Board of Directors & Board Chairperson’s Message

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

2019- 2020 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 $4 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 health 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. She is also a song writer, lyricist, and musical producer of Sistas Calling. Dr. Roz has received numerous awards throughout her career including The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, Harry Jerome award, 2005 Woman of the Year Award, 2005 Woman of Distinction Award, Premier’s Award, Mayor’s Award for Community and Education from the City of Markham and many more. Her first book, “We Owe it to Ourselves to be Well”, seeks to help individuals make sense of their physical reality by relying on the self.” 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 currently the president of the Board of Directors for Dr. Roz’s Healing Place, and has served on the Board since 2012.  Angela is a Registered Professional Planner with over 15 years of urban planning experience focused on creating complete and connected communities through facilitating the synergies between land use and transportation planning. Angela worked for various municipal governments including York, Durham and the Town of Ajax in the capacity of leading intergovernmental relations, transportation planning, diversity and inclusion programs and Strategic Plans. As a city builder Angela has led a number of major regional initiatives including transportation planning for urban growth centres and universal accessibility programs. Angela is an alumnus of the University of Toronto Urban Planning program where she 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

Mimma McAndrew– Secretary 

Mimma attended the University of Ottawa and afterwards began a career in Consumer Packaged Goods. Working at Revlon Canada honed her sales capabilities, leading teams that supported major Retailers. She moved to Wrigley Canada as a Sales Director and then had the opportunity to lead the Human Resources team and deliver on talent growth, pension and benefits reform along with all issues and programs impacting Wrigley associates. Having enjoyed a career in Sales and Human Resources leadership, it was time to take the passion for people and contribute to an organization that makes women’s lives better. Dr. Roz’s was the perfect place. Mimma joined in October 2018 as a Board Member and in 2019 became the Secretary on the Executive Board.

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.

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.

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.”

Fenella Bruce – Board Member

Fennella Bruce is a veteran television producer and writer, she is now at the helm of FKB Media Solutions – a media consulting business that finds solutions for media problems. Having worked in the field of journalism for over 20 years, Fennella has produced both of Canada’s national morning shows – Your Morning and Canada AM. She has been the senior writer or producer at numerous major market television stations including: CTV News Channel, CTV National, CP24, CityTv, Toronto 1 and BET. For six years, she taught Media Theory at Centennial College. Fennella joined the Board in 2018 and became Vice-President in 2019 and has been active in fundraising, media exposure and sponsorship for Dr. Roz’s Healing Place. She decided to volunteer her time and skills to the organization because she believes strongly in Dr. Roz’s mission and wholistic approach towards healing. Fennella has also served on the board of Tropicana Community Services and is a recipient of the 2020 100 ABC Women Award.

Hadriana Leo – Board Member

Hadriana Leo is the Creator of Hadriana Leo, Money Navigator™. She left a career as a traditional Financial Advisor when she realized that she was uniquely positioned to bring more heart and nurturing to the area of Personal Finance.  Her experiences as a high school teacher, immigrant, Financial Advisor and Certified Cashflow Specialist allow her to take the journey of financial wellness with her clients, in a nurturing way that is empowering and results-driven. Her experience with the lack of financial empowerment among women, and her desire to be more hands-on in responding to the plight of abused women had Hadriana accepting the request to serve as a board member at the Center.  Here, she is part of conversations and initiatives that have a direct impact on women who are recovering from abusive situations, providing them with the resources they need, in a supportive environment, so their road to recovery is full of dignity and practical assistance.