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Women's Auxiliary Volunteers
Women's Auxiliary Volunteers

WA Board of Directors 2015-2016

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PRESIDENT: Pam Stevens

Pam joined the WA in 2008. She began her volunteer work at the main information desk and since then has held several board positions including Treasurer. During her career in banking and finance Pam used her management skills as well as her love of numbers. As Vice President, Pam is the Chair of The Strategic Planning Committee. She is the mother of three children, a pianist and enjoys food, travel and the performing arts.

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Sara is a sales and merchandising specialist. Sara has proudly supported SickKids since 2013 by combining her past experiences in leadership roles on various boards with her passion for retail and volunteerism. A retired teacher, Sara enjoys connecting with the children who shop at The 5Fifty5 Shop by helping them select the perfect toys and treats. She also used to volunteer with Poster Express, supplying art work to brighten hospital rooms. In her spare time, Sara enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her family, including her baby grandson.

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SECRETARY: Jenn Abbott

Jenn joined WAV in 2010. Her dedication to SickKids is her way of giving back to a fabulous hospital where both of her children have received treatment. Her experience in policy development and implementation is an asset to her current role as Board Secretary.  Previously she spent three years on the WAV Board of Directors as Projects Chair and as Member-at-Large. She loved volunteering with the Haematology/Oncology patients and is currently volunteering with the WAV’s Bravery Bead program which provides patients with beads that represent their unique and personal journey through treatment. She is also on the Bravery Jewellery team. Jenn continues to volunteer at her children’s schools and is passionate about her family, travel and enjoying life to the fullest.


Ronayne joined the WAV in 2007 and her first area of service was in the Play Park. She has held two previous WAV Board positions as Associate Membership Chair and Membership Chair. Ronayne has acquired her organizational skills through her years of coaching junior badminton and running a ladies golf program. Ronayne has also been the Coordinator of Play Park and Poster Express and has assisted with holiday cards, used book sales and the hospital wide Christmas tree decorating. Her interests include reading, woodworking and sewing.

TREASURER: Kerry McGrath

Kerry joined the WA in 2013. She is a self-employed Chartered Professional Accountant. She brings these skills to her position of Board Treasurer. Kerry also volunteers in the Play Park where she enjoys the direct connection with the siblings and clinic children. Kerry is the proud mother of twins and is passionate about her family, pets, cottaging, baking, numbers and her charitable work.

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After Sandi retired from her position as Chief Financial Officer of the Alzheimer Society in 2015, she joined the WAV. Sandi spends as much time as possible with her granddaughters.  She enjoys young children and volunteers in the Play Park. Sandi enjoys fitness classes and is excited to finally be taking bridge lessons.

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PROJECTS: Diane Poloczek

Diane joined the WAV in 2006, taking the opportunity to give back to SickKids. She brings to the WAV her skills honed in the financial industry and from raising two amazing daughters. Throughout the years, Diane has been involved with Poster Express, the annual Bazaar, Holiday Cards, and the hospital’s Family Centre. She has returned to her role as Projects Chair, a role she is familiar with having previously held this Board position. In her spare time, she enjoys music, dance, travel, reading and curling.  

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Susan joined the WAV in 2013 and is presently volunteering at the Main Information Desk. Her management experience at a Canadian multi-national corporation has been helpful in her current role as the WAV Communications Coordinator and for serving on the Board.

Previously Susan volunteered in the Family Centre and was Shop Chair of The 5Fifty5 Shop. Now as Associate Projects Chair, she helps to ensure that the funds raised by the WAV are thoughtfully dedicated to SickKids projects. Susan enjoys travelling, photography and cycling.



Laurie joined the WA in 2011, bringing skills and experience in strategic planning and management from her career in business. She worked with children as a Girl Guide leader and is proud to be the mother of two teenage girls. In addition to her board position she is the Service Coordinator on 8D Haematology/Oncology. Laurie balances  
her life further by sitting on two golf committees.

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Sue joined the WAV in 2013 after her children left for university. Throughout her childrens’ school years Sue was heavily involved in school volunteer services and committees. She also spent many years serving on her local golf committee. In addition to her board position, Sue works in the Surgical Waiting Room and for the past three years has co-convened the baking and preserves table for the Annual WAV Bazaar. Sue's other passions include tennis, golf, skiing, cooking and traveling with her family.


Jennifer joined the WA in 2012. She chose to leave her career as a graphic designer to be a stay at home mom, raising three children. She has many years of volunteer experience at their schools and now she is continuing her love of giving back with the WA. She works in the Surgical Waiting Room and helps to bring in new members as Associate Membership Chair. Jennifer is passionate about photography,
design and travel.



SHOP CHAIR: Anne MacInnis

Anne joined the WA in 1988, bringing her love of children and her teaching skills to volunteering at SickKids. Throughout the years Anne has held many leadership positions in the WA. Presently, in addition to being the Shop leader and one of the buyers, she works on the Main Information Desk, and in the Surgical Waiting Room. She is a life member of the WA. Swimming helps her maintain her amazing energy. She is a proud mother of two and grandmother of four.

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Yvonne joined the WAV in 2012. She has previously been on the board as Membership Chair. Yvonne is the Service Coordinator for the Main Information Desk and works with the Bravery Bead program. Yvonne is also very involved with running a very successful fundraiser called ‘Rock the Joint’ for the Arthritis Society. She is also on the board of The Counselling Foundation of Canada. In her spare time she enjoys golfing, hiking, reading and travelling.


Joanna joined the WAV in 2014 after many years of working for Vascular and Neurosurgeons at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  Previous to that, she volunteered at a Toronto Home for the Aged where she was a member of the volunteer board and she also volunteered in the uniform shop at her daughter’s school.  Joanna volunteers in The 5Fifty5 Shop and enjoys the interaction with the children and their parents.  Joanna has three children and seven grandchildren which keep her busy.  She also enjoys travelling and cottage life.