Karen L. Bailey, CFA (Co-President)
Karen joined the Board of Directors in June 2017, having been drawn to Our Place Community of Hope because of its important work in the community and her interest in mental health. She is the Vice President, Investments at Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario and has over 20 years of experience in the capital markets and finance including senior positions in treasury, investment and pension fund management, and securitization operations.
Karen earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. She has also completed the Mental Health at Work Leadership Certificate Program by Morneau Shepell and Queen’s University.
Katherine Warzecha (Co-President)
Katherine Warzecha joined the Board of Directors in 2017. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP) having worked at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and with the University Health Network, Katherine’s experience in health care is multifaceted.
She is currently working on initiatives to support complex patients through collaborations among health and social service providers across Toronto. Working with Our Place is borne of Katherine’s desire to apply her experience and expertise to community-based programs supporting under-serviced populations.
Laura Mattila (Vice-President)
Laura is Director of Clinical Programs at Sault Area Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She previously held healthcare leadership positions in Toronto at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) as Director of Operations and Planning for Education and at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), including Manager for Safety Reporting, and Manager for both the Centre for Brain and Behaviour and the Psychiatry and Adolescent Medicine programs.
She obtained her Honours B.A. (Sociology) and M.A. (Sociology of Health and Mental Health) from the University of Toronto. Laura serves as Board President for Times Change Women's Employment Services, a community agency which offers education and career counselling for women. Laura joined the Our Place Board in January 2016.
Valerie Khan (Secretary)
Valerie Khan brings with 17+ years of human resource experience having worked mainly within financial services industry across Canada, US and Europe. Valerie Khan is currently the Director of Talent Acquisition at CPP Investment Board where she leads the recruitment strategy to attract and hire top investment talent.
Previous to CPP Investment Board, she has held various recruitment leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies. Valerie has a passion and commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. Her desire to provide a voice and support to those living with mental illness is what led Valerie to join the Board of Our Place. In her spare time she enjoys going on travel adventures with her husband and two children. Valerie Khan holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario.
Fiona Stedman (Director)
Fiona Stedman works in the media and advertising field and brings a passion for sales & marketing to the Board. She consults with brands in order to help them develop engaging ad campaigns and has honed her skills working for large media organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. In her spare time Fiona likes to travel, spend time outdoors and in art galleries, and does her best to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.
Over many years, Fiona has volunteered for numerous organizations in the health sector and joined the Board of Our Place Community of Hope in order to support a community where people living with mental illness can find a welcoming, safe environment full of friendship and joy.
Our Place Community of Hope's mission is to provide a welcoming, supportive and safe environment where people living with mental illness can find community and joy.
Founded in 1969 by Fr. Joe MacDonald, a Franciscan priest, Our Place's drop-in centre offers social recreation programs where people can meet, connect and build relationships. We also assist individuals in building recovery skills for independent living and accessing services and supports.
Our Place is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, which is actively recruiting new board members. Board members preferably have experience related to mental illness. We are seeking individuals with the following areas of expertise: fundraising, finance, governance and mental health clinical experience.
Board members are expected to invest 6-7 hours/month for board meetings and committee work. The commitment is for a 3-year term and members are asked to serve on at least one committee. Monthly Board meetings are held at Our Place, eleven times per year, usually on the third Tuesday of the month.
Our Place is open from 2:00 pm to 8:15 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Come visit us at our location in the basement of the Galilee Korean Presbyterian Church at 1183 Davenport Road in Toronto, near Ossington Avenue (entrance on Delaware Avenue). Our Place is primarily funded by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto.
If you are passionate about making a real difference in the lives of people living with mental illness, please send your resume and a brief note outlining what interests you about serving on the Board of Directors to firstname.lastname@example.org