Board of Directors

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Ted Wood

Chair

Ted has been active with Amnesty International for many years and is Chairperson of Amnesty Group 142 with its main focus being Indigenous Rights issues. Ted has served as Director-at-Large of AITO for two years and is in his third year as Chair. He has volunteered on committees and provided input on regulatory issues. Ted is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a retired Chief Financial Officer. In his professional capacity he served on a number of corporate boards. He has also served on non-profit boards as either President or Treasurer. In his spare time, Ted enjoys curling, hiking, cycling, and vegetable gardening.

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Duncan Garrow

Vice Chair

Duncan has been a member of Amnesty International for 4 years, and a Director at Large for 2. His involvement with Amnesty began, and continues, as a member of the Church of the Redeemer Action Circle. He holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Toronto and an Associates Degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. In over 20 years as an actor, he has toured and performed in almost every city and town in North America. During that time he has also organized student workshops, classes, and seminars. His passionate belief in the importance of engaging and inspiring our youth makes The Speaker’s Bureau one of his favourite roles with AI. Duncan has twice emceed events with the Iran Action Circle commemorating Yalda, as well as the sold out “Weaving Hope” event on behalf of Indigenous Peoples in Colombia. He is a member of the committee that worked to update the AITO bylaws, and recently directed and performed in the play “The Last Walk of Adolpho Ich,” at the AITO Regional Meeting. In addition, Duncan has worked with the UNHCR, and for 2 years emceed their World Refugee Day celebration held at Dundas Square.

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Lisa Swainston

Secretary

Lisa has been a member and volunteer of Amnesty International for 14 years. She has served as Secretary of AITO since July, 2012. Lisa is currently the Chair of Group 18, and a member of the Action Network on Women’s Human Rights (ANWHR). She has served on the organizing committees for the past five AITO Regional Meetings (from 2011-2018), and two AICS(ES) AGMs in Toronto (2008 & 2010). Over the years Lisa has participated in various human rights campaigns and has a particular interest in women’s rights, indigenous rights, and corporate accountability.
Lisa works at the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC), a membership-based international development non-profit organization, as the Membership and Administrative Manager. She has an Honours B.A. with majors in Criminology and Sociology and minors in French and Aboriginal Studies, from the University of Toronto, and Certificates in Project Management from Humber, Fundraising and Volunteer Management, Practical Management Strategies from George Brown, and has taken several courses in Organizational Management and Human Resources from Ryerson University. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys watching films, listening to music, reading, traveling, and crocheting.

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Patricia Grenier

Treasurer

Patricia Grenier joined Amnesty International in 1988. With management and organizational skills from her professional background and employment she brought these skills to the position of Chair, Group 18 in Toronto, and eventually Treasurer of the Group. From 1989-1992 she was a director on the National Board of AICS. Throughout that time always heavily involved in AITO. After stepping down from the Board, she became treasurer of AITO and eventually also assumed the bookkeeping functions. In the nineties and early 2000, AI undertook two international mandate reviews. Patricia chaired both of the Toronto teams. The mandate statement drafted by the Toronto team was adopted by AI Canada and then served as the basis at the international level for a revised Mandate statement. In the ensuing years Patricia took on the role of New Members’ Orientation Coordinator and Volunteer – Merchandise Coordinator.

Corey Smith

Director at Large

Corey has been a member and volunteer with Amnesty International since 2010. Her involvement with Amnesty began with the Reel Awareness Film Team, coupling her love of documentary film with her interest in human rights. Today she is the lead of the group, which uses the power of film to shine a light on human rights issues around the world. She has also volunteered as an Activism Support Assistant with AITO. In her professional life, Corey works in development at Second Harvest, a non-profit food rescue organization based in Toronto. Corey holds a certificate in Public Administration & Governance from Ryerson University, and a certificate in Fundraising Management from Seneca College. In her spare time, Corey enjoys collecting and listening to vinyl LPs, cross-stitching, camping, and traveling.

John Alves

Director at Large

John has been an Amnesty International member since 2015, as part of the board of one of the most active community groups in Portugal, Chaves community group. After moving back to Canada he has been involved with AI under different capacities, especially through the ‘I Welcome Refugees’ team and the recently formed Young Professional Network.
With a B.A in Retail Management from the University of Aveiro, his professional and volunteer background has been developed around logistics, youth and sport events, business development, having worked with events and organizations such as WE Charity and WE Day.
His motivation for joining the AITO board is to contribute to an even stronger AI community in Toronto, where the different local AI team’s work together, share resources, knowledge and experiences.