Meet Our Board Of Directors
Sandgate Women’s Shelter of York Region is lead by a dedicated and experienced team of volunteer Board of Directors from the community who are committed to supporting quality service delivery in a feminist, women-centered organization.
Gale Carey, Chair/President
Gale has been a Board Member since January 2016. She is a former principal and not-for-profit executive, bringing experience in the areas of strategic planning, governance and fund development.
Hannah Aina, Vice-Chair
Hannah is a Toronto based lawyer who brings her 20+ years legal experience to the Sandgate Board. Hannah is passionate about justice and equity for all, especially women and children and has been defending this cause as a lawyer and a social advocate. She joined the Board in September 2016.
Azita Shah-Woodward, CPA, CA, Treasurer
Azita brings over 12 years of experience managing external and internal audit teams in the financial services sector. She joined Sandgate’s Board in May 2018.
Maliha Hasan, Secretary
Maliha joined the Board in February 2016, with an MBA from Pakistan and a post graduate certificate in Public Administration from York University. She has experience working with nonprofits, foundations, multilateral agencies and management consultancies, and at managing programs and resource mobilization, including partnerships, fund development, grants and volunteers.
Eleanor Leggat, Director
Eleanor joined Sandgate’s Board in January 2016 and brings over 30 years of experience managing non- and for-profit interprofessional healthcare teams spanning the continuum of the healthcare system. She completed a diploma in Physio and Occupational Therapy, a degree in Physiotherapy, and an Advanced Diploma in Health Administrative Services.
Joan Chandler, Director
Joan joined the Board in September of 2018. Joan is a Vice President and co-owner of a science and technology manufacturing company in Aurora. She brings with her decades of experience in strategic planning, contract negotiation, process management, finance administration, marketing and human resources.
Suzanne Howes, Director
Suzanne joined the Board in 2019. Suzanne is a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. She served on Council for a term and brings with her years of experience from sitting on many different boards, including Clear Water Farm, GTTI, and Equity and Diversity for the Town of Georgina.
Veronica Fazio, Director
Veronica is a former Investment Banker, and the Editor-in-Chief of The Wedding Planner Lifestyle Magazine. Veronica joined the Sandgate Board in April 2018.
Chris Balarajah, Director
Chris brings over 25 years of experience in financial services. She joined Sandgate’s Board in August 2018.
Debra Flannigan, Director
Debra joined the Board in 2018. She brings an anti-oppressive analysis and deep compassion for survivors of violence, framed by her own lived experience.