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Our board2018-08-04T22:18:53+00:00
Jane Smart
Jane SmartBoard Chair
Jane first came to BFO-Toronto in 2003 as a client, attending a Parental Loss group. From there she began to volunteer as a group facilitator and edited the BFO-Toronto newsletter for a number of years. Jane joined the board in 2013 and served as the Communications Committee chair until 2016. Currently she is the Board Chair and is the BFO-Toronto representative on the provincial board. Jane is a recipient of the Noah Thorek award.

Her goals include helping to build a stronger BFO, encouraging collaboration between the Board, staff and volunteers to inspire hope and healing in the community.

Jane is currently employed as a corporate trainer in the technology services field.

Ryan Holt
Ryan HoltBoard Member & Communication Committee Chair
Searching for a place where he could channel some good out of a painful grief situation, Ryan joined BFO-Toronto in 2014. He began facilitating groups for young adults (ages 20-29) and suicide loss before being asked to join the board in June of 2016.

Ryan is passionate about the power of peer-to-peer support and in helping individuals through their grief journeys. He chairs the communications committee, which is responsible for branding, website development, external communications, and spreading awareness of BFO in the community.

Outside of BFO, Ryan works in marketing, climbs rocks, and enjoys exploring Toronto with his fiancée and their cat.

Barb Gill-LazroeBoard Member & PAC Liaison
Barb’s involvement with BFO began in April 1990, when her youngest of 3 sons,
Adam Joseph Gill died from leukemia on April 5th, 1990 at the age of 12. After completing a 12-week parental loss couples group from Sept. to Dec. 1990, she took the BFO facilitator training course.

Since 1991 Barb has co-facilitated many types of groups including parental loss, children’s groups, concurrent parent groups, spousal loss over 55 closed groups. She also does one to ones and has recently shared her facilitator experience in current BFO facilitator training sessions.

At the present time, she is the chair of PAC (Professional Advisory Committee) and
as such the PAC representative on the Board. Barb is the honored recipient of the Noah Thorek Award and the first recipient of the Founders’ Award.

Allan ColeBoard Member
Allan was originally on the Board of BFO-Toronto in the 90’s when Marg McGovern
was the Executive Director. Allan rejoined the Board in 2015 and has served as a Board Chair. He is the recipient of the BFO-Toronto Founders Award.
Allan has been a Funeral Director for over 40 years and operates MacKinnon & Bowes in Toronto. He and his company have been supportive of BFO and the assistance it provides families in need for over 30 years.