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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.


Jenn joined the WAV in 2010. Her experience in policy development and implementation is an asset to her current role as Vice President. Previously she spent five years on the WAV Board of Directors as Board Secretary, Projects Chair, and Member-at-Large. Jenn volunteered with the Haematology/Oncology patients and remains involved with 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 Bead Jewellery team. Jenn continues to volunteer at her children’s schools, is on the Eat to the Beat organizing committee, and is on the Patient Education Advisory Board at the Canadian Breast Cancer Network.  She is passionate about her family, travel and enjoying life to the fullest.

SECRETARY: Sheridean Macdona

Sheridean started volunteering with WAV one year ago following a relocation to Toronto with her husband and two young children. With a background in Bank Management, Sheridean has all the necessary skills required for her new role as Board Secretary.  Alongside Sheridean’s other volunteer commitments, she loves to spend time with her family exploring Toronto, travelling and working out.

Photo of Caroline Pennie


Caroline joined the WAV in 2013. Caroline’s career was focused in the area of Food Management. In addition to working she has had the pleasure of raising her daughter Isabel and her son Ian. Caroline has volunteered for many organizations during this time.  Some of  which include; Parent Council at Lambton Kingsway Junior Middle School with a special interest in student safety, fundraising for the DAREArts Organization and the William Osler Health System, volunteering at Kingsway Lambton United Church and serving on several committees and the on the Board of Directors at Lambton Golf and Country Club.

In addition to her board position, Caroline serves in the Surgical Waiting Room. In 2014, she joined the Board of Directors in the role of Assistant Projects Chair, and in 2015, Caroline began her role as Projects Chair. Caroline enjoys playing golf, tennis, hiking and traveling the world with her family and friends.

TREASURER: Tanya Fraser

Tanya joined the WAV in 2014 and has been volunteering in the Surgical Waiting Room. Tanya has taught high school math and science for over ten years, and has served as Director at Blyth Academy and Sylvan Learning Centres. She is a proud mother of two young daughters and enjoys travelling and staying active with her family, gardening, sports and ballet.


Prior to joining WAV in 2015, Mary had a long and varied career in the financial services industry. Currently she volunteers in the Family Centre and 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.

PROJECTS CHAIR: Sheila Bacopulos (Past President)

Sheila joined the WAV in 2001 working in Haematology/Oncology, Play Park and was the Service Coordinator. She currently works on the Main Information Desk and occasionally in the 5Fifty5 Shop. She became a Board Member in 2005 as Associate Placement/Placement Chair and again in 2008 as 2nd Vice President moving on to Vice President and President of WAV. Sheila’s skills as a graphic designer have been utilized in WAV over the years. She is a yoga teacher and proud mother of three girls and four grandchildren. She loves travel, the arts, reading, playing golf and walking her dog.


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.


Linda joined WAV in 2016.  She was trained as a Registered Nurse and worked for 20 years at TGH.  Her first experience at SickKids was as a student nurse.  Linda’s first volunteer position was as a Candy Striper at St. Josephs Hospital in Toronto during high school.

While her two children were at school, Linda was very involved in volunteering at various elementary schools. She currently volunteers in the 5Fifty5 Shop, and in 2017 co-convened the bake sale at the annual WAV Holiday Sale. Linda enjoys reading, movies, theatre, baking, curling, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.


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.


MEMBERSHIP CHAIR: Leslie Sigurdson

Leslie joined the WAV in 2014 following in the footsteps of her mother who was an active volunteer for over 25 years. She volunteers in the Surgical Waiting Room. Leslie is the mother of four daughters and retired from her career as a lawyer many years ago. In her spare time she enjoys tennis, golf, skiing, cycling and travel.



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.

SHOP CHAIR: Marianne Backman

Marianne joined WAV in 2014 as a volunteer for the 5Fifty5 Shop.  She soon became one of the buyers for the store and joined WAV’s board of directors in 2017 as Associate Shop Chair.  Marianne’s background is in promotion advertising. Marianne has three children and enjoys skiing, cycling, yoga, swimming, travelling and painting.


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.


PROGRAMME CHAIR: Jennifer Plewes

Jennifer joined WAV in 2012 and has been working in the Surgical Waiting Room ever since. She has additionally served two years on the board as Membership Chair, and has enjoyed helping with the Holiday Fair, Silent Auction, and the Strategic Planning Committee.  She is the very proud mother of 3 children and enjoys photography, design, and home renovation.


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.