The Villa Leonardo Gambin Charity Board consists of nine members and an Honorary Chair:
Hon. Frank Iacobucci
The Honourable Frank Iacobucci retired from the Supreme Court of Canada in June 2004 and served as interim President of the University of Toronto from September 2004 until June 2005. On July 1, 2005, he joined Torys LLP as Counsel and currently serves as Chairman of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, Conduct Review Advisor for the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and is a member of the Board of Directors of Tim Hortons Inc. and of the Advisory Board of General Motors of Canada. He has acted for the Federal Government and the Ontario Government on major matters involving alleged terrorists, aboriginal people, Afghan detainees, and other issues.
He has authored or co-authored numerous books, articles and commentaries on a variety of legal and other subjects and is the recipient of numerous awards and honours in Canada and abroad, including honorary degrees in Canada and Italy, and his election as an Honorary Fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge. He was appointed a Companion in the Order of Canada in July, 2007, and in 2009 received the Justice Medal for lifetime achievement from the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice.
Andrew is an active community member and sits on various committees benefiting local charities including the Humber River Regional Hospital and Mackenzie Health. He is an avid cyclist among his other athletic pursuits and he considers it an honour to have been appointed to this Board of Directors in 2015.
Mr. Gambin is President of Ricgam Investments Inc. a real estate investment company. He is an Ontario solicitor and a member of the Canadian Bar Association of Ontario. He holds a B.A. (Administrative and Commercial Studies) and an LL.B., having acted for a variety of clients, including non-profit organizations and both public and private corporations, with an emphasis on land acquisition, land development and construction financing. Since January 2006, Mr. Gambin has been a Director of Consolidated HCI Holdings Corporation a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and is a member of its Audit and Compensation Committee.
In her spare time, Fern loves to golf, spin and play Bridge.
Jerry was also involved with community work during his policing career. He developed and initiated the “Cops Care” program in Halton Region. The Cops Care program focuses on police hospital visitations with elderly and children while in hospital care.
After his policing career, Jerry Buligan became Director of Operation Support for Longo’s. During these 15 years, he was responsible for Asset Protection, Food Safety, Environmental Sustainability, Strategic Sourcing and Facilities Maintenance.
Jerry was instrumental in starting and leading Longo’s Power Generation and outfitting six Longo’s locations with solar panels. Under his direction, Longo’s was the first Grocery retailer in Canada to have solar power systems.
He received his formal training at the Scuola Alberghiera (Trieste) and worked for a number of the best hotels and restaurants in Europe including the Hotel Fonzari (Grado). Gianni brought that passion to Canada and founded Country Kitchen Catering in 1986 and since 1999, is owner/operator of the Culinary Studio. Gianni’s true inspiration lies in his desire to teach and inspire others to cook with passion and ease.
Since arriving in Canada in 1979, he has also been an active member of the Furlan community. Gianni has not only worked at the Famèe Furlane as Head Chef but has also served as a member of the House Committee and eventually part of the Board of Directors from 1990-2004. His commitment to the Furlan community continues with his work as a Board member of the Villa Leonardo Gambin Charity.
In addition, Ralph’s community involvement is extensive and includes both the Italian-Canadian community and the community at large. He has chaired and served on numerous boards and committees including Trillium Health Centre Foundation, Canadian Museum of Immigration, Pier 21, the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, and Humber Memorial Hospital to name just a few.
Ralph has been recognized for his business and philanthropic leadership with prestigious awards including: President’s Award, Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association, Ordine al Merito, National Congress of Italian Canadians Toronto District, Business Person of the Year, Etobicoke Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer Award, City of Toronto and the Volunteer Service, Province of Ontario.
Ralph has been a member of the Villa Leonardo Gambin Charity Board since 2005.
Michael has advised both entrepreneurial clients, as well as, institutions on all aspect of commercial real estate and has participated in advising purchasers, vendors and lenders in multi-hundred million dollar transactions, including syndicated loan transactions.
Michael is involved in the Greater Toronto Area’s BILD Association, as well as, contributing as lecturer for various continuing legal education programs relating to many aspects of commercial real estate. He is a member of the Canadian Bar association.
Angela Bosa Slokar
Angela Bosa Slokar has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years and is currently a broker with Masters Insurance Limited in Vaughan, Ontario. She attended the University of Western Ontario – King’s College and completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science, followed by the Certificate Program in Public Relations from Humber College. She has completed both her Chartered Insurance Professional and Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker designations.
She has spent the past 15 years volunteering on the Friuli Campus, originally serving on the fundraising committee tasked with building the Villa Leonardo Gambin Long-Term Care Residence. She subsequently served two terms on the Board of the Famee Furlane Social Club, and currently serves as President of the Friuli Benevolent Corporation (Friuli Terrace) Board of Directors. Angela also is a committee member for the annual Oak Leaf Gala which benefits Villa Leonardo Gambin.
When not at the hockey arena, she resides in Etobicoke with her husband Tom, and their three children, Tommy, Michael and Daniel.
The Villa Leonardo Gambin Charity Board Ambassadors
Before joining the credit union, Clara enjoyed a successful and distinguished career at CIBC. During her tenure, she won many recognition awards including the Achiever’s Award of Excellence on eight occasions and the prestigious President’s award. She is also the recipient of the Governor General of Canada Commemorative Medal recognizing significant contributions to compatriots, community and to Canada.
As an active community member, Clara holds the following positions: Director, Famèe Furlane Toronto, Director, Humber River Regional Hospital and President, Vaughanwood Ratepayers Association (a position which Clara has held for over 22 years).
Clara has been a member of the Villa Leonardo Gambin Charity Board since its inception and has held the position of Chair of Fundraising over the same period.