Our Staff

John Choi

John Choi 


Executive Director ext. 230


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


Operations Manager and Bookkeeper ext. 300


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 YWCA Beatrice House and The AIDS Network.  Julia is very grateful to be part of our team and is looking forward to continuing to grow with Sheena’s Place.

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Aglaia Gurevich


Registrar and Program Administrator ext. 220


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.

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Kaitlyn Axelrod


MSW, RSW, Program and Outreach Coordinator ext. 330


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 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


Registrar and Program Administrator ext. 100


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


Director of Development ext. 250


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 relationships 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 and 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.