905-787-9656 [email protected]

Meet Our 2021 Volunteer Board of Directors

Hugh Adams, Board Member and Past Chair

Hugh has extensive experience in community service. He has been involved in the Lion International organization for over 30 years and currently serves as District Manager in Richmond Hill.

Russell Chang, Chair

Russell is a dedicated husband, father of two beautiful children and enjoys giving back to the community. He has supported Project 99a from inception working in the background, and looks forward to contributing more on the Board.

I grew up reading science-fiction, action-fiction books and my favourite author is Tom Clancy (RIP).

Maria Chong Ton, Vice-President Caribbean

Maria Chong Ton is the Chief Executive Officer at Eve Anderson and has over 20 years experience in operations management and client relations. Prior to this, she was instrumental to developing Grace Kennedy (Trinidad and Tobago) Ltd., as Country Director, implementing its operations and managing the regulatory and compliance requirements. Maria was internationally recognized by Western Union for network development and cost management. She was also the recipient of a Kaizen award for process improvement.

Gurpreet Dhaliwal, Secretary

Gurpreet is a Bank Manager with the TD Bank.  He recommends reading Scaling Up Excellence written by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao.


Rochelle Greaves, Vice-President Research & Grants

With over a decade in the financial sector, Rochelle used her technical knowledge to help businesses measure key metrics and trends, driving strategic decision making. Currently, as the Co-Founder and Director of Analytics and Strategy at Story Point Consulting, Rochelle continues to use her skills to help nonprofits increase their fundraising capacity and revenue, and her favorite book is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

Aun Japanwala, Vice-President Risk Management

Aun is a risk & insurance advisor working with companies across Ontario. Helping businesses reduce and transfer their exposure to loss by utilizing Risk management techniques, contract review and Insurance contracts..

He is a big fan of listening to Audiobooks along with the occasional podcasts on his daily drives.

Siraj Mehdi, Treasurer

Siraj is Head of Structured Finance and Deal Management at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. He has spent the last 24 years in Finance with large public companies in the Aerospace, Consumer Goods, Automation and Pharmaceutical sectors. He has established a track record of applying creative thinking and exceptional analytical skills to problem solving and continuous improvement initiatives. Siraj has a number of passions: his lifelong love of tennis, his continuous mission to find the best steakhouse in Toronto and his unconditional affection for his two teenage daughters. Siraj’s favorite book is “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch.

Josephine Vaccaro-Chang, Founder & Chief Literacy Ambassador

Josephine delivers interactive workshops to primary students based on books she has written and illustrated. She is currently creating a collection of 11 mosaics based on characters from her popular children’s book titled, “We Are Colourful Friends”. Her favourite book Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl includes all her passions — family, chocolate and literacy.

Meet our dedicated team of Literacy Ambassadors