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Women's Auxiliary Volunteers
Women's Auxiliary Volunteers

WAV Board of Directors 2018-2019

WAV’s Board of Directors is an elected working board whereby each individual member actively participates in the work of WAV either through a service area in the Hospital or an administrative role within WAV. Additionally, acting as a body, the Board of Directors jointly oversees and provides stewardship for WAV’s finances, administration, service work and fundraising. The work of the board and of board members may change to reflect organizational needs.

All sixteen board members are women who are committed to service and support at SickKids. They volunteer their knowledge, skills, time and resources to provide an extra dimension of care to patients and families and to fundraise to support clinical, research and learning endeavours at SickKids.

PRESIDENT: Susan Lambie

Susan joined the WAV in 2015, and has served in both the Ultrasound Department and the 5Fifty5 Shop. Susan was proud to sit on the WAV PlayPark renovation committee, and is so thrilled with the new WAV PlayPark. She has also worked on the WAV Holiday Card program. Susan worked in the financial services industry before leaving to raise her two daughters, who are now at university. She was a very active volunteer at their school during the years leading up to their graduation.

VICE PRESIDENT: Pamela Stevens

Pam joined the WAV in 2008. She began her volunteer work at the Main Information Desk and since then has held several Board positions including Treasurer and Vice President. Pam’s background is in banking and finance. She is the mother of three young adult women, a pianist and enjoys food, travel and the performing arts.

SECRETARY: Rosamund Witchel



Moira joined the Women’s Auxiliary in 1982 and she has been fortunate to have been involved in many interesting activities at SickKids, including School Tours, Telethon for 15 years, Radiothon, Coordinator of Atrium Tours for the opening in 1992/93 and working with the Patient Representative office (now Child and Family Relations)  . Moira served on the Board of Directors as Projects Chair followed by Vice President and President. She also took the position of Constitution & By-Laws Chair and is pleased to return to the Board in that capacity once again. Currently, Moira is Coordinator of the Surgical Waiting Room service, a Buyer for SickKids Branded Merchandise in the 5Fifty5 Shop and co-convenes the annual Silent Auction. Prior to raising 3 children, Moira worked for the Ministries of Health and Attorney General and with a General Practice group of Physicians.


Prior to joining WAV in 2015, Mary had a long and varied career in the financial services industry. Currently she volunteers in the Orthopaedic Clinic. Mary was also an active volunteer in Canada and the UK during her son’s primary and secondary education. Her interests embrace an eclectic mix of the arts and athletic activities including a love of music, the written word, and time spent on the water or in front of a roaring fire.


Martha joined WAV in 2016, and works in the Surgical Waiting Room. In 2017 she was enlisted to chair the WAV Holiday Card Program which has continued with the 2018 campaign. After 20 years in the financial services industry, Martha dove into volunteering and photography, earning a Certificate in Photography Studies from Ryerson University in 2015.


Elizabeth joined WAV in 2011 and began her placement in the Family Centre.  Currently she volunteers in the Surgical Waiting Room. Elizabeth's background is in education.  She was previously employed by the Toronto District School Board and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board, as a high school teacher, before leaving to raise her family. She is a proud mother of three children.  Elizabeth enjoys running, travelling, theatre and spending time with her family.

PLACEMENT CHAIR: Penny Westmascott

Penny joined WAV in 2017 after moving to Toronto in 2013 to enjoy retirement. Penny has been volunteering in her community for over 40 years with organizations such as the London Regional Children's Museum, her children’s home and school associations, as well as being a member of several working groups and task forces related to education and services for children with the city of London, Ontario. She is also on the Volunteer Committee for Orchestra London. Penny and her husband live in Toronto, have two children and four grandchildren.


Sandra started volunteering for WAV one year ago, once her youngest child enrolled in junior kindergarten. She relocated to Toronto from New York City with her husband and two children several years ago. As a new board member, Sandra brings her deep compassion and commitment to social service practice and education. As a licensed Social Worker, Sandra obtained her Master’s in Social Work at Columbia University and completed her SIFI certification at NYU to supervise social work interns.

For 10+ years Sandra’s career has been marked by her work with some of the most underserved and marginalized populations. She worked as a program director for Housing Works in NYC and Director of Social Work at Adelphi University’s Manhattan program. Sandra has always believed in giving back. She volunteered for organizations such as Gay Men’s Health Crisis as a hotline counselor and Covenant House as a youth counselor. For two years, she was Co-Chairs of the Policy Advisory and Education Committee of Brooklyn HIV Care Network and jointly shared responsibilities as members of the Network’s Executive Board. Sandra is a fitness junkie. She loves to spend time with her family, friends, and serving as a parent association member and class parent at her children’s school.


Hayley joined WAV in 2010 when her youngest child started a full day of school. She began her service on the Oncology floor and remained there for seven years before moving to the surgical waiting room. Hayley’s background in account management helps her run the Toronto chapter of a nationwide women’s charity, The Shoebox Project. In addition, she is active on a variety of committees at both her children’s schools and enjoys playing tennis, walking her dog and working out.


Anita joined WAV in 2016 after a 30-year career as a Paediatric RN at SickKids. Throughout her nursing career, she volunteered with Epilepsy Ontario and Epilepsy Toronto helping to offer children with epilepsy the opportunity to experience an overnight camp at Camp Couchiching. 

Anita currently serves on the board of the Canadian Paediatric Stroke Support Association (CPSSA). She is the WAV Service Coordinator in Clinic 9. Her interests include painting, reading and hiking at home and abroad, with her children and grandchildren.

SHOP CHAIR: Vicki Paisley

Vicki taught for six years with the Toronto Board of Education before retiring to raise her son and three daughters. She was active in the Home and School Association when her children were in elementary school. Vicki has been a member of WAV for over 25 years, serving in the Eye Clinic, at The Main Information Desk and as a buyer for The 5Fifty5 Shop. Vicki has also served on the Board of WAV in several positions. Traveling, gardening and family keep her busy, in addition to volunteering.



Valerie is a graduate from the Hospital for Sick Children School of Nursing, class of ’67, and holds an MBA from the University of Guelph, School of Management and Economics. After retiring from nursing, she worked in the hospitality and tourism industry, first with the airlines, then as a corporate trainer for a major tour operator. She has been small business owner and event planner and in 2016, retired from Seneca College Faculty of Business after teaching part and full time for 36 years.

Valerie has volunteered and worked with several non-profit organizations including the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame as Executive Director, board member of the Salvation Army, and Canadian Kidney Foundation, and as a volunteer for Global Medic and the Canadian Cancer Society.

Valerie joined WAV in 2014 and currently works in the 5 Fifty 5 Shop. She has three grown children and three grandchildren, who keep her busy when she is not travelling, or attending Pilates and yoga classes.

PROGRAM CHAIR: Katherine Haggart

Katherine joined WAV in 2015, assisting in the 5Fifty5 Shop. She currently volunteers in the Surgical Waiting Room. Previously, Katherine worked as a high school teacher and then as a lawyer, practising in the area of administrative law. In addition to SickKids, she volunteers weekly at the Regent Park Community Food Centre. She is an avid reader and filmgoer and enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling and spending time with her husband and triplets.

MEMBER-AT-LARGE: Sylvie Andrews

Sylvie joined the WAV in 2017 starting in the PlayPark and is currently on the Surgical Waiting Room team. After a 40-year career as an educator as a French primary school teacher and vice-principal she now enjoys an active retirement focussed both on giving back to the community and personal challenge. In addition to her commitment to WAV she is a volunteer at the Art Gallery of Ontario, enjoys extensive adventure travel across the globe and recently completed her 17th marathon and third consecutive Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.