Board of Directors

NEWVISIONSTORONTO is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our 2017-2018 Board Members are:

Position Name Elected Status  Term
President Fonda Zettler 2018 Third
Vice President Doug King 2019 Family member Second
Treasurer Sandra Essex 2019 Second
Secretary Reshma Bhargava 2019 Third
Director Alicia Ali 2019 Family member Third
Director Barb Wentworth 2018 Family member Third
Director Parisa Mehrfar 2018 Second
Director Robert Last 2019 First
Director Robert Kalanda    2019 First
Director Brian Maslowski   2019 Appointed First
Director Vacant

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

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Fonda Zettler: President
Fonda was elected for her third and final term at the AGM in September 2018. Fonda will also continue 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. 

Doug King: Vice-President
Doug King was born and raised in Toronto.  He received a BA majoring in Political Science and Economics at the University of Toronto, Victoria College.  He subsequently received his MBA at the University of Toronto, (now the Rotman School of Business.)  Doug retired after a 35 year career at TD Bank.  During his career he and his family spent three years in New York City, four years in South East Asia, (Hong Kong and Singapore), and eight years in London England, as Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa.  He served on the Board of Directors of various TD Bank Subsidiaries in each of the USA, Asia and Europe during these years. Doug returned to Canada from England to set up TD Securities and was its first President.  Toward the end of his career, Doug set up the Bank’s Office of the Ombudsman and became the Bank’s first Ombudsman. 

Doug with his wife Pat have three children, (Andrew, Peter and Edward) and three grandchildren.  Peter and Edward have been part of New Visions Toronto for over twelve years, living together at 245 Davisville.

Since retirement, Doug has served on the Boards of Montage Support Services and Harmony Place. He and Pat have been strong advocates for Peter and Edward and have been active fund raisers for New Visions Toronto both directly and through the Annual Golf Tournament.   Doug and Pat have traveled to Australia seven times over the last several years to visit Andrew and his wife Annette and their three grandchildren in Sydney.  They have recently moved to Brisbane.

Doug is a keen golfer and spends a good deal of his time at their farm south of Collingwood where they grow apples and various crops including wheat, canola, corn and soya beans. 

Doug feels that with his experience and being a parent of two people supported by New Visions Toronto he will be able to contribute to the ongoing great work of the Board of Directors of New Visions Toronto.

Sandra Essex: Treasurer
Sandra was first appointed to the Board in February 2017 and stood for election in September 2017 and was elected for her first term. Sandra was again elected as the Treasurer in October 2019 at the start of her second term. Sandra Essex has an Honours Science Degree from the University of Guelph.  When Sandra's two children were in high school, she returned to school and studied at Wilfrid Laurier University to complete the educational and examination requirements to become a Chartered Accountant.  Sandra articled with Deloitte for five years and in 2002, after completing all entrance requirements, she became a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants ((CPA) of Ontario.  

Sandra brings diverse experience from the not-for-profit sector.  Her former positions include, Director of Membership and Administration at the YMCA-YWCA of Guelph, and Director of Advocacy and Management Consultant for Ontario YWCAs for the YWCA of Canada.  During her time at the YWCA of Canada, she researched and wrote a brief supporting the YWCA's position on Gun Control.  As their delegate she presented and defended the brief to the House of Commons and Senate Standing Committees.  She lead strategic planning sessions, recruited CEOs and provided guidance on many operating issues to YWCAs across Ontario.  She wrote a number of successful funding proposals including one for a National Play Program for At Risk Refugee Children which assisted refugee children, who had experienced violence, to express their feelings. The Play Program was operated in 8 YWCAs.  

After becoming a CPA Sandra became the Chief Financial Officer for the YMCA of Greater Toronto and Interim Director of Finance for New Visions Toronto. At both organizations Sandra created and implemented a program for ensuring effective internal controls.  Sandra has 10 years of senior leadership experience in the hospital sector where she has been the Director of Finance at both CAMH and The Scarborough Hospital.  She is currently Director of Finance at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington.  

Sandra's first love is the not for profit sector. She has sat on a number of Boards of Directors including the YWCA of Kitchener-Waterloo and the Edward Johnson Music Foundation.  

Sandra loves adventure travel and sees her 4 day hike on the Inca Trail, 10 months after a hip replacement, as one of her biggest physical accomplishments.  Sandra loves camping, hiking and manages stress with daily yoga.  Her passion is cooking and one day hopes to attend a 5 day program at the Cordon Blue cooking school in Paris, France.

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 again elected as Secretary in October 2019 at the start of her third term. 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 currently works at IBM as an external communications advisor. In this role she identifies external storytelling opportunities to amplify the work IBM is doing to support economic growth from coast to coast.

Previously, she was a Press Secretary to former Premier Kathleen Wynne during the 2018 provincial election.  She has also served as Press Secretary and Communications Advisor to former Cabinet Minister Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for the Anti-Racism Directorate. Prior to that, Alicia was an Associate Consultant at Navigator, Canada's leading high-stakes public strategy and communications firm.  In this role, she was responsible for issues management, media planning and working with clients to build communication plans for a wide-range of contentious issues. 

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

A graduate of the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management at Carleton University, she also completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at McMaster University where she was actively involved in student government.

Parisa Mehrfar: Director
Parisa was elected for her second term at the AGM in September 2018. 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 well being 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.

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 elected for her third and final term at the AGM in September 2018. Barb is also a member of the Fundraising Committee.  Barb is a parent of one of the people we 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. 

Robert Kalanda
Rob was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, where he practices as a civil litigator since being called to the Bar in Ontario in 2012. Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and a Juris Doctor from Western University.

Rob’s legal experience is varied, including litigation, corporate, commercial, and intellectual property work. Rob’s not-for-profit support during his education includes working with Western’s university legal services clinic and briefly assisting a local London, Ontario not-for-profit with grant applications and related duties. As a lawyer, Rob has helped set up a number of not-for-profit corporations, and assisted not-for-profits with seeking judicial intervention when the need arose.

Rob’s personal interests are equally varied, from music and the outdoors to video games and television. Rob is excited about the opportunity to work with the other directors and staff of New Visions Toronto as a member of the Board of Directors.

Robert Last
As a licensed real estate professional, Robert has over 30 years experience in commercial real estate management and operations and has been the Executive Vice President at Canpro Investments Ltd., the captive real estate management arm of The Azrieli Foundation, since 2015. Prior to joining Canpro, Robert has enjoyed progressive positions with industry leaders SNC-Lavalin, Bentall Kennedy and Brookfield Properties.

With approximately 10 years of board experience with Bellwoods Centre for Community Living and witnessing political organizational shifts such as the creation of LIHNs, Robert understands the importance of community involvement for agencies like New Visions Toronto. 
Robert would like to get more involved with New Visions Toronto as he has a positive history with the agency.  He has participated in NVT golf tournaments over the years and was a great supporter of this year’s tournament bringing in both a high number of golfers and sponsors. 

Robert believes education and exposure within the larger community will assist in driving fundraising revenue and with his background, experience and desire to help, feels he will be an asset to the agency to reach a larger audience.

Robert looks forward to the opportunity of working with the other directors and staff of New Visions Toronto as a member of the Board of Directors.