Our Board Team

Youth Without Shelter is governed by a 12 ­member volunteer Board of Directors and an Advisory Board, consisting of community and corporate representatives with diverse professional skills and abilities.

A finance and audit committee provides enhanced oversight of the shelter’s financial management.

 

Officers

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    Moez Bawania

    Chair

    Associate Vice President, TD Bank Group-Global AML

    Why I support YWS

    “My passion for volunteering and working with youth emanates from my childhood. Having immigrated with my parents and brother to Canada twenty-five years ago, I observed first-hand the challenges faced, including abuse, addiction, poverty, and bullying. I was lucky enough to make it through having been afforded a safe, caring and empowering environment where I felt supported and encouraged to take positive steps in life. I just thought, if I was lucky enough to gain skills and experience that could benefit others, why not help wherever I could?”

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    Parveen Dhupar

    Vice Chair

    Chief Creative Officer, BTI Brand Innovations

    Why I support YWS

    “Seeing that we are making a positive impact in the lives of youth by providing a home and the necessary tools that they need to go out into the world with the confidence to succeed is why I serve on the board.”

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    Nick Viris

    Treasurer

    Chartered Professional Accountant

    Why I support YWS

    “Serving on the YWS Board of Directors allows me to lend my expertise to better the lives of youth in need. Seeing youth change the direction of their lives and knowing I contributed in a small way is very rewarding.”

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    Tracey Irwin

    Secretary

    Senior Manager of Business Development Communications, Deloitte Canada

    Why I support YWS

    “I serve on the YWS Board because I have seen what a meaningful, long-term effect the shelter has on its residents — it’s so much more than a roof over their heads. With the help and encouragement of the devoted YWS leadership and staff, these amazing kids manage to rise up from some truly unthinkable situations. It is so rewarding to see them blossom into more confident, self-sufficient young adults who are not only full of hope, but often eager to help make positive change in their own way.”

Directors

Advisory Board