A Message from the Chairperson of the Board,

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest in Dr. Roz’s Healing Place. We are a community organization with a mission to eradicate domestic violence. This is not an impossible task, but it does require dedication; resilience; and partnerships with agencies, all levels of government, and our friends in the community. Eradicating domestic violence is a mission that belongs to all of us.

The women, children, and youth that Dr. Roz’s Healing place serves everyday come from diverse backgrounds with unique stories and they need more than just a place to live– they need a place to call home. Here at Dr. Roz’s Healing Place, we provide a holistic service of care including therapy, career counselling, cultural programming, transitional housing support, child and youth programs, and school programs.

As a president of the Board, it is my honour to work alongside our Executive Director, Dr. Roz Roach, and her team to realize the vision of empowering women, children, and youth to be a voice of hope in their community. We cannot do this without your support. We need champions within our community to help us shine a spotlight on this unfortunate reality that in 2019 domestic violence still happens. To learn more about how you can support us, please contact our administration line for general inquiries at (416) 264-0823, our TTY at (416) 265-4755, or reach specific staff as listed under the directory.

Thank you for your consideration and interest in Dr. Roz’s Healing Place.


Angela Gibson

Board Chairperson/ President

Board of Directors

2018- 2019 Term

Dr. Roz Roach – Executive Director

Dr. Roz Roach is the Founder and Executive Director of Dr. Roz’s Healing Place – a Centre for Empowerment and Healing, for women and children who are victims and survivors of domestic violence in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Roz is the first black woman in Canada to negotiate with three levels of government and raise $5 Million dollars to build Dr. Roz’s Healing Place. Beginning her career as a Registered Nurse in Montreal, Dr. Roz has graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Applied Social Science, followed by a Masters Degree in Trans-cultural Psychiatry. Further, she holds a Doctorate in Health and Human Sciences, and is a certified Psychotherapist, Psychoanalyst, Raw Food Scientist, and Acupuncturist. Along with her extensive experience in the medical field, Dr. Roz is also certified in Business Management, Finance and Non-Financial Management, Staff / Mentor Training and Management. At a National and International level, Dr. Roz has worked for over thirty-five years as a Consultant and Change Agent for over 30 organizations and institutes across the globe. Her personal philosophy in life is ‘A Life Without Violence Is The Only Life To Live’ and continues to spread this strong message of courage and bravery throughout everything she commits to.

Angela Gibson – Board Chairperson/ President

Angela Gibson is a Registered Professional Planner with over 10 years of urban planning experience focused on creating complete and connected communities through facilitating the synergies between land use and transportation planning. Angela leads the Performance Monitoring and Research division in the Transportation Services Department at York Region, where she uses a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving and consensus building. As a city builder Angela has led a number of major regional initiatives including transportation planning for urban growth centres, master plans, universal accessibility programs, development of new context sensitive guidelines for Regional streets and leading the prioritization of the 10-year Roads Capital Plan. Prior to joining the Region in 2010, Angela worked for the Town of Ajax in the capacity of leading transportation planning, including active transportation. Angela is an executive board member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Toronto Section and is on the Board of Directors for Dr. Roz’s Healing Place (a women’s shelter for women fleeing domestic violence). Angela is an alumnus of the University of Toronto Urban Planning program and has established a scholarship for visible minorities in the Urban Planning field at the University of Toronto to help support continued diversity within the planning profession.

Sabeen Makki – Vice-President  

Sabeen Makki is a Senior Transportation Policy and Planning Specialist for the Region of York. She holds a Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. She is committed to the study and application of transportation and land use studies and policies to efficiently manage regional growth and improve the way people travel. She has 13 years of transportation, land-use and policy planning experience at various levels of government. She has extensive experience dealing with internal and external stakeholders, including residents, department staff, municipal staff members, land owners developers and first nations groups.

Mimma McAndrew– Secretary 

Ishrat Sarwar-Butt – Treasurer

Ishrat Sarwar-Butt has been part of this organization for 14 years.  She was elected to the Board of Directors as the Treasurer in 2005 which was the year the centre opened its doors in this beautiful building. She continued her role as Treasurer up until 2011 when she stepped off the board for personal reasons; however she maintained her connection to the board when she accepted the position of Treasurer for the Dr. Roz’s Healing Place Foundation. The foundation is a work in progress and she is an active supporter of the foundation’s present project of building the Changa House a Centre for Youth. Professionally, Ishrat has over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry having worked for companies such as CIBC and TD Canada Trust. She is a licensed Mortgage and Real Estate Agent and also holds her Paralegal License. Presently, Ishrat is working for Abrahams LLP, a law firm that specializes in Real Estate and Civil Litigation.

Patricia Adimibe – Board Member

Patricia Adimibe graduated with a Bachelors degree in Social Work and soon after graduation, secured a job with the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto as a Child Protection Social Worker. Patricia’s desire to study and learn more about Social Justice led her into pursuing a postgraduate study in Social Work. Again she was accepted at University of Toronto for her Masters Degree in Social Work. Patricia graduated with a Masters Degree in 2008, and she has remained a Social Worker with the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. She intends to return to school for a doctorate degree in the nearest future.

Alexander Wilson – Board Member

Alexander Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & History as well as a Master’s of Divinity. Alex has studied vocal music with Peggy Mahon, a jazz musician and actress, since 1995. His repertoire includes musical theatre, pop, jazz, country, sacred and gospel.  For the past twelve years, Alexander has enjoyed inner city ministry as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Currently he is the minister at St. Stephen’s in Scarborough where he preaches, reaches out to a diverse community and plays the drums. Church and politics are passions in Alexander’s life.

Dr. Saj Sheth – Board Member

Dr. Saj Sheth is a Chiropractor with almost 10 years of experience focused on serving the Scarborough community.  He holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and a Specialized Honours in Kinesiology from York University. He is the founder of Scarborough Village Physio & Chiro, a multidisciplinary clinic which encourages a preventative holistic approach to healthcare.  Dr. Sheth has taught Anatomy and Physiology at Seneca College and Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy.  He continues to attend seminars and conferences to broaden his knowledge and hopes to spread good health to as many people as possible.

Farzana Taji – Board Member

Farzana Taji is a Financial Advisor with RBC Royal Bank approaching the 10 year mark. She graduated from the University of  Toronto with undergraduate degree in Economics, English and Sociology. Farzana has been in the financial services industry for 16 Years on a full time basis and has her Certificate in  Personal Financial Services. She describes her first encounter meeting Dr. Roz as such, “When I met Dr. Roz, I felt like I’ve known her for decades and felt the need to participate and contribute somehow and in some way which prompted me to join the board as a public member. While my contribution hasn’t been enormous as I’m  still learning about Dr. Roz’s Healing Place, my pledge is to help and support the healing center’s cause.”

Debbie Nicholls-Skerritt – Board Member

Hadriana Leo – Board Member

Fenella Bruce – Board Member

Carmen Zeng – Board Member 


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