Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

Andy Park – Chair

Andy was born and raised in Parkdale and is son to Korean immigrants.  Andy currently works in commercial real estate at a large downtown firm.  Prior to that Andy held senior sales roles at global consumer packaged goods organizations.  Andy is a Rotman Commerce graduate from the University of Toronto, and is a CPA CMA designation holder.  He currently lives in Etobicoke with his wife and three daughters.  Over the last few years Andy has developed an addiction to all things triathlon – swimming, biking, and running!!!

Selena Qi – Vice Chair

Selena was born in China and immigrated to Canada at the age of 8 with her parents. Selena graduated from York University with a Specialized Hon. BA degree in Public Administration & Law. She also has a Certificate in adjudication from the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators and a Diploma in Police Foundations from Seneca College. Selena has over 12 years of experience working in the federal public service sector. Aside from her professional obligations. Most recently, Selena left fulltime employment to further her education in Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. Selena is a proud single mother to her two beautiful children Kaitlyn and Kyle. In her spare time, Selena tries to balance her time between golf, teaching piano and Mandarin to adults and children.

Indeep Sandhawalia – Treasurer

Indeep was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she attended the University of Manitoba and completed her Chartered Accountant designation with PricewaterhouseCoopers.She moved to Toronto in 2008 and currently works for a Canadian Company which provides accommodation, care and services for seniors.She is married and enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with family and friends, and is an avid fitness member.

Joanna Li – Secretary

Joanna came to Canada over 10 years ago to pursue her postgraduate study.She is currently a senior risk manager in a major Canadian bank. Prior to that she had extensive work experiences in the insurance industry.Joanna holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto.Apart from work, Joanna enjoys travelling, acrylic painting and dancing.

Roger Rodrigues – Director

Roger holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Following his call to the Ontario Bar in 1990, he practiced criminal defence, immigration and refugee law and served as a member of the Child and Family Services Review & Landlord and Tenant Boards. In 2018 Roger was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in Ontario.  Outside of his professional obligations he is happily married to his wife and has three beautiful daughters.  Roger has been involved with LA Centre since 2014

Gerty Ryza – Director

Born in Belgium, Gerty immigrated to Canada at the young age of 4 with her parents and sister.  Gerty is a proud single mother to her adult son, loving grandmother to her 18 year old grandson Alexander and a supportive mother in law.  Gerty retired from working in the wholesale produce industry after 30 years, in 2015.  Gerty now actively participates as a member and volunteers her time at LA Centre and has been on the board of directors since 2017.

Afzal (Al) Mohamdally – Director

Al was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago.  He immigrated to Toronto in August 1993.  Prior to his retirement Al worked as a licenced mechanic for the TTC for over 23 years. Before his arrival to Canada, Al worked for Caterpillar back home where he learned and mastered the trade of large motors.  He currently lives in West Toronto with his adoring wife Zaimeen.  Al is the proud father of 2 children and 3 grandchildren.  Al has volunteered for the centre for the past 2 years assisting with our food rescue program and joined the board in 2018.

Staff

Sandra Cardillo – Executive Director

Sandra was born and raised in Toronto and is the eldest of two daughters to her Portuguese immigrant parents. Sandra is married to a very supportive husband and together they have two beautiful daughters. Sandra has her Bachelor of Social Work from York University, a diploma in Gerontology from Seneca College and a certificate in Not for Profit Administration. Sandra started her career working for the Alzheimer Society of York Region, then moved to the for-profit sector of Long Term Care at Sherwood Court, A Revera nursing home before leaving to join LA Centre. Sandra loves to spend time with her family travelling and when she must stay closer to home in her kitchen cooking and baking to entertain her family and friends.

Cristina Guian -Community Kitchen & Program Worker

Cristina was born in Barrie, ON and raised in Toronto. She is the youngest of 3 daughters to a Romanian father and German mother. Cristina is a Mom to 2 gorgeous daughters and a handsome golden retriever name Hershey! Cristina worked in the graphic design and print production field for 15 years before going back to school. She has a Holistic Nutrition Diploma from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and a Culinary Nutrition Management Diploma from George Brown College. Cristina is passionate about food security and has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 3 years championing food banks and community kitchens. On weekends she loves to spend time with her family, draw, binge watch Netflix and is ALWAYS listening and dancing to music while cooking!!

Nyoka Sterling 

Born in Jamaica, Nyoka immigrated to Canada at the age of 7 with her brother in 1986. Nyoka attended York University for Social Work. Nyoka’s work experience includes Homes First Society as community housing worker for 17 years, primarily working with mental health and addictions, she also worked at Royal Bank as a teller. Nyoka’s work vision is to lend a helping hand to the most vulnerable in society. Nyoka is an avid reader with a love for most things sci-fi, she also has a love for Japanese language culture.