Board of Directors Biographies


Chair: Katie Ablett

Katie joined the Toronto MFRC as a Board member in 2019 in hopes of supporting fellow military families, notably in French, while they are in Toronto. She is a military spouse of an officer who has served in the CAF since 2011, and a mom of a child presently in the Centre daycare. Given her MBA in non-profit management and leadership, and her extensive program management experience, working bilingually (English/French) in non-profit administration at a post-secondary institution since 2001, she is passionate about language training and service delivery in both official languages. She is honoured to serve on the Board. In her spare time, she enjoys playing and volunteering to coach softball.

Vice-Chair:  Vacant

Secretary:  Elizabeth Urso

Elizabeth joined the Toronto MFRC in 2019 as a Director with the goal of applying her legal, policy, and governance skills to serve the Toronto military community. As a military spouse, Elizabeth understands the importance of the programming offered by the Toronto MFRC. Elizabeth is a lawyer who works in-house at a health regulatory college in downtown Toronto. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and creative writing. Her writing is represented by Root Literary Agency in Los Angeles.​

Treasurer: Vacant


Marilyn Daniel-Awong

Marilyn has four children, three sons and one daughter. Her two older sons are currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. Her daughter was in the Air Cadets, and her last son is currently a senior cadet at 2754 RCACC Denison. Marilyn's older son introduced her to the TMFRC when he was in basic training. He knew the passion she had for serving others, and encouraged her to get involve by volunteering at the Centre. After reviewing the services provided by Toronto MFRC, Marilyn decided to volunteer, wanting to make a difference and be part of the solution that impacts and changes lives. Marilyn attended the AGM and decided to serve on the Board of Directors, because she believes, in a governance position, she can utilize the knowledge and skills acquired over the years serving on various boards to make a difference in the lives of veterans, serving members, staff and volunteers, fellow Board members, and their families. She is gratified with the difference she has made in simple but effective ways that impact the services provided by the Centre. Given the opportunity, she hopes to continue serving for many years to come.

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Marilyn Lawson-Dickinson

Marilyn is the spouse of a Veteran and a mother of four children.  A College Graduate in Developmental Services, she has focused on working with Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. Throughout the years, she has been on the Board of Directors of Child Mental Health Program, TCHC Tenant Reprehensive for a large community, and is an ongoing Community Police Liasion Committee(CPLC) 55 Division member. She continues to volunteer in the Royal Canadian Legion on different levels.  She is also a Director in the Toronto Black Watch Association & Toronto Scottish Regimental Association. Her first contact with any aspect of the military was as an Air Cadet in the 70’s until she aged out. After a crisis in my community, she joined the CPLC.  Through organizing Town Hall Meeting, Marilyn joined the Legion and became a Colour Guard member & Service Officer. She has met hundreds of Military Members, Spouses and Veterans since joining the Legion. She is truly proud of the people she has met and assisted with any help required. One of her highlights is as a Legion Member volunteering at the Invictus Games at most of the locations across the city.

Ann Ward

Ann joined the Toronto MFRC in June 2014 as Board Treasurer. She is a military family member, with her dad and 2 of her brothers having served. With a strong financial knowledge from her position with the City of Toronto, and Board experience from serving on the Boards of her sons' daycares, Ann's expertise is an asset to the Centre. She has also served as Treasurer for her son's PTA and Hockey & Ball Associations. In her spare time, Ann loves spending time with family and friends, volunteering at North York Hospital, attending military events, and travelling.