Providence Healthcare Foundation
Providence Healthcare Foundation

The Foundation Team

Inspiration Statement:

The Foundation team has come together to create an Inspiration Statement that describes our commitment to Providence:

"With courage, unity, humour and strength, Providence Healthcare Foundation will inspire meaningful relationships in the community by being passionately engaged in building support and awareness for Providence."

Foundation Biographies:


Jennifer C. Stewart, CFRE

President and CEO


Jennifer, who has been leading the Foundation since 2000, comes to work every day with a smile because of the people at Providence Healthcare – the patients, residents, clients, staff and volunteers.

“It is so easy to build strong relationships when staff share a common purpose of seeing people go home healthy and with hope.”

Jennifer believes Providence does some of the hardest work in healthcare. Giving hope to people when they’ve been told there is none, lifting people up when they need strength, and helping people die with dignity.

“When you support Providence Healthcare, you are directly supporting the people who rely on us for care. You are touching hundreds of lives each year…and for that, we are truly grateful.”


Andrea McGilvray

Foundation Governance & Corporate Manager


“I am inspired by the dedication and hard work of my ‘Foundation Family,’ as well as the Foundation Board of Directors’ commitment to Providence Healthcare.”
Andrea supports the Foundation’s President and CEO and coordinates the day-to-day operation of the Foundation office. As the main staff support and governance manager for the Foundation Board of Directors and Foundation Board Committees, she manages the Imagine Canada Standards Accreditation program, overseeing the development of Foundation’s policies and procedures and maintaining the Foundation Risk Management Plan/Process.


Evan Creighton

Manager, Events

416-285-3666, ext. 3872

Evan is an honours graduate from University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Commerce, and marketing specialty. After spending time in the workforce, Evan returned to Humber College in the Event Management program where he was the Academic Achievement Winner for his year, and furthered his event and fundraising knowledge.

Initially joining the Foundation as temporary event support for the 2015 Silver Ball, Evan hit the ground running with the goal of continuing to enhance his event management experience, while providing a helping hand during a time when he was most needed. His skills shone through and he soon became a permanent member of the Foundation team. Evan’s positivity and can-do attitude make him an ideal fit in the Foundation! Evan currently manages Cuisine & Cuvée, MAPP Events, and WIPP Events, while providing support to Providence Golf Classic, the Silver Ball, and third-party activities.


Nona Bourgeois, CFRE

Leadership & Sponsorship Giving Manager

416-285-3666, ext. 4603

Nona comes to the foundation with almost 10 years of experience in community, planned and major gift fundraising. At Providence Healthcare Foundation, she is primarily responsible for the staff giving campaign, corporate event sponsorship and gifts under $100,000.

Nona graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art History and Classical Civilization. After university, she spent six months studying decorative art and design at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, UK.

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Dane Shumak, CFRE

Manager of Leadership & Planned Giving

416-285-3666, ext. 3990

Dane brings over 5 years of experience as a fundraising manager and direct marketing specialist to the Providence Healthcare Foundation. Dane is a Certified Fundraising Executive with a diverse background in the charitable and nonprofit sector. Dane’s role at Providence is to help supporters make a difference at Providence by connecting them to exciting philanthropic opportunities, or helping them leave a legacy at Providence as part of their estate planning.

Dane graduated from Trent University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration, and is a graduate of the Seneca College Fundraising Management program.


Adena Goldberg

Manager, Marketing & Communications

416-285-3666, ext. 4032

Adena comes to the Providence Foundation with 7 years of marketing and communications experience within the Canadian healthcare sector. She is primarily responsible for executing the Foundation’s marketing and communications strategy and building brand awareness around key campaigns. Adena brings a diverse set of skills to her work at the Foundation, having previously worked for an international healthcare startup, a medical real estate developer and a retirement home association.

Adena holds a Master of International Relations from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. She has had the great fortune of traveling extensively and living in diverse jurisdictions, enabling her to bring a global lens to her work at Providence.

“I am empowered by the commitment and passion of the Providence Healthcare Foundation team, and I am inspired everyday by the incredible stories our patients, residents, clients and families share with us.”

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Lisa Novic

Annual Fund Specialist

416-285-3666, ext. 3836

Lisa is an honours graduate from Ryerson University and George Brown College’s Special Events Management program. She first joined Providence as a volunteer to gain non-profit fundraising experience while studying, and was fortunate to be hired on contract in the summer of 2016 to assist the events team with Cuisine & Cuvée and the Providence Golf Classic.

Upon completing her program, Lisa was welcomed back to the team as a permanent fixture to the Foundation as a result of her keen eye for detail and fresh event perspective. She’s excited to be pursuing her career as an events professional at such a prestigious healthcare facility; an incredible place to grow her expertise in fundraising and non-profit event management through their robust span of annual events.

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Angela La Gamba

Digital and Social Media Specialist

416-285-3666, ext. 4230

Angela comes to Providence Healthcare Foundation with experience in digital marketing, social media marketing and account management in the North American education, training and technology sectors. She is primarily responsible for managing and developing the Foundation’s social media, digital and e-philanthropy initiatives to increase digital fundraising revenue and strengthen donor relationships.

Angela holds her MBA from Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business and her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Marylhurst University. She is passionate about digital marketing and providing a helping hand to the Providence community.


Jessica Graham

Events Specialist

416-285-3666, ext. 4232

Jessica has been working in the non-profit sector for the past three years managing a mid-size fundraising department. Her passion is event planning and management, and she is excited to jump into her new role as Event Specialist for the Providence Hospital Foundation. Jessica brings a strong history of volunteer management through her various service club memberships.

Prior to joining the team at Providence, Jessica worked within the developmental services field for over ten years in both higher education and with community focused agencies. She has chaired numerous committees and currently teaches for Mohawk College as an online instructor in the Educational Support program.

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Maria Lazar

Event Assistant

416-285-3666, ext. 4905

Maria is happy to be joining the Providence Healthcare Foundation team with a background in events, marketing, and catering. She is an honours graduate from George Brown College’s Hospitality Operations Management program and Special Events Planning program.

Maria is passionate about the events world and positively impacting the community in every possible way. She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge about not-for-profit fundraising and joining the kind, fast paced work environment that the Foundation offers.


Emily G.

Database Administrator


Emily has been working at the Foundation for a few years. She enjoys the fast-paced environment and working with a great group of people within an organization where she is constantly being challenged and learning new things.