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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Debora Aguillon

Administrative and Supporter Relations Coordinator

Debora obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from York University before she pursued a postgraduate certificate in International Development from Humber College. She has experience volunteering with community development organizations in the Greater Toronto Area, particularly with the Latinx community. She is passionate about social justice and human rights, and is excited to have joined the DWDC team.

Maureen Aslin

Engagement, Education, and Operations Officer

Maureen Aslin started her work life as stock trader with a degree in Economics but changed direction to focus on social justice and community-based health initiatives.

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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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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.

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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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