Our Staff

John Choi

John Choi 

(he/him)

Executive Director ext. 230

jchoi@sheenasplace.org

John’s background experience in the mental health field began over 25 years ago, starting at the Child Development Institute, and then offering treatment to children, youth and families in Peel Region. Recently, John has served as the Director of Program Operations at nearby Stella’s Place Assessment and Treatment Centre. In his various roles, John has guided the development of high functioning, multi-disciplinary teams. He has also supported revenue generating efforts from grant application writing to participation in stewardship activities and acting as a key spokesperson for his organization. Financials, budgets and fiscal accountability have also been an important aspect of his role in the NFP world. John has contributed to innovation in delivering key services to clients and is no stranger to working in challenging and “lean” environments. Connecting with people and building relationships is always at the centre of John’s commitment.

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Julia Shierlaw

(she/her)

Operations Manager and Bookkeeper ext. 300

jshierlaw@sheenasplace.org 

 

Julia has a wide range of experience in office management, bookkeeping and payroll in the private sector. She is also trained as a Social Service Worker and has provided volunteer work at the Toronto Distress Centre, the YMCA Beatrice House and The Aids Network. Julia is very grateful to be a part of our team and is looking forward to continuing to grow with Sheena’s Place.

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Aglaia Gurevich

(she/her)

Registrar and Program Administrator ext. 220

agurevich@sheenasplace.org

 

Aglaia has an extensive background in Administration, Client Relations and Business Operations. Her Undergraduate studies began at the Schulich School of Business at York University and continued at the University of Toronto where she received her HBSc specializing in Buddhist Psychology and Mental Health. Aglaia has a strong background in Visual Arts and Dance, graduating from the Claude Watson Arts program. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher and is dedicated to providing ongoing support in the Mental Health community. She is currently volunteering with Toronto Distress Centres and Kids Help Phone. Aglaia is excited to bring together her professional skills and personal dedication to the Mental Health community to best support everyone at Sheena’s Place.

Alexandra Hanania

(she/her)

Program Manager ext. 340

ahanania@sheenasplace.org

Alexandra has been facilitating expressive arts groups at Sheena’s Place since 2018. She has a love for all things fibre, arts and you’ll often find her running textile groups. Alexandra has also facilitated art therapy programs at other agencies around the GTA, predominantly with refugees and newcomers, helping them to settle into their new home, reduce social isolation, and build community. Alexandra has a Master’s Degree in psychoanalytic theory and a graduate diploma in art therapy, and has published research on working with culturally diverse populations. She takes multiple approaches to her work as a facilitator, including the use of cultural humility, psychodynamic and person-centred modalities. Alexandra’s role at Sheena’s Place has expanded over the years to include involvement in BIPOC programming, and she currently acts as Program Manager.

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Kaitlyn Axelrod

(she/her) 

Manager of Community Outreach & Education ext. 330

kaxelrod@sheenasplace.org

Kaitlyn entered the field of eating disorders through her research at the Douglas Mental Health Institute in Montreal in 2013, while studying at McGill University. Since then, Kaitlyn has worked and volunteered for a variety of Toronto-based mental health organizations supporting youth and adults with eating disorders and other mental health challenges. Kaitlyn is a registered social worker and received her MSW at the University of Toronto, where she specialized in mental health and health. At Sheena’s Place, Kaitlyn facilitates groups and coordinates and delivers outreach presentations in the community. Through her work, she aims to destigmatize eating disorders and increase accessibility of support.

Steven Bowa

Steven Bowa

(he/him)

Registrar and Program Administrator ext. 100

sbowa@sheenasplace.org

Steve has a background in Management, Photography and Videography. Before working at Sheena’s Place, Steve’s interest in the mental health field began when he studied at University of Ottawa where he received his BA in Psychology. Steve has always wanted to find a way to merge his passion for mental health care and advocacy with his artistic and administrative abilities. He is very excited to learn and grow as a part of the Sheena’s Place team while supporting the needs of the mental health community.

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JP McMillan

(he/him)

Director of Development ext. 250

jpmcmillan@sheenasplace.org

JP spent the first 14 years of his career in the financial sector; ultimately working his way up to Director of Relationship Management with RBC Global Services. In this role, he was responsible for the bank’s relationship with a number of top tier clients, including The Hospital for Sick Children. It was here that the SickKids Foundation asked him to volunteer and then ultimately jump industries all-together to develop their individual giving program. In his 12 years at SickKids, JP developed multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns, and worked with Canada’s leading philanthropists and companies to achieve their charitable goals. JP is now excited to bring this experience and passion to Sheena’s Place.