Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Mother's to Daughters. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.
Meet The Board of Directors
Chair and President
Originally from Cameroon, Francine is the founder of Mothers to Daughters. She comes from a matriarchal household where she is the second born out of six strong girls.
The Mothers to Daughters initiative emerged when Francine reflected on her past experiences with certain women she considers as being Mothers' figures. With her mother being her biggest inspiration, she decided to encourage her peers to reach for a support system and create a community where women would find a haven in each other.
Aside from her passion, she is responsible for helping high-profile corporations in North America manage critical communications to their shareholders and better their governance strategies. She is widely known for her kindness, generosity, and empathy, devoting her spare time to mentoring Youth and Newcomers to Canada. Francine sits on the Youth Committee for Job Start, where she helps develop mentoring solutions for Youth. Some of her interests include reading, music, fashion, meditation, and physical wellness. Francine was named one of the Top 100 Black Women To Watch in Canada in 2020. She is always looking for opportunities to forge meaningful relationships and meet new people.
Director Business Planning & Fundraising
Victoria Jurincic is a strategic-minded individual with over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry passion with a passion for leadership, mentorship, and people development.
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Victoria is the youngest of four children with a strong Italian heritage. Today she enjoys life just outside of Toronto with her husband and two teenage children, Maia and Matthew, who keep life busy with competitive hockey and soccer. Victoria received Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science degree from the University of Guelph.
Dr. Vijay Bhosekar
Director, Program Development
Vijay Bhosekar has more than 30 years of experience as a Faculty, Research Scientist and Client Relations (India and Canada). After immigrating to Canada in 2005, he worked as Agribusiness Consultant in Toronto until 2011. During this period being a lifelong learner returned to Sheridan College in Ontario 2007, attained Graduate Certificate in Environmental Sciences. While as a PhD student with University of Guelph was awarded Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Philanthropic Scholarships and Travel grants. He has published more than 100: peer reviewed International scientific publications, outreach literature and presentations in seminars in his area of scientific expertise.
Mel is the founder of Stand Out LOUD, a transformational leadership and empowerment company that offers skills training and coaching opportunities to business professionals. After 20 years of working as a professional accountant and management consultant, Mel hit a bump in the road as she struggled with severe burnout. She is now committed to helping women professionals avoid the same fate, by revealing their strength and take focused action that is aligned with their passions and purpose.
From Gatineau, Quebec, Cara is a single mother of three, and a strong, positive role model. A recovering perfectionist and yes-woman, Cara learned to overcome depression and anxiety. Making homeownership dreams come true as a mortgage specialist, she loves to read to feed her mind and consumes music religiously to feed her soul. As a consultant for Mothers to Daughters, she hopes to share her experiences and inspire Daughters through vulnerability and candor. You can connect with her on Instagram.
Head of Governance
Yvonne is a mother of three daughters, originally from Rwanda. She immigrated to Canada in 2013 as an international graduate student and her journey has been filled with learning and growth opportunities. She is passionate about empowering women and girls through performance and second career coaching, educative workshops, and round tables. She is the author of “Investing in your Success : Strategies for Effective Integration of Immigrants to Canada”. You can connect with her via Facebook.
Head of Strategic Partnerships
Throughout a research-based career in Marketing and Business Development, Loretta has continued to wield a rare talent for identifying opportunities to build brands and organizations via persuasive storytelling and innovative program creation. Bringing a laser focus on exceeding the objectives set out, Loretta has a strong track record of delivering exceptional results for such leading organizations as Procter & Gamble and Molson Coors Beverages. Flexible and with a commitment to ongoing marketing excellence, Loretta has adapted her skills over the past 6 years to the professional development and networking arena, currently focusing on curated content for Toronto-based Strategy Institute’s pivot of 20 annual B2B conferences from in-person to virtual execution.
Director, Digital Initiatives
Just like most of us, Julia wears many hats. She welcomes you to tap into the well of her experience to learn from her mistakes and accomplishments. Her successful career in IT and her recent business venture, XenCity, are to attest to that. She encourages everyone to combine their values, education, skills, and experience to pursue what they are truly passionate about. She is very excited to be able to share the lessons learnt through her career, business and life in Canada with the community.
Meet Our Leadership Team
Cigdem Djamgouz, Community Coach
Cigdem has over 8 years of experience in HR. She specializes in professional coaching, organizational development, recruitment, and employee relationships. Having worked with start-ups and well established companies, Cigdem provides her individual and corporate clients with a customized approach to meet their unique needs.
Cigdem is a certified Cognitive Behavioral Coach accredited by the ICF. She also holds degrees in human resources management, and economics, as well as a Master of European Business.
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