Ray has a wealth of leadership and financial expertise gained through more than a 30 year career leading organizations and agencies in government, charity and not-for-profit sectors. Ray has served as Executive Director, Corporate Controller, President and Vice President Finance of the organizations he has been involved with. Currently he also serves as Chair of the Board of the East York Foundation, Past-Chair of the Board at the Leaside Memorial Community Gardens Board of Management and a Director of both the Leaside Sports Hall of Fame and East York Hall of Fame. A dedicated hockey coach primarily with the Leaside Flames, Ray was involved in minor hockey for 20 years also serving as an executive, tournament organizer and hockey school instructor.
Ray was married to the Late Mary Floro-White for nearly 35 years and has four children, Kathryn and son-in-law Alexander, Ryan and Madelyn and of course three year old Airedale Terrier, Trixie.
Odysseas Papadimitriou’s real estate practice focuses on commercial real estate and land development including acquisitions, dispositions, real property financing, commercial leasing, and condominium development.
Odysseas has also developed a particular expertise in condominium law. He represents and advises developers, condominium corporations, and condominium lenders on a variety of issues including condominium governance, reciprocal agreements, dispute resolution, lien enforcement, management and operation, and third-party contracts.
Odysseas received his Juris Doctorate from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2010. While at law school, Odysseas served as a senior case manager with the Osgoode Hall Business Clinic, volunteered with the Artist Legal Advice Services, and served as President of the Hellenic-Canadian Law Students Association—Osgoode Chapter. Prior to attending law school, Odysseas obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from York University
Richard Ellis re-joined McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited as Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs in September 2008 following a number of years serving as Vice President, Communications at McDonald’s USA. Prior to joining McDonald’s USA, Ellis held the position of Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs at McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada from 2003 – 2005. Ellis was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada (RMHC) in October of 2008 and became Chairman in 2012. He also leads the Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion, and the Management Communications departments at McDonald’s Canada. Prior to joining McDonald’s Corporation, Richard was President & Chief Executive Officer of Weber Shandwick Worldwide (Canada) Inc., Canada’s leading national public relations consultancy. While at Weber Shandwick, Ellis managed the firm’s business operations across Canada, applying his strategic public relations, issues/crisis management and marketing communications expertise to a wide variety of leading Canadian and international clients.
Ellis began his communications career as Community Relations Officer at Ontario Hydro in Toronto, Canada. Following his time with Ontario Hydro, Richard was Director of Communications at General Mills Restaurants (Canada) Limited.
A native of Toronto, Richard is an active member of the Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada (Toronto) and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (Toronto). He is a member of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards National Committee (Ottawa) and Co-chair of The Sandbox Project (Toronto). He is an accredited member of the Canadian Public Relations Society, a member of the International Association of Business Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America. Richard was honored as a Canadian Diversity Champion by Women of Influence magazine in 2012.
Rizwan has worked with the Michael Garron Hospital over the years by organizing fundraisers with Madinah Masjid to help build the hospital’s new wing. Rizwan also organizes events for his local community including ball hockey tournaments, soccer tournaments, ski trips and community picnics. Rizwan is currently enrolled in York University’s Teacher Education program and will be graduating in April 2017.
Barb DiGiulio is the host of The Nightside, weeknights from 7-10pm on Newstalk 1010. Barb has been in broadcasting for over 25 years, the majority of which were spent in sports radio. She is very involved in the community and is very proud to be associated with a number of hospitals, including Michael Garron Hospital, where both of her kids were born. Barb lives in East York with her husband Nick and their two sons.
Ken started his broadcasting career at Access Cable in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He got his first big break there doing play-by-play for the junior A team – as a volunteer. He did it well, and the station decided to hire him, and pay him to do a weekly news program. This was followed by stops in Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton and finally Toronto, where he worked with CP24, TSN and the NHL Network, before landing at Sportsnet in 2011. A proud native of Pictou, Nova Scotia, Ken grew up admiring broadcasters just as much as the players. Personalities like Bob Cole and Danny Gallivan helped spur his interest in pursuing a career in sports media. Ken is the author of Hockey Card Stories, a book that reveals what was really going on in your favourite old hockey cards through the eyes of the players depicted on them. Ken has covered just about everything during his almost 20 years in television, from the Olympics to the Stanley Cup Finals, Grey Cups and the Super Bowl.
Joseph Cooper began his early years in Leaside and has lived in East York for the past 35 years. During that time he has been involved in a number of community organizations and projects, as well as having been writing a weekly newspaper column (called “the Watchdog”) for the East York Mirror about the community for 18 years. Joseph is a strong advocate for shopping locally, using the area’s parks and ravines for recreation and supporting the many volunteer organizations that make the community strong.
Hon. Alan Redway
Alan Redway is a recently retired lawyer, born in Toronto, with a degree in Commerce and Finance from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Mr. Redway served for six years as Mayor of the Borough of East York and as a member of Metropolitan Toronto Council and Executive Committee. Later he was elected to the parliament of Canada where he served for almost ten years as a Progressive Conservative member of the House of Commons and as Minister of State (Housing). In 1997 as Honorary Chair of Team East York he actively opposed the Toronto amalgamation.
Justin Van Dette
Born, raised and educated in East York, Justin Van Dette is the founder and President of the East York Hall of Fame. He currently works at Michael Garron Hospital, formerly known as Toronto East General Hospital, and the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club. A big believer in public service and making a difference, Justin is a Board Member of the East York Historical Society, the 54 Division Community Police Liaison Committee and Past President of the Parkview Hills Community Association. He has also worked for all three levels of government and recently launched a campaign to ‘Get East York Moving Again’, which called the City of Toronto to restore the paper bus schedules and to immediately fix the traffic signals along O’Connor Drive.