Staff

Shanaaz Gokool

Chief Executive Officer

Shanaaz Gokool is the CEO of Dying With Dignity Canada.

Shanaaz is a life-long human rights activist. She began her campaigning career in the 1980s in Nova Scotia, where she worked on promoting racial equality and inclusion as a youth leader in a number of community organizations. She holds undergraduate degrees in political science and human rights and equity studies.

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Anya Colangelo

Membership and Database Administrator

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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Rachel Phan

Digital Communications Coordinator

Rachel Phan is a trained multi-platform journalist with more than eight years of experience. She has served as the editor-in-chief of Water Canada magazine and her byline has appeared on the pages of the National Post, Windsor Star, Brantford Expositor, and HuffPost Canada.

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Cory Ruf

Communications Officer

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 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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