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.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Simmie is an experienced financial services professional currently working for Bristol Gate Capital Partners. 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 on the board of the Junior League of Toronto. She is a local resident and is thrilled to support such a wonderful organization.
Greg Sheldrake is an experienced financial services professional currently working for Bank of Montreal. Greg has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, both from Queen’s University. Greg previously volunteered with Red Door as a member of the Building a Community of Hope Campaign Cabinet, to raise funds for the new family shelter now under construction. He is proud to be a local resident in a community that is so supportive of this wonderful organization helping transform the lives of homeless families.
Mira is a dynamic facilitator and youth programming specialist, with a passion for leading trainings on anti-oppressive models and radical inclusivity. Most recently the Research and Program Development Specialist at the WE Movement, Mira is currently developing a national youth program strategy to address domestic food insecurity and malnutrition as National Program Manager at Action Against Hunger. She was educated at the University of Toronto, the University of Jerusalem, and Saint Mary's University, and loves to bring people and organizations together to collaborate on innovative solutions to community challenges.
Kiddy Mengesha is an experienced Business and IT professional with experiences in the fields of Agile Leadership, Project and Change Management. She has an undergraduate from York University and a Master’s degree from the University of Toronto. She is the Director of the Office of Project Management at Evergreen and teaches at George Brown College. She is passionate about supporting new-comers to build a strong foundation in Canada and provides guidance through mentorship. As a community leader and advisor, she works with community members in shaping their future career paths. Kiddy is delighted to be part of this great organization that provides hope for families.
Carina Chan is a lawyer practicing family law at J K Hannaford Barristers. Carina has Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Toronto. During her studies, Carina worked and volunteered at various community organizations, including the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, the Ontario Justice Education Network, and Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada. Carina was also a summer law student and articling student at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, where she represented children in custody/access, child protection, and civil litigation cases. Carina is passionate about issues affecting children and youth and is excited to support the Red Door Family Shelter in providing hope and housing resources to families in Toronto.
Arielle Loeb is a senior marketing executive with experience growing brands across a range of industries in Canada, the US and globally. She is currently Vice President of Marketing at Bullfrog Power. Arielle holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in French and American Studies from Amherst College. Arielle first got involved in the Red Door Family Shelter as a weekly volunteer at the VAW shelter (Violence Against Women), and was inspired by the families she connected with and wanted to further her involvement at the Board of Directors level.
To contact the Board of Directors please direct all materials to the following address:
c/o Red Door Family Shelter
21 Carlaw Ave.