The CTA National Executive is drawn from across Canada, and Provincial Directors are selected from the each province or greater region that comprise our national body. Board positions are two-year terms and are selected through an application and interview process.
Physician and liver transplant recipient (May 10, 1998), Aubrey had Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis for 18 years prior to transplant among two other autoimmune diseases.
Despite these he has managed to work as an ER doctor, a Family Doctor, a reviewer of clinical trials for Health Canada and as a Complex Continuing Care doctor in a hospital. And serving as the President of the CTA since January 2012.
Aubrey competed in five Canadian Transplant Games and three World Transplant Games. He is also on the Board of the Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Partners Seeking a Cure and on their Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee.
Dave received a kidney transplant on February 18, 1997 (family day) from his older brother Barry. Since then, he has been fortunate to be able to participate in the Gift of Life Games in Kamloops, BC, the first Canadian National Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec in 2000, the 2001 World Transplant Games in Kobe, Japan and the 2002 Canadian, National Games in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Dave keeps active in the gym and runs in local road races. After becoming Regional Director for Alberta early in 2002, he has been busy trying to increase local awareness of organ and tissue donation, as well as planning fundraisers and social gatherings.
Dave recently became involved with a pre-transplant teaching group at the University of Alberta Hospital, which helps patients going on the waiting list understand what they are about to go through, and to let them know that they can pursue a healthy and active lifestyle after a transplant. Dave traveled to Nancy, France and participated in the 2003 World Transplant Games and met up again with all his transplant buddies.
Jennifer Holman has been a physical therapist at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton since 1977 in specialties including cardiac surgery, intensive care, pediatrics and pulmonary medicine. She has been a PT Clinical Coordinator in the Transplant Program and a Clinical Professor since their first heart and lung transplants in 1985 and continued when they began doing liver transplants in 1989.
She has have been active with CTA in Alberta for more than 15 years, first as Hospital Liaison and later as Provincial Director before becoming Vice-President, West. Jennifer played a lead role on the Local Organizing Committees for the Canadian Transplant Games in Edmonton in 2006 and, again, in 2012 for the Games in Calgary.
After almost 38 years as a physical therapist, Jennifer says she continues to be inspired by the miraculous recovery possible after a transplant. “Every day I am privileged to share the lives of transplant candidates, recipients and their families and to be a small part of their triumphs.”
Bianca is a health and wellness specialist and is passionate about helping people achieve their health and fitness goals and to live their best life possible by utilizing holistic principles and an individualized approach. She has extensive experience in sport event planning and management, including serving on the Executive LOC for the 2008 Canadian Transplant Games in Windsor, ON.
Completing a Master’s degree from McGill University in Health and Exercise Psychology, her thesis focused on the behavioural and affective outcomes of motivation for physical activity among transplant recipients. The research program provided insights to transplant recipient’s health related quality of life, and psychological well-being in relation to physical activity.
Surrounded by the transplant community her entire life, as her father is transplant recipient, Bianca has been involved with the CTA and promoting organ donation from a very young age. Bianca is excited to bring her wide range of expertise and multidisciplinary skill set in health and wellness, sport performance, event management, and research to the CTA Board of Directors.
Robert Sallows received a double lung transplant on January 6, 2005. Since having the transplant, he has been active within Alberta and the Southern Alberta Transplant Association raising organ and tissue donation awareness.
Robert has been involved in the implementation of the Calgary Transplant Trot, seeing it grow from 30 people to over 300. He was also consulted in 2013 regarding Alberta Legislature’s Bill 207 “Human Tissue and Organ Donation Amendment Act, 2013”. After passing this bill, Alberta introduced an online organ and tissue donation registry.
Robert has been to four Canadian Transplant Games (Edmonton, Windsor, Calgary, and Moncton), and one World Transplant Games (Göteborg, Sweden).
Mike was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Attended Neil McNeil High School and graduated with a GED from Centennial College.
Mike married his wife Margaret in 1972 and have 2 children Sean and Victoria. Mike and Margaret are also grandparents to Nathan. Sean is married to Laura who were married in Cuba November 11 2011.
He began his career with the LCBO in 1972 in Toronto where he worked in many stores in the east-end of the city. In 1980 he became President of the Ontario Liquor Boards Employees Union. In 1984 he applied for the Managers position in Tavistock and was successful, where he remained until he retired in 2010, due to health problems.
February 10, 2011 Mike received a heart transplant at London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital. He was released from hospital 13 days after surgery.
Mike attended his first Canadian transplant Games in Calgary 2012. He competed in 4 events and brought home 2 gold 1 silver and 1 bronze. He has been active in the Ontario CTA since his release from hospital and is also a member of the LDAA support group in Kitchener. He is also a volunteer with TGLN in Ontario where he travels to local high schools and talks to students about the importance of organ and tissue donation.
He is also very active in his community and is currently Chairperson of the Tavistock Community Health Board.
Neil Folkins has been involved with the Canadian Transplant Association for over 14 years now.
His first involvement started with becoming treasurer for the Alberta region and then becoming Membership Director for the national board.
He has been to several national games and world games, most recently in Sweden.
He is also involved with the local community league, which he is now vice president, and has maintained his role as treasurer in a local badminton group now for 25 years.
Neil is now coming up on his 16th year post transplant, after having received 2 liver transplants.
Lives in Windsor, Ontario
Canadian Transplant Association – Team Manger 2015 Plata Del Mar, Argentina
Team Manager World Games 2003 Nancy France
Currently on the Ontario Division CTA - Area Representative – 1997 – present
Board position Secretary and 2016 Canadian Transplant games Toronto, On
Member of Canadian Transplant Association (CTA) since 1996 – present
Dragon Boat Team Transplant – entered team in Windsor 1999
Windsor Essex Gift of Life Association, Director 2013 to present
Work with events in conjunction to Trillium Gift of Life Association
Ontario Summer Games 2014 Windsor, On - Medals Director
Games position with the Corporation City of Windsor.
International Children Summer Games 2013 Windsor On - Awards and Medals Ceremonies Director
Games position with the Corporation City of Windsor
Chairperson – Canadian Transplant Games 2008 Windsor, Ontario
Games has many sporting disciplines/events and age categories –date August 4 – 9/2008
Volunteered 2005 World Transplant Games London, Ontario
Trillium Gift of Life Network – Volunteer 2006 – present
Organ donor promotion within the region, assist with presentations, booths in the hospitals or at fairs.
Attend their annual general meeting of advocates.
National Federation of C.I.B.P.A., Executive Assistant – 2007 – present
Canadian Italian Business & Professional Association (CIBPA)-Windsor Chapter
Administrative Director and membership Chairperson– 2004 – present
Attend all Board meetings; execute activities from the Board members, record keeping.
Marketing and growth of the association, seek sponsorships, and work with Charities
Association Veneti Nel Mondo – Windsor, On -President 2008 – 2012
Cultural social club – uphold traditions of the Veneto region. Communicate with Association head office in Italy the local activities. With committee promote a number of cultural events of the region. Plan and execute the annual fest of San Marco in April. Funds from large event in 2010 donated to the University of Windsor.
Volunteered Belle Isle Gran Prix September /2007
Volunteer - Super Bowl XL Windsor/Detroit Feb/2006 –Super Captain for Windsor, On
Past experience with various organizations:
Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital fundraising committee for Heart of the City Hospital Foundation
Years 2006 & 2007 assisted with the annual Gala – Heart and Soul
Rose City Gymnastics: 1994 – 2000, held many positions on the Board. Organized many gymnastics meet artistic for boys and girls, along with Power Tumbling.
Awards: was recognized in 2009 Italian of the Year for Windsor and Essex County by the G. Caboto Club and Italian community.
Shauna Rivait is the daughter and sister of lung transplant recipients and knows first-hand the great benefits of organ donation, alongside the negative impact a long waitlist can have. Shauna was a caregiver to both her father, Lorne Mercier, and her sister, Lisa Gress, in their transplant journeys. While both have since passed away, Shauna is determined to increase awareness and donor rates for Albertans in their honour.
Shauna and her family have been instrumental in over seven awareness walks in Calgary and just as many Family & Friends BBQ Picnics, recognizing the need for comradery in the transplant community. As Volunteer Coordinator, Shauna was a dedicated team member in 2012 at the 6th Transplant Games in Calgary, connecting with over 200 volunteers and recipients. By recruitment of CTA members, procuring sponsorship and spearheading awareness initiatives over the last two years, the ground work has been laid for continued awareness in our communities.
Margaret Benson received her “Gift of Life,” a double lung transplant, Dec. 1999. Since then she has promoted organ donation and transplantation through many programs endorsed by BC Transplant (BCT) and the Canadian Transplant Association. (CTA) Through the BCT’s school committee, she draws on her skills as a teacher and has spoken to thousands of students, administrators and counselors about the significance of organ donation.
Margaret is actively involved in athletics to help promote the importance of fitness to transplant recipients and to honour her donor. She’s participated successfully in five World Transplant Games and especially enjoyed the most recent games in Durban, South Africa, where she was honoured to be the flag bearer for Canada. Since her transplant, Margaret has discovered many new athletic passions such as; race walking, running, dragon boating, rowing, snowshoeing and her favourite, Zumba. She became a Zumba instructor in 2012 and loves sharing her passion of dancing combined with exercising, with others. In 2012 and 2013, Margaret and the Vancouver group of BC CTA hosted the Transplant Trot. Both events were extremely successful with over 400 people in attendance in 2013. The BC CTA hopes to have the event grow bigger every year,
Teaching is her life and her true joy. Margaret returned to her dream job of teaching a few years ago, but after careful consideration she decided last year to take a year or two off to explore other options. She still volunteers at her elementary school teaching Zumba. Margaret suggests to everyone, that if you love what you do, then you will be happy.
Margaret remains on the CTA board as the BC representative, a position she has held since 2005. Margaret continues to encourage people from all across Canada to join forces to promote organ donation, to honour donors and donor families and to prove Organ Donation Works.
Representing - NB - PEI - NS - NF
Mark was the recipient of a double-lung and heart transplant in September of 2002 and has been involved in raising awareness for Organ and Tissue Donation ever since.
Mark works full time as a motivational speaker for schools and businesses.
Sandra Holdsworth received a liver transplant on February 26, 1997 due to Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis and has since become an advocate for organ donation. She previously held a position on the National Board from 1999-2001 and has been actively involved with the Ontario Executive since 1998.
Sandra has devoted much time to promoting this important cause and has attended every World Transplant & Canadian Transplant Games since her transplant as well has attended 5 US Games.
She also volunteers for Trillium Gift of Life Network, The Canadian Liver Foundation and is a mentor for the Toronto General Hospital Liver Mentor Program.
A heart transplant recipient in July 2000, Gaston Martin has been heavily involved and is a « golden » volunteer for Quebec Transplant since 2002. He readily shares his experiences, be they written, televised or radio, as well as speaks at various business functions, schools and in hospitals. A true professional when it comes to promoting organ and tissue donation, he also speaks with and keeps in regular contact with people waiting for a transplant. He approaches all projects, be they personal or as part of a team, with enthusiasm and passion. These qualities are always present and can be heard when Gaston speaks about the benefits of organ donation and transplantation.
Born September 19th, 1946, this native of Repentigny is an entrepreneur when it comes time to develop and initiate various projects. He also is an accomplished athlete, and uses this to promote organ and tissue donation. Since 2008, Gaston has held the title of Provincial Director for the Canadian Transplant Association. During his tenure, he has increased Quebec membership and has established that each member be part of the Hydro-Québec coop plan. This plan aids recipients in various ways such as travel insurance. He has helped the Canadian Transplant Association become a known and appreciated entity in Québec.
- Director of the 5th edition of the Canadian Transplant Games in the summer of 2010, held at Québec city. He amassed multiple financial donations for these games. Moreover, he helped increase children participation, aided with obtaining Team Québec uniforms, as well as shirts for donor families invited to the opening ceremonies
- Main event organizer for the annual tennis tournament (7th edition to be held in 2012), whose goal is to promote organ donation.
- A key promoter and spokesperson during National Organ and Tissue Donation week
- Organized to have donor families honoured at the 25th edition of the International Junior Tennis Tournament held in Repentigny (August 2010).
- Accomplished transplant athlete at both provincial and national levels; events include tennis and badminton.
- Five year member of the CCRR (Comité Consultatif Représentant Receveur) at Héma-Québec
- Honorary president of the Lions Club and Scouts Canada for the Repentigny region for the local blood drive. One of the main blood drives for the Lanaudière region, it collects 460 donations.
- Founder of the “Caravane du Don d’Organes” (Organ Donation Awareness Caravan). It’s mandate is to travel to various communities in Québec with a team of transplant recipients, doctors and other personnel, to promote organ and tissue donation.
- Receiver of the 2010 Ambassador of Transplant Québec prize
I received my heart transplant in Edmonton on August 17, 2008. I am one of five members in my family to have received heart transplants. My mother, the first, received a heart transplant in 1997. The gene that she and I shared is common in our family so I have a deep and personal commitment to the goals of the CTA. I got involved in the CTA shortly after my return home in 2008 and I have regularly attended meetings and participated in numerous fundraisers focused on organ donation awareness throughout the past five years. I have also attended CTA Games in Quebec City and Calgary.
Prior to my heart transplant I was a Senior English Teacher and the principal of a rural K – 12 school and a rural high school. One year following my transplant I returned to my position as a high school principal where I completed the final four years of my career in education, retiring at the end of the 2013 school year. In addition to my duties as principal, before and after my transplant, I coached and officiated high school football, basketball, and track and field. My wife, Cheryl, a teacher as well, also retired at the end of June 2013. We have recently moved to Saskatoon, which is allowing both of us to be even more active in CTA activities.