Staff

Helen Long (she/her)

CEO

Helen has a long track record of informed engagement and empowering leadership in the not-for-profit, health and wellness sector with a strong focus on advocacy, public relations and organizational excellence.

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Candy Alexander (she/her)

Development Coordinator

Candy brings over 15 years of operational experience within the not-for-profit sector in Toronto, supporting national efforts for such organizations as Muscular Dystrophy Canada, Canadian Physiotherapy Association and the Princess Margaret Hospital to name a few.

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Alexa Bogoslowski (she/her)

Office Administrator

Alexa is an experienced administrative, business management, and client services professional. She completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto where she specialized in Bioethics.

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Nicole Curtis (she/her)

Program Specialist

Nicole is a compassionate and empathetic social justice and human rights advocate with a special interest in helping vulnerable, marginalized, and at-risk populations.

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Sarah Dobec (she/her)

Communications Specialist

Sarah brings 20+ years of leadership experience from a variety of roles, most recently as a Marketing Manager and Public Relations Coordinator in the health food industry. Sarah is an experienced writer and storyteller; she enjoys the challenge of simplifying the concept into a digestible message.

Sarah holds a certificate of Publicity and Public Relations from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor’s Degree from McMaster University. She sits on the board of directors for Carrot Cache and Green Thumb Growing Kids.

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Kelsey Goforth (she/her)

Senior Program Manager

Kelsey Goforth is the Senior Program Manager at Dying With Dignity Canada and has been a staff member with the organization since 2015. 

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David Gosse (he/him)

Manager, Volunteer Engagement and Chapter Development

David has a wide breadth of volunteer management experience within the charitable sector. Over the years, he has honed proven techniques in the areas of volunteer engagement, retention, growth and recognition that are vital to the success of volunteer-centric program delivery.

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Ryan Lindsay (he/him)

Director, Development

Ryan is an entrepreneurial not-for-profit leader with 20 years of experience driving organizations to achieve their missions through strategic fundraising, marketing, board leadership, consulting & technology. He has led fundraising teams and major gift portfolios at Canadian Mental Health Association, University of Toronto's School of Public Health and WSAO. He most recently built a sales pipeline for Wisely, a tech startup bringing AI to fundraising.

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Puneet Luthra (he/him)

Director of Government and Stakeholder Relations

Puneet Luthra is a government relations professional with 15 years of experience in the charitable and non-profit sector. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  

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Alisha Martins (she/her)

Digital Engagement Specialist

Alisha Martins brings traditional and digital marketing experience to the role of Digital Engagement Specialist. Through roles at the ALS Society of Canada and the Canadian Chiropractic Association, Alisha has been responsible for creating and executing marketing and communications strategies on social media, websites, email campaigns and blog posts.

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Melissa Muller (she/her)

Development Officer

Melissa has worked in the Canadian non-profit sector for over six years, working with and supporting Canadian amputees. She has experience connecting with donors through speaking engagements and public awareness initiatives.

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Samantha Shier (she/her)

Program Coordinator

Samantha is a trained End-of-Life Doula and Social Service Worker. She is passionate about increasing access to creative, alternative and holistic healing practices for all people. Samantha holds a BA in Sociology from McGill University and a certificate in Child-Centred Play Therapy.

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Liberty Vinas (she/her)

Administrative Coordinator

Liberty Vinas graduated as an Associate in Computer Science in the Philippines. She worked in the financial industry in investments for 12 years as an administrative assistant.

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Sabrina White (she/her)

Education Program Coordinator (Summer Position)

Sabrina is a kind and dedicated proponent of human rights, with a special interest in accessibility in education, Indigenous sovereignty, and dignity in life and death. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Concordia University and a Master's from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto.

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