Board of Directors

Crystal Paul

Crystal is our Recording Secretary. She recently graduated from Ryerson University and received her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and a Minor Degree in Child & Youth Care. Crystal's career goal is to become a youth practitioner and work with troubled and marginalized youth within the Criminal Justice System by advocating and implementing new restorative justice programs. Crystal is a strong advocate for social justice and is commited to leadership in public policy, government and non-profit volunteer organizations.

Gerda Kaegi

Gerda is adjunct professor at Ryerson University in the Department of Politics, School of Public Administration, and  recently retired as the coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Studies in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management Program. Her long history of volunteer activities includes Co-Chair of the Ontario Elder Health Coalition, past and now present Board member of the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, and Past-President of Canadian Pensioners Concerned, nationally and provincially. She is a founding member of the Board of the Peel Leadership Centre.

Jean Wright

Jean has over 40 years' of experience in office administration and bookkeeping, in both small and medium sized companies.  This was her first non-profit venture and she has been our Treasurer for 5 years.  She has also been responsible for membership for the last 2 years, and during that time has updated many of the systems we use to be more cost effective and efficient, mainly due to the exponential growth in the use of the internet. 

Jordanne Holland

Jordanne is President of the Board of Directors.  She has a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto and is currently completing her Masters in Health Administration.  She has worked in a variety of clinical and non-clinical roles at the Alzheimer Society, Mount Sinai Hospital, Baycrest Health Sciences and most recently at St. Michael’s Hospital.  Jordanne is strongly motivated to bring about positive change in Ontario’s Long Term Care system

Linda Aquino

Linda is a Human Resources Leader with more than 20 years of experience providing consultation to leaders, managers and employees in all areas of Human Resources.  Having to place her parent in a long-term care facility, she saw first-hand the need for improvements and changes required to the system.  She recently joined the board of Concerned Friends where she wants to contribute and bring about positive change to the lives of our seniors and overall, to the Long Term Care System in Ontario.

Lois Dent

A past president, Lois has been a board member for over 10 years. She has a graduate degree in social work and worked in the mental health field and as a community geriatric social worker before retiring. She has a long-standing interest in advocacy and seniors' issues.

Paulina Naranjo

Paulina has experience with caring for a loved one in a long-term care home, and has learned to navigate the system on her own. She is committed to positive change and to both individual and systemic advocacy work. Paulina is currently a student of health administration at Ryerson University. She has a variety of skills, including public speaking and fundraising experience. She hails from Chile and speaks English, Spanish and Italian.

Susan Chambers

Susan has been involved with seniors’ needs in Ontario for over 30 years. She worked as a social worker with the elderly and was part of the group which started SPRINT (Seniors’ Peoples Resources in North Toronto). Susan has worked in long-term care, acute care, and rehab hospitals while completing her BSW and MSW at nights. She retired a year ago, and recently joined the board of Concerned Friends where her experience and expertise will be most welcome.