Governance

Lupus Ontario is governed by a 12 member volunteer board to provide governance, set the strategic plan and execute on major initiatives. The board members are located throughout the province and supported by our staff members.  We work with Lupus Canada to advocate for improved access to information, health services, and research.

We wish to thank present and past members for their outstanding service.

President
Cathy Ferren

Cathy Ferren RHN is a registered holistic nutritionist, life skills and health coach and instructor, certified Personality Dimensions® instructor, relaxation techniques coach and prayer minister working across Canada. As a lifelong volunteer in many non-profit organizations, she brings her experience, compassion and focus to her clients. Furthermore, she is passionate about helping people improve their wellness in all areas: body, mind and spirit and intends to incorporate these in her work with Lupus Ontario

Email: cathyferren@lupusontario.org


Treasurer
June Alikhan

Ms. June Alikhan was elected to the Board of Lupus Ontario in 2016 and subsequently re-elected in April 2017 to a 2 year term as Treasurer. June joined Lupus Ontario in order to combine both her personal and professional interests as well as contribute her financial skills and insights to the organization.

Ms. Alikhan has over 35 years of experience in the accounting field; with over 25 years in the real estate industry. At Tricon Capital Group, June was CFO responsible for the Company’s overall financial management including information technology, reporting and administration before taking retirement at the end of a fourteen year career with the company.

Prior to joining Tricon in 2001, June led her own consulting company providing financial management, process re-engineering, and systems assessment and implementation services within the real estate industry. Prior to starting her own company in May 1999, she held a controllership position in the real estate division of The Oshawa Group Ltd., a large national retail / wholesale grocery company. June graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and subsequently received her CPA, CA designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

Email: jalikhan@lupusontario.org


Director at Large
Kuljit Bhogal

Ms. Kuljit Bhogal is deeply motivated to use her experience and expertise to help others and is passionate about Lupus Ontario’s mission to spread awareness and to improve the lives of those who have been diagnosed with the disease. As a Board Member, Kuljit’s focus is to steer the Governance Committee and to develop new policies and procedures to enable Lupus Ontario to achieve its mandate.

Furthermore, Kuljit was recently called to the Ontario Bar and her current practice is focused in the area of corporate law. Kuljit enjoys meeting new people and learning about their cultures which has led her on a quest to travel the world, her latest count reveals that she has travelled to over 30 countries.

Email: kbhogal@lupusontario.org


Director at Large
Brynja Clark

Brynja is a Chartered Herbalist living in Ottawa with her five children. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2010, she has since been committed to seeking out resources and networking opportunities for the betterment of patients and families living with Lupus. A law clerk by profession, she has endeavoured to utilize her passion for writing, social media and learning to highlight lupus awareness in a global environment. Brynja’s weblog, Lupus Interrupted, has achieved global recognition and she is a WEGO Health Patient Leader. She has since published several articles, including writing for Stanford University’s medical blog, Scope, for the purpose of illustrating to new physicians the challenges faced by lupus patients around the world. Brynja brings to the Board her skills in social media, event management, not-for-profit governance and a commitment to Lupus Ontario in helping reach their mission goals and targets.

Email: bclark@lupusontario.org


Director at Large
Linda Keill

Linda has previously served on the Board of Lupus Ontario as Secretary and as President from August 2014 until April 2019. Diagnosed with discoid lupus in 1982 and with SLE in 1983. Linda rejoined the Board in 2020 to continue contributing to improving the lives of lupus patients. Her interests lie in Fundraising and Advocacy. She brings to Lupus Ontario over 30 years’ experience as an Information Technology Consultant and Project Manager.

Email: lindakeill@lupusontario.org


Director at Large
Miguel Morris

Miguel made a commitment to his wife Celia, who passed away from lupus complications, that he would work to raise money for lupus research. He is a senior executive at a Canadian Based Contact Centre Company which provides services to several Fortune 500 organizations. Miguel is responsible for both short and long term strategy for the organisation. He heads up all functional departments including operations, facilities management, client relations, HR, sales, and IT.

Miguel has lead several strategic planning initiatives and has developed high performance teams. He has an excellent network of senior contacts in large Canadian corporations. Miguel has recently recruited a provincial corporate sponsor. As a member of the Board of Directors Miguel will help develop our future direction and will continue his fundraising and awareness efforts.

Email: miguelmorris@lupusontario.org


Secretary
Gloria Checkley
Email: gdlupita@bell.net


Director at Large
Jillian Cooper
Email: jillian_mooney@hotmail.com

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Murray Urowitz, Toronto Western Hospital Lupus Clinic
Dr. Dafna Gladman, Toronto Western Hospital Lupus Clinic
Dr. Janet Pope, St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre, Arithritis Institute
Dr. Judah Denburg, Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster Division
Dr. C. Douglas Smith, The Ottawa Hospital
Dr. Earl Silverman, Hosptial for Sick Children
Dr. Derek Haaland, Barrie and the North
Dr. Mark Matsos, Hamilton Health Sciences McMaster Div and St. Joseph’s Hamilton Healthcare
Dr. Amanda Steiman, Rheumatologist
Dr. Zahi Touma, Rheumatologist, Toronto Western Hospital