Board of Directors Biographies


Chair: Marsali Federico

Marsali's first experience with the Toronto MFRC was in 2008 during her then-fiance's first deployment to Afghanistan. Following his return, she wanted to continue to engage with the Centre and became a volunteer mentor and spouse support/connection, and assisted with Centre outreach events. The Centre has supported her and her family through the unique challenges and adventures of Reserve military life, two subsequent overseas deployments, and her youngest son now attends the daycare. Marsali is a Reserve Force member herself, presently a Captain with the Cadet Instructors' Branch, acting as Commanding Officer of a local Army Cadet Unit. She is a vocal advocate for veteran, military member and family support, and is excited and honoured to be serving the community by acting as the Chair of the Board of Directors.

Vice-Chair: Emily Callaghan

Emily joined the Toronto MFRC in 2017 as a Director, and became Board Secretary shortly thereafter.  She is a military spouse, and appreciates the unique nature of being a military family member in a large urban setting.  Emily is a passionate advocate for military member and family supports, and believes that the Toronto MFRC’s programming and dedicated staff serve as an excellent model of how support and outreach can impact families across broad geographical regions.  Emily’s career has focused on supporting families with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Over the past 20 years, Emily has worked in both clinical, and leadership roles within children’s treatment centres to connect families with the services they require to learn, grow, and thrive.  She is passionate about supporting others through transformational change, and in bringing people together within multi-disciplinary settings to create unique and individualized program plans to serve every client.

Treasurer: Aaron Windsor

Secretary: Simon Wells

Simon is a recently retired Sergeant in the Royal Canadian Logistics Service. He is a Master of Arts candidate and a municipal emergency management coordinator for the City of Toronto. Simon began volunteering at the Toronto MFRC in 2012 and assisted in various capacities throughout the years. He joined the Board of Directors in September 2018 with a goal of applying his policy, planning and strategizing, human resources, and engagement skills to better the military community’s experience in Toronto. He has volunteered for various community-oriented initiatives in the past including the 4th Canadian Division International Women’s Day committee, and currently serves as a mentor for Women in International Security Canada.​

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.

Marilyn Daniels-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.

Nicholas Mouchet

Nick grew up in Ottawa and joined the CAF in 2008. After basic training, he was posted to Garrison Petawawa, where he lived until the summer of 2018, when he was posted to Toronto. Iniitially joining as an Infanteer, Nick later switched to the Military Police section and has been a member of various units, and held many positions, within the trade. The opportunity to volunteer with the Toronto MFRC served as a calling to maintain the sense of identity that is associated with being surrounded by others who understand the unique military life. Nick sees the Board as a way to have a positive impact through overseeing the many essential services we offer. Having used the services himself, he is proud to be an advocate for us and our work.

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.​

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.