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Board of Directors

Meet YWCA Hamilton’s Board of Directors 2019-2020

Charaya Thach, President

Charaya and her family immigrated to Canada in 1991, originally settling in Edmonton before calling Hamilton home. She spent her formative years in Hamilton, attended McMaster University, and has built her career in the city. She brings to the Board her expertise in the commercial banking sector and experiences fundraising for a variety of charitable organizations in the community. Charaya is thrilled  to give back to the women and young girls of the city she knows and is proud to call home.

Terri Johns, Vice President

Terri is president of T. Johns Consulting Group Ltd. Although Terri was born in Owen Sound and spent many of her early years in Welland, she has happily called Hamilton home for almost 40 years.  As an urban planner, Terri has seen Hamilton reinvent itself; transforming a lunch bucket community into a vibrant cultural hub.  Terri feels the support of women in strong leadership roles is key to keeping Hamilton moving forward to its full potential.  She sees her role as a board member as a way to, not only give back to the community she loves but also promote and encourage girls and women to think outside the box when it comes to their future.

Victoria Walzak-Mosca, Treasurer

Victoria Walzak-Mosca is a resident of Ancaster and has worked in Hamilton since 2001, when she completed her MBA from McMaster University. She is a Portfolio Manager & Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities where she has a strong commitment to working with women for their financial needs. Victoria has a strong philanthropic background, and commitment to the Hamilton community, primarily in the areas of women and children, and is passionate about the mission and values of the YWCA.  She is the past president of the Board of Directors for the Hamilton Children’s Aid, among other positions on boards and committees in Hamilton.  She strongly believes in working to eliminate barriers and empowering women to be all that they want to be.

Anna D’Angela, Secretary

Anna is a Physician Assistant student at McMaster University, having completed her MBA in Health Services Management in 2017. As a healthcare professional, she has worked in various organizations across the GTHA in quality improvement and project management roles. She is passionate about giving back to the communities she is a part of, spending her time volunteering with various student and community organizations. As a feminist, Anna firmly believes in the mission, vision, and values of the YWCA Hamilton. When women and girls are empowered to succeed, we can do remarkable things. The YWCA Hamilton plays a critical role in our community and Anna looks forward to supporting and helping it continue to achieve its goals.

Charlotte Yates, Past President

Charlotte Yates came to Hamilton in 1987 as a professor at McMaster University, where she was Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. She is currently the Provost and Vice President (Academic) at the University of Guelph. She has always been active in the Hamilton community, including co-leading a living wage campaign. As a feminist and community activist, she strongly supports the YWCA’s mission.

Pauline Taggart, Member

Pauline is a lifelong Hamiltonian and feminist and believes strongly in the vision, mission and value statements of the YWCA. She brings many years of experience serving on not-for-profit boards and advisory committees and hopes her interest in issues of equity, representation, and leadership for women and girls will complement the mandate of the Board.

Sue Bennison, Member

Sue hails from a long career in the co-operative financial services. She is eager to give back to the community by transferring her abilities and skills to the Board of Directors of YWCA Hamilton. She is a firm believer in the motto of “Actions over Words,” and is motivated to help women and girls achieve their aspirations and realize their full potential.  Sue is committed to helping the Board continue their work in growing the organization to strengthen the community services offered.

Alison Horton, Member

Alison Horton is the Vice President of Corporate Services at Mohawk College. Alison is thrilled to be joining the Board of the YWCA in order to actively contribute to the empowerment of women and girls within this community. Her interest in feminism and diversity began during her post-secondary career, and has continued through both her roles as an educator and college administrator. Alison sees the YWCA as a critical influencer of the exciting changes occurring in the City of Hamilton.

Dr. Carys Massarella, Member

Carys Massarella is an emergency physician at St. Joseph’s Healthcare and is the lead physician for the Transgender Care Program at Quest Community Health Centre in St. Catharines. Dr. Massarella sees and treats transgender identified clients and is a leading expert in transgender care. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Degroote School of Medicine and also lectures widely on transgender health care. Recent appearances include a TEDx, “The Depathologization of Trans Identity,” TEDx Hamilton “The False Narrative of Deception” and the CBC Doc Zone documentary, “Transforming Gender.” She was the first transgender person to be a president of a hospital medical staff anywhere in the world and was named one of the World’s 50 Transgender Icons by Huffington Post.

Jesse Elders, Member

Jesse is a lawyer and advocate for her clients in the areas of employment, human rights, and administrative law. Jesse, a Hamilton resident, is grateful for the opportunity to work with and support other women and girls in her community. As a board member committed to YWCA’s mission and values, Jesse will work hard to improve the freedom, status and experience of women and girls.

Lydia Kapiriri, Member

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