Our Board

Our Youth Assisting Youth Board of Directors are community and corporate leaders who are passionate advocates for at-risk and newcomer youth. Their time, expertise, and influence ensure your donations have the greatest impact.

  • Sally-Specer

    Sally Spencer

    CEO & Board Member

  • Darrel-Zehr

    Darrel Zehr

    Board Member | Newell Brands

  • Kathy-Bodnar

    Kathy Bodnar

    Board Member | Rogers Communications Inc.

  • Daniel Caplan

    Board Member | BMO Financial Group

  • Mike-Arnold

    Mike Arnold

    Board Member | Mike Arnold Consulting Ltd.

  • Erika-Murray

    Dr. Erika Murray

    Board Member | PCK Intellectual Property

  • Jeboah-Godron

    Jeboah Godron

    Board Member | Jeboah Miranda Foundation

  • Robert-Walker

    Robert Walker

    Board Member | Toronto People With AIDS Foundation

  • Sheldon Mahabir

  • Karen Beitel

    Board Member | KLB Consulting

  • Sashen Guneratna

  • Arvin Minocha

Sally-Specer

Sally Spencer

CEO & Board Member

Youth Assisting Youth, CEO

Youth Assisting Youth Board Member Sally has been the CEO and driving force behind Youth Assisting Youth for the last 30 years. Sally’s hard work and dedication has resulted in youth peer mentoring services that are second to none and have touched and inspired thousands of kids and their families. She is a member of CSAE and AFP and is an active volunteer with the EMS White Knights. She is an inductee in the “Worlds Who’s Who of Women”, “Canada’s Who’s Who” and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the “USA Who’s Who”. Sally’s also a past recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in acknowledgement of her contributions to the community through public service and voluntary endeavors; and was the 2011 winner of the Harlequin “More Than Words” Award.
Darrel-Zehr

Darrel Zehr

Board Member | Newell Brands

Newell Brands, National Account Manager

Youth Assisting Youth Board Chair

Darrel is in his 25th year at Newell Brands; with his first 8 years as a Sales Manager, followed by 12 years as a Marketing Manager and has recently returned to a sales role. He was a Big Brother for 8 years, all with the same little brother and has first-hand experience as a Mentor. Darrel has completed the Friends for Life Bike Rally for the 18th time, consisting of 6 days of cycling from Toronto to Montreal, in order to raise funds and awareness for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation.  He has also participated 9 times in the Tri Adventure, a 3-day weekend event, in order to raise funds for an Orphanage / Learning Center in Uganda for 51 Children. He is also a part of a bi-weekly clean-up crew on Saturday mornings for The Out of the Cold program at the All Saints Anglican Church in the Kingsway during the winter months; Darrel Joined the board of YAY in 2011.

Kathy-Bodnar

Kathy Bodnar

Board Member | Rogers Communications Inc.

Rogers Communications Inc. – Director, Corporate Strategy; CPA, CA

Youth Assisting Youth Board Member

Kathy has been on the Board of Directors for Youth Assisting Youth for over six years and has been a mentor for fourteen years and remains matched with her mentee today. Kathy graduated from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 2008 and obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2011. Kathy spent five years working at Deloitte in the Assurance and Advisory practice and left Deloitte as a Manager. During her time at Deloitte, Kathy audited several not-for-profit organizations (e.g., CMHA, Southlake Hospital, Evergreen) and has previously volunteered with Endeavour Consulting, which provides consulting services to not-for-profit organizations. For the last five years Kathy has worked in Corporate Strategy at Rogers Communications where she supports the executive management team with various strategic initiatives. Kathy’s role involves performing analytical assessments and delivering recommendations to the key decision makers (e.g., the Board of Directors) about the future of the business.

Daniel Caplan

Board Member | BMO Financial Group

BMO Financial Group – Product Owner, Money Management, Digital Channels

Youth Assisting Youth Board Member

Daniel has been a mentor with the Peer Project for over eight years and remains matched with his mentee today. He holds a BBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and is currently the Product Owner for Money Management, Digital Channels at BMO.  At BMO, he develops the strategy and leads a cross functional delivery team to helps customers manage their money through Mobile Banking.  Prior to BMO he worked as a Senior Product Manager on global team responsible for RBC’s digital channels in the Caribbean. Daniel has spent more than eight years working in Financial Services across a variety of strategy, consulting and product management roles supporting senior executives in technology, distribution channels and products.  He also spent time working in business development for a technology startup as one of the first employees.

Mike-Arnold

Mike Arnold

Board Member | Mike Arnold Consulting Ltd.

Mike Arnold Consulting Ltd. –  Owner; CPA CA 

Youth Assisting Youth Board Member

Mike graduated from York University with a BA (Soc.) in 1968 and an MBA in 1972. He articled with Clarkson, Gordon & Co. and became a chartered accountant in 1973. After gaining experience as a claims adjuster, teacher, financial officer and general manager of a clothing manufacturer, he entered public practice in 1982. The practice concentrated on providing advice concerning financing and corporate strategy to rapidly expanding manufacturing companies, mainly in the automotive and building industries. His business now focusses on strategic consulting. He is past president of the York Administrative Alumni Association and was a board member of YRCC 646 for over ten years.

Erika-Murray

Dr. Erika Murray

Board Member | PCK Intellectual Property

PCK Intellectual Property – Director, Marketing & Legal Services

YAY Board Member

Robb is a professional fundraiser now in his with 3rd year at the Toronto people With AIDS Foundation. Robb has an extensive history as a volunteer for over 28 years working with and helping plan events for PWA, the AIDS Committee of Toronto, Sick Children’s Hospital, the ALS society, and the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Prior to as career in fundraising Robb worked in the hospitality industry for over 30 years with an extensive background in restaurants, hotels, convention planning, and Sales. Being raised in a single parent home Robb knows first-hand the value and importance of a mentor in one’s life.

Jeboah-Godron

Jeboah Godron

Board Member | Jeboah Miranda Foundation

Jeboah Miranda Foundation – Founder and CEO; Keynote Speaker

Youth Assisting Youth Board Member

Jeboah Miranda has been working in Branding and Sales for the past 10+ years and her passion for helping companies to Brand themselves to a degree of excellence has led her to become a Keynote Speaker and to teach Corporate workshops on Branding and Digital Marketing. Jeboah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Psychology from McGill University and the University of Ottawa, and has a post-graduate certificate in Digital Marketing Management from the University of Toronto. She has been involved in philanthropy for the past 13+ years working with youth, in the mental health space and in the education sector. Jeboah is also the Founder and CEO of the Jeboah Miranda Foundation, a Foundation focused on helping women studying business in university and whom have been affected by suicide to get the education they deserve.

Robert-Walker

Robert Walker

Board Member | Toronto People With AIDS Foundation

Toronto People With AIDS Foundation – Philanthropy Officer

Youth Assisting Youth Board Member

Robb is a professional fundraiser now in his with 3rd year at the Toronto people With AIDS Foundation. Robb has an extensive history as a volunteer for over 28 years working with and helping plan events for PWA, the AIDS Committee of Toronto, Sick Children’s Hospital, the ALS society, and the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Prior to as career in fundraising Robb worked in the hospitality industry for over 30 years with an extensive background in restaurants, hotels, convention planning, and Sales. Being raised in a single parent home Robb knows first-hand the value and importance of a mentor in one’s life.

Sheldon Mahabir

The Institute of Corporate Directors – Director

Youth Assisting Youth Board Director

Sheldon is a passionate leader with a commitment to the Board of Directors community, advising directors on post executive career development, good governance, board diversity and social responsibility. He is a Director at The Institute of Corporate Directors, and a past board member with Social Planning Toronto and The Toronto Centre for the Arts. Sheldon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Windsor, Business Management from The Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and is a Human Resources Management professional. Sheldon’s work with both directors and corporate boards have resulted to the placement of a multitude of directors on For Profit, Crown Corporations, Provincial, Municipal and NFP boards across the Canada. Sheldon’s commitment to inclusion and social responsibility has assisted more than 600 visible minorities, to governance positions with Agencies, Boards and Commissions. Diverse City onboard (his project with Maytree Foundation) was a recipient of the United Nations Intercultural Innovation Award.  Sheldon’s Specialties include: Strategic Planning, Stakeholder Relationship Management, Recruitment & Selection, Alumni Relations, Board Governance, Human Resources, Social Responsibility, Organizational Development and Training.

Karen Beitel

Board Member | KLB Consulting

KLB Consulting – Principal

Youth Assisting Youth Board

Karen Beitel is a public sector consultant with more than 15 years of experience working on public policy and governance initiatives and leading local, community-based strategy and planning projects. She has worked with more than 20 child, youth and family services agencies across Ontario and has a deep appreciation for organizations that work with at-risk and vulnerable youth populations.  Over the last ten years, Karen has been involved in a broad range of volunteer commitments for local and international not-for-profits that have contributed to successful fundraising, recruitment and advocacy efforts.

Sashen Guneratna

Canada Infrastructure Bank – Managing Director, Investment

Youth Assisting Youth Board Member

Sashen is Managing Director, Investment at Canada Infrastructure Bank.  Sashen is a former Partner and leader of PwC’s Capital Projects and Infrastructure group in Toronto.  Prior to joining PwC Sashen worked as a Vice President with National Bank’s Infrastructure Finance team. He has also spent 9 years in various roles at Scotiabank.

Arvin Minocha

Shell Canada  – Head of Sales & Operations – Eastern Canada

Youth Assisting Youth Board Member

Arvin is a commercially focused, creative thinker, with more than 12 years of experience and proven track record of delivering complex projects across both local and global geographies. He is a recognised expert in stakeholder management, developing people and leading cross-functional teams through significant change to successfully meet business goals against challenging timelines. Passionate about the non-profit sector with practical knowledge of marketing, strategy planning and operations, Arvin is a dedicated supporter of youth entrepreneurship through Junior Achievement – spending 12 years mentoring high school students to help them create and manage their own small business.

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