CNIB's eight divisions, as well as our CNIB Lake Joseph Centre, are guided by a volunteer Advisory Board, who work hand-in-hand with our Regional Vice Presidents to guide all aspects of local operations – from problem-solving around day-to-day issues, to the development of local programs, services and philanthropy endeavours.
Monica Lowe Menecola, Chair
Clearview Township’s Monica Lowe Menecola has been part of the CNIB family for more than 30 years. In 1988, she joined the staff team as a Social Worker. A few years later, she became the District Manager for Simcoe-Muskoka. In 1999, Monica co-authored a national public policy document on funding sources for accessible technology. Leaving CNIB to raise her daughters, she continued to be very involved with local and provincial organizations supporting people living with sight loss. Her commitment to CNIB strengthened when her brother lost his remaining vision in an industrial accident three years ago. For more than 13 years, Monica has worked in the field of fall and fracture prevention as a Regional Integration Lead for the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care’s Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy. As an advocate for those living with sight loss, Monica is a loyal friend to the CNIB Foundation and her community, and an active partner in her husband’s Lions club.
Jack McCormick, Vice Chair
Oakville’s Jack McCormick graduated with high distinction from the Bachelor of Business Administration Program at the Lazardis School of Business and Economics at Wilfred Laurier University in 2018. Currently, he’s working as a Human Resources professional in the healthcare industry. As someone who is blind, he is passionate about inclusion and accessibility, particularly in the workplace. Some of his most notable advocacy accomplishments include: Co-Founding Eye To Eye, a student organization that aims to eliminate stigma associated with sight loss; Co-Chairing the 2018 FFB (Foundation Fighting Blindness) Young Leaders Summit; and public speaking engagements across North America. Jack is proud to serve as Vice Chair of the CNIB Foundation (Ontario and Quebec) Board of Directors.
Toronto’s Sath Dosanjh is a Technology growth executive with 15 years of experience in entrepreneurial start-ups and corporate environments. Today, Sath serves as the Vice-President of Corporate Development at TouchBistro, a global leader in SaaS (Software as a Service). Prior to this, Sath was responsible for corporate development at Equifax and BlackBerry. Sath is a first generation immigrant to Canada who has benefitted from education, local services, and an inclusive community. He is looking forward to learning more about the emerging technologies that will improve the quality of life for people with sight loss. Further, he sees this as an opportunity to inspire, engage and communicate with corporate partners. As a father, he’s also passionate about the CNIB Foundation’s children and youth programs.
Dr. Louise Hale
Ottawa’s Dr. Louise Hale became an optometrist in 1994. Twelve years later, after interning under world renowned ophthalmologists Dr. Jack Kanski and Dr. Clive Edelsten in England, she immigrated to Canada. In 2014, she became the owner of her own practice, Richmond Village Eye Care Centre located just outside of Ottawa. From the experience gained working for CNIB and at the Low Vision Clinic in the Eye Institute at The Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Hale has expanded her scope of practice to include mobile services for patients with low vision. “I strive to help people refine one of their five senses. I aim to give my patients their best possible vision and also provide insight into their health. My goal is for everyone to enjoy the experience!,” says Dr. Hale. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling with her family, hiking and cross-country skiing.
Toronto’s Venkat Iyer has a Bachelor of Science degree in math and computer science from the University of Pune in India. For the past 20 years, he’s worked as Senior Manager, IT Innovation at CSA Group. Venkat has implemented content management systems, e-commerce platforms, business processes and data analytics. Prior to joining CSA Group, he was a software consultant in the United States for the oil and gas industry. In India, Venkat developed software for high-tech manufacturing, construction and pharmaceutical companies. Born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, he would like to use his technical experience to help solve mobility issues for people with sight loss. Venkat has been fortunate to have a good education, a great job and incredible family support – he wants to ensure others have the same opportunities.
Toronto’s Jason Mitschele lives with his guide dog, Kailua. Since 2003, he has been practicing law as a Federal Prosecutor for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. As a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, Jason focused his studies on international law and development. Prior to attending law school, he completed an internship with Disabled Peoples South Africa, where he gained valuable experience working with local and national organizations that shape human rights law and policy. Committed to equality for all, Jason is a proud advocate for the inclusion of persons with disabilities. Prior to joining the CNIB Foundation (Ontario & Quebec) Board of Directors, Jason served on the advisory board for CNIB Lake Joe, an accessible camp in Muskoka.
Chesley’s Scott Seiler has been advocating for the rights of people with disabilities for more than 30 years. As a student living with sight loss when the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was enacted in the 1980s, he approached the Dean of Humber College about accommodations for a rehabilitation program that he was enrolled in. He met with consultants to create an accessible office space at the college. In the 1990s, Scott was a member of the NDP’s social assistance reform project team – he was hired by a coalition of community-based agencies, service providers and advocates to help coordinate the development of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Recently, he chaired Grey County’s accessibility committee.
Toronto’s Alison Simpson leverages her marketing expertise to help established and emerging companies thrive in increasingly global and challenging environments. She achieves this by ensuring her clients’ brands provide competitive advantages that motivate consumers, inspire employees and grow businesses. After delivering double digit growth for companies as diverse as Apple, Ford, Holt Renfrew, Rogers, Scotiabank and Tim Hortons, Alison founded Forerunner Marketing. Alison is passionate about CNIB’s vision to change what it is to be blind today. Prior to joining the CNIB Foundation (Ontario & Quebec) Board of Directors, Alison served as Vice Chair for the CNIB GTA Advisory Board.
Kitchener’s Glen Wade, Manager, Quality Assurance-Special Projects, Rogers Communications, is a solution-oriented individual who excels at bringing a team together to strengthen collaboration and ensure the best possible outcomes. As someone who is passionate about enhancing the lives of people with sight loss, Glen is a member of Rogers Communications’ Persons with Disabilities committee and the accessibility council. Outside the office, he serves as President of the Ontario Blind Sports Association (OBSA). Glen has played goalball at the provincial and national levels; he represented Canada at the 1984 and 1992 Paralympics. As an active volunteer in his community, Glen is a coach/facilitator with the Kitchener Goalball Club, and he’s a member of the Kitchener Waterloo Sports Council.
Montreal’s Richard Wise has been active with the CNIB Foundation for more than 20 years. As a Chartered Business Valuator, Chartered Arbitrator and Certified Forensic Accountant, he has served on the national committees for Risk Management and Finance. Locally, he’s shared his expertise as an Investment Treasurer and member of the Audit Committee. Richard has held the following positions: President, Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators; Governor, American Society of Appraisers; Council Member and Fellow, Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Quebec; Governor, Dawson College; Director, St. George’s School of Montreal and Director, Cancer Research Society. For many years, Richard has engaged prominent members of the Montreal business and academic/educational communities in our mission. He is committed to helping us make sure we have the financial resources to follow through on our goals and empower those we serve to achieve theirs.