Board of Directors

NEWVISIONSTORONTO is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our 2016-2017 board members are:

Position Name Elected Status  Term
President Fonda Zettler 2016 Second
Vice President Margaux Peck 2015 First
Treasurer Alina Antonie 2016 Second
Secretary Reshma Bhargava 2015 First
Director Alicia Ali 2015 Family member First
Director George Small 2015 First
Director Barb Wentworth 2016 Family member Second
Director Parisa Mehrfar 2016 First
Director Shira Tsinman 2016 First

To contact the Board of Directors, please email the President.

Call for Nominations for our Board of Directors
We are currently seeking candidates to stand for election to our Board of Directors in the Fall of 2017
Click here to read the Call for Nominations Letter
Click here for our Membership Form

You can contact our Nomination Committee Members Shira Tsinman and Parisa Mehrfar for additional information.

Fonda Zettler: President
Fonda was first elected to the Board in September 2014 and in September 2016 was elected for her second term.  Fonda begins her second year as President of the Board and is looking forward to continuing with her responsibilities and she feels that given the opportunity to serve on the Board for such a wonderful organization is an honour. 

Fonda is an innovative Educator and Community Support Consultant with extensive experience working with diverse student groups with exceptional needs and educational levels ranging from kindergarten to post-secondary to achieve impressive results. Fonda has worked as a frontline staff and also at the management level including being a past employee of New Visions Toronto.  She has been teaching at the post-secondary level for the past nine years. Fonda’s knowledge base and extensive hands on experience as well as her post graduate education with a concentration in teaching, learning and development allows her to confidently contribute as an expert in the field.  Fonda’s love and dedication for her work and others always takes her on new journeys and has her reaching for new goals.  Fonda has been an active participant at many of the fundraising activities including Bowlathon, the Valentine’s Dance, the Golf Tournament and Croquet in the City.  She is also looking forward to implementing and completing the 2016 – 2019 Strategic Plan for New Visions Toronto. 

Margaux Peck: Vice-President
Margaux was elected to the Board in September 2015. In September 2016 she was elected as Vice President. Margaux is currently the Chair of the Fundraising Committee. 

Margaux was born and raised in London, Ontario. She has been residing and working in Toronto since finishing her education in 2010. Margaux is a criminal defence lawyer. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2011. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Queen's University Faculty of Law in 2010 and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario in 2007. Margaux's criminal law practice is varied, but includes a significant Legal Aid practice. Margaux has considerable experience representing clients who battle mental health and addition challenges.

Margaux loves nature and is passionate about camping, canoeing and hiking. She has also more recently taken up long-distance running. Margaux is a sports enthusiast with a particular love of NFL football. Margaux is also a foodie who loves to cook. Margaux is an avid volunteer. She was a volunteer Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of London and Area for several years and maintains a close friendship with her Little Sister to this day. Margaux volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada hosting a weekly radio show on current legal issues throughout her time at Queen's University. She was also a volunteer examiner for lifesaving, first aid, and lifeguarding courses through the Lifesaving Society of Canada for several years.

Alina Antonie: Treasurer
Alina was first appointed to the Board in February 2014 and in March of 2014 was elected as the Treasurer.  Alina stood for election in September 2014 and was elected for her first term. In September 2016 she was elected for her second term. Alinia is currently the Chair of the Finance Committee. Alina received her Masters of Economics, from the Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest, Romania.   She is a CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CRMA (Certification in Risk Management Assurance).  This makes her an excellent candidate for the Treasurer position. 

Currently Alina is employed with Kinross Gold Corporation. She holds the position of Manager, Internal Audit. Alina has over nine years of experience in areas of internal and external audit, including control rationalization, control assurance, enterprise risk assessment and internal audit across various industries including public sector, not for profit organizations, asset management, banks, insurance, mining, utilities, real estate, and pharmaceutical. 

Reshma Bhargava: Secretary
Reshma was appointed to the Board of Directors in March 2015 and was elected to the Board of Directors in September 2015.  She was also elected as Secretary in September 2015. Reshma is at present, the Program Manager at the Heart Care Cardiac Rehab at Heart Care Canada in Oshawa, Ontario.  She is also currently the Host of a Web Series at the The Wedd Lounge, Toronto.

Some of Reshma’s recent occupations include Event Planning for the Medical Staff Association in Oshawa, Committee Member, Indo-Canadian Cultural Association of Durham Region, Volunteer Teacher, Neerja Modi School, Jaipur, India, Volunteer Teaching Assistant, Vidya Sagar School, Spastic Society of India, Chennai, India, where she taught math and computer skills to special needs children.  She was also a volunteer at the Mother Theresa Orphanage in Chennai, India.

At Queen’s University, where Reshma obtained her BSc.(Hon.) degree, she held leadership positions as Residence Don, Dance Team Coordinator and President of Queen’s Indian Students Association.

And if you think her only interest is anything that seems like work, think again because her Extracurricular Activities include, dancing, singing, scrapbooking, jewellery making, photography and cooking.

Alicia Ali: Director
Alicia was elected to the New Visions Board of Directors in September 2015. She currently works as a Press Secretary and Communications Advisor to the Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services, and Minister Responsible for the Anti Racism Directorate. Previously, Alicia was an Associate Consultant at Navigator, Canada's leading high-stakes public strategy and communications firm. At Navigator, Alicia did crisis and issues management work for clients from a wide cross-section of industries, including but not limited to not-for-profit sector, pharmaceutical and energy sectors.

Alicia brings a diverse experience from the not-for-profit sector as a former project coordinator with the YWCA Hamilton. She managed a campaign to end violence against women on post-secondary campuses and co-led the inaugural Leadership Summit for Women.

Alicia graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McMaster University and a Masters in Political Management at Carleton University. 

George Small: Director
George was first elected to the Board in September 2015. George is also a member of the Finance Committee.  George is a successful entrepreneur with over 35 years of experience in technology, sales, marketing and senior management. In 1999, George co-founded an internet technology company, Kanetix Ltd. In twelve years the company included three profit centres and almost 100 employees. In 2011, George and his partner sold control to a private equity company in Boston.

Earlier in his career, George led large teams of technologists and marketers at Canada Life, Canada Life Casualty and the Toronto Stock Exchange. He also worked as a management consultant to large financial institutions and government.

George is a Director and Audit Committee member at Kanetix Ltd. - a privately-owned Canadian technology company.  He is also a former Director of the Melanoma Network of Canada - a national non-profit organization involved in health advocacy.

George and his family manage a charitable trust, focusing on the needs of health and educational institutions.

George has an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.

Barb Wentworth: Director
Barb was first elected to the Board and in September 2014 and in September 2016 was elected for her second term.  Barb is also a member of the Fundraising Committee.  Barb is a parent of one of the people currently being supported in a residential home with New Visions Toronto.  Barb has been a strong supporter of New Visions Toronto and she is currently working on “Friends of New Visions Toronto” with a community church group.  Barb has experience in developing community cooperation and public sector partnerships. She has also had successful fundraising experience in her career.  Barb has also worked as a special education teacher.  Barb wants to continue to make a positive impact. 

Barb has been an active member of the Fundraising Committee and has participated in many of the fundraising activities including the Bowlathon, the Valentine’s Dance, the Golf Tournament and Croquet in the City.   Barb also presented to the Select Committee on Developmental Services.  Barb’s presentation was from the perspective of a person supported by an agency. 

Parisa Mehrfar: Director
Parisa was first elected to the Board in September 2016. Parisa’s interest in New Visions Toronto started about three years ago when she partnered with Karen Cowan our Director of Health on a special project. Together they improved the method associated with tube feeding that many of the people we support required.  Parisa was inspired by the dedication of the New Visions Toronto staff and the level of care that is provided for the people living in our homes.  From this involvement Parisa developed an interest to join the Board of Director to contribute to the wellbeing of the people supported by New Visions Toronto.

 Parisa is a Registered Clinical Dietitian with over seven years of progressive experience in project management, collaborative leadership and healthcare service delivery as part of inter-professional teams.  Parisa has a strong knowledge of clinical needs of vulnerable pediatric and adult clients with complex developmental and physical disabilities.  She has also been an active participant in various fundraising events including New Visions Toronto annual golf tournament. 
Parisa has a MBA from Wilfrid Laurier, Master of Science from McGill in Human Nutrition, and a Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours from Ryerson University.

Shira Tsinman: Director
Shira was first elected to the Board in September 2016.  Growing up in Halifax, NS, she has always had a strong sense of community, and joining the Board of New Visions Toronto has given her an opportunity to become more connected and give back in her newest hometown of Toronto.  

Driven by a creative mindset, Shira is a strategy-focused professional with eight years of client service experience. Delivering on-point results for clients through strategic thinking, strong communication skills and relationship development is what she sets out to do every day. Shira believes that the skills she regularly utilizes in her job makes her uniquely qualified to contribute to New Visions Toronto as a member of the Board of Directors.

Shira is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.