Our Team

Winnifred Doherty
Board Director & President

Winnifred Doherty is recognized as an exceptional senior leader with consistent and significant achievement in organizational change management, consulting, coaching, business transformation, education and facilitation for complex global organizations. Collaboration, teamwork, creativity, energy and high integrity are part of her DNA, and her deep operational management experience continues to bring value-added deliverables to her professional and volunteer work.

She held positions of increasing responsibility for over 30 years with IBM Canada where she helped clients solve complex business problems by remaining focussed on key processes, policies, goals and measurements.

Winnifred has supported many multinational organizations undergoing transition and moving to large outsourcing programs. She has helped senior leaders improve their teams’ productivity, speed of execution and customer satisfaction, and led the communication and education deployment for transformation projects for many thousands of employees, managers and executives.

As Principal of MWD & Associates, Winnifred currently works as a life coach providing executive, personal and performance management coaching for her clients.

Winnifred holds a Master of Education degree from Syracuse University, is a certified consultant and has attained executive certification in Managing Strategic Change from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. She is also a certified coach with the Coaches’ Training Institute in California.

An active community volunteer, Winnifred currently serves as Board Director and President of Cedarcrest Manor. She was a long-time finance committee member for a large church in Markham and is Past-President of the Canadian Hearing Society and a member of its Toronto Chapter’s Board of Directors.


Lou Gizzarelli
Board Director & Vice-President

Lou Gizzarelli is President of Neopost Canada. Founded in 1924, Neopost SA is the number two global supplier of Mail Solutions and a major player in the field of Digital Communications and Shipping Solutions. Posting sales of €1.2 billion in 2016, it helps more than 800,000 customers worldwide improve how they manage interactions with their clients and stakeholders. Neopost offers advanced solutions for physical mail processing, digital communication management, supply chain and e-commerce process optimization. With a direct presence in 31 countries and 6,100 employees, Neopost’s products and services are sold in more than 90 countries.

As leader of Neopost’s Canadian subsidiary and member of its board of directors since 2005, Lou has helped drive significant improvements in business results, strengthened customer relationships, increased employee engagement and implemented successful strategic initiatives, including customer intimacy and servant leadership, to enhance the company’s competitiveness. Prior to joining Neopost, Lou served as VP and GM from 1997 to 2005 at GBC Canada, a global manufacturer and marketer of binding and laminating equipment and supplies. Previous to that he held progressively senior positions in various engineering and operational management roles at GBC and DRG Packaging, where his working career began in 1984.

Professionally, Lou is a member of The Executive Network, Professional Engineers Ontario and The Executive Forum. He serves on the board of Cedarcrest Manor, a non-profit housing corporation and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, an organization that helps equip young people between the ages of 14 and 24 for life and work by encouraging personal development and community involvement. Personally, he is President of the Pollutri Social Club of Ontario and enjoys gardening, photography and tennis.

Lou was raised and schooled in Streetsville, Ontario. He holds BASc and MEng degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto and earned the ICD.D designation after completing the Rotman Director’s Education Program. Lou resides in Unionville, Ontario with his wife Janet and their two daughters.

Matthew R Snell
Board Director & Governance Committee Chair

Matthew is currently employed as General Counsel and Secretary at IBM Canada Limited in Markham where he has worked since 1999.


Mike Clare
Board Director & Member, Human Resources Committee

Mike has worked with the York Region District School Board for over 30 years. In that time Mike has been a Department Head in two schools and has been seconded to Histori.ca for a number of years. Mike has a Masters Degree in Education focusing on digital applications to the teaching of history and social sciences. Currently Mike is doing contract work with The University of Ontario Institute of Technology while developing combined curriculum digital resources with The National Council for Social Studies in the United States and various provincial history teachers’ associations in Canada. A few sample topics are: 1776 & The Loyalists, The War of 1812 etc. Mike is also on the executive of Ontario History and Social Science Teachers Association (OHASSTA) and has published teachers’ guides, contributed to textbooks, and numerous articles in Educational Journals.

When not teaching, Mike is working on building a 120 unit affordable housing complex in Markham or refereeing rugby.

Michelle Irwin
Board Director & Finance Committee Chair

Prior to retiring in 2017, Michelle worked as Church Administrator for St. Andrew’s United Church in Markham, where she administered the finances.

Previous experience was with GWL Realty Advisors in the Real Estate and Property Management departments.

Michelle currently sits on the Board of Directors of St. Andrew’s as Finance Chair.



Yvonne Hoogeveen

Board Director & Member, Property Committee

Yvonne is a professional engineer working for a Markham based environmental consulting firm. As a senior manager, she is exposed to many projects involving soil and groundwater sampling and remediation, as well as designated substances investigations. Yvonne also mentors several engineering graduates that are working towards receiving an engineering license.

 Yvonne has been a resident of Markham for over 35 years. She has dedicated much of her time and talent with various ministries and charities with the hopes of making a difference in the community.

Trena Finnegan

Board Director & Member, Finance Committee

I have spent many years as a Financial and Administrative consultant to the Archdiocese of Toronto. Prior to that I graduated in Hotel and Institutional Management and worked in that sector for many years. I’m a recent graduate from Regis College, Toronto School of Theology, Toronto, in Spiritual Direction and I now facilitate retreats and provide spiritual direction.

I volunteer my time at my parish and at a local Seniors residence. I feel privileged to be able to use my experience to serve the residents of Cedarcrest Manor.

Gillian Ansaldo
Resident Board Director

Gillian emigrated from England to Toronto. A State Registered Nurse and State Certified Midwife, she was an RN at Toronto Western Hospital Emergency Department until she married. Raising her family, volunteer work and acquiring additional skills kept her busy until she returned to the workforce some years later.

Gillian was an RN member of the Emergency Response Team at Toronto International Airport until it was abruptly closed down. After obtaining a diploma in Occupational Health at the Royal College of Nursing in the UK, Gillian returned home and was offered the job of organizing and managing a Health Service for the employees of a large heavy manufacturing plant in Scarborough. She later joined the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Industrial Health and Safety Branch, gaining wide experience in accident investigation, problem identification analysis and resolution.

Gillian moved to Cedarcrest Manor and has lived here for over fourteen very happy years. She planned, with the great help of another resident, organized and still maintains, the Lounge Library.

Shamsher Singh
Resident Board Director

A resident of Markham since 1985 and very familiar with Cedarcrest Manor, the OAIA Club and the City of Markham, and how it all works.

Shamsher has been involved in the activities of the OAIA and participated in other activities as required. He conceived, developed and organized and then was the Chair for three years of the committee for the Markham Mayors Senior Hall of Fame Project, which is now well established, and in its sixteenth successful year.

After doing a Masters in Economics, Shamsher worked for the Government of India for over 20 years. He was in the Indian diplomatic service before he emigrated to Canada. Then he worked for the Government of Ontario in the Ministry of Trade and Development as Regional Director for South Asia, Africa and the Middle East and advised dozens of Ontario/Canadian companies how to become profitable and grow their domestic and international business. During his career, he has had the opportunity to extensively travel and work with people of Asia, Europe and North America gaining broad experience of their needs and preferences.

Elected Resident Director of Cedarcrest Manor in 2015

“I believe that because of my academic qualifications, training and professional background and experience, I will be able to provide not only the advice necessary to meet my responsibilities of this position but will also provide the leadership to educate and improve the quality of life for the seniors at Cedarcrest Manor and make a positive contribution to this Board.”

Mary Baughen
Resident Board Director

Mary emigrated from London England November 1957. From 1957 to 1980 she worked at Toronto Trust, Bank Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, CIBC and National Trust which eventually merged with Victoria & Grey.

She worked as a Teller, Coin Teller, Head Teller, Teller Supervisor, Administrator Assistant and worked in Corporate Trust Services as an Account Officer in charge of major insurance companies informing them of any available income, making sure they knew of all investments available, then making any trades of their choice.

From 1980-1985 Mary was employed as a Personal Assistant to Artist/Illustrator/Author Sheila McGraw
During this period she helped with publishing four books including Love You Forever. Mary retired when Sheila McGraw moved to Texas in 1985.

When Mary was offered a position and training to become a Photo Lab Technician, she returned to work from 1990-2008. Mary has been living at Cedarcrest Manor for eight years and has started a knitting group for charity, and was involved in creating the new library. She also serves on the Board as a Resident Director since 2016.

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