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Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Anne Creighton, President
Anne Creighton, President

Anne joined the Board of Toronto Pflag Board in 2012 and was elected President in May, 2014. Anne is a government relations and communications professional with experience from the public and private sectors as well as government.  She is the principal at Creighton Consulting. In addition to volunteering with Toronto Pflag, she sits on the Board of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society and is a member of the Government Affairs Committee of Covenant House. Anne lives in Toronto with her husband Hugh O’Reilly and their two children, Amy and Richard.  Amy came out when she was 16 by sending Anne a text.  Realizing this now qualified Anne and Hugh as Pflag-ers, they got on the phone and volunteered.

Marla Green, Vice President
Marla Green, Vice President

Marla joined the Board in 2011 as volunteer co-ordinator and continues in that role as well as Vice President. Marla came to Toronto Pflag for support six years ago. She is the mother of an only child – a gay son who came out at the age of 14. After receiving much-needed support for a few months she decided to continue attending monthly support meetings as someone who could offer support to others. She has her own freelance business, works part-time for a non-profit organization for children living in poverty, and has an extensive history of volunteering in her community. 

Vera Stambolic, Secretary
Vera Stambolic, Secretary

After volunteering at a variety of Toronto Pflag events, Vera joined the Toronto Pflag Board of Directors in 2012 and currently serves as Secretary. She is the owner of ReACT 911, a company providing First Aid, CPR, and AED training. In addition to volunteering with Toronto Pflag, she is an active volunteer member of the Canadian Ski Patrol System and a ski instructor. Vera lives in Toronto with her husband and their two straight daughters. Vera and her family have had the opportunity to meet and develop close relationships with several gay individuals and have witnessed the lack of acceptance and understanding that is often experienced by those in the LGBTQ community. By becoming an ally with Toronto Pflag, they hope to play a small part in increasing awareness, education and outreach to both the LGBTQ and straight communities. 

Nick Lanaro, Treasurer
Nick Lanaro, Treasurer

Nick joined the Toronto Pflag Board of Directors in 2014 and serves as Treasurer.  He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant with KPMG. Nick hopes to bring his knowledge and expertise gained from working with several not-for-profit clients to Toronto Pflag.   As an ally, he hopes to inspire acceptance and understanding in others. He is also an avid volunteer for the Toronto Blues Society. Nick lives in downtown Toronto, where he and his wife enjoy the diverse community. 

Ilona Adira
Ilona Adira
Giselle Bloch
Giselle Bloch

Giselle is a certified personal trainer and life coach, training clients privately in her home gym. She has more than 18 years volunteer experience. Past volunteering includes one of Toronto’s women’s shelters, as well as the executive of the advisory council of the public schools her children attended. Giselle and her husband Alan are the proud parents of three amazing children; a transgender son, a gay son, and a straight daughter. Giselle has been a strong and vocal ally and advocate for all her children, and she believes that no one should be held back from living authentically. Through Toronto Pflag, she is excited about offering her support and experience to families of LGBTQ youth.

Leah Deffett
Leah Deffett
Leah has been involved with the community for over 20 years and was an ambassador for Positive Spaces Toronto. This role involved promoting programs to colleagues, acting as a resource and sounding board regarding LGBTQ2S issues, addressing homophobic and transphobic behaviour, and helping to plan LGBTQ2S related events. In her role Leah recommended a gender neutral washroom be installed at the Wellesley street Ontario Works office, which was accepted and implemented. Leah is the proud mom of a gay son, Dean, who is also active in the community, singing at a 2016 Pride event  and who is featured in the award-winning documentary Unsung Behind The Glee, which addresses the bullying Dean faced in the public school system. Leah is excited to be further involved with Toronto Pflag as a member of the Board of Directors.
D. Ryan Dyck
D. Ryan Dyck

Ryan has worked and volunteered in LGBTQ2S* communities for over 10 years, including 5 years as Director of Research, Policy and Development with a national LGBTQ2S* human rights charity. Ryan currently works as a policy, training and community engagement consultant on issues relating to equity, diversity and inclusion, specializing in youth mental health promotion, housing and homelessness, safer schools and inclusive education, hate crime prevention, workplace inclusion, and sport inclusion. Ryan joined the Board of Toronto Pflag in 2016, excited to support the amazing moms and dads who so proudly and visibly live their love for their LGBTQ2S* children, every day of their lives.

Preferred pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Silvana Ho
Silvana Ho

Silvana and her husband Paul are proud parents of three daughters and one son. Since the birth of their third child, Silvana has been a stay-at-home mom and has worked at her husband’s office when time allows. Silvana’s son is gay and that is how she first came to Toronto Pflag for the wealth of support and information available to her at the monthly meetings. After attending several meetings, Silvana wanted to have a more active role in Toronto Pflag and became a volunteer.

Jill Holroyd
Jill Holroyd

Jill joined the Toronto Pflag Board in 2013.  She is a communications and marketing strategist with close to 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, and is currently Senior Vice President of Communications and Research at a national trade association. Jill and her husband Walter are proud parents of two children, one who is genderqueer, and one who is straight. She became involved with Toronto Pflag after attending Pride with her genderqueer teen and becoming aware of the critical need for support and advocacy for LGBTQ youth and their families.   

Kathy O'Connell
Kathy O'Connell