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meet our board

Carmen Allen, CHRP

Carmen is currently a Manager working in Employee Relations & Recruitment Services. She holds an MA Industrial Relations/Human Resources Management and is a Certified Human Resources Professional. Carmen is an active contributing member and advocate of the aims and objectives of The Redwood.  Carmen has served on The Redwood Board of Directors for 3 years as the HR Lead providing critical advice and support to the ED, Board Chair on various HR policy, process and procedures.  Carmen has also supported the Board’s Governance and Succession Planning process and represented The Redwood as an ambassador for The Redwood at various charitable events to accept donations.

Annemarie Carere, LLB                                        

Annemarie is a lawyer who has worked in public service in the area of children's law, child protection, custody/access, criminal prosecution and domestic violence for thirty nine years. Annemarie’s work has focused on improving the lives of children in our community. Annemarie started as a Redwood volunteer in 2011 on the Social Justice Committee and has been a member of the Board since October 2012 and Secretary since October 2014. Annemarie is committed to the vision and goals of The Redwood and thankful to have an opportunity to contribute and learn from The Redwood community.

Nira Elgueta

Since moving from Chile and adopting Toronto has her hometown, Nira has been involved with the Latin American community in Toronto and beyond. Her projects have included: civic engagement, making art accessible to young people and equity and social justice issues. However, her passion has always been advocating for the rights of women and children fleeing violence. She has been involved with The Redwood for almost 10 years supporting the organization in different capacities. As a member of The Redwood’s board of directors, she hopes to build a better world for women and children.

Leah Odle-Benson

Leah is a social development specialist who is both passionate about gender equality and committed to supporting social justice and community-building.  Born in Barbados, Leah has spent the last six years working throughout the Caribbean on gender and development issues, including violence against women, leadership and empowerment, HIV and AIDS, and gender mainstreaming.  Leah holds an MA in International Communications and Development and is looking forward to supporting the work of The Redwood.

Joanne Simons

Joanne is currently the Chief Mission Officer & Executive Director at The Arthritis Society, providing strategic oversight for research, programs, services, public policy, marketing and communications. Consistently recognized as a leader and innovator, Joanne’s first passion is the not-for-profit sector building strong organizations that are visionary and sustainable.  Healthy families are a priority at The Redwood Shelter and that aligns strongly with Joanne’s personal views on life.

Malini Singh

With a background in social work, settlement, equity and advocacy, Malini has over 15 years' experience in the not for profit sector.  Her dedication to sustainable and inclusive change for women and girls is guided by a strong anti-oppression feminist framework. Prior to moving to Toronto in 2006, Malini resided in Calgary and Winnipeg after emigrating from Guyana at a young age. She is committed to positive futures for families and looks forward to contributing to The Redwood’s vision and mandate.

Hanna Suh

Hanna is currently Senior Manager, Corporate Counsel at Mylan Pharmaceuticals. She graduated with an Hons. B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and earned her J.D. from the University of Ottawa. She was called to the bar in both Ontario and New York.  Hanna has served on the Board since 2013 and is currently the Governance Board Lead, having the mandate to strengthen the Board's governance policies, procedures and practices and to ensure that the Board works efficiently and effectively in advancing The Redwood's strategic goals.