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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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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 is an active community member. His volunteer activities over the past 25 years include service as a board member of several community organizations, an advocacy group, a provincial association, a bingo sponsors association, a community loan fund, and a service club. Larry also volunteers with the not-for-profit task force of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Larry holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University where he also serves as an adjunct faculty member, teaching accounting & finance and strategy & leadership courses in the Nonprofit Management and Leadership program.

Larry obtained his CMA accounting designation in 1989.

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Mehran Mehrdadi, Vice President, Administration and Information Systems

Mehran Mehrdadi has a passion for Information Technology and its role in enterprise.  He has over 20 years of experience in the IT/IS sector including eight years as a managing director of a private company providing 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 joined WoodGreen in 2001 and since has led and collaborated with stakeholders and external partners to ensure that the selection and implementation of innovative technology solutions fit WoodGreen’s strategic direction.

Mehran holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool, UK and an honours BA in Computer Engineering. Mehran also holds an honours Master Certificate in Public Management from York University, Schulich School of Business. He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and has multiple certifications in the areas of leadership, project management and business analysis.

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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, Family and Neighbourhood Services

Elaine Levy became the Director of Child Care Services in August 1982 when WoodGreen operated two child care sites. Under Elaine’s leadership, the unit has expanded to eight sites in response to community need, and through successful partnerships with key stakeholders.

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.

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

  • 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 M.Ed., in Early Childhood Education from McGill University and completed her B.Ed., and Early Childhood Services certification at the University of Alberta. Elaine also holds an Honours Certificate in Voluntary Sector Management from York University and is currently pursuing her PhD in Early Learning at OISE at the University of Toronto.  

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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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