Cynthia Hamlin President
Cynthia Hamlin is a proud graduate of Northern Secondary School and has been president of the NSS Foundation since 2010. She was an early participant in the school’s Co-op program, doing accounting work; a career that Cynthia went on to enjoy for the next two decades. Cynthia earned a bachelors degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University, and her MBA from Utica College.
Gail Robertson-Whitworth Vice President
 Gail is a proud graduate of Northern. Both of her parents also attended Northern, shortly after it opened in the early ’30s, and both her daughter and son graduated from Northern.  Gail taught Home Economics, Family Studies, Social Science, and Humanities for 36 years in the TDSB. Her final 16 years teaching were at Northern as the department head.  For over 36 years, Gail has served on many school, board, ministry and professional provincial organizations with experience as member, convenor and administrator.
Liane deGooyer-Gariepy Treasurer
 Liane deGooyer-Gariepy is a proud graduate of Northern Secondary School.  Currently working for TD Wealth operations as Manager of New Accounts, Liane has worked for TD since 1988 and has held a variety of roles within TD and TD Canada Trust.  As a mother, Liane is proudly raising two boys with one still in high school and enjoys decorating and sewing in her spare time.

Alan Wakayama Board Member
Alan Wakayama was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He currently works as a Cargo Handler for FedEx Express Canada at Pearson International Airport. This is Alan’s second term as a director of the Northern Secondary School Alumni committee and is responsible for organizing Northern Secondary School’s Annual Alumni Golf Invitational. Alan is also the Receivers Coach for the Northern Secondary School Senior Football team. Alan is also a volunteer at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and assists the Centre with various events and festivals. Alan enjoys playing hockey and golf in his spare time.
Cherie DanielBoard Member
Cherie A. Daniel was called to the Bar in 2005. She has practiced in the areas of Criminal law, Regulatory, and Tax defence. Previously to being on the Foundation, she sat on the Justices of the Peace Review Council for two terms. Cherie is currently in the final stages of completing both her Masters in Law specializing in Criminal law, Business and Labour, and Employment (Osgoode); and her Masters in Adult Education and Community Development with a collaborative in Workplace Learning and Social Change. Cherie teaches full-time at Mohawk College and has recently been appointed as a member to a municipal tribunal.
Holli VerkadeBoard Member
 Holli Verkade is a retired TDSB teacher who has spent most of her career teaching Mathematics to Northern Students.  She also served as secretary for NSSF for three years.  She is pleased to rejoin the Foundation and looks forward to working with the Board.

Nicole BucherBoard Member
Nicole is a lawyer practicing commercial law and dispute resolution. Formerly a young adult librarian, Nicole has worked with youth in sports as a volunteer.
Jonathan ChanBoard Member
Jonathan Chan works in the non-profit sector as a fundraiser. He has worked with charities for over 12 years, specifically in the area of annual giving and donor stewardship. His areas of expertise include telephone fundraising, direct mail, online giving, and donor relationship building. Jonathan earned a bachelor of commerce at Ryerson and is currently pursuing his Certified Fundraising Executive designation.
Valerie DubailBoard Member
Valerie is an accomplished marketing professional with more than 25 years’ experience writing, editing, strategic development, documentation and communications, project management, and operational efficiency. Skilled in implementing innovative strategies to enhance performance, Valerie helps organizations to meet and surpass organizational objectives. Valerie is a proficient communicator and negotiator and is a graduate of Northern Secondary School.

Jackalyn ScroggieBoard Member
 Jackie Scroggie is a former Principal of Northern Secondary School and proud mother of John Scroggie, a graduate of Northern. With over 40 years of service in public education, Jackie has recently worked as a Principal Coach for the Ontario Principals’ Council and as a Field Researcher for Curriculum Services Canada.  A former President of the Toronto Eglinton Rotary Club and a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women, Jackie has served on the board of Delisle Youth Services and several other community organizations.

Board Structure

Directors Past & Present


  • Cynthia Hamlin - 2010-present
  • Dale R. Callender – 2006-2010
  • Cathy Maroccia – 2006
  • Margaret Zuker – 1999-2006

Vice President:

  • Gail Robertson-Whitworth – 2018 – present
  • Cynthia Chaplin – 2015-2017
  • Gail Jacobs - 2010-2013
  • Jim Best – 2009-2010
  • David Jones – 2007-2009
  • Jim Hutton – 2006
  • Jean Probyn – 1999-2006


  • Liane deGooyer-Gariepy – 2017 – present
  • Dickin Lam – 2015-2016
  • Mark Kohler – 2012-2014
  • Mike Chesher – 2010-2012
  • Wen Liu – 2008-2010
  • Marcus Christensen – 2007
  • Kent Moore – 2006-2007
  • David Moore – 2005
  • Mary Louise Jones – 2003-2005
  • Nancy Wang – 2002
  • Joe Luszczek – 1999-2002


  • Colleen Reed – 2015-2018
  • Jonathan Isaac – 2012-2015
  • Becky Organ – 2011-2012
  • Ronni Brott – 2008-2011
  • David Elliott – 2006-2008
  • John Lombardi – 2006
  • Holli Verkade – 2002-2005
  • Bruce Robb – 1999-2002

Directors and Ex-officio (EXO – non voting):

  • Debbie Barton Moore
  • Gary Chen
  • Mary Laszlo
  • Ron Dimock
  • Stephanie Lauber
  • Wendy Dines
  • David Lockwood
  • Jackie Scroggie (EXO)
  • Sharon Grossman
  • Andrew Tsang
  • Jean Hammond
  • Dan Dominico
  • Marie Scarland James
  • Kim Taylor
  • Zoltan Koritar
  • Bob Milne (EXO)
  • Catherine Schuler
  • Susan Lancaster
  • Donna Walsh
  • Sudhi Menon
  • Varla Abrams (EXO)
  • Leanne Lewis
  • Derek Tsang
  • Bryon White
  • Jane Steele Moore
  • Charles Wyatt
  • Liane Soles
  • Andrea Petroff
  • Suri Weinberg Linsky
  • Dan Burns
  • Gail Jacobs (EXO)
  • Eva Pathak (EXO)
  • Anne Marie Paraghamian
  • Magdalena Bracer
  • Daniel Hutton
  • Robert Beutel
  • Amy Gowans
  • Alex Stephen
  • Beverly Manchee
  • Sara (Opoku) Bond
  • Julian Markowitz
  • Yeugenia Kazantseva (EXO)
  • Stephanie Holbik (EXO)
  • Linda Johnson
  • Jennifer Wittig
  • Dean Rogers
  • Holly Henderson (EXO)
  • Josie Gillespie (EXO)
  • Alex Gladwell
  • Margaret Bennett
  • Oliver Hibbs
  • Daniel Rodic
  • Cindy English
  • Ashlyn O’Mara

Student Council Senator Representative – NON VOTING RIGHTS

  • Miles Moser – 2018-2019
  • Laura Williams – 2017-2018
  • Julia Thomas – 2016-2017
  • Frank Li – 2015-2016
  • Jayun Bae – 2014-2015
  • Braun Scott – 2013-2014
  • Joseph Chusid – 2012-2013
  • Claire Chen – 2011-2012
  • Max Berger – 2010-2011
  • Daniel Sorek – 2009-2010
  • Rejuana Alam – 2008-2009
  • Arielle Kaplan – 2007-2008
  • Matt Kaplan – 2006-2007