Carolyn Hawthorn CHair  Job: University Relations Manager, Laurier University, Toronto Office Hometown: Oakville  Why she got involved: Carolyn fell in love with RMHC's mission and vision and knew she wanted to be a part of this organization. She was 100% on board after her tour of the House in Toronto. Everything had been thought of...anything a family may need during a stay was there. It was very moving to me. Keeping a family together when a child is sick is so important, the Ronald McDonald House does that and more. The thought of being on a committee with like minded young professionals was so inspiring. She's met some incredible people on this committee and they continue to do incredible work.

Carolyn Hawthorn
CHair

Job: University Relations Manager, Laurier University, Toronto Office
Hometown: Oakville

Why she got involved:
Carolyn fell in love with RMHC's mission and vision and knew she wanted to be a part of this organization. She was 100% on board after her tour of the House in Toronto. Everything had been thought of...anything a family may need during a stay was there. It was very moving to me. Keeping a family together when a child is sick is so important, the Ronald McDonald House does that and more. The thought of being on a committee with like minded young professionals was so inspiring. She's met some incredible people on this committee and they continue to do incredible work.

TIFFANY GORDON INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS LEAD

TIFFANY GORDON
INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS LEAD

Brittney Hartlen FINANCE LEAD  Job: Manager of the HR Shared Service Centre, KPMG Hometown: Sarnia  Why she got involved: Ronald McDonald House Charities is a foundation that is close to the heart of her family. In May 2013, her sister and her husband were welcomed into the RMHC Hamilton House, and soon after the RMHC Toronto House. The support Brittney's family received was invaluable and it is very important to her and her family to give back to RMHC in memory of her niece. The YPC is an amazing opportunity to be more involved with RMHC by raising money and most importantly, raising awareness in the young professional community.

Brittney Hartlen
FINANCE LEAD

Job: Manager of the HR Shared Service Centre, KPMG
Hometown: Sarnia

Why she got involved:
Ronald McDonald House Charities is a foundation that is close to the heart of her family. In May 2013, her sister and her husband were welcomed into the RMHC Hamilton House, and soon after the RMHC Toronto House. The support Brittney's family received was invaluable and it is very important to her and her family to give back to RMHC in memory of her niece. The YPC is an amazing opportunity to be more involved with RMHC by raising money and most importantly, raising awareness in the young professional community.

Nadia Ahmed Sponsorship LEAD  Job: Manager, Assurance Services, Ernst and Young. Hometown: Windsor  Why SHE GOT INVOLVED: NADIA was looking for a way to give back to HER community. SHE ADMIRED RMHC, and THOUGHT IT WAS a great fit in terms of putting the skill set SHE's developed in Her career to use in a different and positive way.

Nadia Ahmed
Sponsorship LEAD

Job: Manager, Assurance Services, Ernst and Young.
Hometown: Windsor

Why SHE GOT INVOLVED:
NADIA was looking for a way to give back to HER community. SHE ADMIRED RMHC, and THOUGHT IT WAS a great fit in terms of putting the skill set SHE's developed in Her career to use in a different and positive way.

JAMIE MCDOWELL marketing and communications lead

JAMIE MCDOWELL
marketing and communications lead

Shannon Egar ENGAGEMENT LEAD  Job: Senior Manager, Loyalty & Rewards, RBC HOMETOWN: TORONTO  Why she got involved: Shannon was exposed to RMHC Toronto through the Home for Dinner program that she participated in as a team building exercise. Once she saw the house and met some of the wonderful people that dedicate their time she was eager to get find a way to get more involved!

Shannon Egar
ENGAGEMENT LEAD

Job: Senior Manager, Loyalty & Rewards, RBC
HOMETOWN: TORONTO

Why she got involved:
Shannon was exposed to RMHC Toronto through the Home for Dinner program that she participated in as a team building exercise. Once she saw the house and met some of the wonderful people that dedicate their time she was eager to get find a way to get more involved!

Andrea Heerdegen HOUSE PARTY LOGISTICS LEAD  Job: Associate, Mid-Market Leveraged Finance, RBC Royal Bank Hometown: Etobicoke  Why she got involved: Volunteering has always been a passion of hers. When she started working in Toronto she began looking for an opportunity to make a larger impact. This was right around the time when RMHC Toronto was looking to start the YPC. She was instantly drawn to this opportunity because the House supports families with children at SickKids and when her sister was born she had to go through extensive surgery at SickKids. Knowing the amazing support her family received, Andrea wanted to ensure other families received the support they deserve and RMHC Toronto is the perfect resource for this.

Andrea Heerdegen
HOUSE PARTY LOGISTICS LEAD

Job: Associate, Mid-Market Leveraged Finance, RBC Royal Bank
Hometown: Etobicoke

Why she got involved:
Volunteering has always been a passion of hers. When she started working in Toronto she began looking for an opportunity to make a larger impact. This was right around the time when RMHC Toronto was looking to start the YPC. She was instantly drawn to this opportunity because the House supports families with children at SickKids and when her sister was born she had to go through extensive surgery at SickKids. Knowing the amazing support her family received, Andrea wanted to ensure other families received the support they deserve and RMHC Toronto is the perfect resource for this.

AARON YOUNG SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR

AARON YOUNG
SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR

 
Meghan Jakubowski House Party Logistic Coordinator  Job: Sales Manager, Sunwing Vacations Inc. o/a LUXE Destination Weddings  Why she got involved: MEGHAN learned about the RMHC YPC through HER friend and fellow committee member, Sophie. SHE was looking for a way to get involved and put HER love for planning events towards a great cause!

Meghan Jakubowski
House Party Logistic Coordinator

Job: Sales Manager, Sunwing Vacations Inc. o/a LUXE Destination Weddings

Why she got involved:
MEGHAN learned about the RMHC YPC through HER friend and fellow committee member, Sophie. SHE was looking for a way to get involved and put HER love for planning events towards a great cause!

Sophie Cooper Communications Manager  Job: Senior Manager, Brand and Marketing Communications at The Rec Room  Hometown: Ottawa  Why she got involved: Sophie has always enjoyed getting involved in the community and had been looking for opportunities to do so since settling in Toronto. A friend of hers introduced YPC to her. Shortly after attending the House Party and having an amazing time she joined the committee!

Sophie Cooper
Communications Manager

Job: Senior Manager, Brand and Marketing Communications at The Rec Room

Hometown: Ottawa

Why she got involved:
Sophie has always enjoyed getting involved in the community and had been looking for opportunities to do so since settling in Toronto. A friend of hers introduced YPC to her. Shortly after attending the House Party and having an amazing time she joined the committee!

Ali Azzopardi SOcial Media coordinator  JOB: ACCOUNT MANAGER, CRAFT PUBlic relations HOMETOWN: TORONTo  Why She got involved: After working closely with the RMHC team during my time at McDonald's Canada, I decided to become further involved in the community by joining the Young Professionals Committee to continue helping families with sick children, raising awareness and funds to support them during their times of need.

Ali Azzopardi
SOcial Media coordinator

JOB: ACCOUNT MANAGER, CRAFT PUBlic relations
HOMETOWN: TORONTo

Why She got involved:
After working closely with the RMHC team during my time at McDonald's Canada, I decided to become further involved in the community by joining the Young Professionals Committee to continue helping families with sick children, raising awareness and funds to support them during their times of need.

COLTON HORNER WEBSITE COORDINATOR  Job: Digital project manager, JWt hometown: toronto

COLTON HORNER
WEBSITE COORDINATOR

Job: Digital project manager, JWt
hometown: toronto

 
Sarah McMaster Media relations coordinator  Job: Senior Manager, Communications and Media Relations, PortsToronto  Why she got involved: Giving back to the community and looking out for society's most vulnerable is important to her. She feels truly honoured to be part of the RMHC-YPCs in support of families going through the unimaginable.

Sarah McMaster
Media relations coordinator

Job: Senior Manager, Communications and Media Relations, PortsToronto

Why she got involved:
Giving back to the community and looking out for society's most vulnerable is important to her. She feels truly honoured to be part of the RMHC-YPCs in support of families going through the unimaginable.

Laura ross event coordinator  job: Global Account Coordinator, EY hometown: toronto  Why she got involved: To work with a passionate group of young professionals dedicated to making a positive contribution to our community.

Laura ross
event coordinator

job: Global Account Coordinator, EY
hometown: toronto

Why she got involved:
To work with a passionate group of young professionals dedicated to making a positive contribution to our community.

Lucas bailey Sponsorship coordinator (stewardship)  Job: Information Management Analyst, Oxford Properties hometown: Toronto  Why he got involved: Ronald McDonald House Toronto supports families that are going through a hard time. As a lifelong resident of Toronto, helping these families feel welcome and cared for while they're here is important to me.

Lucas bailey
Sponsorship coordinator (stewardship)

Job: Information Management Analyst, Oxford Properties
hometown: Toronto

Why he got involved:
Ronald McDonald House Toronto supports families that are going through a hard time. As a lifelong resident of Toronto, helping these families feel welcome and cared for while they're here is important to me.

Kalyn Bolland House Party Logistics Coordinator  Job: Registered Nurse, SickKids Hospital  Why she got involved: Her brother was going for a tour and to chat about the YPC so Kalyn asked if she could join (she'd heard great things from the families she worked with about the new house and wanted to see it first hand). Seeing the facilities and the services available at the house (and the thoughtfulness behind them all) made her want to join the organization and the YPC in helping create a "home away from home".

Kalyn Bolland
House Party Logistics Coordinator

Job: Registered Nurse, SickKids Hospital

Why she got involved:
Her brother was going for a tour and to chat about the YPC so Kalyn asked if she could join (she'd heard great things from the families she worked with about the new house and wanted to see it first hand). Seeing the facilities and the services available at the house (and the thoughtfulness behind them all) made her want to join the organization and the YPC in helping create a "home away from home".

 
Tobias rajchel in-kind sponsorship coordinator  job: manager, ey hometown: toronto  Why he got involved: Opportunity to give back to kids and families in a difficult time of my life

Tobias rajchel
in-kind sponsorship coordinator

job: manager, ey
hometown: toronto

Why he got involved:
Opportunity to give back to kids and families in a difficult time of my life

Alexandra marushko house party coordinator  Job: Consulting Analyst, Accenture hometown: toronto  Why she got involved: As a recent university graduate and new comer to Toronto, the YPC provides an opportunity for me to give back and get to know my community better. I was very involved in extra-curricular activities in university, and with the YPC, I can continue to volunteer and also develop my personal and professional network further.

Alexandra marushko
house party coordinator

Job: Consulting Analyst, Accenture
hometown: toronto

Why she got involved:
As a recent university graduate and new comer to Toronto, the YPC provides an opportunity for me to give back and get to know my community better. I was very involved in extra-curricular activities in university, and with the YPC, I can continue to volunteer and also develop my personal and professional network further.

Devon Montemurro engagement coordinator  job: Senior Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator, Multiple Sclerosis Society hometown: toronto  Why she got involved: I got involved with the Ronald McDonald House Charities Young Professionals Committee, so I could work with like minded philanthropic young professionals. As a committee, through planning fundraising events and activities, I hope we can make a difference to the families at the House in Toronto.

Devon Montemurro
engagement coordinator

job: Senior Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator, Multiple Sclerosis Society
hometown: toronto

Why she got involved:
I got involved with the Ronald McDonald House Charities Young Professionals Committee, so I could work with like minded philanthropic young professionals. As a committee, through planning fundraising events and activities, I hope we can make a difference to the families at the House in Toronto.

mai-ha nguyen engagement coordinator  job: marketing, aimia hometown: montreal  Why she got involved: I moved to Toronto close to 2 years ago and was looking to further engage with the community through a great cause. The House and its purpose, as well as the initiatives led by the YPC are all factors in my desire to get involved!

mai-ha nguyen
engagement coordinator

job: marketing, aimia
hometown: montreal

Why she got involved:
I moved to Toronto close to 2 years ago and was looking to further engage with the community through a great cause. The House and its purpose, as well as the initiatives led by the YPC are all factors in my desire to get involved!

 
Ellen mitchell House Party coordinator  JOB: Toronto Global hometown: Collingwood  Why she got involved: I have always wanted to try and get more involved with the Toronto community. YPC is great way to give back while also meeting like minded young professionals!

Ellen mitchell
House Party coordinator

JOB: Toronto Global
hometown: Collingwood

Why she got involved:
I have always wanted to try and get more involved with the Toronto community. YPC is great way to give back while also meeting like minded young professionals!

 
 

 
CAMERON MILLAR  Member at large

CAMERON MILLAR
Member at large

Brien Pattenden  MEMBER AT LARGE

Brien Pattenden
MEMBER AT LARGE

CHIARA FOLINI member at large  Job: Bilingual Social Media Manager, Cineplex Entertainment hometown: Montréal  why she got involved: She became a member of the YPC and joined the House Party committee because she wanted to work with people who shared the same interests in raising awareness and funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto. She always wanted to influence positive change and make a difference.

CHIARA FOLINI
member at large

Job: Bilingual Social Media Manager, Cineplex Entertainment
hometown: Montréal

why she got involved:
She became a member of the YPC and joined the House Party committee because she wanted to work with people who shared the same interests in raising awareness and funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto. She always wanted to influence positive change and make a difference.

Michelle Yao Member at large  Job: Communications Manager, McDonald's HOMETOWN: VANCOUVER  Why she got involved: She learned more about RMHC through her work at McDonald's and has been really moved by the many families stories she's heard. She joined the YPCs to work with other like minded people to drive awareness and understanding of what the charity is all about -- how it truly makes a difference in the lives of families and in the communities where we live.

Michelle Yao
Member at large

Job: Communications Manager, McDonald's
HOMETOWN: VANCOUVER

Why she got involved:
She learned more about RMHC through her work at McDonald's and has been really moved by the many families stories she's heard. She joined the YPCs to work with other like minded people to drive awareness and understanding of what the charity is all about -- how it truly makes a difference in the lives of families and in the communities where we live.