Meet the Gatehouse Board of Directors

Bruce McKay, Chair

Bruce is a licensed private investigator who owns and operates a private investigation firm specializing in security consultation s and issues of cross border transportation cargo theft investigation and prevention. Bruce has been a facilitator at The Gatehouse since 2010, participating in level 1 and the new level 2 support groups for men and women. Since 2007, he has been facilitating male participant groups with "A Time for Men" which is an organization closely connected with the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness. He is an advocate public speaker, trainer and support person for men and women who have been traumatized by childhood sexual abuse. He actively participates in the training of new Ontario Provincial Police sexual assault investigators, providing insight on what people need form a victim's perspective. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, the focus of which was to promote public awareness, support survivors in initiating the first steps of healing, and provide information.

Al Page, Vice Chair

Al Page has been with The Gatehouse since it's inception in 1998.  He has previously chaired the fundraising committee and this is his second term as a Board of Directors member.  He also lead facilitator in the men’s groups at The Gatehouse. Al retired recently as the sales manager of a firm of consulting engineers and was also part of the Board of Directors for the Etobicoke Olympium Sports Centre.

Jen Pavlov, Treasurer

Jen is a manager within the business risk services at a public accounting firm where her area of focus is risk management and internal audit.  She helps organizations achieve their strategic plans, mandates and objectives.  She helps identify the weaknesses in their organization and help to improve their processes and productivity as well as a focus on corporate governance. 

Bruce Burchart, Director

Bruce has been an Associate Portfolio Manager at RBC Dominion Securities since 1995, where he provides wealth management solutions for individuals and corporations. He is a founding director of CHX Technologies, a dental pharmaceutical research company based in Toronto and Dublin, Ireland. Bruce was trained as an engineer and spent part of his early career on mapping projects in the Middle East based in Cairo, Egypt. As a long time resident of Western Toronto, he has been a volunteer in a number of local charities.

Candace Lue, Secretary

Candace is a committed agent for social change. She is currently a Field Placement Coordinator and part-time Professor at Humber College's Community and Justice Services Program and Social Service Worker Program.  A registered Social Worker. Candace has a passion for the well-being of women, children and those economically disadvantaged. She is co-founder of the Young Mothers Initiative (YMI). YMI works to increase awareness and self-efficacy of young parents and their children in the areas of the arts, education, and health. She was also co-chair of the Wraparound Community Resource Team (CRT) at Oolagen Community Services. The CRT is a supportive element of the Wraparound Process and is made up of stakeholders/workers in services for children and families, as well as non-professionals from the local community.


Stefan Horodeckyj, Director

Stefan is a lawyer who has worked and volunteered in the criminal justice system for over 30 years, and in particular in Corrections.  He has been volunteering with The Gatehouse for the last 3 years in different capacities, including Chairman of the Fundraising Committee.  Stefan is a recipient of the Governor General of Canada’s ‘The Corrections Exemplary Service Medal’ and the ‘Minister’s Award For Exceptional Humanitarian Service’.”

Karen Garney, Director

Karen is community leader and co-owner of Cruise Holidays/Humber Bay Travel, which has been in operations since 1988!  Karen is the proud mom of Jessie and Tyler, Gatehouse Jr. Ambassadors and the voice of Sasha Bear on our website.  Her kids have spoken at Conferences, fundraising events and outreach initiatives led by The Gatehouse.  Karen is very active in the community and strongly believes in the vision and mission of The Gatehouse.  Her other endeavours include co-chairing the Humber Bay Shores Waterfront Festival and she is organizing the start of Humber Bay Shores Business Alliance.

Rita Taccogna, Director

Rita has been an employee of Royal Bank of Canada for the past 27 years. During that time she has managed, coached and counseled teams of up to 21 employees. In her   current role as Sr. Manager of Residential Mortgages she plays a strategic role in helping clients to achieve their objective by providing expert advice and service in home financing. She is a co-owner and Chief Financial Officer of an Adult Assisted Living Home facility offering adults with disabilities a safe and secure place to live. Rita is very active in the community, volunteering her time in numerous committees and fund raisers. In her recent accomplishments, she was involved in the design and implementation of several projects which she personally over looked from the start of construction to final completion. In her spare time Rita enjoy living a healthy lifestyle with proper eating and exercising.

Tony Vella, Director

Tony Vella is a community-oriented police officer with 18+ years of distinguished, multi-faceted experience across media & public relations, staff recruitment & training, and law enforcement, in the service of Canada’s foremost municipal police service.  He has an outstanding track record building and cultivating key relationships within the community, the police service, and the city, as a solid touch point on community and city issues.  He is an exceptional leader with the ability to communicate complex, challenging messages in traditional and new media (print, television, radio, Twitter, and Facebook).

Cheryl Hitchcock, Director

Cheryl Hitchcock DSW, ADC, is owner of Integrity Counselling & Coaching Services and has been practicing as a Certified Clinical Counsellor and Coach for over 18 years. Through traditional schooling and years of study with Buddhist Monks, Cheryl has developed a unique style of therapy that combines her acute understanding of how the brain, mind, and body connect with the universe and each other.  “All people have infinite capabilities when it comes to creating their ideal lives”, states Cheryl; she is dedicated to helping people enhance their magnificence, manage stress and overcome their problems. 

Cheryl also grasps every opportunity to give back and so in 2013 she developed ‘Stress Slayer’. Stress Slayer is her youth brand dedicated to helping support youth mental health programs and projects. Cheryl has designed a line of t-shirts, doggie tanks and bandannas with her Stress Slayer logo embossed on them. With the sale of each shirt or bandanna, Cheryl is contributing all profits to support youth mental health programs such as The Gatehouse, the Jack Project, Bullying Canada and The Griffin Centre.

Her Stress Slayer website also gives valuable information about youth mental health issues and is helpful for youth as well as their families and caregivers. Please check out how you can help youth by visiting her website www.StressSlayer.com.