Meet Our Board of Directors
Our Mission: "To inspire and enable all youth to reach their full potential as educated, productive, responsible, and caring citizens by providing enriching and challenging programs presented by dedicated, professionally trained volunteers and mentors."
Journalist, Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd.
JACKIE PORTER, CFP
Jackie Porter has been in the financial industry for 18 years serving 400 families and businesses in the Greater Toronto Area. Her practice focuses on investment planning, cashflow management and tax planning. In her role as a certified financial planner, her mission is to help her clients to become and remain financially independent.
A regular contributor to Woman magazine, Jackie was also on Senator Vivenne Poy’s Task Force for Young Entrepeneurs back in 2001. In February of 2009, Jackie was interviewed on CBC Newsworld and Sun News in 2013. Jackie currently serves on the Board of directors for Advocis Toronto and served for 2 years on the Board for Advocis Peel Halton, an organization that regulates financial planners. She also is a featured speaker and advocate for numerous corporate, non profit and charitable organizations. Jackie also acts as a consultant to the TDSB on the subject of financial literacy in the school system.
Superintendent, Toronto Police Service
Superintendent Ron Taverner is in his 48th year with the Toronto Police Service. Mr. Taverner is a highly competent professional with a broad range of expertise, involving operational and managerial roles in Canadian policing. He is an effective communicator with a sound work ethic who demonstrates solid knowledge of policing procedures, good judgement and the ability to generate trust and loyalty from colleagues, community leaders and the public.
Devon Sheriff is the franchise owner of Sheriff’s No Frills at 1530 Albion Road in Etobicoke. He started working in grocery business from the age of 16. He worked in all departments, both inside and outside of the store, which gave him the necessary skills and knowledge to be the owner and operator of his very own supermarket today.
Devon grew up in the Jane and Finch community of Toronto. He went to George Brown College where he acquired a certificate in welding.
Devon believes in Trust 15 and the work of Marcia Brown because 30 years ago, he was one of the many “at risk” youths in the community.
Leroy Brown is an IT professional and owner of a small computer consulting firm servicing clients in the GTA. He is a father of two living with his family in North Etobicoke for over 25 years. He was born in England but has lived most of his life in Canada and Jamaica. He has always had a passion for working with youth within his church and local community. He has been a board member of TRUST15 since its inception and has served on various committees within the organization. He believes that if society can intervene in a young person’s life at an early stage in their personal development, the likelihood that they will succeed in life will increase tremendously.
Tanya Howell is a lawyer operating her own legal practice after having been called to the Ontario Bar in 2014. She advocates in a wide range of areas including Criminal, Family, Employment, Wills and Estates law. Volunteering within the community is an essential component of her practice as she provides summary legal advice through the Pro Bono Law Ontario and Landlord Self Help joint pilot project. She has also volunteered with the Milliken Wesleyan Methodist Church to feed the homeless and mentor youth. Prior to her designation as lawyer, Tanya articled with the Crown Law Office Civil branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General where she assisted with the defence of a high profile case involving claims against the Crown. Tanya also has an extensive corporate background from her past position as a Risk Management and Health Law Specialist with The Scarborough Hospital. In this post, she conducted incident investigations, provided consultations on legal and operational risk, developed strategic goals for the legal affairs, risk management, privacy, and emergency preparedness departments, and created quarterly reports to the Performance Committee and Hospital Board.