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Who is Springboard

Our Mission

Springboard builds stronger communities by helping at risk and vulnerable youth and adults through critical transitions in their lives with a focus on community justice, employment and developmental disability services.

Our Approach

People are at the centre of everything we do.

That’s why we approach every client with attention to our core values of inclusivity, collaboration, innovation, care, and integrity.



We value and respect diverse cultures, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities, circumstances, perspectives and abilities in our relationships with all individuals.


We believe working collaboratively with staff, the people we support and our communities is vital to advancing our mission.


We are highly responsive to the individual needs of the people we support, and we embrace change, ideas and approaches that will enable success.


We are passionate about our work and the impact our work has on the people we support.


We hold ourselves accountable to all our stakeholders for delivering on results that matter in a way that is rigorous, honest, ethical and transparent.

Our Impact

Who we serve:

We serve a diverse group of individuals, ranging from participants with developmental disabilities, individuals referred by the courts for diversion services to NEET youth and adults (Not in Education, Employment, or Training).

Our Goals:

Springboard supports the people we serve with their goals to develop skills and knowledge and connect them with needed community resources and supports.  This helps them feel more empowered to reach their personal goals.

Our History:

For over 45 years, Springboard has been a meeting place for passionate professionals and people looking for guidance or support as they achieve their full potential.

The results

our collective impact


Individuals served through our various programs and platforms.


Provided to victims in restitution

$1.245 million

value of work completed by our clients thorugh community work hours.


Clients found employment, education and training opportunities.


Individual programs


Hours of skill development programming delivered


Marg Stanowski

Executive Director

Anna Peters

Director, Finance, IT and Facilities

marissa d'mello

Director, People & Culture

Carolyn bierma

Director, Programs

Board of Directors – Profiles

Chris Boddy


Toronto Police Service, Toronto, Ontario Second in Charge of one of Toronto’s 17 front line police stations.


Support Program Committee, Communications.

Inspector Boddy has served 26 years with the Toronto Police Service and is currently Second in Charge of one of Toronto’s 17 front line police stations. Included in his portfolio is the responsibility to lead the Toronto Police Service’s response to the needs of those with mental health concerns, and to establish and maintain liaising with the agencies that support and serve them. He supports the Toronto Police Service Board Mental Health Committee and community consumer associations such as the Empowerment Council, Voices From the Streets; and the Toronto Human Services and Justice Committee.  In each of these forums the police, service providers, and consumers discuss matters of mutual concern including police training, equipment, tactics and relationships.

He is involved in a number of charities including the coordination of the annual Cops for Cancer head shave campaign in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Chris represents the service in both mainstream and digital media and holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph.

Elgin Farewell


President & CEO of Teranet.


Board President.

Elgin joined Teranet in 1997, and has held a number of leadership roles with the company. Before he became CEO in 2013, Elgin was Vice-President, Electronic Search and Registration. In this role, he helped strengthen Teranet’s relationship with the government through a collaborative approach that ensures the integrity and privacy of records managed by Teranet.

Elgin was the Land Registrar in the Peel and Hamilton-Wentworth regions and also held a number of operational and client-facing roles at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Before joining the Government of Ontario, Elgin was Director of the Alternatives for Youth Program and managed an open custody facility for young offenders.

A graduate of McMaster University, Elgin holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees. He is also a Bregman Scholar at the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, where he graduated with a Masters in Business Administration in 2005.

Fran Grant


Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Public Service (retired)


Chairs the following Committees: Finance, Capital Accumulation Plan, & ICWP Advisory.

Ms. Grant held a number of progressively senior positions in the Ontario Public Service including Area Manager, Probation Parole, Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister and the Minister of Correctional Services. At retirement she was the Assistant Deputy Minister Corporate Services for the Ministry of Citizenship, Culture, and Recreation.

Ms. Grant has a BA in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and completed an Executive Program at the University of Queens Business School.

Clara Greco


Senior Manager Business Development, Ontario Power Generation.


Chair of Program Committee.

Ms. Greco is senior counsel at Ontario Power Generation. She joined OPG’s Law Division in 2007, providing corporate-commercial legal advice and support to a number of business units until moving into a project manager role on large hydro development projects in 2014. She is currently senior business manager in OPG’s Corporate Business Development group.

Ms. Greco graduated summa cum laude with a BA (Honours) in Political Science from McMaster University, received her LLB from Dalhousie University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988. She also completed an LLM in Criminal Law at Osgoode in 2003.

Jeff King


Partner, KPMG LLP – GTA Accounting Advisory Services.


Chair Audit Committee, Committee Member of Finance and Fund Development.

Mr. Jeff King is a partner in Accounting Advisory Services at KPMG where he provides technical accounting advice to companies implementing new standards or dealing with complicated transactions.

Mr. King holds a Bachelor’s degree of Mathematics in Honours Chartered Accountancy (Co-operative Program with Distinction) and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Waterloo. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

Wendy Leaver


Detective & Co Founder Special Victims Unit, Toronto Police Service (retired).


Member of the Program Committee.

Ms. Leaver joined the Toronto Police Service in 1975 and a Detective with the Sex Crime Unit since 1991. She is broadly recognized as an expert in advancing evidence informed services and programs for victims of sexual assault of women and children including the development of courses and training in these highly specialized areas.

Ms. Leaver’s work and leadership with the Women’s Initiatives Committee of the Rotary Club of Toronto helped support Covenant House’s startup of a transitional home for girls and young women wanting to exit the sex trade.

Ms. Leaver has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Marianoplis College and a Certificate in Social Work from Ryerson University.

Deborah Newman


Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University.


Member of Program Committee.

Ms. Deborah Newman held the position of Deputy Minister in the Ontario Public Service for 10 years, serving as Deputy Minister for the following Ministries: Training, Colleges and Universities, Community Safety and Correctional Services. Ms. Newman also served on the expert panel mandated to provide recommendations to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to strengthen residential services for children and youth. She is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University, in both the Department of Criminology and Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration Program.

Ms. Newman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Ottawa and is a graduate of both the Queen’s University Public Executive Program and the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management, where she received her Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) designation.

Lan Nguyen
Lan Nguyen



Lan Nguyen is the founder/CEO of CIOs Beyond Borders Group located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada,  a non-profit organization dedicated in IT leadership development and advisory with a goal to provide training, coaching, tools and resources to IT and business leaders who are seeking to gain further leadership advancement and strategic perspective under uncertainty while driving innovation and transformation within their organization.

In her former role of the Deputy Chief Information Officer with the City of Toronto, Lan responsible for a diversified enterprise digital transformation portfolio to support city’s service modernization agenda. Previously, she was Vice President of Innovation & Partnership/CIO at Centennial College and spent a significant 25 years with Ontario government  in various IT executive positions.  She founded the Vietnamese Canadian Business Council to promote a local business community supporting network. Lan has a keen interest to promote women leadership in technology and launched the Women in Technology Network, the mentorship program at the City of Toronto and at the CIO Association of Canada.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, a Global Executive MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and an Executive Public Administration from Queen’s University. She is also the lead instructor of the new Strategic Leadership in the Digital Enterprise program at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto.

Agostino Russo


Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Teranet Inc.


Committee Member – Pension, Fund Development, Chair Golf Marathon and Real Estate Working Group.

Agostino is a Senior Executive providing strategic legal & business counsel. He is the Chief Legal Office & Corporate Secretary – Teranet INC since 2011.

He has a diverse 25 year employment history with progressive senior positions including Associate Lawyer, Torys LLP, legal counsel to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, and Vice President & Legal Counsel, BCE INC.

He was called to the Bar of the Province of Ontario, 1991 and holds his Juris Doctor (J.D.) Faculty of Law, from the University of Toronto.

Susan Steer


Senior Human Resources/Labour Relations Leader at Capgemini.


Springboard Chair, HR Committee & Fund Development Committee.

Ms. Susan Steer has many years of experience in various Operational and HR leadership roles. She has worked in the private sector as well as a large public/private partnerships in the Information Technology, Healthcare and Utility sectors. In her current role, Susan is a Senior Human Resources/Labour Relations Leader at Capgemini, an organization spanning several continents. Ms. Steer is a member in good standing with the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) and is currently pursuing her Leadership Certificate in Workplace Mental Health, Queen’s University.

Ms. Steer has received a Business Diploma with Honours from Humber College, Certificate, Labour Relations, Queens University and a Certificate in Labour Law from York University.

Cheryl Tjok-A-Tam
Cheryl Tjok-A-Tam



Cheryl Tjok-A-Tam is an accomplished business professional with 20+ years of experience at organizations including AT&T Canada, IBM Global Services and RBC with sector experience in Technology, Consulting, Telecom and Finance. During her 15+ year career at RBC, predominantly with Personal & Commercial Banking, she has championed living legacy initiatives including the Client Reporting Program for eStatements, Internet Protocol Contact Centre (IPCC), Commercial Servicing Model, Client Appointment Booking (CAB) and the first OMNI journey (Choose A Bank).

Cheryl is an RBC Board appointed executive and currently holds the position of VP, Strategic Initiatives & Change Management for the CFO Group. Through this mandate, she works closely with all CFO line of business leaders in order to lead and support the execution of the portfolio of global CFO strategic change initiatives.

She currently serves as the executive co-chair of RBC’s sponsorship of the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP) through Project Beacon, a grass-roots, employee-led initiative. She is widely recognized as a change agent through fostering meaningful dialogue of Diversity & Inclusion for all.

Other Leadership


The Honourable Justice David P. Cole
The Honourable Consiglio Di Nino
Bonnie Foster
Don Harrison
Dr. Frederic L.R. Jackman
The Honourable Peter G. Jarvis
Aris Kaplanis
M. George Lewis
The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry
Toronto Blue Jays

Advisory Members

Susan Addario
David Arbuckle
Jeff Arubs
Wayne Barrett
Sandy Bozzo
Arthur Daniels
Kim Derry
The Honourable Norm Dyson
Michael Eagan
The Honourable Dan S. Ferguson
Harold Fisher
Melanie Goldhar
Blain Hicks
Brad Lambert
Sandra G. Leonard
Paul Manna
Cindy Nowina
Rick Reid
Dawna Speers
John Stall
Jane Wilcox
Scot Wortley
Morris Zbar

Committee Members

Wayne Barret
Dana Dodge
Elgin Farewell
Harold Fisher
Bonnie Foster
Fran Grant
Clara Greco
Sean Hoehn
Susan Howson
Kevin Jeewan
Jeff King
Wendy Leaver
Roger Leslie
Ennia Luccon
Sara Maenhaut
David McQuillan
Denise McWilliams
Liz Murphy
Lan Nguyen
Anna Peters
Agostino Russo
Marg Stanowski
Susan Steer,
Richard White