Board of Directors

The North York Seniors Centre (NYSC) Board of Directors follows a results-oriented model of governance to lead our organization into the future. The board membership reflects the diversity of our community and includes user-representation from clients, members and caregivers. Our dedicated board members volunteer their time and resources to help with NYSC’s mission to provide older adults with quality programs and services.

In 2010 the NYSC Board of Directors was nominated for the Maytree Diversity in Governance Award.

North York Seniors Centre
Board of Directors



Tracey Woo


Tracey joined the NYSC Board in 2014 and serves on the Governance Committee. She is a senior manager in the Professional Practice Group at RBC Wealth Management. In her role, Tracey manages a team of legal and trust professionals who provide legal support and recommendations on estate and trust related issues to RBC wealth management businesses across Canada. Tracey obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Tracey was born and raised in North York and she enjoys travelling, running and skiing in her spare time.

Sitting on the board of the NYSC has been a very rewarding experience.  It has given me the opportunity to  utilize my professional skills and my interest in seniors’ issues to give back to our community in a meaningful way.  

Stephen Steele, B.Comm. MBA


Stephen brings to the North York Senior Centre over thirty years of Finance and Treasury experience with a major multinational automotive company. As the Director of Finance and Treasurer, he was responsible for all treasury, corporate finance, accounting and tax functions. Stephen has extensive Canadian and international Board experience as a director and chairperson of both business and not-for-profit boards. A veteran communicator, he has been featured in numerous articles on governance, employee communication issues, and global competitiveness. Stephen is presently on the Board of the Toronto Humane Society and its Treasurer. In his spare time, he is a volunteer tutor and teacher with Frontier College, working with new Canadians to improve their English skills and to help them to adapt to the culture of their new home in Canada. Stephen enjoys skiing, kayaking and sailing. Stephen hopes that his experience will assist the NYSC in the achievement of its Mission. Stephen joined the Board in 2013 and is the Chairperson of the Quality Audit Committee.

I believe in the old adage, ‘In life, it is not what you get that matters, it is what you give’. What a wonderful way it is to give through being involved as a volunteer Director with the NYSC, an organization that supports seniors, living in our community, in so many very positive ways.



Karen Parsons


Karen joined NYSC Board of Directors in October 2011 and serves on the Governance Committee. While working as an accountant & office manager in a family counselling agency she became interested in social work so went back to school to study for a Bachelor of Social Work. This led to 18 gratifying years as a social worker in that agency. During that time she was privileged to sit on the board of the community legal assistance agency from their inception and was instrumental in writing their mission statement and policies & practices manual.

Karen’s interests are many & diverse; spending much time in volunteer activities and community functions. Arts & crafts of all kinds keep her busy too but her biggest love – other than her family, of course! – is travel.

I am an active member and volunteer for the NYSC so I know first hand what a wonderful and valuable organization it is and I am honoured to be a member of the Board.



Caterina Valentino


Caterina joined the North York Seniors’ Centre Board in June 2013. She is passionate about the contributions community organizations such as the NYSC make to keeping mature adults physically and mentally active. Caterina brings her experience in managing small and large scale organizational transitions to the Stakeholder Relations Committee. Ms Valentino has held senior leadership positions in the acute, long-term and community health care sectors. She volunteers for a number of professional organizations and at her local elementary school. Caterina is an instructor for two of Canada’s most diverse universities.

I am passionate about volunteering at the North York Senior Centre because it serves the people who labored to make Canada a better place to live.


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Dr. Andy Kin On Wong


Dr. Andy Kin On Wong joined the NYSC board in October of 2015 and sits on the Fundraising Committee. He is a medical scientist working at the University Health Network studying changes in bones and muscle as related to aging and frailty. He has a particular interest in the aging Canadian population and in measuring trajectories of change in the muscle and bone systems. Dr. Wong is currently the director of a large population-based cohort study at 6 cities in Canada to link muscle and bone properties through imaging techniques to predict people’s risk for fractures.

In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, cooking and hiking.

I am passionate about translating medical knowledge into practice for seniors, particularly in terms of mobility and healthy active aging. There is no better way to create impact in this area than to work first hand with the seniors in our community.


Candace Thomson

Executive Director

Candace Thomson is the executive director at North York Seniors Centre. Candace has devoted her almost 30-year career to working in the community sector with charitable organizations dedicated to providing services to seniors.  Candace has an education background in gerontology, community recreation and non-profit management from York University, Sheridan and Humber Colleges.

Candace is an advocate of philanthropy and volunteerism. She is the chair for OASSIS (a non-profit employee group benefit plan). She also sits on the steering committee for the Central LHIN (Local Health Integration Network) Community Support Services Network.




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Mary Lee Wilson

Recording Secretary








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