A Message from the President
THE CHALLENGES OF POVERTY ARE WIDESPREAD.
The challenges many families in Toronto face resulting from poverty and the lack of affordable housing are in the news virtually every day.
Thanks to our donors’ generosity, Moorelands Kids is providing meaningful and life-changing support for the children and youth affected by these challenges by teaching leadership and life-skills in a positive environment. After their 2018 Moorelands’ experience, 90% of our program participants report that they are now more responsible, 87% believe they are able to make better choices and 82% indicate greater confidence.
Slate of Directors
Robert Webb – President
After a career as a partner in, and ultimately president of, a major Canadian consulting engineering firm, Robert Webb founded Webb + Co Limited in 2013 to provide strategic advice, management, and group management services to land development and government clients. Bob is married and has three adult children.
The inspiration for Bob’s Contribution:
‘I joined the Moorelands Kids Board as I believe that we must all play a role in making the world a better place, particularly for vulnerable members of our society. Moorelands excels at teaching children and youth the personal and group leadership skills which they need to succeed in life. My motivation for contributing my time, energy and resources to Moorelands is to help it to grow so that it can serve more youth and serve youth more.’
Heather Brooks – Director
Heather Brooks, BA, CHRM is a Senior Human Resource professional with extensive experience as an HR leader in the financial services industry. She is currently Senior HR Business Partner and Digital Program lead for BMO in Canada, and formerly has worked at two of Canadian big five banks as well as a global reinsurer.
Heather is a past member of the Board of Directors and Chair, HR Committee of Dixon Hall, as well as former Chair of the Committee for Davisville Cup, an annual community fundraising event in support of Philpott Tennis Camps who run tennis day camps across the city.
Having grown up in Toronto, the desire to support children that are growing up in the city she loves has motivated her choices in community involvement. This, plus a lifelong connection with Haliburton and the Canadian Shield makes it especially exciting to continue this work with Mooreland Kids.
Lesley Brown – Director
Lesley Brown is the Executive Director of the Ontario Public Service – Quarter Century Club, where she is leading the change management process to revitalize the organization. Previously to this role, Lesley was the Executive Director of Lifeline Syria, an organization committed to facilitating sponsorship of Syrian Refugees. Lesley holds a master’s degree in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University, a bachelor’s degree from York University, a certificate in Conflict Mediation from Guelph University, and a Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate. With a lifelong commitment to volunteerism, she currently serves on the national board of Directors for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Canada; is a mentor with Civic Action’s DiverseCity Program, and reviewer with the United Way of Toronto and York Region.
In 2012, Lesley was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of public service. With a strong interest in youth-serving organizations that empower and build the leaders of the future, Lesley looks forward to serving on Mooreland’s Board of Directors.
Eryn Fanjoy – Director
Eryn Fanjoy is currently a tax lawyer at Stikeman Elliott LLP. She graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and was called to the Ontario bar in 2016. While at law school, Eryn was extensively involved with Advocates for Injured Workers, a pro bono organization providing legal services to low-income injured workers in Ontario.
Eryn is excited to join the Moorelands Kids community.
Pierre Lebel – Chair, Marketing, Communications and Branding Committee
Pierre Lebel is the founder, President and Managing Partner of Rzultz Consulting – a boutique management consulting firm focused on accelerating business performance results. He works with and counsels CEOs / business owners and executive teams around the globe to guide them in improving their business models, strategies, structures, and performance systems to drive net new growth and sustainability. Pierre Co-Chairs the Brand Marketing Committee.
Pierre is married to Pauline – a professional engineer who heads up the licensing mandate for one of Ontario’s regulatory colleges, and together, they are proud parents to two young men – Alexander and Aaron – who are chasing their own dreams. Pierre’s personal vision is to create powerful legacies and leadership opportunities for youth.
The Inspiration for Pierre’s Contribution:
“I’ve always cared about the welfare and safety of kids. Having witnessed first hand how poverty and exclusion affect young people in today’s society I felt strongly that Moorelands had an important place, voice, and role in society to help kids transform their lives to live a better life. As a business and leadership expert I wanted to use my experience and know-how to help Moorelands become a household name in Toronto, help it improve its business model and value to the various communities that Moorelands serves, and to create a stronger legacy for the next 100 years. I am 100% committed to Moorelands Kids’ vision and mission and that inspires me to passionately give back to Moorelands and the kids it serves.”
Stephen Stobie – Secretary and Chair of the Fundraising Committee
Stephen Stobie, CPA, CA is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and has extensive experience as an executive in financial services. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Citigroup in Canada, and formerly has worked in the life insurance industry, and with national public accounting firms. Stephen is a member of the Board of Directors of several companies, and has experience as a board member for a number of registered charities.
Stephen is committed to serving the Moorelands community and currently serves as its Chair of Fundraising.
John Shelly – Vice President
John Shelly was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Now retired as the Senior Manager of Executive Dining & Event Services for The Toronto-Dominion Bank, John has over 40 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. He has held executive management roles throughout Canada. He has been a volunteer for Moorelands for the past 25 years and serves as its Chair of Events and Chair of Planned Giving.
John and his wife, Carol, have been married for 41 years. They have four children, two daughters and two sons. He is also the proud grandfather to two grandsons Luke and Jake. During his spare time you will find John up north at the family cottage with his grandsons, playing golf or building rock art.
The inspiration for John’s Contribution:
“Moorelands Kids really is inspirational. Emotionally, physically and mentally the kids learn real life skills. It is not just the little ones but the whole team. The city team and the camp team, everyone plays a part; be it students, campers, teachers, counsellors and staff. Everyone has the opportunity to inspire each other. It is a circle that keeps on getting bigger and better because everyone inspires the next person. Moorelands Kids is the inspiration. That is why I have been a part of Moorelands since 1994, as both a volunteer and Board member.
Rajesh Raut – Chair, Finance Committee
Rajesh Raut, CPA, CA is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and currently holds the position of Vice President and Financial Controller at Equitable Bank, the 9th largest Bank in Canada. Raj has over 20 years of progressive experience working with multi-national organizations, focused primarily in the financial services industry.
Raj and his wife Praj, live in Toronto with their two young children Maahi and Rishabh. Raj was appointed to the Moorelands Kids’ Board in September 2018 and is keen to serve the Moorelands Kids’ community.
Angela Waite – Chair, Property Committee
Angela Waite is Senior Managing Counsel & Privacy Officer at the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, one of the largest defined benefit pension plans in Canada. Prior to joining HOOPP in 2010, Angela practiced pensions and benefits law at a large national law firm. She obtained her law degree from the University of New Brunswick and was called to the bar in Ontario in 2008. Angela also holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Political Science.
Angela is the Chair of the Property Committee and also sits on the Fundraising Committee. Angela and her husband, Allan, are parents to two young children, Charley and Nate.