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Anne Babcock, President and CEO

Anne has a depth of knowledge and breadth of experience across all of WoodGreen's program areas: seniors services, housing and community supports, family and neighbourhood services, employment and immigrant services. Anne has helped build WoodGreen from a single location with 40 staff members to a $47 million organization with 34 locations, 650 staff and 1,000 volunteers serving 37,000 people each year.

Her involvement in the development of innovative, client-centric programs such as Homeward Bound, First Step to Home, Rites of Passage and the Bruce/WoodGreen Early Learning Centre has been instrumental in successfully positioning WoodGreen as a leader in social innovation.

Anne has developed strong relationships with many community service partners and stakeholders through her significant work on several far-reaching initiatives. She led WoodGreen’s role in the Don Valley/Greenwood Health Link, the replication of Homeward Bound in other communities across Ontario, WoodGreen’s successful integration with Community Care East York and worked closely with the City of Toronto to lead the re-housing process for those who were evicted from Tent City in 2002.

She also serves as a volunteer board member with Toronto Neighbourhood Centres, International Federation of Settlement and Neighbourhood Services and previously with Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association and Riverdale Community Development Corporation and Access Loan Fund. Anne was also the long-time Chair of United Way of Greater Toronto's Citizens Review Panel for Children and Youth.

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Teresa Vasilopoulos, Executive Director The WoodGreen Foundation

Teresa is a long-time east Toronto resident and has spent the last 25 years of experience as a senior executive in the not for profit sector. Always looking to bring focus and attention to stellar organizations, Teresa has focused her leadership roles in philanthropy on connecting the right people with the right cause at the right time.

Teresa comes to WoodGreen with an impressive track record in the planning and execution of several multi-million dollar campaigns for organizations like WE (formerly Free The Children) and the Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital). Teresa is credited with facilitating of one of the largest private donor gifts ever donated to a hospital in Canada. Her work at WE allowed her to gain an international perspective and where she helped develop and lead the organization’s first major gift campaign in celebration of the organization’s 20th Anniversary.

Teresa is a respected and trusted leader, a consensus builder, an authentic and motivational communicator with a strength in building profile, forging enduring donor relationships and exceeding ambitious revenue targets. As Executive Director of The WoodGreen Foundation, Teresa will be responsible for the strategic direction of the Foundation as it embarks on its exciting next stage of development.

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Larry Whatmore, Vice President, Finance

Larry Whatmore has been WoodGreen’s chief financial officer since 1993. Prior to joining WoodGreen, Larry worked for 11 years in the private sector as a commercial banking officer and a financial manager.

Larry holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University where he taught accounting & finance courses in the Social Sector Management Program for many years and presently services as a faculty advisor in the strategy field studies program.

Larry serves in volunteer leadership roles on three governance bodies at the University of Toronto. Larry has also served in volunteer leadership positions in several community organizations, advocacy groups, a bingo sponsors association, a community loan fund, and the East York Rotary Club over the past 25 years.

Larry obtained his CPA, CMA accounting designation in 1989 and served on CPA Canada’s Corporate Oversight and Governance Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee from 2010-2016.

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Mehran Mehrdadi, Vice President, Administration and Information Systems

Mehran joined WoodGreen in 2001 in the role of chief information officer. He is responsible for the IT strategy, operations, processes and IT infrastructure at WoodGreen.
 
He oversees all aspects of information technology, information security, data processing, application development, analytics, network, computing, servers, storage, collaboration and infrastructure across the entire agency and its business units. Under Mehran’s leadership, WoodGreen’s IT has developed and grown to a complex group that supports WoodGreen and number of other agencies, with over 50 sites. 
 
Mehran led WoodGreen’s private-public sector partnership role in developing, implementing and operating the Housing Opportunities and Marketplace Exchange (H.O.M.E.) portal. The H.O.M.E. portal won the prestigious 2016 ISM’s “Application of New Technologies” Award. The ISM Awards recognize innovation in service delivery, application of new technologies, and collaboration across traditional boundaries and excellence in individual leadership in the application of information technology.
 
Prior to WoodGreen, Mehran spent 10 years in the private sector, including eight years as a managing director of a private company providing a full IT services to universities, government agencies, and large companies. His professional accomplishments include enterprise architect, MRP and ERP implementations, IT infrastructure, Portals, and VoIP. 
Mehran holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool, UK and an honours BA in Computer Engineering. He also holds an honours Master Certificate in Public Management from York University, Schulich School of Business, and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario.  Mehran also serves as a volunteer member with the Finance and Audit committee at Mackenzie Health and a volunteer member with the Ontario Ministry of Health HRIS advisory committee.

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Randall Freeborn, Vice President, Human Resources

Randall joined WoodGreen as VP Human Resource in August 2016. Randall and his team are responsible for human resources at WoodGreen, including recruitment, compensation and benefits, talent management and labour relations.

Randall has more than 25 years of experience in human resources management and strategy in the professional services, media, consulting and high-tech sectors. He has been a member of several global executive teams where he was responsible for delivering result oriented and proactive HR programs and services. He has worked extensively in Asia, North America and Europe.

Randall has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Concordia University in Montreal and a Laboratory Sciences Diploma from Fanshawe College. He is bilingual in French and English.

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Ashnoor Rahim, Vice President, Community Care

Ashnoor leads WoodGreen’s Community Care Unit which oversees all of our Seniors, Mental Health and Developmental Services programs. Through this portfolio, Ashnoor is leading the LHIN’s work on Seniors Crisis services for the city of Toronto. In addition, she is responsible for managing WoodGreen’s role as the lead agency for the Don Valley/Greenwood Health Link, the Community Access and Navigation Program (CNAP) and oversees program enhancement and expansion to meet the growing needs of the senior population WoodGreen serves.

Ashnoor has considerable experience working in the Health Sector in Ontario. She has served in senior roles at the Toronto Central LHIN and was Director of Operations at Mackenzie Health. Her strong track record within the sector building client-centred programs together with her management acumen make her a great addition to WoodGreen’s Executive team.

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Elaine Levy, Vice President, Child Care and Family Services

Elaine Levy became the Director of Child Care Services in August 1982 when WoodGreen operated two child care sites. Under Elaine’s leadership, in response to community needs and through successful partnerships with key stakeholders, the unit has expanded and currently operates seven licensed child care sites. The other family services provided by the unit include Special Needs Resourcing, summer camps, and an After-School program.

Elaine led WoodGreen’s role in developing and operating the Bruce/WoodGreen Early Learning Centre, a Toronto First Duty site, that integrates kindergarten, child care and parenting support into one comprehensive program. The program contributed significantly to Dr. Charles Pascal’s (Special Advisor on Education) 2009 report to the Premier, by providing the model for early years learning and full-day kindergarten.

Elaine is an active leader in the field of child care. Some of her current and past community involvements include:

  • Toronto Child and Family Network
  • The City of Toronto Child Care Advisory Committee (Past Chair)
  • George Brown College ECE Advisory Committee
  • Toronto District School Board Early Years Advisory Committee
  • Toronto Coalition for Better Child Care (Past Chair)
  • Quality Early Learning Network

Elaine holds a PhD. from OISE/University of Toronto in Early Learning, an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from McGill University and a B.Ed., and Early Childhood Services certification at the University of Alberta. She is a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) and a member of Ontario’s College of Early Childhood Educators. Elaine also holds an Honours Certificate in Voluntary Sector Management from York University.  

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Kay Brenders, Vice President, Newcomer Services and Workforce Development

Kay joins WoodGreen, bringing over 20 years of experience leading strategic communications, policy development and program delivery for the federal and provincial governments in Ontario.  As a senior executive, Kay has created diverse, high performing teams and inclusive workplace cultures, and introduced innovative solutions in challenging times.

Over her career, Kay has been involved in several key initiatives including social housing reform and municipal amalgamation in Ontario.  Before leaving the federal government to launch a successful management consulting firm, she was responsible for the strategic management and delivery of $5 billion in federal programs aimed at business innovation and commercialization, economic development and infrastructure improvements throughout the province.

 

Kay’s strength as a relationship builder with clients, stakeholders and partners in the public and private sectors will be invaluable as she and her team continue the important work of delivering the Homeward Bound, Newcomer and Employment services programs within WoodGreen.
  

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