Shanaaz Gokool

Chief Executive Officer

Shanaaz Gokool has over 15 years’ experience in operations management in the private and not-for-profit sectors. She has worked in organizational systems implementation in the areas of financial and budgetary management, human resources and risk management. She holds undergraduate degrees in political science and human rights and equity studies. She also has a certificate in volunteer management and fundraising. She is currently finishing her MA in international relations.

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Anya Colangelo

Membership and Office Coordinator

Anya Colangelo holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education.

Before becoming the Membership and Office Coordinator in July 2012, Anya spent a year as a volunteer with Dying with Dignity. She was moved to join the Right to Die movement after seeing the documentary How To Die In Oregon

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Valerie Fernandes

Director of Operations and Programs

Valerie Fernandes has over seven years of experience in the non-profit sector in various roles across Canada, including working as a director of operations and a lawyer. 

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Kelsey Goforth

National Volunteer and Events Coordinator

Kelsey Goforth has five years of experience in the non-profit field, having volunteered with organizations like the University of Toronto chapter of the United Nations Development Program, the Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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Laura Satin Levin

Fund Development Officer

Laura Satin Levin is a fundraising professional with a decade of experience helping non-profit organizations grow their donor base. With a degree in social work from McGill University, Laura has worked in community mental health and as a mentor for newcomers to Canada.

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Cory Ruf

Communications Coordinator

Trained as a multi-platform journalist, Cory Ruf has reported for news outlets such as the CBC, the Victoria Times Colonist and The United Church Observer.

He holds a graduate degree in journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts in communication from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. His volunteer experiences include stints with the Global Youth Network and World University Service Canada.

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Nino Sekopet

Personal Support and Advocacy Program Manager

Nino Sekopet is a psychotherapist with a special interest in chronic pain and early relational and collective trauma. He holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Communicology, has extensive education in the field of psychotherapy and is a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists.

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