Board of Directors

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.

2017-2018 Board of Directors  

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Peter Fuchs


Peter joined the NYSC Board in January 2006. Peter has held many positions in his tenure on the Board including Chairperson of the Board for six years, Vice Chairperson and the Chair of the Governance Committee.   Currently, he is serving his second session as Chairperson of the Board and Chair of the Executive Committee.  Peter is a corporate affairs executive at one of the world’s largest mining companies responsible for communications strategy and issue management.  Peter has a keen interest in governance issues and expertise in issues management, and media and community relations.  Peter has previously worked in Hong Kong and enjoys travel.

I volunteer with NYSC to help seniors live actively and independently for as long as possible. This is a reality I want to see happen for all seniors, including my own family and friends.



Tracey Woo


Tracey joined the NYSC Board in 2014 and serves on the Governance Committee.  She is the director and head of the Professional Practice Group at RBC Wealth Management.  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 traveling, running and skiing in her spare time.


Sitting on the board of 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 joined the Board in 2013 and is the Chairperson of the Quality Audit Committee. He 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 NYSC in the achievement of its Mission.  

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 NYSC, an organization that supports seniors, living in our community, in so many very positive ways.



Ann Padmore, PhD


Ann joined NYSC Board in September 2010 and serves as Chair of the Stakeholder Relations Committee and Secretary of the Board.  She is retired after more than 30 years working at all levels of the education system. She has been a resident of North York for many years and has served on several community & social services boards.  Ann has been involved with NYSC for over 35 years and has always been impressed with the excellent standards maintained by all the different services offered to seniors in the community.

It is an honor for me to volunteer on the Board of NYSC as it gives me the opportunity to be involved with the management and staff of an organization, who are dedicated to giving help, pleasure, and happiness to individuals in their senior years. I will continue to be of service where and whenever possible.



Amanda Feng


Amanda joined the Board in 2015 and sits on the Stakeholder Relations Committee and the Quality Audit Committee.  She is a registered physiotherapist with ample experience in the acute care and rehab sectors. Amanda is a granddaughter of two aging grandparents and understands the need for community services to support seniors in optimizing their quality of life. Amanda is committed to the values of NYSC to provide quality, compassionate and equitable services to the seniors. 

I volunteer because it is important that we care for the generations before us. North York Seniors Centre is an organization that seeks every opportunity to serve seniors and their families by striving to meet their individual needs. 


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Dr. Andy Kin On Wong


Andy joined NYSC in 2015 and sits on the Fundraising Committee. He is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at U of T, and a medical scientist at the University Health Network. He has a particular interest in the aging Canadian population and in measuring trajectories of change in the muscle and bone systems as related to osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Andy is currently the director of a study in six cities in Canada linking muscle and bone properties through imaging techniques to predict people’s risk for fractures. He has been successful in obtaining funding to run his various studies and hopes to share his fundraising knowledge to help NYSC expands its programs. He also wishes to bring more educational seminars for NYSC members related to managing their bone and muscle health. 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.



Caterina Valentino


Caterina is passionate about the contributions community organizations such as NYSC make to keeping adults physically and mentally active. She brings her experience in leadership, public relations, and fundraising to the Centre and its Stakeholder Relations and the Fundraising Committees. She has held senior leadership positions in the acute, long-term and community healthcare sectors. Currently, she volunteers for a number of organizations and is a contract instructor for two of Canada’s most diverse universities.

Isolation is a choice. No one needs to be alone. There are community agencies ready to welcome you into their families.


James Mayer (Jamie)


James joined NYSC Board in 2015. James graduated with highest honours from Ryerson University with a Bachelor in Health Administration and the University of Toronto with a Masters in Health Administration. He is currently working at the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation focusing on accelerating solutions to improve the health of older adults and seniors with dementia. James has an interest in corporate governance and quality audit.  He also sits as a board member at Sunshine Centres for Seniors and Canadian College of Health Leaders.


By volunteering on the Board I help ensure that there are programs and places for seniors to go to remain vital, healthy and connected to their community; there is no greater feeling than that.



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 counseling 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 on 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 NYSC so I know first-hand what a wonderful and valuable organization it is and I am honored to be a member of the Board.


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Melissa Kaan


Melissa joined the Board in October 2015 and sits on the Governance Committee.  Melissa brings 12 years of experience working in a variety of healthcare environments to her current role at Cancer Care Ontario as the Group Manager of Diagnostic Assessment Programs. During her career, she has gained expertise in provincial planning, program implementation, resource management, governance, and performance management. Melissa holds an undergraduate degree in Medical Radiation Sciences from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business where she continues to be an active alumnus. Melissa grew up in North York and her parents continue to live there. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys studying yoga and Pilates in an effort to balance out her other past time of cooking and eating delicious food.

While I believe first and foremost that it’s important to give back to your community, the reason I volunteer with NYSC is that I have faith in its vision and mission. It excites me to play a role in making it come to life.


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Ildi Dereza

Past Chairperson

Ildi joined NYSC Board in 2009, is chair of the Board of Directors and a member of the Governance Committee. Previously, she held the position of Vice-Chair. Ildi is a marketing and sales executive with experience working for market leading, global financial services firms. Ildi’s expertise is marketing, business and strategic planning and project management. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and holds an MBA from Dalhousie University and a BA from the University of Toronto. Ildi is dedicated to enhancing the lives of seniors in the community. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family.



Candace Thomson

Executive Director

Candace Thomson is the executive director of 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.    ..   




Erin Andrews

Recording Secretary


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