Board of Directors
An accountant (CPA, CGA) who retired from full time employment in June 2015. I do part time office management for my husband’s company and am the administrator at DMC. In addition to my accounting background, I have completed all the courses required for the Human Resources designation.
I have two connections with SCOC. I am a member of one of the founding churches (DMC) and my father lived at SCOC from 1990 to 1997.
I read, play piano, sing and quilt. I am on the worship committee at church and on several committees at SCOC. I have a son and daughter, both married and I have a 7-year-old granddaughter.
Leonard W. Konkin
I am a community member who has been familiar with the location prior to the complex being built in the early 80’s. Also, I am aware of the designing Architect from my work life in the Retirement Home and Long Term Care (LTC) sector.
My diversified background includes engineering, business / finance, business management and human resources. The experience which directly complements SCOC is when I served as a VP Human Resources & Corporate Development for a large organization in the private sector whose business activities were eventually consolidated into a REIT. In addition, my not-for-profit, charitable and community counseling was obtained through serving in this industry sector.
I am also one of the original founders of a Foundation that supports a charity for marginalized youth that has been in existence for a number of years.
My wife Gloria and I live in the immediate neighbourhood. She is also very familiar with SCOC through her work experience as an Occupational Health & Safety Nurse. We have no children but a wonderful Shih Poo dog called Maggie. Gloria’s mother has been a resident of True Davidson Acres for a number of years. Our ambition is to enjoy our later years and fulfill our travel plans.
I am a TUMC appointee on SCOC’s Board. In my work life, I am the Executive Director of Houses Opening Today Toronto Inc. (HOTT), a non-profit housing organization offering affordable housing and supports to marginalized individuals and families. I have been with HOTT since 1988 and still love my job and the many challenges it brings me. I also direct some of my energies, as a founding Board Member, into Aurora House, an organization offering housing and supports to survivors of human trafficking.
My relevant academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Toronto, two years of studies in Architecture and many courses in non-profit management, governance, and strategic planning. Over the years I have been actively involved in the work of ONPHA, the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, as well as numbers of other housing groups and taskforces. I have also designed and given workshops and seminars on different aspects of housing and homelessness and have been instrumental in working towards advancements and improvements in the non-profit housing sector.
I live with my husband Bruce and two cats. Our two daughters, Erin and Shelley, are young adults who have recently left home. Before arriving in Canada in 1980, I lived for 11 years in Cape Town, South Africa and before that for 9 years in England. Before entering the housing field in the mid-1980s, I worked in journalism and publishing. In my non-work time I enjoy watching movies, travelling and socializing with friends.
I came to the SCOC board as a retiree, having enjoyed a career that includes preschool and youth work, program and community development, pastoral care and receptionist. I am one of three board members representing Danforth Mennonite Church. My family’s SCOC membership during the 80’s allowed us many hours of aquatic enjoyment.
Gardening, music, travel and sports are among my keen interests, while volunteering weekly in hospice care offers invaluable learning. Our three grandchildren provide great joy and keep us on our toes.
I look forward to serving this great community as secretary of the board for the coming year.
Susan M Sawatsky
My earliest connection to SCOC began in late 1982 when we were introduced to this new housing opportunity through our church, Toronto United Mennonite. We lived on the 10th floor on an apartment block with 2 young children (ages 5 & 2 at the time), so the prospect of living in a townhouse was extremely appealing. We were one of the first families to move into SCOC and lived here for 6 years. I also worked in the business office for 11 years. While the physical footprint and basic programs of SCOC have remained the same over the years, 23 years later I recognize that SCOC is different, yet it still feels very much like home.
My husband and I lived near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for 13 years where he was the CEO of a large continuing care retirement community. I was pleased to be able to join him for a research trip to Scandinavia some years back to observe other European models of continuing care. This trip was well informed by my years at SCOC and gave my husband and me many opportunities to discuss his views and future plans for the facility for which he was responsible. When he died in 2014, I decided to return to Canada to live close to my daughter, Laresa, her husband, and now 5-year-old granddaughter. I am a happy Grandma, sharing in their lives. My son, Bevan, is a research scientist who lives and works in Germany, but we do see him very regularly.
I was looking for a new experience in my reconfigured life, so when the opportunity was presented to me to be on the SCOC Board, I felt as though I had come full circle, and am delighted to offer my life experiences to the community.
I am a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the banking industry. I am an active member of Toronto United Mennonite Church and have served 6 years on the SCOC Board in the past.
I also sit on the Board of Directors for SCOC Foundation where I serve as the Investment advisor.
I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve both SCOC and Danforth Mennonite Church as a board member since 2015. I bring with me over 25 years of experience in project management and facilitation in the area of facility design and construction. In the last few years I have expanded my training and experiences to include alternate dispute resolution services such as facilitation and mediation. I am excited to be a part of this community as we look to the future and the growth in service SCOC can provide to the residents and the wider community.
My wife, Alison, and I have two children 20 and 16 years old and have been living in the east end for over 20 years.
A nurse (BScN) who retired from full time employment in 1995. I have taught nursing in both U of T and George Brown College. Upon retirement I volunteered with the Senior Alumni of U of T. There I co-ordinated the Canadian Perspective Lecture Series for thirteen years, volunteered on other projects and was president for two years. I am still on the executive as volunteer co-ordinator. While working I volunteered with Girl Guides of Canada for 25 years & for a short time served on their National Council.
John, my husband and I have lived at SCOC for two years and are both on the resident’s council. I have been an active Stephen Minister in our congregation for about 15 years.
For recreation, I paint and knit. We have two married children and two adult grandchildren.
I come to the board as a community member; having lived in East York for close to 20 years. I am a registered nurse with varied experience in critical care, community health and education. I have also worked overseas in India, Nepal and Saudi Arabia. I am currently employed at the Michael Garron Hospital. During my free time I enjoy reading, music, hiking and travel.
SCOC has held a special place in our family. When our children were young we enjoyed trips to the Tea Room. As a preschooler, our son was known as "the muffin boy". Today, my daughter volunteers in the Tea Room and my father in law is an active resident. We feel very blessed to be a part of this unique and vibrant community.
Currently – Resident of SCOC, President of SCOC Residents’ Council, Volunteer at Michael Garron Hospital, welcome and crafter at SCOC.
Formerly – President of Volunteer Services to the Toronto East General Hospital, ex-officio member of the TEG Hospital Board and Foundation, Girl Guide Leader, office manager and Lab technician.
Always – mother, grandma & great-grandma and enthusiastic optimist.
I come to SCOC from a background in Therapeutic Recreation (Post-graduate) from Georgian College, with a working knowledge in accounting. I was an Administrator in Ottawa for a Long Term Care home. I come with 8 years’ experience in Long Term Care, five years of Community Support Services and two years of Home Care.
In Ottawa, I was part of the city of Ottawa “Raise the Roof” program. This program was developed to assist young families to acquire winter clothing. Every family was given a set amount to cover the cost for the next 5 years. I was the advocate for the Michelle Heights Community which I grew up in 20 years earlier. It was an honour to give back to the community I grew up in.
My wife and I live in Etobicoke, and love the City of Toronto. We are both from Ottawa, born and raised. The area we live in is great for walks and hiking, which we do on the weekends. We have the ability to walk in great areas- Bloor West Village, which gives us access to great walking paths, shopping. My passion is working out and martial arts. I do work out on a regular basis and practice martial arts to relax myself.
I have the confidence to use my skills to support the staff of SCOC to maintain and improve the quality of life of all our residents. The SCOC community has made me feel very welcome, and I feel the same.