Her goals include helping to build a stronger BFO, encouraging collaboration between the Board, staff and volunteers to inspire hope and healing in the community.
Jane is currently employed as a corporate trainer in the technology services field.
Ryan is passionate about the power of peer-to-peer support and in helping individuals through their grief journeys. He chairs the communications committee, which is responsible for branding, website development, external communications, and spreading awareness of BFO in the community.
Outside of BFO, Ryan works in marketing, climbs rocks, and enjoys exploring Toronto with his fiancée and their cat.
Catherine joined the board in 2014 and is passionate about fundraising to ensure that BFO can continue to provide its much-needed support. She leads the Golf Tournament Committee and Co-Chairs the Fundraising Committee.
Outside of BFO, Catherine works in data analytics.
Since 1991 Barb has co-facilitated many types of groups including parental loss, children’s groups, concurrent parent groups, spousal loss over 55 closed groups. She also does one to ones and has recently shared her facilitator experience in current BFO facilitator training sessions.
At the present time, she is the chair of PAC (Professional Advisory Committee) and as such the PAC representative on the Board. Barb is the honored recipient of the Noah Thorek Award and the first recipient of the Founders’ Award.
Andrew operates Cardinal Funeral Homes with his dad and brother. He brings in-depth knowledge of the funeral profession to BFO-Toronto as well as his professional connections that he encourages to support this organization.
Cardinal Funeral Homes has long supported BFO-Toronto in various ways while co-hosting the annual Butterfly Release for the past several years.
Jock is a sales and marketing executive who has held positions in various industries from graphic solutions and supplies to technical security products and services. Jock has owned and operated businesses and possess a strong belief in team work focused on strategic initiatives.
Outside of BFO, Poonam is passionate about developing talent and empowering organizations. Her professional background is in Human Resources and Consulting. She also enjoys a pleasant summer bike ride throughout the streets of Toronto and attends Hot Yoga classes.
Allan has been a Funeral Director for over 40 years and operates MacKinnon & Bowes in Toronto. He and his company have been supportive of BFO and the assistance it provides families in need for over 30 years.