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Lauro Monteiro
Executive Director

Lauro’s extensive leadership experience enables him to better position Haven Toronto to provide services to its clients and to chart a new course in increasing awareness of the issues facing marginalized elder men and their unique needs.


Lauro has decades of public service leadership experience within the justice and human services sectors and with the Ontario Secretary of the Cabinet. EMAIL

Maureen McNeish

Maureen has worked as a registered nurse for more than 25 years, in Canada and the United Kingdom. Her experience includes home care, community nursing, faith community nursing, long term care, surgical and mental health nursing. She has obtained certification in psychiatric and mental health nursing from the Canadian Nurses’ Association, and is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Nursing program. EMAIL

Wayne Bright
Senior Counsellor

Wayne has worked in the social services sector for more than 20 years, including community outreach and frontline shelter support.


In his counselling role at Haven Toronto, Wayne utilizes his real-life experiences to connect with and advocate for clients. EMAIL

Cary Goldman

Cary is a University of Toronto B.Sc. MSW graduate. He has over 25 years of experience in Psychiatric Social Work throughout Canada and the USA, specializing in Mental Health and Concurrent Disorders.

Cary has worked in both hospital-based Psychiatry and Community Clinics in Mental Health. EMAIL

Megan Ferguson
Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor

Megan specializes in mental health, addictions, criminology, domestic violence and forensics. Megan has obtained both MSc and BA (Hons.) degrees in Forensic Psychology and criminology and justice. Megan’s diverse clinical experience crosses Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe. EMAIL

Tanya Dordi
Crisis Worker

Tanya is passionate about practicing through compassion and care in holistic and client centred environments. As a Registered Social Worker Tanya has extensive experience working with seniors in crisis intervention, community outreach and in Long Term Care; working with clients with psychosocial challenges and concurrent disorders. EMAIL

Henri Fraser
Support Care Worker

Henri is the longest serving member of the team with over 12 years of front-line experience supporting our clients. EMAIL

Minhajul Kazi
Support Care Worker

Minhajul is a graduate of Medical Science from Bangladesh with a post­graduate in Pediatric Nutrition from Boston University.


In addition to a career in medicine, Minhajul has social work experience in the field of autism and child homelessness. EMAIL

Chris Benson
Cook and Food
Service Operations

The former owner of The Cove restaurant in Newmarket, Chris brings years of experience behind the grill to his front line role preparing and serving thousands of healthy, nutritious meals weekly. EMAIL

Tom Smith

A Red Seal Chef from Sault College, Tom has extensive experience as a chef in the convention and banquet industry including work at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and SkyDome. EMAIL

Rees Pepperell

A graduate of the Human Services Counsellor Program at George Brown College, Rees has experience delivering programs to adults with mental health challenges, physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries (ABI) , seniors, and people who use alcohol and drugs. EMAIL

Ali Yousaf
Manager of Finance
and Administration

From Canada's east coast, and having studied and worked in the States, Ali brings extensive experience to the role from both not for profit and business sectors. EMAIL

David Wannan
Director of Development and Community Relations

With a background in media, sponsorship and publicity, Dave is responsible for marketing, community engagement and donor relations. His goal is to increase awareness of Haven Toronto and the issues surrounding poverty, homelessness and isolation while growing engagement and support of the centre and its clients. EMAIL

Carolina Salinas
Coordinator – Volunteers,
Administration and
Donor Services

Carolina specializes in public relations, communications and project management. She has regularly volunteered at Toronto non-profits and often blogs on social issues including homelessness. Carolina is a graduate of Seneca College’s Public Relations program. EMAIL

Board of Directors

Andrew Clark, Chair

Michael McCarthy, Vice Chair

Rob Tudhope, Treasurer

Arif Ahmad, Secretary

Joshua Cox

Liz Jordan

Susan Crawford

Honorary Patron
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
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