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CHIRS

Community Head Injury Resource Services

Board of Directors

 
 
 

Board of Directors:


Chair
 
 

Samantha Chapman, B.A (Hon), LL.B., is a proactive corporate and commercial lawyer at Morrison Brown Sosnovitch LLP. Samantha's practice has included incorporating and organizing both for-profit and not-for-profit corporations and charities. She provides strategic advice and representation to shareholders, directors and officers on various legal matters affecting the management and operations of both for-profit and not-for-profit corporations. Samantha has been involved in a vast array of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, sale transactions and various types of contractual arrangements.

 
 

Karen Sasaki, MSW, RSW, is a Social Worker at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and adjunct lecturer with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. For more than 20 years, she has worked in the field of neuro rehabilitation with adult survivors of brain injury, their families, and community service providers. Karen received her Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and is actively involved in the International Network of Social Workers in Brain Injury (INSWABI).

Vice Chair
 
 

Dr. Leanne Tran, J.D., M.D., is a health lawyer at JD MD Solutions. She was previously at a health law boutique and a global law firm. Leanne offers services at the interface of law, medicine and research with expertise in medical and scientific due diligence in personal injury, medical malpractice, class action and product liability matters. She is passionate about healthcare, improving patient outcomes and systems, and knowledge translation through legal avenues, education and research. Leanne has conducted research at several academic hospitals and at NASA.

Treasurer and Corporate Secretary
 
 

Pat Southern is a Chartered Accountant who has held executive financial and administrative positions, including Chief Financial Officer, in several professional services firms and in public and private companies. Currently, Pat is Chief Financial Officer at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. Pat has served in volunteer senior leadership positions as Treasurer, Director, and Chair of the Board with a variety of non-profit agencies, professional associations, and Trent University.

 
 

Martha Bell is a retired professional equestrian photographer and journalist. Since 2003, Martha has demonstrated unwavering commitment and perseverance in supporting a family member with brain injury. As an active family participant in CHIRS programs and services, Martha brings a unique perspective on the integral role that CHIRS plays in the lives of its participants and the larger community. In addition, her wealth of experience in navigating mental health and brain injury services and advocating for fair and equitable access to resources is a tremendous asset to the Board.

Recording Secretary
 
 

Janette Yuen, B.HSc (Hon), MMI, advises both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations on transforming their businesses to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow in an increasingly digital world. She specializes in assessing and designing her clients' organization design and effectiveness, helping them manage short-term and long-term changes, leading business process redesign, and managing multi-year complex program initiatives. She has partnered with a wide array of clients, particularly in the health care and financial services industries.

 
 

Kerri MacDonald is a Programming Supervisor for City of Toronto Cultural Events. She is the project lead for Doors Open Toronto and a programmer for a number of city produced festivals. She was co-founder of Art Starts Neighbourhood Cultural Centre, a storefront community arts space founded 25 years ago with a mission to use the arts to promote health and wellness. She also worked as Festival Programmer at Harbourfront Centre. Throughout her career, Kerri has created and fostered partnerships in several sectors, including Health, Culture, Education, Government, and Travel and Hospitality. Kerri has served on the Board of Directors for Coalition for the Homebound and Obsidian Theatre and has directed and produced over 30 plays since graduating from theatre school in 1986. She has also taught acting and drama workshops, including one for the Brain Injured Community.

 
 

Arthur Wong, CPA, CMA, is a Finance Manager at University Health Network, Altum Health. He is also a marker and mentor for Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada. Arthur is actively involved in the basketball officiating community, serving as the Treasurer for the Ontario Association of Basketball Officials and the local board, York Region Association of Basketball Officials. He is on the Audit Committee for various non-profit organizations.

 
 

Joseph Pileggi, since 2009, has been the Director of Client Services at Thomson Rogers Lawyers. As a firm believer in long-term strategy and implementation, Joe constantly stresses the importance of “client first” and “educational marketing”. Prior to being the Director, Joe worked with Ken Howie Q.C., Lawrence Mandel Q.C., and Craig Brown. He became one of the most experienced Law Clerks in the province in the preparation and presentation of trials and arbitrations. Joe has been in the forefront of cases involving people suffering quadriplegia, paraplegia, brain injuries and amputations. He is a tremendous advocate on behalf of the disabled and has been directly involved in the community his entire life. He was part of the War Amputees of Canada’s successful endeavour to have the Federal Government re-compensate the Thalidomide drug victims. He was also part of the first independent NHL arbitration on behalf of a disabled hockey player.

 
     
People First
Dignity and Respect
Excellence and Quality
Integrity, Accountability, and Ethical Conduct
Collaborative
Flexible, Innovative, and Entrepreneurial
Accessibility and Inclusiveness
 
Ontario Local Health Integration Network
Funding for CHIRS is provided, in part, by the
Central and Central East Local Health Integration Networks and the Government of Ontario
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