Far too many Toronto residents are experiencing homelessness or extreme housing precarity, due mainly to a chronic shortage of affordable housing options, as well as ineffectual social supports to meet complex needs. Worse still, the high needs of homeless adults are being further compounded by age-related illnesses and health conditions.
Homes First is working towards closing these gaps and helping residents maintain their housing by providing a program that delivers high supports and that would also allow individuals to age in place. Our agency has developed a support model that includes medical/psychiatric services, medication monitoring, assistance with maintaining personal hygiene and clean-living spaces, financial management, navigating the criminal justice system, and a host of additional age-specific supports.
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Mike previously spent eight years on the board of St. Michael’s Homes, a residential addiction treatment centre in Toronto, serving as the co-chair for the last three years. Professionally, Mike works with an e-commerce software integrator supporting client business requirements as they migrate to new technology.
Over Mike’s 20-plus years in business, he has developed expertise in marketing, strategy, and business development with some of Canada’s largest corporations as well as start-ups in Canada, the UK and Europe. Mike joined Homes First’s Board of Directors in January 2020 and also serves on the Communications Committee.
Jamie has over 10 years of experience in private practice law as well as in-house counsel, and is Senior Counsel with Deloitte Canada. Prior to working at Deloitte, Jamie was in-house counsel to a provincial Crown agency and spent several years in private practice on Bay Street.
In his spare time, Jamie can often be found running the trails of west Toronto and lamenting the state of the Toronto Maple Leafs. As a lifelong resident of the city, he has joined Homes First with the goal of prioritizing sustainable community development among public and private stakeholders.
Fran is a former Board Chair of Homes First and recently returned as the Board Secretary. She has extensive public health and health promotion experience, as well as board experience locally, nationally and internationally. She is deeply committed to the Homes First/ Housing first approach.
Megan Mitchell is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Director, Technology and Capital Controller with Rogers Communications Inc. She obtained her CPA designation at Deloitte, where she provided her services to many not‐for‐profit organizations. Since moving to Toronto 15 years ago, she has seen how increased housing costs have made homelessness and access to housing one of the most pressing issues in our city. Megan believes having a home is crucial to providing a sense of safety and stability and helping our residents thrive.
Faisel is an actuary and executive with 13 years of experience in financial reporting, product development, risk management and strategy. Faisel has an undergraduate degree from Western University in Actuarial Science, and has volunteered for the Society of Actuaries, Canadian Institute of Actuaries and was a trustee of the Toronto Awesome Foundation.
Faisel joined the Homes First Board in 2021 and serves on the Finance Committee. Faisel strongly believes in the potential of others, when they have the right help.
Shane Saltzman was the Co-Founder and CEO of Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres, where for 9-plus years, he developed programming and operated residential facilities supporting those struggling with addiction and mental health. Upon successfully pivoting the organization to develop a national virtual intensive outpatient program during the COVID-19 pandemic, the co-founders sold the organization to Canadian Addiction Treatment Centers in 2022 where Shane remains as a Strategic Advisor.
Shane is a Chartered Professional Accountant, holds a Master of Management & Professional Accounting from The Rotman School of Management, at the University of Toronto. Shane has more than 20 years of professional, operations, and management experience where he held positions with Deloitte, in the Assurance & Advisory group, and Pitney Bowes Canada, leading the financial operations teams. Shane is a father of three, an avid skier, cyclist, and guitar enthusiast.
Shanker Sivanathan is a Detective Constable with nine years of experience working with the marginalized community experiencing mental health ailments and substance addictions. Having worked in 14 Division of the Toronto Police Service, Shanker has worked with numerous Home First shelters and staff on the ground level.
Shanker has an honours degree in Criminology from York University and has previously volunteered with the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT). Shanker is joining Homes First to identify additional opportunities to serve the community, contribute to policy/procedure creation, and provide the necessary support to reduce homelessness.
Peter is a resident of Homes First Society’s Shuter building, Peter was elected by the residents of Homes First as their Resident Representative and joined the Board of Directors in 2019.
As a person with lived experience, Peter joined the board to bring awareness and understanding of the varying factors that lead to homelessness and the spectrum of mental health and addiction issues those experiencing homelessness face. Most recently, Peter has served on the Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Sub-Committee.
Cynthia Stacey is a registered nurse and experienced Clinical Instructor working in the hospital and health care industry. After spending several years on the frontline, Cynthia transitioned to a management role at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, launching her career in management and education roles at health facilities across Toronto. Currently, she is the Senior Manager of Acute Respite Care at Sherbourne Health. Cynthia is passionate about helping her community and providing adequate health services to hard-to-reach populations like our clients.
Magdalena (Maggie) Tulecka has over 14 years of experience working in the media industry with a background in Journalism and Marketing. She currently works at Corus in the radio division managing the marketing and promotions for three Ontario AM Radio stations. Maggie previously worked on the TV side with Global News in marketing as well as in the newsroom. She has worked with several not-for-profit and charitable organizations over the years. She has also organized local fundraising events and companywide initiatives serving on the Corus Cares committee. Maggie currently sits on the board for 900 CHML’s Children’s Fund. Magdalena is passionate about helping her local community and wants to help eliminate homelessness in Toronto. She joined Homes First as a Communications Committee member in 2021.
Carla is a civil and criminal litigator, whose practice has evolved with a focus on mental health law in the context of forensic and administrative law issues. She is cross-appointed to the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board. Carla has been an executive member of the Ontario Bar Association Health Law Section since 2010 and has been Chair of the section since March 2017.
Alongside her involvement with Homes First, she is an active volunteer with Camp Trillium, Ontario Justice Education Network Mock Trial, and Girls E-Mentorship.
Shawn is a bioethicist working in clinical practice, public policy, education, and research, with a specialty in reproductive health. He advises individuals, institutions, and governments on bioethics and health technology policy.
He is a member of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Joint Center for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the Homes First Society board, Shawn served on the board of Regeneration Community Services.
Jordan brings a background in corporate restructuring, financial advisory, interim management and business strategy. He has worked with clients across a broad range of industries including financial institutions, real estate and technology, among others.
Jordan also advises on financial matters in complex litigation and settlement efforts. Jordan is a Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional (CIRP), Licensed Insolvency Trustee (LIT) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). Jordan is an avid tennis fan and enjoys traveling to tennis tournaments around the world.
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