Founder, Board President: Phyllis Santone
Vice-President: Sheldon Spring
Treasurer: Danny Mauti
Secretary: Ron Gruenberg
Director: Espo Ariganello
Director: Pat DiFrancesco
Director: Kimberley Gadwah
Director: Victoria Mancinelli
Founder, Board President
Current Job Title: Small Business Owner, Chocolate Concepts Inc.
Phyllis began Alternatives in 1998 as Alternatives Integrating Special People. With a combination of efforts with a collective group of families, Chocolate Concepts Inc. provided financial support to begin Alternatives as an incorporated private not for profit organization. Alternatives was incorporated in 2002, and Phyllis joined the board in 1999, separating Chocolate Concepts Inc. as a separate retail entity. The two still work in conjunction providing an environment that hosts work skills training.
Phyllis’ specialties and interests:
• Small business operation
• Management and operations
• Job identification and role specifics
• Creating new partnerships
• Maintaining current partnerships
• Special event planning and execution
Current Job Title: Senior Partner; Goldman, Spring, Kichler & Sanders LLP Solicitors and Barristers
Sheldon attended the University of Western Ontario Law School and now practices real-estate law in the following areas: acquisitions, land development, condominium and subdivision registrations, land and construction financing, real estate joint ventures and co-tenancies, condominium and subdivision sales to home buyers.
Sheldon’s specialties and interests:
• Contract review and negotiation
• Condominium documentation preparation
• Join venture and co-tenancy preparation and negotiation
• Real estate purchases and sales
• Land development contract preparation
Current Job Title: President, Metro Compactor Service Inc.
Danny’s specialties and interests:
• Strategic Planning
• Customer Service
• Business Planning & Development
• Process Improvement
Current Job Title: Retired
Ron graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from York University, with that went on to work for Canada Customs where he additionally received French training. Ron spent the majority of his career in Consumer & Corporate Affairs, which was later subsumed under the Competition Bureau. Retiring in 2009, Ron now is a dedicated board member of the York Support Services Network, where he is currently Chair, and Alternatives.
Ron’s specialties and interests:
• Detail orientated
• Consumer based competition analysis
• Experience as Union Local President and member of two school councils
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Current Job Title: Head of Development, Institute for Canadian Citizenship
Kimberley, an advocate for building inclusive societies, brings a decade of experience in strategic development and fundraising to Creating Alternatives. Her full time role is as the Head of Development at the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), a national charity that inspires Canadians to be inclusive, embrace fresh thinking, practice active citizenship, and own our collective culture and spaces. The ICC is co-founded by The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada and John Ralson Saul, as their legacy project upon leaving Rideau Hall in 2006. Kimberley’s fundraising portfolio includes leading roles at Safehaven and The Princess Margaret Home Lottery. She has chaired fundraising events for the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and currently sits on the National Board of Directors for Brands for Canada and is a member of MLSE Foundation Campaign Cabinet in support of the MLSE LaunchPad. Kimberley has been a long-time supporter of Creating Alternatives and believes that every person deserves the right to belong in their community.
Kimberley holds an undergraduate degree in Classical History from York University.
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