Board of Directors
(In alphabetical order by last name)
Breanne Armstrong is an accomplished communications professional, with over a decade’s experience working with not-for-profit organizations in health care and youth services. Currently, Breanne is a Public Affairs Specialist at the Ontario Hospital Association, where she supports advocacy, member relations and strategic communications initiatives. Prior to joining the OHA, Breanne held the positions of Senior Communications Advisor for the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and Communications Manager for the Ontario Community Support Association, which represents and supports hundreds of home and community care organizations across the province. Breanne has a strong understanding of Ontario’s changing health care landscape, and a deep appreciation for the value of innovative, community-based supports that help clients maintain their independence and quality of life.
She holds a Master of Arts in Media Studies from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communications from the University of Winnipeg. In her spare time, she can often be found at live storytelling events throughout the city, and recently completed storytelling courses at Second City.
Nita is a recognized human resource expert in Canada. She is a professor in the Department of Management at the University of Guelph, specializing in human resource management, leadership, change management, decision making and employment law. She brings expertise regarding various practical and evidence informed advancements in management. She has published 3 books on human resources topics in Canada, and presented at over 50 conferences in the last 10 years on a variety of management and human resource topics.
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 is currently serving her second term on the Board.
Patty Holk (Treasurer)
Patty worked in the Financial Services industry for 25 years and was most recently Vice President and Director, Payment Operations, TD Securities. 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 developing and overseeing the Bank’s global liquidity risk strategy, enhancing financial controls and managing the Bank’s 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 on the board of Hospice Toronto since 2014, she is on the board of the Oakville Milton Humane Society.
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. Carolyn has been a full-time music therapist at SickKids since January 2012 with an inpatient caseload comprised of patients from the Multi Organ Transplant, Paediatric Advanced Care Team, General Paediatric and Infectious Disease units. Her role also includes individual counseling and group sessions in the Substance Abuse Day treatment program through the department 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 Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists and is a member in good standing with the Canadian Association for Music Therapists. Carolyn also 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.
Carolyn is an active member of her local church congregation and serves as Senior 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.
Christopher McEvenue (Vice Chair)
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.
Kathleen Murphy (Secretary)
Kathleen Murphy is an accomplished lawyer, licensed to practise in Ontario and New York, who began her career in private practise at leading law firms in Toronto and Chicago. Specializing in intellectual property and commercial law, Kathleen acted for clients in diverse industries and at various levels of court as well as before administrative tribunals. Kathleen later served as Associate General Counsel and Director of Intellectual Property/Privacy for Labatt Brewing Company limited and advised its parent company AB InBev on intellectual property matters in Europe, the USA and Latin America.
More recently, Kathleen has devoted her skillset to the not-for-profit sector. A passionate volunteer, Kathleen has volunteered for the last six years with Sprint Senior Care Meals on Wheels and has served on the Board of Directors of Student Assistance for North Toronto Seniors (“SAINTS”). At SAINTS, Kathleen played a key role in overseeing governance, strategy development and fundraising. A believer in public education, Kathleen has also volunteered her grant writing skills to a registered educational charity resulting in a local high school being awarded much needed grants from both the private sector and government.
Kathleen is known for being a solution-driven team player and a strong believer in giving back to her community. Having experienced the need for compassionate end of life care first hand, and having witnessed the disparity in access to it, Kathleen brings a passion to advocate for Hospice Toronto and its related programs for all Torontonians regardless of circumstances.
Steve Nardi (Past Chair)
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.
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. After completing contract work for World Vision Canada, she has now joined the organization as legal counsel.
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 has 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.
Nazir Valani (Board Chair)
Nazir Valani, FSA, FCIA, MAAA
Nazir is President & Co-Founder of Valani Global, a global actuarial consulting firm which was formed in January 2019. Valani Global is a Partner Alliance member of Moody’s Analytics and specializes in actuarial modelling using Moody’s software solutions AXIS and RiskIntegrity IFRS 17.
Before starting Valani Global, Nazir worked at KPMG LLP Partner & North American Leader, AXIS Implementation. He was also the National Leader for the Canadian Actuarial Practice. Prior to KPMG, Nazir started a life actuarial consulting firm and developed it from a one-person shop to the second largest life actuarial practice in Canada. Prior to this, he worked in the insurance industry and at GGY AXIS which is now owned by Moody’s Analytics.
Nazir received the SOA President’s Award in 2018 and was featured in an SOA “Society of Achievers” video. He is the Chair on the Board of Hospice Toronto.