are not already in contact with your dedicated liaison board member, or if you are new to Abbeyfield, but want to contact the board, please direct your queries to the National Office and they will be forwarded to the most appropriate Abbeyfielder.
Abbeyfield Canada Board of Directors 2014-2015
Jim Galloway President - Chelsea, QC
Jim is an Economics graduate from Sydney University, Australia. He worked as an accountant initially and progressed to managing a group of manufacturing companies in Zimbabwe.
After moving to Canada he ran his own manufacturing business, and later became an independent financial planner.
Jim lived in Caledon East with his wife Ginnie from 1983 to 2012. He is an active member of the United Church. His interest in Abbeyfield arose from concern for local seniors forced to leave the community because of the lack of suitable accommodation. Jim was with the Abbeyfield Houses Society of Caledon since its inception, first as Vice-Chair for two years and subsequently as Chair. His tenure saw the building phase completed and two years of successful operation. He retired recently and moved to Chelsea, Quebec in 2012.
Elizabeth Power Past President - Ottawa, ON Elizabeth served as president on Abbeyfield Ottawa board of directors for four years and one year as treasurer.
She has served on the Abbeyfield National Board since May 2010.
Elizabeth is a Certified Management Accountant who worked sixteen years for provincial government and operates her own accounting practice in Toronto and Ottawa
She is interested in developing a marketing plan for Abbeyfield Canada in partnership with local Abbeyfield Societies.
Brenda Elias, PhD - Toronto, ON
Brenda is Faculty for Non Profit and Voluntary Sector Management at Ryerson University and Social Foundations of Gerontology, Family & Community Social Services at the University of Guelph-Humber. Upon completing her Bachelor of Applied Science, University of Guelph, Brenda was awarded a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Graduate Research Fellowship. She obtained her Master of Science degree with specialty in housing and gerontology and has a Specialist Certificate in Aging, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Michigan.
In 2009 she completed her PhD in Adult Education and Community Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Her thesis was on rural homelessness and subsequently she served as Project Coordinator for the Mental Health Commission of Canada on their Homelessness Research Initiative.
In 2012, Brenda was a member of the Advisory Committee on the Law as it Affects Older Adults, with the Law Commission of Ontario and is a faculty member of the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University in the NonProfit and Voluntary Sector Management Program and also teaches Foundations of Social Gerontology at the University of GuelphHumber degree program in Family and Community Social Sciences.
As an Ontario Public Servant for over 20 years Brenda has held many executive positions including 6 years as Director, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and more recently has provided consulting services on Leadership and Change to several national and provincial nonprofit Boards.
She is currently Research Director for Reena a nonprofit agency providing supportive housing to those individuals with intellectual challenges.
Linda Dryden Vice President - Victoria, BC
Linda is a retired nurse who has a Masters in Health Administration and a Diploma in Public Sector management. She has worked in the areas of health, education and private consulting.
She has served on non profit boards continuously since 1987 and has thoroughly enjoyed that experience. Having served as president of several non profit societies, large and small, she has had the opportunity to learn first hand about the many challenges charitable organizations experience.
She is director of Public Relations and Promotions for St Andrew’s Abbeyfield as well as Abbeyfield Canada. She has experience with special events, fundraising and media. She looks forward to working with Abbeyfield Houses across the country, building public relations and promotions.
Oonagh Maley - Toronto, ON
Oonagh is a member of the National Board of Abbeyfield Canada and is based in Toronto.
Patti Ferguson Director - Armstrong, BC Bio coming soon!
George Pasieka Director - Winnipeg, MB
Bio coming soon!
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