Executive Committee (2023-2024)

Florence (Dilz) Suares

My name is Florence…. but most people know me as Dilz. I am a Recruitment Specialist by profession and one of the greatest parts of being a recruiter is that I am constantly bringing people together. Being able to connect people to their dream job is extremely satisfying. Joining the committee is similar, connecting people to come together for different events etc.

Baking is another passion – I like to party and by party I mean stay home and bake … after all life is what you bake of it. I am also into fitness. I followed a diet, but it didn’t follow me back, so I unfollowed it & decided to stick to a healthy lifestyle. I don’t think inside the box and I don’t think outside the box – I don’t even know where the box is … so keeping that in mind looking forward to another awesome year with the committee.
Ronald D’Cruze

My name is Ronald D’Cruze, friends and family call me Ron or Ronnie. I work for a Financial Institute & have served The Canorient Club as one of The Directors for a year and have been elected as a Vice President. I look forward to working for our community, with our energetic team & I’m hoping with my contribution of ideas and support we will make this an exciting and memorable term.

I take this opportunity of welcoming our BOD on board.

“Unity is Strength…when there is teamwork & collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.

Vanessa Mathews

An ideas girl that loves coordinating my handbag, shoes and accessories. A banker by profession and mother of two Lego and light-saber loving boys. My mantra: Life is short…live it to the fullest. I’m passionate about organizing community building events and being kind to others. Excited about keeping you engaged with the Canorient through our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter platforms. Funfact: An 80's girl living in a modern world that has watched Dirty Dancing twenty times more than necessary! 😜
Crystal Fernandes

Thanks to the Canorient, my husband Kevin and I have called Canada home since 1997. A CPA by profession, I have served as a Director for the Canorient previously and am excited to be back on the Board as Treasurer.
Bertha D'Cunha

I have been a canorient member for more than 25 years, previously was a Director on the committee, volunteered and attended various events through the years.
I am happy to be part of the new Board of Directors and looking forward to serving our Community members.
I am a fun loving person with a passion for music, love to entertain and party.
If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart!
Charles Magalhaes

As a Regional Sales Manager (Canada), I am presently working for a start-up from San Diego and have launched their line of scientific instruments in Canada. I love socializing in a small circle, enjoy soccer, golf and giving back to the community. Look forward to working with the new committee and adapting to the post-pandemic environment.
Denise Rodgers

I am a proud member and supporter of the Canorient for over 25 years. I enjoy participating in, and helping organize events hosted by the club, and I look forward to another year of Canorient awesomeness with the new committee for 2023-2024
Edric Joseph

I’m extremely happy to be part of the current Canorient Board. Due to my profession in HR, I’m passionate about helping and enabling people. However, my passion for helping people doesn't stop at work. I am deeply committed to giving back to the community through various volunteering initiatives and community service projects which in recent time has been by way of helping the church with ushering, cleaning, and streaming services.

I bring these values with me to the Canorient committee, to give back and enable the community, by increasing connectivity, enhancing capability and continuously improving in every possible way.

On a more personal level, I'm passionate about DJing and have developed a real talent for creating a fun and energetic atmosphere through music. Besides this, I also enjoy going on long hikes, bike rides, and learning new skills.

I’m confident that with this talented team of BOD members, we will make a positive impact on the community.
Francesca Tellis

I’ve been in Canada for 24 years this year, and have actively participated in the various events and activities hosted by the Canorient community.

I am fortunate to have come from a large loving family, and therefore, I bring with me a passion for community engagement. I have a wealth of experience in the healthcare industry, I currently work as Executive Coordinator at Atlas Institute for Families and Veterans at the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

In addition to my professional work, I enjoy pursuing my hobbies, including photography, creating videos from precious memories, cycling, table tennis, and traveling.

My dedication to my community is evident, and I look forward to connecting with current and new members of the community to build long-lasting relationships. With my expertise and passion, I wish to continue making meaningful impacts in the lives of those around me.
Janice D’Souza

Wow, I never thought I would be a member of the Canorient Executive Committee. I plan to make a difference. I am looking forward to planning and participating in fun events, working with a dynamic group of friends whom I have known for several years and making some new friends. The FUN can be the same.
Joanita Benedicta Monteiro

My name is Joanita better known as Jo by my family, friends, loved ones and most people here in Canada. I am a Legal Assistant by profession ever since my family and myself came to Canada 6+ years ago through the Canorient in 2017. I was a banker by profession back home and have a total of 25+ years of experience as an Administrative / Executive Assistant.

I am happily married to my better half Raphael, we have 3 wonderful kids Jemimah, Rafael and Michael, I am a dedicated wife and a responsible mother. I love to travel and enjoy having extremely spicy food.

With that all being said, I am an active member of the CWL here in Canada and love doing community work and helping our community, back home in Karachi Pakistan myself along with my husband we did a lot of community service for our church (St. Patrick’s Cathedral). Now I would like to help the community out here in Canada as well and what other way to go about helping our own community then by joining the Canorient Committee.
Jonathan Basten

I’m a husband, father and community worker. I strongly believe that we should always pay it forward. I hope to be one of the strong supports to the Canorient team while making sure to annoy our President to keep it interesting.

Joyce Menezes

I'm happy to be a part of the Canorient Executive Committee. Having been a member for several years, I look forward to serving the Canorient and the community with my love of planning and organizing events which also happens to be my line of work.

I am married to Nigel Menezes. I have 2 sons and a dog that I love dearly. I like spending time with my family and friends, listening to music, and shopping of course.

I have attended many events organized by Canorient. It’s a great way to meet and connect with people.
Raphael Christopher Monteiro

I’m Raphael better known as Raphs by family, friends and loved ones. Originally from Karachi, Pakistan, now I’m a proud Canadian for over 6 years and counting. I was/am always passionate of giving back to our community, helped in organizing lots of events (sports, dance, talent shows, prayer meetings, live stations etc.) just to name a few. I joined the committee so I can do the same here as well.

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world – Howard Zinn
Ryan Pereira

I'm happy to be part of the Canorient committee (this is my 3rd year). I try to organize sporting events to get folks to come out and have fun. More importantly, to create a sense of community where our kids (and adults) can mingle and make new friends.

I do have to thank my wife (and kids) for supporting me in this and I would not be able to do this without their help.

Looking forward to this years events.


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