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Staff

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Christina Vasilopoulos

Senior Program Manager, Peer & Community Supports

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Colleen Wheatley

Social Worker

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Danielle Griffin

Executive Director

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Rammya Vykunthanathan

Communications & Development Coordinator

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Stefania Pasternak

Program Manager, Child, Youth and Family

Board of Directors

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Alim Somji

Board Vice-Chairperson Alim Somji has been a director of AboutFace since 2019 and began his term as Vice-Chairperson in 2020. Alim is the Executive Vice President of the Jaffer Group of Companies based in...

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Ani Spooner

Ani Spooner is a facial difference and self-acceptance advocate who was born with a port wine stain that covers half of her face. She is also the Founder and CEO of PLURALIE.com, a stock...

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Ashley Wilke

Ashley has been a designated Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) since 2010, following the completion of her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Regina in 2008. A Human Resources executive with 12...

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Donna Jackson

Donna Jackson is a paediatric speech-language pathologist with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. She holds a Master of Science degree from Minot State University in North Dakota. Donna has been the team leader for a...

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Harry Howie

Harry is a retired social worker. He has a young granddaughter who, early in her life, became a particular hero. When she got involved with AboutFace due to a facial difference, she encouraged Harry...

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Hartley Lefton

Board Secretary Hartley Lefton has been a director of AboutFace since 2018. Hartley is a corporate lawyer at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and has been recognized with several awards, including the Lexpert Rising Star award,...

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Kariym Joachim

Board President & Chairperson Kariym Joachim is a Clinical Research Project Manager at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, Kariym strives to raise awareness and educate the...

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Melanie Nash

Melanie Nash is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is the Chief Financial Officer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. A graduate of McGill University, Melanie has over fifteen years of experience in Toronto’s financial...

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Michael Bezuhly

Dr. Michael Bezuhly is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. He completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University and his medical degree...

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Michael Taylor

For the past 42 years, Dr. Taylor was a practising orthodontist and donated one day per week for 35 of those years at the Craniofacial Clinic at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto....

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Sandy Rao

Sandy Rao formerly held the role of Director of Mental Health & Addictions at Ontario Health overseeing the strategy, planning, funding and evaluation of mental health and addictions programs and services for approximately 5...

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Sarah McCorkindale

Bio coming soon!

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Tyler Neal

Tyler was born with a Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate. Tyler’s first experience with AboutFace took place when he was 13 with Camp Trailblazers. Tyler continued to attend Camp Trailblazers until he aged out...

Constituency Commitee

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Chelsey Peat

Chelsey was born with a rare neurological condition called Sturge Weber Syndrome. Growing up with the condition brought many challenges like extreme surgeries, to living in the hospital as a young child. She didn’t...

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Donna Jackson

Donna Jackson is a paediatric speech-language pathologist with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. She holds a Master of Science degree from Minot State University in North Dakota. Donna has been the team leader for a...

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Jeffrey Toy

Jeffrey Toy is a medical student at the University of British Columbia Vancouver Campus. His interest in working with and for populations with facial differences stem from childhood experiences of severe acne and experiencing...

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Karen McKinney

Karen McKinney is a Community Outreach Worker for The York Centre for Children, Youth & Families. Karen has delivered social skill programs in York Region District School Board and the York Catholic District School...

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Mahdis Maleki

Mahdis is dentist from Halifax. She graduated from Dalhousie University in 2019 and went on to pursue training in children’s dentistry at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. She became familiar with...

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Morgan Lakusta

Morgan Lakusta, a Committee Member since 2018, graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Anthropology and Psychology. Now working for a Calgary non-for-profit in the Family Resource...

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Tiffany Lewis

As the mother of a child with a facial difference (cleft) looking for support 13 years ago, Tiffany came across AboutFace and not only found support but a home base full of wonderful people....

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Tyler Neal

Tyler was born with a Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate. Tyler’s first experience with AboutFace took place when he was 13 with Camp Trailblazers. Tyler continued to attend Camp Trailblazers until he aged out...

Youth Advisory Council

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Alec

From Alec: “My name is Alec and I live in Everett, Ontario. I like to play with my friends, read and learn new things. I love AboutFace, especially camp because it helps me meet...

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Alexis

From Alexis: “Hi my name is Alexis and I live in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. I am 10 years old and in grade 5 at École des Grand-Vents. I love being active and...

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Claire

From Claire: “Hi my name is claire. I have been involved with AboutFace for five years. In my spare time, I like learning about Disney and reading mystery books. My favourite memory of Camp...

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Hannah

From Hannah: My name is Hannah, I’m from Peterborough, Ontario and I am 16 years old. I enjoy playing curling with my high school and recreational tennis. I love to style, design and study...

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Jeffrey

From Jeffrey: My name is Jeffrey Robins and I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba. I love AboutFace because of all the work they put into making you feel comfortable about your difference. I joined the...