YWCA Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Karen Gilmore, Chair
Jessica Franklin,  Vice- Chair
Sereena King, Vice- Chair
Susan Kennard, Secretary
Yulena Wan, Treasurer

Board Members

Marina Banister, Edmonton, AB
Peggy Chen, Richmond, BC
Jessica Franklin, Toronto, ON
Karen Gilmore,  Vancouver, BC
Jessica Joss, Lethbridge, AB
Beth Lyons, Fredericton, NB
Sereena King, Saskatoon, SK
Yasothini (Yaso) Mathu, Brandon, MB
Susan Kennard, Banff, AB
Kate Nelischer, Toronto, ON
Marie-José Ouellet, Québec City, QC
Brittany Tibbo, Ottawa, ON
Yulena Wan, Ancaster, ON

Meet our board

National office staff

Maya Roy, PDG YWCA Canada
Maya Roy
Chief Executive Officer

Maya is a diversity specialist with 22 years of experience in a variety of sectors in public policy development, public health, adult education and social work.

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Raine Liliefeldt
Director, Member Services & Development

Raine Liliefeldt is a communications professional and relationship builder with over 16 years in the nonprofit sector built on a solid background of event planning and sales in the corporate sector.

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Lisa Blackburn
Director, Finance

Lisa Blackburn is a senior finance professional with diverse experience, including with not-for-profit organizations, public companies and a regulatory organization.

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Andrea Dannecker
Project Manager, Executive Office

Andrea Dannecker is the Project Manager, Executive Office. She coordinates the Executive Office and supports the Board of Directors, Board committees as well as membership committees and is part of the organizing committee of the Annual Membership Meeting.

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Sydney Piggott
Director, Programs and Projects

Sydney Piggott (she/her) is a dynamic, results-oriented program director and researcher with nearly 10 years of professional experience in international development, corporate social responsibility, gender advocacy, and youth empowerment.

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Anjum Sultana
Director, Public Policy & Strategic Communications

Anjum Sultana has nearly ten years of experience working in the fields of community development, strategic communications and advocacy to facilitate social action and systemic change.

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Isabel Pérez-Doherty
Manager, Philanthropy and Strategic Impact

Isabel Pérez-Doherty is a multilingual development strategist with over 15 years experience in data-driven fundraising and supporter engagement.

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Shiva Mazrouei
Research Officer

A passionate researcher and project manager, Shiva Mazrouei has managed various initiatives and events focused on women’s experiences, diversity, equity and inclusion in her years of experience working in the non-profit and humanitarian sectors.

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Priscila Kallfelz
Senior Projects and Communications Coordinator

Priscila Kallfelz is a corporate communications and event planning professional with over 15 years of experience in both internal and external communications, from research and analysis to planning and implementing strategies in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

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Tamara Akopcan
Administration and Finance Coordinator

Tamara Akopcan supports the Finance and Fundraising departments. Before joining the YWCA, she worked with Tourism Québec/Destination Québec, as Director of Media Relations and office manager for six years.

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Erika Yoshida
Fundraising Administrator

Erika Yoshida has been working in the women’s services sector for over two years, during this time she worked in shelters for women fleeing violence and Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto.

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Jenny Cloutier
Bilingual Project Coordinator

In her role, Jenny supports the planning, execution and evaluation of projects. Jenny Cloutier brings over 4 years of front-line service working with diverse women seeking social services, quantitative and qualitative social research and policy skills and is fully fluent in French and English.

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Jennifer Gammad Lockerby
Policy and Communications Assistant

From direct service, to policy advocacy, to philanthropy, Jennifer (she/ her) has a history in the social change sector in Canada and beyond. Jennifer is skilled in accessible communications, policy analysis, storytelling, and strategic knowledge.

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Employment Opportunities

Here you will find opportunities available at YWCA Canada.