Leadership and board

We are grateful to our board volunteers and committee members whose vision and stewardship enable us to deliver on our purpose. Our leadership team brings extensive experience and compassion to the work we do.

Board of directors

Donna Cansfield

Board Chair

Donna Cansfield was elected to the Legislature in October 2003. She became the first female Minister of Transportation of the Province of Ontario in May 2006. Prior to taking on this senior Cabinet post, Donna served as Minister of Energy. Before becoming an MPP, Donna served Etobicoke Centre as a school trustee for 15 years and, ultimately, Chair of the Toronto District School Board. Donna has been an avid supporter and volunteer at the Dorothy Ley Hospice for over 17 years. She lives in Etobicoke Centre with her husband, Bill.

Leighton McDonald

Vice Chair

An accomplished business leader and physician executive with experience in health systems management, home healthcare, corporate and occupational medicine, wellness, health insurance, clinical risk management and healthcare research.

Peter Macaulay

Past Chair & Treasurer

Peter Macaulay is the principal of P. Macaulay & Associates Inc., a forensic accounting firm. Prior to founding P. Macaulay & Associates Inc., he worked in the forensic accounting practice at Deloitte.

In addition to his CA•IFA specialist designation from the CICA, he holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business. His favourite recreational activities include racing sail boats, playing ice hockey and white-water canoeing. He has a long history of involvement in community-based organizations, both in Mississauga and in Toronto.

Scott Spearn

Board Secretary

Scott Spearn is MedX Health Corporation President overseeing the continued development of the organizations global sales and sales channels. The company is focused on skin cancer detection with it’s SIAscopy technology that views moles and lesions in a pain-free, non-invasive manner, creating real-time images for physicians and dermatologists to evaluate all types of moles and lesions within seconds.

Prior to joining Medx, Scott had retired after 27 years with Laerdal Medical, having developed the company’s business in Canada, as well as, contributing significantly to growth in the U.S. and Latin American markets.

Richard (Dick) Falconer


Dick Falconer joined the Board in May 2014 and is a member of the Finance Committee and Co-Chair of Capital Campaign Committee. Dick is a Managing Director, Lazard Canada, and serves as a director on a number of boards including Resolute Forest Products, Chorus Aviation Inc., Jaguar Mining Inc., and LOFT Community Services. He is a Member of the Campaign Leadership Council for the Children’s Aid Foundation, a Member of The Brain Campaign Cabinet, for the University Health Network, Krembil Neuroscience Centre, and a Member of Board of Governors Shaw Festival Theatre Endowment Foundation. As a long-time member of St George’s Church, he watched the launch and growth of the Dorothy Ley community. Joining the board was a natural next step.

Young Lee


Young Lee has more than 20 years of health sector experience as a clinician, leader and consultant. Young is the Vice President, Finance/Chief Financial Officer at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Prior to SickKids, he served in executive positions with North York General, and Grand River Hospitals where he provided leadership across diverse portfolios of responsibility including finance, digital health, and data/analytics. Young was also Partner, National Health Transformation Services Leader at Deloitte.

Young holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Lovleen Bassan


Lovleen Bassan has deep experience in public and private sector companies across multiple industries, including pharmaceutical, energy, infrastructure, and engineering. Throughout her career, Lovleen has uniquely combined her strategic mindset with her operational background to achieve superior business outcomes in the areas of leadership development, cultural transformation, change management and project delivery. Lovleen holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, is a member of the Project Management Institute and an alum of the Judy Project at the Rotman School of Management Initiative for Women in Business.

Outside of work, Lovleen enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her husband and family.

Robert Yeo


Robert Yeo is a life-long resident of Etobicoke and is an active volunteer in various local charities and not-for-profit organizations, including Kingsway-Lambton United Church and the Daily Bread Food Bank.

He has over 30 years experience in the healthcare sector having worked in hospital administrative management roles and having owned a successful, diversified healthcare services business with offices across Canada.

Robert has a graduate degree in healthcare administration and an MBA, both from the University of Toronto.

Linda Javorski


Linda Javorski earned her MBA at the University of Toronto. After graduating, she worked for W. R. Waters Ltd. doing preparatory research for public utility rate case testimony and assisting in the creation of an early on-line portfolio measurement system. She has also worked in both Hatch Investments Ltd and her own investment holding company, managing the business and various investment managers. Linda is the President of the Regent Park School of Music Foundation.

Linda is a long-time resident of Etobicoke. She helped coordinate the 2003/2004 campaign at St George’s on the Hill Anglican Church that raised over $300,000 towards building the current residential centre of the Dorothy Ley Hospice. Linda has been an active member of the Fund Development Committee at the Dorothy Ley Hospice since 2010. She enjoys travelling, cooking, needlework and learning new skills.

Gail Galea


With over 35 years of experience in corporate leadership in the public and private sectors and across diverse industries Gail Galea’s expertise in business has established her as a sought-after consultant for many start-ups and small businesses.  She specializes in high growth transformational strategies, leadership, process improvement and operational excellence. Currently, she is EVP, North America for the Korhani Group.  Throughout her career she has worked in partnership with many charities.  Her belief is that business and charity partnerships undoubtedly help the community but also can be beneficial for businesses.

She’s earned aICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Management, Advanced Management from Harvard Business School and currently is an active member of the Institute of Corporate Directors; Women Get on Board and is a Harvard Business School alum and IWF fellow.

Douglas McFadden


Following graduation from law at Queen’s, Doug received a Masters of Law from the London School of Economics. He joined the Board in June 2022 and is a member of the Governance Committee. He was VP: Regional Counsel for PepsiCo International for 30 years and relocated with his family to Hong Kong, London, New York and Bermuda before returning to Canada. His experience includes corporate and commercial law as well as corporate governance.
Doug was a Queen’s University Counsellor for 6 years and served on its Executive Committee.

Lee Fairclough


Lee currently serves as the Interim Senior Vice President, Clinical Care at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. Lee has more than 25 years of experience working in health care in a variety of roles related to the delivery of care in hospitals, research, leadership and policy. Prior to joining CAMH, she was the President of St. Mary’s General Hospital starting in January 2020.  Motivated by a mission for excellent and compassionate care, she leading this large community hospital through the COVID19 pandemic. From 2014-2020 she served as Vice President of Quality Improvement at Health Quality Ontario, leading efforts across the health system to improve care.

She started in health care providing radiation treatment to patients with cancer at Princess Margaret Hospital. She completed a Masters in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto in 2002, and subsequently held a variety of leadership roles at Princess Margaret Hospital/University Health Network, Cancer Care Ontario and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. It was then she learned to appreciate the palliative approach to care that was needed in Ontario and was first introduced to the pioneering work of the Dorothy Ley Hospice. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and has served on several not-for-profit boards in our local community. She ran in the 2022 election as the candidate for MPP for the Ontario Liberal Party in Etobicoke-Lakeshore. As an alumni of the Canadian Women’s Rugby Team and an active master’s competitive swimmer, she is also a strong supporter and promoter of sport.

Dr. Louie Mavrogiannis

Medical Director (Ex-Officio)

Dipti Purbhoo

Director (Ex-Officio)

Executive Director of the Dorothy Ley Hospice, Dipti Purbhoo has a long tenure in healthcare and integrated care delivery. A registered nurse with over 20 years of experience in home and community healthcare, encompassing several roles. Dipti’s passion for quality care is at the cornerstone of her work.

Her expertise in healthcare is built on an accumulation of experiences in bedside care and administration.  Dipti held the position of Chief Operating Officer at the former Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) – currently referred to Home and Community Care Support Services – for six years where she was responsible for the delivery of high-quality home and community care services.

Dipti has also worked to improve homecare and palliative care services for many years at the provincial, regional and community level. She is a creative and innovative leader who has implemented new models of care to improve the experiences of clients and caregivers alike. Most notably, she co-led the development and implementation of the Toronto Central Integrated Palliative Care program that won the Health Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Quality and Safety in 2014.

She is currently co-leading the Integrated Palliative Care Strategy with the Mississauga Ontario Health Team (OHT), a professional group working to implement a new integrated palliative care model for Mississauga.

Dipti holds a Master’s of Health Administration degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s of Health Science degree in Nursing from McGill University.

Leadership team

Dipti Purbhoo, MHSc, RN

Executive Director

Pamela Charlebois, RN

Manager, Residential Care Program

Lisa Gregg, MSocSc

Manager, Community Program

Sarah Hillyer

Director of Development and Communications

Gary Martini-Wong, MBA, CFA, ASA, CPA

Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Janice O’Reilly

Volunteer and Education Program Lead

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