Board of Directors

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

Adam is an experienced video producer and director who 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 indepth understanding of how people consume media and how to tailor content to reach and influence them.

He 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. He 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.

He 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.


Lori Chambers

Chambers, a Ph.D. candidate in the Social Work program at McMaster University, has participated in the Canadian HIV response for over 19 years, working as a volunteer, front-line worker, and researcher. Her work in the HIV response began at Fife House where she has volunteered in fundraising, support care, bingo and research. It is through her volunteer work at Fife House that she was encouraged to pursue her degrees in Social Work and engage in community-based research.

Much of her research work has explored the housing experiences of people living with HIV. She has participated on the Positive Spaces, Healthy Places study, Families, HIV and Housing study, and Women, HIV & Aging study. As she pursues her Ph.D., she continues her voluntary service in the HIV response, serving as an academic resource for community organizations, providing research mentorship to community members, and participating in methodological projects that develop innovative ways to gather and share knowledge on HIV prevention, treatment, care and resilience.


Gavin Clark - Secretary

Gavin 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 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 currently chair of the group. He also is 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.  He has served as a member of the 519 Church Street Community Centre and sat on the Casey House Development Committee and also has served on the Church-Wellesley Business Improvement Association


Hollie Devlin - President

Hollie became involved with Fife House in December 2012 as a member of the Board Governance Committee. As a senior healthcare leader, Hollie has extensive career experience with strategic direction, operations, finance, HR and marketing. She spent five years on the executive of the Board of Directors of the Out and Out Club, Toronto and currently serves on the Research Ethics Board at The Hospital for Sick Children. In January 2013, Hollie and her miniature poodle Stevie became a certified therapy team with the St John Ambulance Therapy Dog program. These days you’ll find Hollie and Stevie visiting with Fife House residents at the Tuesday breakfast club on the 12th floor rooftop deck.


Tyler Dykeman - Treasurer

In 2005, Tyler became an Officer for the Canadian Navy, in which he served 2 years as a Naval Reserve while getting his undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  In 2008, Tyler graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and immediately started working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Downtown Toronto.  While at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Tyler specialized in public accounting for Entertainment and Technology Companies and obtained his CA in September of 2011. In October of 2011, Tyler joined PwC San Jose California for a 6 month contract to work for Venture Capitalist in Palo Alto.  As of today Tyler has 4 full years of public accounting experience.

 


John Joseph Mastandrea

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, 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

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

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 is an active board member of Myrmex Housing. For the past five years he has been, and continues to be, a mentor with University College, University of Toronto student mentorship program, specifically in sexual diversity.


Robert Sauer

Born in Niagara Falls, catering to tourists, He has always dreamed of moving to Toronto to do more with his life. He was accepted to York University, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies and lived off everything the city had to offer: its culture, entertainment, cuisine and diversity. Completing his degree, he enrolled in the Humber Certificate Program to follow a career in public relations because forging friendships and influencing peers had always flowed naturally. Straight out of the program He interned at Veritas Communications – an agency known for no-nonsense and late nights – where he worked tirelessly until everyone at the agency knew his name. Since then He's grown immensely from the insurmountable support of  colleagues and the determination HeI brings to the table. He admits that he never would have survived in Toronto without a strong support system, which is whyheI views organizations like Fife House as an essential part of the Toronto community.


Gail Sax

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 - Vice President

James Watson began his work in the HIV sector as a Peer Research Associate with the Positive Spaces Healthy Places (PSHP) study and now works as a community-based research coordinator and peer trainer at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). James is currently coordinating a number of province wide studies including the Positive Spaces Healthy Places (PSHP) study and the Facilitators and Barriers to HIV-Related Health Research study. His ongoing work with Peer Research Associates (PRAs) has been integral to the creation of The Learning Exchange for HIV/AIDS Peer Researchers (LEAP), a website that provides high quality interactive educational modules to support the work of peer researchers (http://leap.ohtn.on.ca). He has presented at numerous conferences including the OHTN Research Conferences, AIDS 2008, CAHR and the North American Housing Summit in New Orleans.  A paper he co-authored, “Between Skepticism and Empowerment: The experiences of Peer Research Assistants in HIV/AIDS, Housing and Homelessness Community-Based Research” was published in 2010 in the International Journal of Social Research Methodology and his paper “HIV Capacity Building: Reclaiming Our Confidence” was published in HIV Australia.  He holds a BFA from the University of Windsor.
 


Hadaf Zubi

Hadaf Zubi works in healthcare analytics with the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). He is responsible for developing data reporting systems for AIDS Service Organizations across Ontario. Prior to the OHTN, Hadaf was employed in management accounting at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum and at Al Jaleel Pharmaceuticals. Hadaf has performed commercial underwriting at various firms in Toronto. In 2008 Hadaf graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with an MA in Anthropology. His thesis was written on economic anthropology.


Keith Hambly - Ex-Officio, Executive Director

 

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