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Meet Our Board

Carmen Allen

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 five years as the HR Lead providing critical advice and support to the ED and 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.

Sonya Bourgeois

Sonya Bourgeois is a policy professional with the Ontario Public Service, leading projects in the areas of violence against women, health policy, community and social service delivery, and gender-based policy and program development. She holds a Masters in Social Work from York University, and has published in the areas of women and HIV, and access to abortion in Canada. Early in her career, she worked as a fundraising professional in the areas of human rights, mental health, and community development. She is a former staff member of The Redwood and loves to ride her bicycle.

Nira Elgueta

Since moving from Chile and adopting Toronto as 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 over 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.

Amy Nhan

Amy was born in Brantford and moved to Toronto at young age with her mother and sister. Raised by a single mother, she always had strong women as role models, nurturing not only her passion to help others and pay it forward, but also to achieve ambitious goals to grow personally and professionally. She will graduate from Ryerson University in June 2017 with a Bachelors of Technology, where she majors in Graphic Communications Management and minors in Human Resources, along with an elective focus in overall Politics. At 22 years old, she has already progressively grown in her career managing an entire Production Department in a printing company. Amy’s goal is to be a champion for diversity in a predominantly male industry and concurrently be a role model to foster women to be their own champions and bring forth ideas to create a positive change in the industry.

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.

Komila Rakhimova

A passionate development professional and equality advocate with 10 years’ experience in policy, advocacy, research and project management on diversity, gender equality, women’s empowerment, prevention of violence against women, anti-trafficking in human beings, and disabilities with international organizations in East Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Komila has proven technical expertise in mainstreaming diversity and gender equality into an organizational context. She also has teaching experience coupled with value change oriented awareness raising campaigns and capacity building activities for various target groups.  Komila has worked for the United Nations Development Offices in Uzbekistan, Somalia, and Slovakia and OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Uzbekistan and Poland. In her current position with Bell Canada as

a Training Associate, she addresses the learning and training needs of staff, develops recommendations for training programs as well as researching new training areas.

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.