AITO Board of Directors
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 second 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 vegetable gardening, curling, and cycling.
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.
Lisa Swainston, Secretary
Lisa has been a member and volunteer of Amnesty International for 12 years. She has been the Secretary of AITO since July, 2012. Lisa is also the Chair of Group 18, and a member of the Action Network on Women's Human Rights (ANWHR). She has participated in various human rights campaigns and actively supports initiatives to promote women's rights, indigenous rights, and corporate accountability. Lisa works at the Ontario Council for International Cooperation as the Membership and Administrative Manager. She holds 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, and Practical Management Strategies from George Brown. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys watching films, listening to music, reading, traveling, and crocheting.
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.
Meryll David-Ismayil, Director at large
Meryll David-Ismayil has been involved in community service since the age of 18, and has been an Amnesty International member for ten years now. First she worked as a volunteer at Amnesty France headquarters in Paris, in Refugees section and Human Rights Education section. From September 2014 to December 2015, she was the President and the Secretary of the francophone group in Toronto, and she has been a Director-at-large of the AITO Board of Directors since July 2015.
Meryll has initiated several successful projects in Toronto; the last one is the French language classes on Human Rights. She is always trying to attract new people to Amnesty. She is currently Visiting Scholar at York University where she teaches Political Science.
Mohamed Fetaih, Director at large
Mohamed has been an active supporter for years and a member of Amnesty International since 2015. As a political activist and human rights defender in Egypt he was detained many times as a prisoner of conscience. Amnesty International played an important role in defending his right to a fair trial and improving prison conditions. Since migrating to Canada 25 years ago, he played a leading role in different Egyptian and Arabic organizations supporting the democratic movements, freedom of speech and minority rights in the Middle East. He is an active member of Amnesty’s “Iran Action Circle”, the head of “Arab Canadian Cultural Group”, and an active volunteer with the “Harbourfront Centre”. He is an Engineer and worked as a supply chain professional in different capacities at diverse organizations such as Siemens Westinghouse, Stone and Webster (Consultant Engineering) and Ontario Power Generation. In his spare time, Mohamed enjoys reading and travelling.
Soojin Lee, Director at large
Soojin Lee joined Amnesty International in 2015. She is currently an active member of Group 18 in Toronto and serves as the Group's Secretary. Her involvement with Amnesty has included participation in fundraisers and organizing of community awareness events. Soojin holds a Masters in English Literature from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Although a lawyer by trade, Soojin also has a busy practice of travelling whenever she can. She is fond of hiking in the desert, but can also be found closer to home hiking the Bruce Trail.