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.
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 my life-long learning advocacy. Now retired, continue to be an active volunteer in a variety of community service organizations, serving with missionary out-reach programmes and seniors services. Currently, volunteers at the Seniors Life Enhancement Centre.
Ann Murell - Vice-Chair
Theresa Benedetto - Treasurer
Born in Malta, raised in Canada, where I was educated, attending the University of Western Ontario and graduating with a degree in Social Science. A long time Brampton resident, married with three children. For over thirty years, I enjoyed a successful career in Retail primarily with Loblaw Companies Limited. I worked in various areas of the business including, finance, supply chain, and store operations before finished my career as the VP of General Merchandising Buying and Merchandising. Now retired, I am an active volunteer in a number of community service organizations.
Nicki Morris - Director/Acting Secretary
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
I graduated as a nurse from Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and the University of Ottawa. My professional career has been primarily in Education related to Paediatrics and Continuing Education for Nurses. For the past ten years I worked as a Home Care Supervisor in Mississauga. I retired in January 2014. Community volunteering is important to me. In 1985 I accepted an appointment with the Ministry of Child and Youth Services and I continue in this position. I am also on the Halton Alzheimers Community Advisory Committee. My husband developed Alzheimers Disease and he attended the Seniors Life Enhancement Centres for three years. In February 2014 he was admitted to a Long Term Care facility. I joined the Board of SLEC in the fall of 2013.
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
Born in South Africa, graduated from College with a Secretarial degree and later immigrated to Canada 41 years ago. Married, I raised 2 children and have the pleasure of enjoying my 2 grandchildren. I love cooking & baking and practicing yoga. I enjoyed a career in magazine publishing for 29 years with Maclean Hunter Publishing & Rogers Publishing. I am a wedding/event planner. Have been a participant in fundraising for Breast Cancer Walk and Heart & Stroke Walk. I am at a place now in my life to give back to the community and what better place to start with Senior Life Enhancement Centre.
Rick Menassa - Director
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