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Sarah Hobbs Blyth (Executive Director)

Sarah has been the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Toronto since 2009. She began her career in sexual health and health care working at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. Starting as the Clinic Coordinator in 1999, Sarah has held a number of positions at PPT. Sarah demonstrates a continued commitment to improving access to mental, primary and sexual health care for youth through participating on boards, committees and working groups both within the Community Health Centre sector and the non-profit charitable sector. Sarah has a combined degree in Sociology and Gerontology degree from McMaster University, a master’s certificate in Healthcare Management from York’s Schulich School of Business, and has completed the Advanced Health Systems Leadership Program at U of T’s Rotman School of Business. Sarah is committed to working from an anti-oppressive framework and is an advocate for the model of health and wellbeing. On her days off, Sarah enjoys hiking with her dog and spending time with her daughter Faith.

Heather McPherson

Heather McPherson is presently the Executive Vice President of Patient Care and Ambulatory Innovation at Women’s College Hospital. Heather is an Occupational Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Science and holds a lecturer status at the Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, and University of Toronto.
In 2006, Heather completed a 2-year executive fellowship with the Canadian Health Service Research Foundation and in 2009 completed the Rotman School of Business Advanced Health Leadership Program at the University of Toronto. Heather’s clinical and research interests include women’s health and health system solutions.

Nicole Watson

Nicole Watson is a community planning and policy professional with expertise in partnership development and project management. In her current work, Nicole applies a place based (local level) approach to integrated service planning in the areas of youth-centred design, settlement and immigration. She works from an anti-racism, anti-oppression, social justice framework to create and implement responses to address the changing needs of communities.
As a Community Development Officer with the City of Toronto Newcomer Office, she applies her skills in marketing and design, strategic communications and multi-sectorial strategy development to the implementation of the Toronto Newcomer Strategy, the City of Toronto Refugee Resettlement Program and Access T.O. for Undocumented Torontonians. She is currently on maternity leave with twins.

Andrea Sanche

Andrea Sanche is a commercial litigator and a partner at Ricketts Harris LLP. Her practice focuses on investor liability matters, employment law, fraud cases, and complex contractual and commercial disputes of all stripes. Her considerable experience with interlocutory motions, including jurisdiction motions and obtaining and resisting Mareva and Norwich orders makes her an even more valuable ally. Although she is a tough and resolute advocate, Andrea’s peers most often remark that she is eminently reasonable, fair-minded, and in possession of a wicked sense of humour. At heart, she is an academically-minded legal optimist, who is passionate about redressing injustice of all kinds. She is also intensely involved with various lawyers’ associations and is a dedicated community volunteer; among other things, she currently serves Chair of the OBA’s Civil Litigation Section. A reformed Winnipegger, Andrea never takes herself too seriously, and is predictably skilled at pushing cars out of ditches, jump-starting car batteries, and identifying the difference between a jambuster and a goldeye. Andrea obtained her B.A. (Advanced) from the University of Manitoba, her J.D. from the University of Toronto, and her LL.M. (Honours) from McGill University. She was also recently named a Litigation Lawyer to Watch in Lexpert’s® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada.

Tom Gleason

Tom Gleason studied for several years at the University of Toronto, before he realized that his heart and mind weren’t in the lecture halls, but in community organizing. Through his experiences as President and Founder of a LGBTQ+ organization, Vice President of Internal Affairs of a large students’ association, coordinator of a mental health peer support group, and other campus roles, Tom discovered his passions for governance, civic engagement, LGBTQ+ issues, and mental health promotion.
Tom served as Executive Director of the Toronto Youth Cabinet from 2015 to 2017, during which time the organization saw a marked increase in engagement and such achievements as the inclusion of financial literacy in the Ontario high school curriculum, a dedicated youth voice within the TTC, the creation of a City of Toronto Youth Week, and the introduction of the annual TYC Summit. As a Studio [Y] Fellow at MaRS Discovery District, Tom was recognized as one of the top young leaders in Ontario and worked to develop solutions to make municipal budgets more youth-friendly and co-founded CreateSpaceTO, an initiative that taught tech skills to youth facing barriers.
Tom currently works as Chief of Staff to a Toronto City Councillor and volunteers on political campaigns in his free time.

Liz Sutherland

Liz has a background in public policy and advocacy, including 15 years in the nonprofit sector and five years in the federal government. She has worked in a variety of social and health policy areas including women’s health, nonprofit funding reform, pensions, child care policy, gender-based analysis, and program evaluation. Originally from Ottawa, Liz moved to Toronto in 2011. She holds a BA (Women’s Studies/Political Studies) from Trent University and a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Victoria. Liz is currently on a five-month leave from her role as Policy Advisor at the Ontario Nonprofit Network while replacing the Executive Director of Cycle Toronto who is on parental leave.
Proudly pro-choice and committed to working for a progressive, inclusive, and sustainable society, she enjoys policy advocacy and community engagement. Liz joined the Planned Parenthood Toronto board in 2013 and is delighted to be working in support of sexual health promotion and access to reproductive and sexual health services for Toronto’s youth.

Naomi Desai

Naomi Desai is a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, where she has completed projects in a range of topics including digital strategy, post-merger integration, organizational design and strategic sourcing across various industries, including consumer goods, retail, media, financial services and aerospace. In addition, she has also worked to support a number of pro bono and social impact initiatives inside and outside of BCG. She is currently seconded outside of BCG to the social sector in as a Pecaut Fellow at LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact. Her role is focused on supporting a clinical intervention in middle years children’s mental health as it scales nationally.
Prior to working for BCG, Naomi was at the World Food Programme Indonesia’s country office, where she worked on the operating model of the school feeding program in rural West Indonesia. Naomi graduated from McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management with a Bachelor of Commerce with concentrations in Marketing and Global Strategy. In her spare time, Naomi likes to try new vegetarian recipes with ingredients from St. Lawrence market and explore new Toronto neighborhoods.

Eva O’Brien

Eva O’Brien is a Project Coordinator at MASS LBP, Canada’s home of democratic innovation and public strategy. MASS has led some of the country’s most original and ambitious efforts to engage citizens on behalf of forward-thinking governments and civic organizations. Eva handles client relations, citizen outreach, and project logistics across a variety of industries. In her time at MASS, she has managed local and national consultations on issues ranging from airport growth, to prescription drug coverage, to community health.
Eva joined MASS LBP from the world of technology, where she worked at Toronto’s first coding school. Eva worked with a small, mainly female-identifying team to grow the HackerYou College of Technology from infancy to the certified, woman-owned institution it is today. Eva created a vibrant student and alumni community with a focus on welcoming women and other underrepresented groups into the technology sector. Eva previously worked at House of Anansi Press and Groundwood Books, Canada’s largest and most celebrated independent publisher.
Outside of her work, Eva enjoys exploring Toronto by bicycle, tending to her vegetable garden, and chipping away at her ever-expanding book collection.

Sarah Burke Dimitrova

Sarah Burke Dimitrova is a public health research and communications professional with a passion for sexual, reproductive, and perinatal health and rights. Her studies, career, and community involvement share a common thread: her enthusiasm for making health evidence accessible to all, to not only inform choice but also bolster empowerment.
In her current work at Health Quality Ontario (HQO), Sarah applies an evidence-based approach to health care quality improvement in the areas of primary care and chronic disease management. She works from an equity framework to improve the way health care is delivered in Ontario. Before joining HQO, Sarah developed clinical practice guidelines at the Association of Ontario Midwives and worked at a public health non-profit organization in Montreal. She holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA (Communications, Psychology) from the University of Ottawa.
After moving ten times in as many years, she’s happy to call Toronto’s east end home.

Farrah Khan

Farrah Khan is an environmental justice activist with nearly fifteen years of professional experience in campaigning, policy negotiation, community organizing, project management, government relations, fundraising, storytelling, and communications. She currently works as an Arctic and plastics campaigner with Greenpeace Canada where her main focuses include Indigenous solidarity, political strategy, and advocating for the representation of diverse voices in the environmental sector.
Before joining Greenpeace, Farrah worked for the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment on coal plant closures, pesticide bans, and the promotion of organic food and renewable energy. She is the recipient of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association’s Urban Community Power Award, co-author of the first report to quantify the impacts of coal power on Albertans’ health, and has a degree in political science and religion from the University of Toronto.
Farrah was born and raised in suburban Toronto and now lives in the city’s west end.

Tracy Ampofoh

Tracy Ampofoh is front line social worker who currently provides support to youth with complex mental health needs. Tracy has experience as both service user and worker in various systems. She has work experiences in areas such as sexual violence prevention, housing, mental health and addictions; specifically working with youth, womyn identified folks and racialized communities. Tracy strives to include an intersectional and strength based approaches in her work that blends both clinical approaches and peer based models.
Tracy is looking forward to bringing knowledge of frontline work and experiences with systems to the Board of Planned Parenthood Toronto and is excited to learn and grow with the agency.