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Our Board of Directors

Seniors Life Enhancement Centre (SLEC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989.

Our strategic priorities are:

  • The voice of the client
  • Pursuit of passion for service excellence
  • Quality and client safety
  • Respected presence in the community
  • Sustained and managed growth

Seniors Life Enhancement Centre is governed by a 10 member community volunteer Board of Directors.   Board members are selected based on their skills, expertise and passion for seniors.   The Board provides leadership and sets the strategic direction and priorities for SLEC and these are implemented by a qualified team of professionals.

The Board holds six (6) board meetings, an AGM  and two (2) strategic plan refreshes through the year, special board meetings may be called if and when necessary.  The work is supported by Board committees which focus on governance, education/development and performance quality and risk.


Board of Directors Positions Available

Our organizational mission, vision and values cannot be met without the dedication of our Board Members. Our Board consists of eight to ten members and we ask for a minimum two year commitment. For more information regarding our Board or Board positions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Board Member - Volunteer Position

SLEC was incorporated in 1998 and is funded through the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (MH LHIN). 
SLEC’s Mission is to provide supervised therapeutic social and recreational programming to promote independence, maximize level of functioning and enhance the quality of life of seniors with physical and/or cognitive challenges.  The program offers respite, support and information to clients, their significant others and/or caregivers.

SLEC’s Vision is to be the family’s choice for day programs and support services for seniors in the community.

SLEC’s strategic priorities are:

  • The voice of the client
  • Pursuit of passion for service excellence
  • Quality and client safety
  • Respected presence in the community
  • Sustained and managed growth

Programs include:
The Circle of Friends Program provides an adult day service for clients with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and/or other cognitive impairments.

The Gathering Place Program provides an adult day service for clients with any of the following: physical disabilities, mild cognitive impairments, frail health.

Extended Hours Program provides evening and weekend respite for clients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, other cognitive impairments, physical disabilities and/or frail health.

Governance Structure
SLEC is overseen by a 10 member community volunteer Board of Directors that is elected in accordance with its bylaws.   Board members are selected based on their skills, expertise and passion for seniors.   The Board provides leadership and sets the strategic direction and priorities for SLEC and these are implemented by a qualified team of professionals.

The Board is accountable to its clients, funders, the community and donors.  It is accountable for appointing the Executive Director (ED) to achieve SLEC’s goals.  The Board oversees SLEC’s strategic direction and the performance of the ED, who in turn is responsible for implementing the strategic direction and daily operations.  

Board Director Competencies

The Board collectively is to have representation with expertise in:

  • strategic management;
  • accounting and finance;
  • communications, fundraising or marketing;
  • human resources;
  • quality and risk management;
  • legal expertise;
  • knowledge of the non-profit sector and its regulatory environment;
  • knowledge of issues affecting the seniors’ community, health system and the people served by SLEC.

Governance Experience

It is preferred that new Directors have prior Board/governance experience, but this is not required.  It is important that Board Director candidates understand the responsibilities of being a Board member and have the necessary experience to contribute to board decision-making and oversight.

SLEC is interested in new Board members with any of the following attributes:

  • Legal expertise;
  • General administrative experience;
  • Fundraising or marketing expertise;
  • Board governance, strategic planning, and quality/performance measurement experience

Time Commitment and Expectations

Board members are also expected to contribute to the organization by:

  • Attending and participating in all board and committee meetings;
  • Actively participate on Board committees and at retreats
  • Attend SLEC client and caregiver social events from time to time

The Board meeting are on a set schedule of approximately 6 regular meetings (monthly or bi-monthly) on Monday’s from approximately 6 to 8 pm as well as an AGM.  Meetings take place at SLEC located at 2030 Bristol Circle, Oakville.    Board work is supported by Board committees which focus on governance, education and quality and risk.

In addition, board members serve on a board committee and attend 2 half day retreats.  Board committees typically meet monthly at times convenient to all members.  

Process for Submitting Expressions of Interest

The nominations committee reviews and updates the skills matrix, interviews prospective candidates and provides recommendations to the Board for new members.

Candidates may apply by completing an online application form

Board of Directors Profiles

Wilmer Brewster - Board Chair

Wilmer was born in Barbados, and later moved to England, where she was educated and worked as a Nurse and Midwife.  She moved to Canada, and settled in Mississauga some 35 years ago.  She enjoyed a long and successful career with the Trillium Health Centre, where she worked as a Nurse and OR Specialist before moving into management, overseeing the Central Processing Department at the Health Centre for many years.  Wilmer also served as an Educator for Centennial College during this period, demonstrating her life-long learning advocacy.  Now retired, she continues to be an active volunteer in a variety of community service organizations, serving with missionary out-reach programmes and seniors services.   She currently olunteers at the Seniors Life Enhancement Centre.


Rick Menassa - Vice-Chair

Rick brings 27 years of business development experience working for global and Canadian technology companies in Canada and across Europe. He is the President and co-founder of a boutique home health care co. serving Halton, Peel and the GTA region. Make a Difference is an integral part of his DNA, Rick fundraised for several organizations including the Credit Valley and Oakville hospital foundations; also continues to participate in the annual Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart and the annual Alzheimer Society campaign. Rick gives back by serving as Co-Chair of the Health; Wellness forum of the Mississauga Board of Trade, in addition current church activities and past mission trip serving youth in Lebanon. Serving on SLEC’s board compliments Rick’s passion for serving and empowering seniors to age with the dignity and respect they deserve.


Theresa Benedetto - Treasurer

Theresa was born in Malta, raised in Canada, where she was educated, attended the University of Western Ontario, graduating with a degree in Social Science. She is Brampton resident, married with three children. For over thirty years, she enjoyed a successful career in Retail primarily with Loblaw Companies Limited. she worked in various areas of the business including, finance, supply chain, and store operations before retiring as the VP of General Merchandising Buying and Merchandising.  She is an active volunteer in a number of community service organizations, enjoys gardening and traveling.


Julio Sousa - Secretary

Julio has lived in Mississauga since 1965. He and his wife Miriam are parents to 3 adult children. He recently retired from a 38-year career in the TCDSB (Toronto Catholic District School Board). As an educator, he was as a teacher for 22 years in the elementary panel in a variety of assignments, both in a regular classroom and special education settings. He was also in various administrative roles for the last 18 years. Julio graduated from Guelph University (Hon. B. A.) and the University of Toronto (B. Ed. and M. Ed.). He is a former board member of St. Christopher House in Toronto and has been a volunteer instructor member of ADDS (Adult Disable Downhill Ski Club) for the past 11 years. As of October 2014 he has been a volunteer tutor trainer with Licence to Learn. In his spare time, Julio enjoys motorcycle riding, travelling, reading, photography as well as swimming and skiing. He is glad to be serving as a board member of SLEC.


Nicki Morris - Director

Nicki Morris has 18 years of experience leading people and managing operations in the healthcare and corporate sectors.  Her most recent role was as the Vice President of Home Health for a national home healthcare provider, serving over 30,000 seniors across Canada.   She is a Physiotherapist with a Masters in Health Science in Health Administration and an MBA in Leadership and she is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University.   Nicki lives in Mississauga and owns a leadership consulting and business coaching organization.   She has a passion for ensuring that seniors have access to the care and services they need and that they are supported in attaining a high quality of life.


Lynn Gwilliam - Director

Lynn graduated as a nurse from Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and the University of Ottawa. Her professional career has been primarily in Education related to Paediatrics and Continuing Education for Nurses. For the past ten years she worked as a Home Care Supervisor in Mississauga. She retired in January 2014. Community volunteering is a very important part of her life. In 1985 she accepted an appointment with the Ministry of Child and Youth Services. She also is on the Halton Alzheimers Community Advisory Committee. Lyn is a committed devoted caregiver to her husband who developed Alzheimer Disease and has attended the Seniors Life Enhancement Centres for three years. In February 2014 he was admitted to a Long Term Care facility. She enjoys spending time with her extended family.


Housam Minawi - Director

Housam Minawi has earned his Master’s degree in Marketing from the States, beside his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering . During his career life, Housam has earned an extensive managerial experience by working at and doing business with major multinational pharmaceutical and medical devices companies. His passion about serving the society has led him into this path. Housam has received several recommendations for his dedication and professionalism, and continually received recognition for his communication skills and leadership excellence.


Rookiya Sader - Director

Rookiya was Born in South Africa, graduated from College with a Secretarial degree and later immigrated to Canada 41 years ago.She is married and raised 2 children and has the pleasure of enjoying her 2 grandchildren. She loves cooking & baking and practicing yoga.She enjoyed a career in magazine publishing for 29 years with Maclean Hunter Publishing & Rogers Publishing. She is a wedding/event planner. Have been a participant in fundraising for Breast CancerWalk and Heart & Stroke Walk. She is at a place now in her life to give back to the community and what better place to start with Senior Life Enhancement Centre.


Brooke Stewart - Director

Brooke Stewart has earned a law degree from both the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She is currently an employment lawyer practicing in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to her legal education, she earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree with Distinction from Wilfrid Laurier University. Brooke has always had a passion for giving back to her community and has done so through various volunteer placements. She has experience volunteering with children, students, the homeless, as well as families experiencing domestic violence. Brooke’s passion for the elderly developed at a young age and she is excited to use her education and experience to contribute to the betterment of the Seniors Life Enhancement Centres.