Board of Directors | Red Door Family Shelter

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides strategic direction and establishes the operating policies of the Red Door.

The Board is comprised of nine volunteers with a range of skills and experience.  Board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting.

Members of the Board of Directors:

Ann Elliott, President and Chair

Ann Elliott is an experienced human resource executive. Since 2007 Ann has been an independent HR Consultant, providing support and direction to organizations in transition. Ann has a Masters of Business Administration from of the University of Western Ontario and a Post Graduate Degree in Human Resource Management from the London School of Economics. Ann is the Founder and President of the RDV Foundation. Ann previously volunteered at the Red Door running the bingo program. Ann is inspired by the efforts of parents at the shelter to build a brighter future for their children.

Christine Ernst, Vice-President

Christine Ernst is a strategy and planning professional with more than 15 years experience working with a number of leading organizations in Canada and the United Kingdom. Christine is currently Director of Media Strategy at Rogers Communications. Christine has a BA from the University of Guelph and Executive Strategy and Finance qualifications from Queen’s University. Christine enjoys raising funds for Red Door and keeping fit by participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Catherine Playford, Treasurer

Catherine Playford is a senior executive with extensive experience in growing mid-sized, high technology companies, both public and private. Catherine is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Hon BComm from the University of Windsor and a BA from the University of Western Ontario.  Catherine is Treasurer of the RDV Foundation. Catherine joined the Red Door Board of Directors to help men, women and children to navigate hard times with dignity, and reclaim and build their lives with honour and pride.

Rachel Grinberg

Rachel Grinberg has been a criminal defence lawyer since her call to the Bar of Ontario in 1991. She received her B.A. (Political Science) from York University in 1986 and her LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario in 1989.  She has extensive experience in the criminal courts and sits as an Alternate Chair on the Ontario Review Board.  Rachel is an adjunct professor of law at the Osgoode Hall Law School where she co-directs the Trial Advocacy Seminar.  Rachel became involved with the shelter to help families in their most difficult times.

Carrie Freeborough

Carrie Freeborough

Carrie Freeborough, MBA has 20 years of capital markets experience. She is currently Assistant Vice-President, Head Trader, at Investors Group. Carrie has extensive board experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors most recently at Bessborough Public School and Women in Capital Markets. She was educated at the Richard Ivey School of Business and University of Western Ontario. Carrie is a mom of two children and is dedicated to helping mothers who have been forced to seek emergency shelter and support.

Christine Mapp Batchelor

Christine Mapp Batchelor is a professional fundraiser with over 12 years experience. She is currently Senior Advancement Officer, Major Gifts, at the United Way of Greater Toronto. Christine has a Fundraising and Volunteer Management Certificate from George Brown College.

Anna Dinh

Anna Dinh

Anna Dinh, CPA, CA is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Rotman Commerce who has worked in both Canada and the USA. A former Senior Associate, Audit and Assurance Services with PricewaterhouseCoopers she is currently a Consultant at CIBC Capital Markets. Anna is passionate about helping women who have experienced poverty and domestic violence.

Sandra Bussin

Sandra Bussin is a Public Relations specialist, Realtor and community advocate. She has extensive public service experience as a successful elected representative. In 1997, Sandra was elected to the first council of the newly amalgamated City of Toronto. She served four terms as City Councillor for Ward 32 Beaches-East York. In the council term from 2003 to 2006, Sandra served as a Deputy Mayor of Toronto. In 2006, she was appointed as the first Speaker of Toronto City Council. Sandra owns her own PR firm, Sandra Bussin & Associates, and she recently joined Forest Hill Real Estate as a Sales Representative.

Elizabeth Simmie

Elizabeth Simmie is an experienced financial services professional currently working for RBC Dominion Securities.  Until recently she led the portfolio analysis and institutional account management at a boutique asset management firm in Toronto.  Elizabeth has a BA from McGill University in History and Economics, and is a Chartered Investment Manager.  Elizabeth has been involved in sport and community service non-profits for most of her life, inspired by a strong family commitment to giving back.  She recently finished a three year term as Board Chair with the Junior League of Toronto.  Her roles at the Junior League involved running weekend programs for kids at the Red Door Shelter, where she was fortunate to be able visit and support the shelter on a monthly basis.  She is a local resident and is excited to support such a wonderful organization.

To contact the Board of Directors please direct all materials to the following address:

c/o Red Door Family Shelter
21 Carlaw Ave.
Toronto, ON
M4M 2R6