Karman Lock

Karman Lock, B.Sc.(Hons.), LL.B.

Karman Lock was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2011 after having received her Honours B.Sc. in Neuroscience and Law Degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She articled with a prominent family law firm in York Region and has been practising family law and litigation since her call to the bar.

Karman’s studies began in neuroscience where she researched extensively in behavioural neuroscience and was been published in an international research journal in the brain sciences. During law school, Karman received a student clerkship with the Hon. Chief Justice Kennedy of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. She also volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and chaired the Public Relations committee for Habitat for Humanity Halifax-Dartmouth.

Karman is growing her practice in family law, wills and estates, and estate litigation. She works closely with family law clients dealing with and resolving the legal issues that arise as the result of preparing for marriage, separation, divorce, or child custody and access. As a trained Collaborative Family Lawyer, she can also assist clients in resolving issues collaboratively by way of negotiation and without going to court. She also assists her clients in estate planning through the preparation of their Wills and Powers of Attorney, estate administration when a loved one has passed away, and as counsel in estate litigation matters.

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Michelle Sudeyko
Interim Co-Chair

Michelle Sudeyko is a seasoned sales professional and a business executive with over 30 years’ experience. She has worked with a large number of Fortune 500 companies throughout her entire career.

Michelle has been working with Crestcom for close to 8 years in a facilitator and marketing capacity.  Though she did not start her career in training and development, Crestcom became a perfect fit for her.  Prior to that, in 2005, Michelle had spent 20+ years in the office products industry as an International Accounts Manager | Sales Manager | General Manager, Eastern Canada. The industry allowed her to hone her skills in Sales, Marketing, Management, Communication and Facilitation. In her management roles, she managed teams of 5 – 45 members. Michelle started her career with a diploma in Marketing from Humber College in Toronto, ON. She later worked on various components at York University for a degree in Business Administration.

In the past two years, she has had a great opportunity to also work with national charities; Lupus Canada and Kidney Cancer Canada, assisting them in their communication and program needs. She was the Director of Fundraising at Women’s Centre of York Region for 18 months working on corporate sponsorship and event execution.  Balancing both ‘worlds’, Crestcom and charity support has been a wonderful experience that she plans to continue.

Bo Wang-Frape
Treasurer – Outgoing

Bo Wang-Frape is a financial specialist with a wide range of experience encompassing public practice, several corporate organizations, an established not for profit entity, and a large government agency. Bo earned her MBA at Laurentian University, and holds a CPA, CGA designation.

Although Bo’s primary expertise is in financial management, she has a particular interest in change management, specifically in the area of systems design and implementation through upgrading and streamlining information technology systems.

Bo has been actively involved in a variety of volunteer activities over the years, and strongly supports a wide range of social justice and environmental protection causes. In addition to her recent participation with the AIDS Committee of York Region, she is currently a board member for Sierra Club Canada Foundation.

ChristineChristine Lam
Interim Secretary

Christine is a dynamic finance professional with international experience, and a passion for relationship management as well as strategic planning. She is currently a Senior Consultant at the head office of one of the major Canadian banks, where she is responsible for Quebec and the Atlantic regions. Prior to that, she was doing business development consulting and marketing at another Canadian bank, and spent some time working in Spain in the education travel industry.

Christine earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and the Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Corporate Communications from Seneca College and has completed various courses from the Canadian Securities Institute.

Christine is delighted to have the opportunity to give back to the community by serving on the board of the AIDS Committee of York Region, having grown up in Markham and being a PRIDE Ally since 2005.

Alexander Blake, M.A.
Member at Large

Alex Blake is an experienced social service professional with over fifteen years of frontline, and program management experience; whereby, he has been employed in a wide variety of service streams in both Canada and the United Kingdom.

Upon completion of his undergraduate degree at the University of Windsor, Alex went on to travel and work in the United Kingdom and garner professional experience within the programming areas of homelessness, mental health, and youth probation.  Alex was successful in completing his master’s degree in Criminology at the University of Leicester, and upon relocating back to Canada; he continued to successfully combine theory and practice towards building stronger and safer communities.  From 2006-2011, he worked as a Program Supervisor and Lead Recruiter for a private foster care agency; and since 2011, has been employed with the John Howard Society of York Region as a Program Coordinator.

Alex takes pride in being a father of two boys, tries his best to stay physically active, and enjoys culture and the arts.  Since 2005, Alex found himself coping with many generic, physical, and respiratory illnesses.  After ten years of coping with an unknown chronic illness, he was diagnosed with hypogammaglobulinemia – a form of Primary Immunodeficiency.  Alex volunteers his time with the Canadian Immunodeficiencies Patient Organization, which is an excellent complement to his service with the AIDS Committee of York Region.

Gavin Demonte
Member at Large

Gavin is an experienced Engineering Project Manager currently working for an industry leading payments processing technology firm. Prior to this, Gavin was part of a Toronto-based start-up that was later acquired.

Gavin has received his engineering degree, with honors, from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, is a trained Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Gavin takes pride in his community involvement and for many years volunteered as an instructor at a large Martial Arts Academy where he taught adult and youth programs. More recently, he is pursuing a partnership with the Big Brother Big Sisters organization to further increase his involvement with community programs.

FaithFaith Makgatu
Member at Large

Faith Makgatu migrated to Canada from Swaziland in 2008. Coming from a country that has the highest HIV prevalence in the world, Faith remains passionate about supporting AIDS service organizations (ASOs) in the Greater Toronto Area. Over the past decade, Faith has been engaged in volunteer work with HIV/AIDS focused agencies such as Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP), Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA) and Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (PWA).

Faith received her Bachelors of Arts degree, with honors, from York University focusing on Gender and Women’s studies, and Human Rights and Equity studies. Faith was employed at the Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN) as Engagement Coordinator where she developed wellness and support programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. Faith is currently employed as Case Manager at the AIDS Committee of Durham Region (ACDR). Faith gained crucial frontline work experience through her volunteer and employee roles at ASOs and comes to ACYR’s Board with an in-depth understanding of the issues affecting people living with, affected by, and at risk of HIV/AIDS in the GTA.

Faith is very excited to join ACYR’s Board of Directors and hopes that serving on the Board will allow her to an opportunity for greater involvement and meaningful engagement while collectively moving forward ACYR’s efforts to improve the quality of life of the communities that we serve.