Board of Directors
Christina Boyle – Board Chair
Christina has served on the Board of Vita Centre from 2008 to 2015 and was Chair and President from 2009 to 2014. She returned to the Board of Vita Centre in 2017 to Chair the Governance Committee, and from 2018 onwards Christina has served as President and Board Chair. She continues to have an active interest in all aspects of the work of Vita Centre, and brings with her many years of experience and understanding of the fiduciary responsibilities that must be met by a member of a Board of Directors, with a particular interest in risk management and privacy based on her many years of work experience. She has served her profession and her community through a number of volunteer board and committee positions, including a term as president of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA), two terms as a Director of OPA, a term as a director of the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada, and is a current board member of Health Claims for Auto Insurance Processing, and has completed a six-year term as a member of the Governance Committee of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association. Christina is also the Past President of the Catholic Women’s League at St. Joseph Streetsville.
Jackie Pappas – Treasurer/Secretary
Jackie has worked in the child care profession for over 39 years with over 30+ years as a Child Care Director in the diverse community of Scarborough. She supports and guides families with children between the ages of 0 and 12 years. She is knowledgeable in Human Resources, Financing, Budgeting, Child Development, Program Development and Board operations. Jackie has been instrumental in growing the not-for-profit business from a capacity of 40 children to 187 children. Jackie currently volunteers with St. Francis of Assisi parish on the Social Committee, as a lector and is assisting the parish at Wenleigh Nursing Home.
Marina Vadivelu – Director
Marina currently works at Scotiabank as a Senior Manager. She has held various management roles in Investment and Wealth Management with a focus on leading projects within operations of the back/middle office. Marina’s passion to help others is demonstrated by her active role as youth coordinator at her local church, volunteering with Hope4Child Relief Mission Inc. (a CRA-registered Canadian charity focused on supporting war-affected families in Sri Lanka) and being part of the Diversity and Inclusion committee at work. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from University of Toronto.
Fidelia Fredua-Kwarteng – Director
Fidelia brings a strong policy, project management and stakeholder relationship/management background, working in Government both in Nunavut with the Department of Health and Social Services, and in Ontario with the Ministry of the Attorney General, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Education. Fidelia has two Master’s degrees from the University of Toronto: a Master’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Social Work (Policy, Organizations and Community). Fidelia has over 19 years experience working with the Government of Ontario.
Saras Jayakumar – Director
Saras has over 15 years of experience in Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Resources and Ethical Standards covering Manufacturing and supply chain industries. She began her career in Asia, working with suppliers of major global apparel brands, before joining Wal-Mart as part of their Social Compliance team to manage their ES auditing process. Her last work assignment before Arche Advisors was in Singapore with Bolloré Logistics, where she was responsible for overseeing compliance reviews, corporate governance, and anti-corruption due diligence process across Asia Pacific region. Saras is certified in TAPA, EHS Auditing processes. She holds a master’s degree in Sociology and a post-graduation in Global Business Management. She has been part of various CSR initiatives during her work and is happy to share her time and experience with Vita Center in furthering its mission in helping the community.
Joshua Silveira – Director
Joshua is a new Board Director. He has been a part of Kasseler Foods, a family run business for 17 years and has been the operations Manager since 2015. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and currently holds the position of Deputy Grand Knight in the council. He has served on many sub committees in the council which focused mainly on fund raising for the community and the parish. He helped start the baby bottle campaign at St John of the Cross parish which has raised over$10,000 for Jewels for Jesus, an organization that is very similar to the Vita Centre.
Helen Szumigaj – Director
Helen attained Senior Sales Executive roles within the Food Industry. She was responsible for sales organizations both within Canada and the United States achieving significant sales and profit targets. Concurrently, Helen was appointed to the Board of Governors for Seneca College and volunteered within the business community promoting Women in Business. Following a successful sales career, Helen’s expertise was sought by Seneca College appointing her as a Professor within the School of Hospitality and Tourism as well as the Global Business Management Program. She continues to develop courses for both programs. Helen’s passion is building long term relationships, collaboration within teams, developing growth opportunities and elevating individuals to aspire to higher goals.
Calvin Rodgers – Director
Calvin Rodgers is the current VP of Tax at Volaris Group, which is an operating group under Constellation Software. He is a Certified Public Accountant (‘CPA’) with over 30 years of public accounting and industry experience. Besides his work career, he has been involved with a number of organizations including the past President of the Lisgar Residents Association and the Treasurer of the Canorient Christian Association. Calvin is actively involved with St. John of the Cross Parish where he is currently Chair of the Finance Committee and an active usher at the 10 am mass.
Become a Board Member
Do you want to make a difference and can commit? Then we need you!
We are currently seeking Board and Committee volunteers from diverse backgrounds to participate and share their knowledge and experience and help Vita Centre realize its potential for good. To learn more about our Board of Directors or any open positions, please click here.
4 – 8 hrs. per month; generally meetings are in the evening
- 2-3 years of previous Volunteer Board experience in the Non Profit Social Services sector
- Committed to the work, mission and strategic goals of the organization
- Regularly attend board meetings and important meetings/special events
- Participate actively in committee work
- Lead by example
- Advocate on behalf of the organization
- Represent the organization, as requested