Board of Directors

YWCA Board of Directors
We are seeking interested individuals that may have past board governance experience. If you are interested in finding out more about board involvement please forward a letter of interest and resume to Jennifer Scott, Volunteer Coordinator at

Thank you in advance for your interest.

Board of Directors 2016-2017


Charlotte Yates, President

Charlotte Yates came to Hamilton in 1987 as a professor at McMaster University, where she was Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. She is currently the Provost and Vice President (Academic) at the University of Guelph. She has always been active in the Hamilton community, including co-leading a living wage campaign. As a feminist and community activist, she strongly supports the YWCA’s mission.





Gemma Giovinazzo, Past President

Gemma was born, raised and educated in Hamilton. She has spent most of her career working in the area and traveling across North America and enjoys coming back home. As a new member of the YWCA board, Gemma is looking forward to participating and contributing to the future development of the YWCA. 





Pam Vermeersch, Vice President

Pam is a lawyer in the Hamilton office of Gowlings where she is a member of the Business Law Group. Pam moved to the Hamilton area six years ago. While on the Board of YWCA Hamilton, Pam is looking forward to 
giving back to the community which has welcomed her with open arms by helping girls and young women to develop leadership skills and to unlock their potential.





Sue Bennison, Treasurer

Sue hails from a long career in the co-operative financial services. She is eager to give back to the community by transferring her abilities and skills to the Board of Directors of YWCA Hamilton. She is a firm believer in the motto of “Actions over Words,” and is motivated to help women and girls achieve their aspirations and realize their full potential.  Sue is committed to helping the Board continue their work in growing the organization to strengthen the community services offered.




Mia Laister Peck, Secretary

Mia is from Oakville, originally and went to McMaster University for her undergraduate degree. She currently works in Hamilton and finds the City offers a wealth of recreational, work and social activities and opportunities that make being a part of the City exciting. YWCA is well-positioned to accommodate these activities and provide a wide variety of services for women of all ages. She believes, fundamentally, in doing her part to assist women of all ages and backgrounds to become the best people they are. Mia believes YWCA is a great facilitator for this.



Pauline Taggart, Member

Pauline is a lifelong Hamiltonian and feminist and believes strongly in the vision, mission and value statements of the YWCA. She brings many years of experience serving on not-for-profit boards and advisory committees and hopes her interest in issues of equity, representation, and leadership for women and girls will complement the mandate of the Board.






Charaya Thach, Member

Charaya and her family immigrated to Canada in 1991, originally settling in Edmonton before calling Hamilton home. She spent her formative years in Hamilton, attended McMaster University, and has built her career in the city. She brings to the Board her expertise in the commercial banking sector and experiences fundraising for a variety of charitable organizations in the community. Charaya is thrilled  to give back to the women and young girls of the city she knows and is proud to call home.





Ann McLaughlin, Member

Ann is a strong proponent of social justice. Having spent the majority of her life in Hamilton, she joins the Board to ensure her vision is materialized by ways of helping fellow women in the community. She has made strides in her career, holding many positions within McMaster University and in entrepreneurial ventures. She is deeply committed to Hamilton and has volunteered her strengths to many of the city's organizations. Ann has ties with the YWCA that originates from her youth, and she now passionately continues her involvement as a Board Member. Ann enthusiastically joins the YWCA Hamilton to help achieve its goals and continue to make a difference.



Deborah Brown, Member

Deborah is the Vice President of Corporate Services at Mohawk College. She is invested in giving to the Hamilton community via avenues that serve to the benefit of women, children, and families. Deborah offers a wealth of knowledge from her experiences in governance, drawing from her longstanding career in the Ontario government. She is excited to concentrate her efforts in representing the public voice on the Board to ensure the community of members is heard.





Terri Johns, Member

Terri is president of T. Johns Consulting Group Ltd. Although Terri was born in Owen Sound and spent many of her early years in Welland, she has happily called Hamilton home for almost 40 years.  As an urban planner, Terri has seen Hamilton reinvent itself; transforming a lunch bucket community into a vibrant cultural hub.  Terri feels the support of women in strong leadership roles is key to keeping Hamilton moving forward to its full potential.  She sees her role as a board member as a way to, not only give back to the community she loves but also promote and encourage girls and women to think outside the box when it comes to their future.



Siobhan Stewart, Member

Siobhan was compelled to serve as a Board member for the YWCA Hamilton because both she and the YWCA share a strong commitment to inspire and empower women and girls. She is particularly focused on raising the profile of intersectionality, diversity, and gender in the organization ensuring that all voices are included and heard at the table. She is looking forward to continuing some existing initiatives and exploring the creation of new ones that fulfill on the YWCA’s mandate and the needs of the community.




Anna D'Angela, Member

Currently, Anna is an MBA Candidate at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business with a focus on health services management. Anna set her roots down in Hamilton 7 years ago and has since fallen in love with the city. Not only has she had a variety of leadership roles in student government, she has also worked in various healthcare organizations in the GTHA. As a feminist, Anna firmly believes in the mission, vision, and values of the YWCA Hamilton. When women and girls are empowered to succeed, we can do remarkable things. The YWCA Hamilton plays a critical role on this front in our community and she looks forward to supporting the YWCA to continue to achieve its goals.