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A 10-member Board of Directors governs Community Living York South.

Members include advocates, parents and other residents of Southern York Region. Directors are elected at the Annual General Meeting for a three-year term.

Standing Committees and Task Forces:

  • External Rights Review Committee
  • Aging Task Force
  • Family Task Force
  • Financial Oversight Committee
  • Investment Task Force

The Board of Directors seeks prospective new members in February of each year. Successful candidates are voted in at our Annual General Meeting in September.

Board members can expect to volunteer 5 to 10 hours monthly to Board duties.


Board Member Biographies 


Cherryl Berliner graduated from the Shulich School of Business in Marketing.  She was the Senior Vice President of Rich Brands.  Currently, Cherryl is the Manager of Logistics at Pink Tartan.

Vice President

Charrise Clarke-Hensby is currently a part-time lecturer at Sheridan College in the Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies teaching courses within the public safety and social work programs. She graduated with a M.A. in Criminology from Simon Fraser University in 2008 and is currently working on a PhD at York University. Her main areas of interest include human rights and children's rights and she is currently a member of Community Living York South's External Rights Committee. Charrise is also the parent of a child with a developmental disability and therefore has first-hand experience with many of the challenges faced by parents in our community.


Remus Leung is a Strategic Business Partner at Jonas Software where he focuses on strategy, operations and finance.  Previously Remus held roles at Macquarie Capital and KPMG LLP.  He was educated at the University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business where he earned an Honors Business Administration degree with Distinction.  Remus is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario where he holds a CPA, CA designation.


Robert DaCosta is a senior executive with extensive experience in management, governance and human resources in the healthcare and education sectors.  He is currently teaching management and leadership programs.  He holds a Masters of Education, Certified Human Resources Executive and Certified Health Executive.

Jaspreet Gillstarted her education at Laurentian University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of Windsor.  Currently Jaspreet works at Social Services Network and is employed as a Coordinator of Family Violence Programs.  She was also an Adjunct Professor at York University for eight years before joining the Social Services Network in the summer of 2016.

Ed Lau Edward is the founder and President of DD Community Connector, an organization that helps Chinese-Canadians with intellectual disabilities. Winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013, Edward sponsors various events in Markham and Richmond Hill for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. He is a federal public servant and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University. He was the Alternate Representative for the Employment Equity Committee for People with Disabilities at his workplace and organized the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2015 Toronto celebration for the Federal Public Service.

Iris Chung Iris Chung is a Barrister, Solicitor and Notary Public of Ontario. Iris is a partner of Metcalfe, Blainey & Burns LLP, a law firm situated in the City of Markham. Iris has been practicing law since 2002. Iris’s areas of practice include will, trust, estate planning and corporate/commercial law. Assisting parents having children with special needs is an important part of Iris’ practice.

Rahila Chugtai Bio coming soon

Samir Patel Bio coming soon

Shanae Soor Bio coming soon