Board members, all of whom are volunteers, serve a two-year term with a maximum of three consecutive terms. To help ensure that the Board never loses sight of the realities of living with HIV/AIDS, the Board always includes at least two individuals who are HIV positive.
Adam Avrashi, Member – Spotlight Committee
Adam is an experienced video producer and director and has crafted some of the biggest entertainment and news shows in Canada. His working knowledge of the industry ranges from producing at CBC News Network to directing and producing Dragons’ Den, to spearheading a digital series for CBC, Next Gen Den. He has an in depth understanding of how people consume media and how to tailor content to reach and influence them.
Adam is currently responsible for leading productions across Shopify’s brand portfolio, including their flagship program, Build A Business. His expertise working with external partners and brands also extends to television partnerships and ads. Adam has overseen production of dozens of national television commercials for brands such as Canada Post, Harry Rosen and Scotiabank and has also integrated those brands organically into programming.
Adam is an accomplished written and verbal communicator, proficient in French and English. As a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal with a BA in journalism and a CBC Joan Donaldson scholarship winner, he has a strong understanding of 24-hour news cycles and how to craft media stories.
Gavin Clark, Treasurer- Executive and Finance Committee
Gavin Clark is Wealth Advisor, BMO Nesbitt Burns. He is responsible for providing high-net-worth individuals and families across Canada and internationally with comprehensive financial planning advice and solutions. He reports to Steven Brophy, Senior Vice-President and Division Manager, GTA.
Mr. Clark joined BMO in 2001 and assumed his present responsibilities in 2003. Prior to joining the bank, Gavin was managing director, fixed income, for the institutional clients of a major Canadian investment firm where he was instrumental in the creation and implementation of same-sex benefits.
Gavin has been involved and active in Toronto’s LGBT community for years. He assisted in creating BMO Pride, the LGBT employee resource group and is the former chair of the group. He also was a co-chair of BMO’s Private Client Group Diversity Council and works with other Employee Resource Group Chairs to help inform the Bank’s overall ERG strategy. Mr. Clark has served as a member of the 519 Church Street Community Centre and sat on the Casey House Development Committee and the Fife House Development Committee. He is currently a member of the Fife House board and sits on the Executive Committee. He also has served on the Church-Wellesley Business Improvement Association.
Hollie Devlin, President – Executive and Governance Committee
Hollie has been working in the healthcare sector for over 20 years and has extensive experience with strategic direction, operations, finance, HR and marketing. Hollie specializes in designing and delivering adult education and professional development programs for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. Her work has primarily focused on identifying and addressing gaps in healthcare at regional, provincial and national levels. Hollie currently works as a freelance medical writer and healthcare consultant. She holds a BA (Languages) and a BSc (Biology) from Trent University as well as an MSc (Molecular and Medical Genetics) from the University of Toronto.
Hollie currently serves as President on the Board of Directors of Fife House Foundation, and sits on the Executive and Board Governance Committees. Hollie also sits on the ethics committees at St Joseph’s Health Centre and St Michael’s Hospital.
Hollie served for five years on the Research Ethics Committee at the Hospital for Sick Children. She also spent five years with the St John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program as handler of miniature poodles Stevie and Emmet, visiting at Fife House, The Hospital for Sick Children and Toronto Western Hospital. Hollie was also a therapy dog evaluator and served as Deputy Chief, Therapy Dogs at Pan Am/Parapan Am Games 2014. She served on the executive of the Board of Directors of the Out & Out Club, Toronto, and currently sits on the steering committee of Jamboree, Out & Out’s signature annual event.
John Joseph Mastandrea, Member –Development Committee
The Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea became minister of spiritual growth and pastoral care development at Metropolitan United in 2000. John Joseph cut his teeth in the Etobicoke area of Toronto and now resides in Toronto, his “connection with the urban landscape, with the internal and eternal song”. He has Bachelor of Science, Master of Divinity and Master of Religious Education degrees, all from the University of Toronto, and graduated from the Master of Ministry of Arts and Spirituality program at Regis College in 2004. John Joseph completed his Doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary in May 2010. Ordained in 1989, he is a certified Spiritual Director following in the footsteps of Ignatius Loyola and Teresa of Avila. He has served congregations from the Maritimes, Saskatchewan, northern Ontario and rural Quebec to urban and suburban parts of the Greater Toronto Area. John Joseph’s volunteer work for the church and community includes membership in the Toronto Area Interfaith Council, Police Chaplin to 51 Division, Membership in the Toronto Rotary, and Chair of the World Aids Concert Committee, a benefit for Casey House. Volunteer ministry has included positions as chairperson of the Worship and Liturgy Committee of Toronto Conference for four years, chairperson of the Mission Committee of Toronto South Presbytery, chairperson of the Planning and Development Committee and co-chairperson of the Christian Development Committee in York Presbytery north of Toronto, chairperson of the AIDS Committee of York Region since 1998, and member of the Pastoral Care Committee of York Central Hospital in Richmond Hill. He represented Canada as a delegate to the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, in February 1990.
David McClure, Vice President – Executive and Development Committee
David McClure became a member of the Fife House Development Committee in April 2015. He was voted on to the FIFE House Board in March 2016.
He is retired from OMERS – The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. During his active work years he was employed as a Money Market Fixed Income Securities Trader.
Robin Rhodes Member – Governance Committee
Born and educated in the UK, Robin became involved, in the early 1980s, as a volunteer with the London Lighthouse AIDS Hospice, the first of its kind in the world. It also offered many forms of drop-in support facilities for people living with HIV/AIDS. Robin recently retired from the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) after 15 years as community support programs coordinator. He was responsible for coordinating and overseeing a variety of client-centred programs and volunteers, managed a client caseload, and organized seven community health forums annually. Robin sits on several committees and participates in an advisory capacity on a number of community professional working groups and was an active board member of Myrmex Housing. For the past eight years he has been, and continues to be, a mentor with University College, University of Toronto student mentorship program, specifically in sexual diversity.
Gary Rogers Member – Finance and Governance Committee
Gary is a chartered accountant with ten years as a tax specialist in the Toronto and national offices of Deloitte, followed by 29 years, including as CFO and Executive Vice President, at Credit Union Central of Canada, a federally regulated financial institution and national trade association for Canada’s credit unions.
Gary chaired the Board of SPRINT (Senior People’s Resources in North Toronto) – a provider of home care and community support services for seniors remaining in their homes – and is currently treasurer of Care Watch Ontario, an advocacy group for better home care for seniors. In the 1980s he was the president of a federal political riding association and campaign manager for a Member of Parliament’s successful re-election.
Recently retired, Gary joined the Fife Governance Committee in 2017 and the Finance Committee and Board of Directors in 2018.
Robert Sauer Member – Spotlight Committee
Robert Sauer is a public relations professional with vast experience working in the technology and telecommunications sector. Proficient in large-scale events management, media relations and account management, Robert has leveraged a strong background in customer/client services, interpersonal training and strategic planning to execute award-winning PR programs across Canada.
Robert currently manages the Microsoft Canada PR account, responsible for consumer-facing campaigns and has launched the full Xbox One family and eight Surface iterations, along with leading Shaw Communications and its mobile-division, Freedom Mobile. He’s responsible for launching Hisense into the Canadian marketplace and facilitated a week-long press trip in Qingdao, China for Canadian journalists and influencers to view factories, R&D Centres and cultural destinations. As the executive lead on WIND Mobile, Robert coordinated 1:1 interviews for CEOs Anthony Lacavera and Alek Krstajic and oversaw its rebrand to Freedom Mobile. Robert has received numerous awards for his work from the International Association of Business Communicators, including the launch of Surface Studio and Xbox One as well as the End of Support for Windows XP and Surface Café.
He received a Bachelor of Arts from York University, where he graduated with Honours, before receiving a post-graduate certificate in Public Relations from Humber College. Along with being on the Humber Dean’s List, Robert also volunteered as the Treasurer of the Event Planning Executive Council.
Gail Sax Member, Member- Human Resources Committee
Gail Sax is a lawyer with Sax Lawyers in Toronto. She worked in the legal clinic system and health care sector before entering private practice. Gail is certified in advanced Alternate Dispute Resolution. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Gail received a Masters of Fine Arts in electronic media, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture, and worked in arts administration. She has been active on the boards of educational and cultural organizations for many years.
James Watson Member – GIPA/MIPA Committee
James Watson is the Coordinator of Community-Based Research & Peer Initiatives at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. James began his career in the HIV sector in 2006 as a peer research assistant with the seminal work of Positive Spaces, Healthy Places, and then graduated to managing large-scale community-based research projects for the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. He has been integral to the creation of the peer researcher training curriculum in Canada and is expanding his work through the development of a Peer Learning and Training Institute through Universities Without Walls. James hosts and produces a podcast called pozcast, a show that brings HIV research to life.
CANDIDATE BOARD MEMBERS
Lisa Crawley graduated in 1992 with a diploma in nursing. Her passion has always been focused on HIV/AIDS, mental health/addictions and supporting the more marginalized members of our community. Returning to school, Lisa went on to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2004) and Masters of Nursing (2013) from the University of Victoria. Her thesis was qualitative research focused on the experience of men who were homeless and their experience with health care workers. Since becoming a registered nurse, Lisa has held a variety of roles progressing into the management field. Over the last twenty-six years, she has held positions at Casey House, the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and now in her current role as Nurse Manager of the inpatient psychiatric services at Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network. Lisa’s board experience includes being the Past-President of the Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses, Past-President of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health as well as past board member of the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada.
Stefanie McQuaid, Development Committee
Stefanie is a Business Analyst with the Department of Justice and an active volunteer, supporter and donor in the LGBT community. Stefanie has been volunteering in the LGBT community for over 20 years with agencies such as Fife House, the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation and the LGBT+ Giving Network. Her volunteerism includes several leadership positions including the past president of Fife House, former co-chair of the Friends for Life Bike Rally and chair of the LGBT Giving Network’s Philanthropy Conference. Stephanie currently sits on Fife House’s Development Committee and is a member of the Sunday Meal Program at the Jarvis site.
Michael Blair – Ex-Officio, Executive Director