The HopeWorks Connection Board Members

Debra Wight – Board Chair
Debra Wight is an accomplished business and community leader with over 15 years transforming organizations and communities through strategic activities focused on promoting the health, safety and well-being for all of us. She is a certified health and safety professional and paralegal. In her current role as Director of Operations for Santé Circle Health, she and her team excel at maximizing opportunities and abilities for those they serve.

Debra is passionate about volunteering and has been doing so since the tender age of 7. Over the years, she has gained extensive experience leading and serving in boards and associations, within the church, community and education sectors. From 2015 – 2018, she served as the President of the Board for Taibu Community Health Centre, which focuses on advancing the health and wellbeing for Blacks within the GTA.

Finally, she is excited about partnering with the Hopeworks Connections family in creating opportunities and maximizing abilities for the youth of today and tomorrow.

Fanella Hodge – Secretary
Fanella Hodge is a Manager of Business Services in the Ontario Government. With experience in human resources, finance, procurement and facilities management she brings more than twenty years of experience to her role as Secretary/Treasurer of the Board.In addition to her professional accomplishments, Fanella has been active on the Boards of The Church of St. Stephen’s, Downsview, The Downsview Youth Covenant and The Antigua and Barbuda Association of Toronto.

Fanella’s love for children and dedication to community has also led her to be active in Church teaching Sunday school for many years, and as time permits volunteers at The Saints Café, a lunch program at The Church of St. Stephen’s Downsview. It is that same passion and the development of her son’s talent and his sense of family since joining TC3 that has led her to become a member of the HopeWorks Board.

Vernal Savage  – Resource Development Director
The Rev. Vernal S. Savage, a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. A member of the leadership team of Black Anglicans of Canada.

Vernal is a multi-talented individual who has been involved in counselling, teaching, project consultancy, bank management, management consultancy, organizational development and change management, and public policy. He has worked with and led efforts in the private and public sector extensively in countries of the western hemisphere.

Sheryl-Lynn Cadogan-Udeh – Parent Engagement Director
Ms Cadogan-Udeh is currently employed as a Paralegal with Leslyn Lewis Barristers & Associate, Lewis Law Firm.  She has worked as a paralegal since May 2016. In her previous role she was a Child and Youth worker with the Children’s Aid Society.

She is an advocate for child and youth issues and also has experience in navigating through legal government systems.  Ms Cadogan-Udeh has worked in various roles which include working as a Special Needs Educational Assistant with the Toronto District School Board and serving as a legal intake intern for the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.

Angela Stevens – At Large
Ms. Stevens was involved with her Workplace United Way first as a volunteer and finally as Campaign Chair for over twenty years.  During that time she sat on the United Way Allocations Panel and Campaign Cabinet, the Board of Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre and was also a Director at Labour Community Services of Toronto and York Region.  In her role with United Way and Labour Community Services, she was able to take part in the strategic planning sessions for various projects in Toronto, York, Durham, Oakville, Peel and Ajax regions.

Lyndsay Ashby – At Large

Lyndsay is proud mother of two girls, wife and a business owner in her community. Lyndsay sees the need for youth organizations to grow our youth into successful members of the community and what better way then through the arts.