Meet the Gatehouse Board of Directors

2015-2016 Term - April 24, 2015 - April 24, 2016

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.

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.


Hani Baki, Treasurer

Simona Jellinek, Director

Simona T. Jellinek was called to the bar of Ontario in 1996. Her practice is restricted to plaintiff side catastrophic personal injury litigation with a focus on representing survivors of sexual assault. Her experience includes representing plaintiffs in civil sexual assault cases including plaintiffs in the Maple Leaf Garden sexual abuse cases, cases involving the Crown, Childrens’ Aid Societies, many Religious Institutions and School Boards. She also represented claimants from Walpole Island First Nations in the Independent Assessment Process for survivors of Aboriginal Residential Schools.

Recently, Simona co-drafted the Law Society’s Sexual Abuse Guidelines applicable to all Ontario Lawyers.

Simona has served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trial Lawyers (OTLA) Association from 2004 through to 2013 and was on the executive committee for 6 years of those years. She twice co-chaired OTLA Srping and Fall Conferences and twice co-chaired the Canadian Institutes’ National Summit on Sexual Assault Litigation. She has presented at the AAJ in New York, various CPD programmes for Osgoode Hall, LSUC, CBA and OBA.

Simona also has been an instructor at Osgoode Hall’s legal clinic for ten years teaching advocacy skills and ethics. She has guest lectured at Queens University Faculty of Law. She has been a member of the Sexual Assault Advisory Committee of the Toronto Police Services for the last seven years.

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).

Mary Grogan Ed.D. 

Dr. Mary Grogan is a passionate educator, and student advocate committed to continuous learning, social justice and social change.  She has served students and families with diverse backgrounds and histories, e.g. socio-economic, cultural, and traumatic due to abuse, neglect, loss, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, war etc.   as a teacher, guidance counselor and principal within the Toronto Catholic District School Board.  Throughout her career, she has designed and delivered professional development programs at the local, school, board, provincial, and international level in the Caribbean and Europe and has taught within the education faculties at U of T, York U, and Nipissing U.  As a continuous learner, she completed a B.A. (Sociology), a M.Ed. (Applied Psychology) at U of T, and certificates in family therapy, mediation, and restorative justice and coaching.  Recently, while she was a principal and behavioral science instructor, at Ross School of Medicine, Dominica West Indies she completed a doctorate in Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning, and returned home to begin her own educational consulting practice.   

Upcoming Meetings 2015

All meetings are being held at Humber College, Lakeshore Campus, Building H room H105

April 7th 2015, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
May 5th 2015, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
June 2nd 2015, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
July 7th 2015, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
August 11th 2015, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
September 8th 2015, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
October 6th 2015, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
November 3rd 2015, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
December 1st 2015, 6:30pm – 8:30pm