Providence Healthcare Foundation
Providence Healthcare Foundation

The Foundation Team

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.

Meet The Team


Jennifer C. Stewart, CFRE

President & CEO


Jennifer has been a professional fundraiser for almost three decades, including the past 19 years as President & CEO of Providence Healthcare Foundation. In her role as CEO, she directs a clear and compelling vision for the future of Providence Healthcare Foundation. Jennifer oversees a staff of 12, leading the team to consistently meet annual fundraising goals of almost $4 million (net) each year.

She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and holds an Honorary Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University.

Motivated by the strong patients of Providence Healthcare, she grounds her work in a relentless pursuit of excellence, with a deep understanding of the power of uniting people around a common goal.


Andrea McGilvray

Foundation Governance & Corporate Manager


Andrea is the Foundation President & CEO’s executive assistant. She also manages governance initiatives and work plans for the Foundation Board of Directors and Board Finance, Nominating, and Executive Committees, to ensure annual accreditation compliance with Imagine Canada Standards Program – the gold standard for operational excellence.

Jacqueline Janelle

Director, Operations & Strategy

416-285-3666, ext. 3669

Jacqueline is happy to be part of a team that supports the work of Providence Healthcare. In her role, she focuses on organizational development and strategy. She helps drive innovation, best practice and continuous improvement; she also leads the development and implementation of the Foundation’s strategic plan.

“Providence is an amazing place. It gives people hope and strength. Providence cares for people with dignity and compassion supporting them through some of life’s the most challenging moments.”

Jacqueline comes to the Providence Foundation with years of experience in healthcare, post-secondary education and news media. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Alberta.

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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, The Silver Ball, The Providence Golf Classic, and Third Party Events.


Nona Bourgeois, CFRE

Manager, Leadership & Sponsorship Giving

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 manages Men Advancing Philanthropy for Providence (MAPP), event sponsorship and corporate giving.

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, 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.

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Cristina Stuart

Manager, Marketing & Communications

416-285-3666, ext. 4032

Cristina joins the Providence Healthcare Foundation team with over 10 years of communications and relationship-building experience through various opportunities across diversified industries, locally and internationally. From social work, to education, not-for-profit and brand agency careers, her broad skill set allows her to bring a strategic and creative lens to her work. As Manager of Marketing & Communications, Cristina is primarily responsible for building brand awareness for the Foundation through key marketing campaigns and digital strategies.

She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University, a Graduate Diploma in Primary Education from Griffith University and a Post-Graduate Advanced Diploma in Public Relations from Humber College.

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Adena Goldberg (on leave)

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.

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Lisa Novic

Annual Fund Specialist

416-285-3666, ext. 3836

Lisa joins the Providence Healthcare Foundation team with over 5 years of non-profit, volunteer management and customer service experience. She is primarily responsible for coordinating and executing 8 annual events for the Women in Philanthropy for Providence (WIPP) and Men Advancing Philanthropy for Providence (MAPP) community fundraising groups. She is also responsible for administering the Staff Giving and Grateful Patient initiatives at Providence. Lisa is passionate about supporting the community through healthcare, and enjoys bringing her fresh event expertise, strong interpersonal skills and creative eye to her work at the Foundation.

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 and upon completing her program, Lisa was welcomed back to the team as a permanent fixture at the Foundation.

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Angela La Gamba

Digital & 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.

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Jessica Graham

Events Specialist

416-285-3666, ext. 4232

Jessica brings over 10 years of events and 3 years of non-profit, volunteer management experience to the Providence Healthcare Foundation. Jessica’s outgoing personality compliments her role within the Foundation. She loves building relationships for Providence and brings her passion for excellence to the Foundation’s three signature events: Silver Ball, Cuisine and Cuvée and the Providence Golf Classic. Jessica is also the staff liaison for our Stewardship committee, where she actively works to support various stewardship initiatives within Providence Healthcare.

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 also continues to teach 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.