Canadian Centre for Men and Families
York Region

Canadian Centre for Men and Families
York Region

Our Team

Bijan Rafii

Executive Director

Bijan was trained as a microbiologist and epidemiologist. He has 20 years of experience in biomedical research as well as 13 years of experience in various leadership positions. He is the editor of the online publication Society Voice Project and is passionate about the wellbeing of society as a whole.

Lisa Hanratty


Lisa, a graphic designer and illustrator, has lived in Richmond Hill since 1986. She has more than 25 years of experience in business management and marketing. Inspired by her lifelong love of the arts, Lisa is committed to bringing the world of art and culture to today’s youth

Adeiya Denys

Sarita Leicher

Sarita Leicher has almost 20 years experience facilitating and developing relationships, in both a financial background and not for profit sectors. She brings with her a passion for creating safe spaces for individuals to self actualize, with a focus on challenges newcomer and BIPOC encounter.

CCMF York Advisory Committee

Michael Braithwaite

CEO, Blue Door

Michael Braithwaite has had the privilege of working in the non-for-profit sector for over 27 years.  For the last 10 years, he’s worked with organizations dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness.  Currently he is the CEO for Blue Door Support Services, a charity in York Region working to rapidly rehouse men, families and youth, as well as providing them access to health and employment services. 

Michael’s past roles include a long-term stint at the YMCA, CEO of 360kids and most recently as CEO, Raising the Roof.  He’s a Brock University and Georgian College graduate, and is very proud of his board work both with Family Day GTA and with innovative and amazing Away Home Canada team.

Nancy Friedman

M.S.W., R.S.W. Founder, Win Win Counselling

Nancy has extensive experience in individual, couple, family and group counseling, progressive management, clinical supervision and leadership. She has worked extensively in the Child Welfare sector, domestic violence and most recently as a Senior Manager of Counseling at Kids Help Phone.  Nancy has also taught Post-Secondary courses including Anti Oppressive Practice. Nancy is currently in private practice.

Clovis Grant

CEO, 360 kids

Clovis has spent more than 25 years providing leadership and support to individuals and families through his diverse experiences working in the area of homelessness, employment, social assistance, mental health and disabilities. He has held leadership roles with organizations like HOPE worldwide Canada, The Region of York, Eva’s Initiatives and currently with 360°kids and has broad skills in program development, advocacy and organizational development and a key awareness of the importance of partnerships in addressing human services challenges. He has also extensive volunteer experience with Community Living Toronto, Autism Speaks, Don Mills Diamonds Special Needs Hockey Program as well as supporting students with special education needs through his 10 years’ experience on the Special

Education Advisory Committee with the Toronto District School Board. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Leadership from the University of Guelph.

Marie Morton

Executive Director of CAYR Community Connections

Marie Morton is the Executive Director of CAYR Community Connections, a York Region agency that provides specialized and combined programs for people living with HIV/AIDS, the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and people who use substances.