LIGHTS Leadership: Advisory board
Mary Pat Armstrong, Founder and Chair
Mary Pat is a founding director of Toronto’s Ronald McDonald House and of Camp Oochigeas, a camp for kids with cancer. She is also a member of the Patron’s Council of Community Living Toronto. She helped her daughter, Jenny, set up her own home, and is now creating opportunities for other families to do the same.
Doug is a Clinician Scientist at Bloorview Research Institute, an international leader in pediatric rehabilitation research. His research interest is the Impact of long term corticosteroid treatment for boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Doug is also a founding director of Camp Oochigeas, a camp for kids with cancer.
Andrew is the CEO of Policy Concepts, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in government relations and public affairs. He has specialized in health care policy for almost 15 years and advises executives in organizations of all sizes, from large publicly traded corporations, to smaller industry associations. Andrew has been extensively involved in Canadian politics and has managed campaigns at all three levels of government.
Lisa is the CEO of PearTree Securities Inc., a boutique firm focused on structured financing for Canadian resource companies. Peartree Securities is part of the PearTree Canada group, a provider of flow through donation financing services. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). Lisa is very grateful to have had the assistance of LIGHTS in helping to establish her sister in her first apartment in Toronto.
Iain is a co-founder of Strategic Regional Research Alliance (SRRA), a not-for-profit non-partisan organization, which provides strategic, public policy research on the growth of the Region. His recent work focuses on building a more affordable and environmentally respectful community. He currently serves on the Board of Metrolinx and is a frequent commentator on the future welfare of the Greater Toronto Region.
With 20 years’ experience as a marketing and business leader, Joanne brings a strategic, collaborative and passionate approach to her work, both as the CEO of a family-owned business and as a busy mother of two girls. Joanne is a past volunteer with the Ontario Special Olympics and is a committed advocate for her intellectually disabled daughter, Taya.
Katie Flynn has a Masters in Education from Harvard. After a long career in education, she is now Director of Athletics at Branksome Hall. Katie is also a very dedicated volunteer and is very involved with a number of organizations such as, Camp Oochigeas, Casey House), and her grandfather’s foundation, The Harold E. Ballard Foundation, whose mission is to “address social problems at their roots and to make a difference to those most vulnerable among us.”
Donald Hale is a lawyer who serves as one of the Vice Chairs with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT). Don’s son Matthew has a developmental disability. Since 2011, Don has been active in Community Living Toronto’s Scarborough Council and joined the CLT Board of Directors in 2014.
Dawn has over 17 years in Brand and Promotional Marketing. She has worked with companies such as PepsiCo, and Bell Canada in both a strategic and executional capacity. Dawn has 2 children, Jake, an athletic 12 year old and Emma, a vibrant 9 year old who has an Intellectual Disability.
Malcolm is the Vice President of Strategic Development at Bailey Metal Products. He holds an MBA from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and has worked for several manufacturers within the building materials industry over the last 15 years. Malcolm and his wife Heather have four girls. Their second eldest daughter Rowan is 12 and was diagnosed with a global development delay at an early age and has since developed epilepsy.
Brad is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Living Toronto. He is an experienced leader who brings a history of service excellence, a commitment to fostering a strong and positive work culture, and believing in supporting people with intellectual disabilities to live meaningful lives. Prior to joining Community Living Toronto, Brad was Executive Director of the Bob Rumball Associations for the Deaf, and was a Program Supervisor with the Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services and Community & Social Services.
David is a principal of Stewart & Kett Financial Advisors Inc., providing objective personal finance and tax advice to individuals and families for over 25 years. He has two children with special needs and has volunteered with the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada for the past 15 years.