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Elder Abuse Ontario, is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, currently comprised of:
Geoff Quirt (Chair), John Johnson (Vice Chair), Dan Zbacnik (Treasurer), Marlene Lenarduzzi, Vince Dumond and Maide Yazar.
Geoff retired to Peterborough after a 32 year career with the Ontario Public Service. On his retirement, he received the Province’s Amethyst Award for his work in building productive community partnerships.
As Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat, Geoff had the privilege of working closely with Ontario’s major seniors’ organizations.
As head of the Ministry of Health’s Long Term Care Division, he oversaw the major reform and expansion of the province’s community and facility based Long Term Care services. Geoff and his staff were responsible for the development of Ontario’s Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and related Dementias, and Ontario’s Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse.
Currently, Geoff serves on the Boards of Community Care Peterborough and Kingston General Hospital. He also volunteers as an advisor to various not-for-profit community agencies.
John is a Partner at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP. His areas of professional practice as an Ontario lawyer include Wills and Estates Law, Elder Law, Family Law and Litigation.
John has vast experience regarding the Ontario legal system and hands-on experience regarding the impact of legal matters on family issues.
He is currently the head of the practice group for Wills and Estates with Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.
John is a Graduate from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law and he is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Dan has a diverse background in accounting, financial management and board experience.
He holds a graduate diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Quebec. He completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Education Program at the University of Toronto in January 2014.
Dan has 14 years of experience in Management Consulting at KPMG, including almost 7 years as Partner.
He is currently the president of ZF Management Inc, and has had roles at Coca-Cola Canada and at FCA International Inc.
Dan is an active board member on several boards including: the Esprit Orchestra, Réseau Franco santé du sud de l’Ontario and Ordre des CPA du Quebec.
Marlene has a unique combination of technical skills, business acumen, and proven managerial capability, holding a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, a Master of Applied Science and an MBA, coupled with over 10 years of banking experience.
Since September 2009, Marlene has been the Vice-President, Canadian Consumer Credit Risk Enterprise Risk & Portfolio Management, BMO Financial Group.
She was previously Director, Analytics Reporting and Governance, responsible for developing and maintaining enhanced Board and Senior Management risk reporting to facilitate transparency and clarity.
She began her career with BMO in 1998 working in analytics for credit cards. In her various roles, she has focused on accountability regarding risk to the consumer segment and for ensuring compliance to applicable regulations.
Marlene together with her husband Bruce Watson and their three daughters enjoy camping, swimming, skiing and spending time with family and friends.
Vince has been actively aware of hidden injustices in our communities, through his work as a Justice of the Peace, founder of the Youth Justice Program for alternative justice programs and as a high school and elementary school principal in northern Canada and northern Ontario.
Vince’s past and current connections to other seniors serving community organizations include establishing seniors’ committees in order to fundraise for accessibility for those who find architectural barriers. Past involvement included consultation with elders groups on First Nation communities in order to establish school policies and guidance for school administration.
Maide is best known as a strategist in the areas of Strategic Facilitation and Strategy Formulation, Change Management, Governance, Accountability and Communication/Stakeholder Engagement, successfully developing projects in the business context within which the organization(s) is / are operating.
Maide is passionately committed a respectful and inclusive response to the needs of our aging population in Ontario, believing that how our society treats its elderly should be a benchmark of social justice. She lives in Toronto and has travelled widely in Ontario, making her familiar with its diverse geography, people and seniors services delivery environments.