Board of Directors
(In alphabetical order by last name)
Elizabeth is the daughter of Elaine Hall, one of the founding members of Hospice Toronto as detailed in June Callwood’s book Twelve Weeks in Spring. Since 2004, Elizabeth and her sister Sarah have presented the Elaine Hall Volunteer award in her honour to a hospice volunteer.
Currently Elizabeth is a partner in a thought leadership thinktank, Research+Knowledge=Insights. Working in market research and specializing in content marketing.
Elizabeth was elected to the board of Hospice Toronto in December 2014 and currently chairs the Fund Development and Communication Committee since 2016.
Patty Holk (Vice President)
Patty worked in the Financial Services industry for 25 years and was most recently Vice President and Director, Payment Operations, TD Securities and Associate Vice President, TD Bank Group. She is an experienced people leader with proven success in building strong relationships, leveraging partnerships to ensure the success of both day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives. Prior to this, she spent over 15 years in TD’s Finance and Treasury departments overseeing the Bank’s global liquidity risk strategy and cash accounts. She brings strong financial, risk and operational management experience and has considerable risk management, policy development, project management and business transformation expertise.
More recently, Patty has been devoting time to volunteering in the not-for-profit sector. In addition to being elected to the board of Hospice Toronto in 2014 and chairing the Governance committee, she also joined the board of the Oakville Milton Humane Society in 2016.
Chris has been a Managing Partner at CPC Healthcare since 1994 and helped to reposition the agency toward its current focus of 100% health and wellness. He has leveraged his background in retail pharmacy marketing and database management to the benefit of CPC’s Canadian & US clients, including Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck. He provides strategic and operational direction, maintaining the commitment that a Partner will stay involved in every CPC Client business. Chris is very proud of the unique culture that has been established at CPC, with a high degree of mutual respect and a passion for ‘getting it right’. His down-to-earth approach has helped launch iconic brands like Avonex, Enbrel and Detrol to the Canadian market.
Chris has been happy to support Hospice Toronto by providing branding and marketing services for the Young Carers Program on a pro bono basis.
Steve Nardi (Board President)
Steve is currently consulting to SME’s and Not-for-Profits on management and digital marketing strategies. Steve’s expertise in organizational management & operations has seen him in senior management positions with Farelogix, Travel Success Group and Peragis; technology companies deploying graphical productivity enhancing tools to the travel industry across North America. Prior to entering the consulting world Steve was COO of A Couple of Chicks© Digital Marketing, with a niche focus on the travel and tourism industry. Having experienced Hospice Toronto services first hand, he welcomes any opportunity to support the organization and raise awareness of the choice hospice offers. Steve previously served on the board for 9 years and after a 3-year hiatus rejoined in 2011.
Allison Sohanlal (Secretary)
Allison is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. Allison holds the position of clinical education coordinator in the Masters of Child Life & Pediatric Psychosocial Care program. For the past 14 years, Allison has also been a certified child life specialist advocating for the emotional and psychosocial needs of children and adolescents facing stressful or traumatic life events. As an advocate for family centered care, Allison’s career has involved working in early intervention services in the community, within the hospital sector and volunteering overseas. Allison is also a consultant with Kids’ Health Links Foundation, supporting the onboarding and program management of an online social support network called Upopolis, helping to connect youth living with a chronic illness to one another across Canada in a safe and secure online forum. Having benefitted from Hospice services as a teenager, Allison is honoured to serve as a Director on the Hospice Toronto Board. Allison is currently serving her second term on the board, having joined the board in November 2013.
Taylor practices non-profit and charity law and has worked extensively with community outreach organizations. He also has non-profit management experience, having served as COO of an educational foundation for 5½ years. Taylor has taught charity law at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Windsor Law School.
Denise, who moved to Canada from the UK in 1994 where she had a successful career in retail management and buying, obtained her LLB from York University and was called to the bar of Ontario in 2002. Denise’s practice has focused primarily on insurance law and she has provided representation at various levels of court including the Ontario Court of Appeal. Most recently she worked with Sava Associates, representing insurers on claims and providing advice on coverage issues, and insurance policy wording.
Denise’s experience includes corporate commercial matters both in the for- and not-for profit industries. She is adept at negotiating and drafting a variety of contracts for goods and services including marketing and air time. She has taken the lead on compliance issues, including drafting and overseeing the implementation of anti-terrorism, anti-corruption and privacy policies. While with World Vision Canada she guided it through changes in by-laws, policies and procedures required to bring it into compliance, with the then new Federal Not for Profit Corporations Act.
Denise has been a member of Hospice Toronto’s Governance Committee since 2014.
Nazir Valani (Treasurer)
Nazir is a Partner and National Leader of the Actuarial Practice at KPMG. He is responsible for providing actuarial services to audit and advisory clients. Actuarial services include Life Insurance, Pensions, and Property & Casualty.
Nazir is also the North American Leader for AXIS Implementation at KPMG. Nazir works with the US team to leverage the tremendous opportunities for end to end actuarial and finance transformation initiatives. Nazir was recognized as one of the Global Leading Actuaries 2015 by Acquisition International.
He began his career in the life insurance industry in 1980. Prior to establishing Valani Consulting in 1998, he held various actuarial positions with three major Canadian life insurance companies including management roles in product development, reinsurance and corporate actuarial. He also spent five years with GGY, the developers and distributors of the AXIS actuarial software system. Valani Consulting Inc merged with KPMG in August 2012 when it was the 2nd largest Life Actuarial Practice in Canada.
During his career, Nazir has participated in a number of industry activities including serving as a member of the Committee on Life Insurance Financial Reporting (CLIFR), a member of the CLHIA Committee on Policyholder Taxation, a member of the Annuity Reserve Working Group (ARWG) and a member of the Life Practice Committee in the Caribbean. Nazir is also a frequent presenter at various insurance industry conferences.
Nazir has considerable volunteering experience including Co-lead Poverty Alleviation in the Community, a past Vice-Chair of the Community Education Board and he continues to be an active member and leader serving his community on various organizational ventures and charitable initiatives. He is also a Founding Member of the Aga Khan Museum and the Society of Actuaries Modeling Section.
Carolyn is an accredited music therapist who holds an Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from the University of Windsor and a Master of Music Therapy degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Carolyn has worked with various populations including; children with developmental delays, Down’s syndrome, autism, and adolescents recovering from trauma. Her experience with adults encompassed those with aphasia, acquired brain injury and seniors in long term care. She assumed a full time music therapy position at SickKids Hospital in January 2012 as part of the newly formed Creative Arts Therapies Program. Her inpatient caseload is comprised of patients from the Multi Organ Transplant, Paediatric Advanced Care Team, General Paediatric and Infectious Disease units. Her role has also expanded to involve weekly individual counseling and group sessions in the Substance Abuse Day treatment program through the Division of Adolescent Medicine.
Carolyn is also a professional singer and sang with the 22 voice Toronto based ensemble: “The Nathaniel Dett Chorale” for over 10 years. She is a member in good standing with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy and served as a board member of the Music Therapy Association of Ontario from 2011-2013. Carolyn has given several conference presentations and workshops throughout Ontario and some cities in the US over her professional career.
She is an active member of her local church congregation and serves as a Pastor of her local assembly. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, dining out and travelling. Carolyn was elected as a director to the board of Hospice Toronto in December 2014.