The Mississauga Furniture Bank is fortunate to have the services of a dedicated group of volunteers who provide leadership and strategic direction to the organization.

Current directors

Nelly Nosella - Chair


Nelly currently works part-time as the Administrative Assistant for a not-for-profit organization in Mississauga. She has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration and previously worked in the financial and insurance industries as Programmer Analyst. She has held various positions, including secretary and co-chair, on a variety of volunteer committees.


Laura Reeves - Past-Chair


Laura Reeves is a Certified Management Accountant and Graduate of York University. She is a business executive with 25 years of progressive career experience. Laura's background includes a strong community involvement as a long time volunteer within the Mississauga community and previously as president of the Toronto Junior Board of Trade.


Emil Cocirla - Vice-Chair


Emil is a graduate of University of Craiova with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He currently works as the Service Manager for Can-Am Instruments, a distributor of instrumentation and equipment for the laboratory, process and environmental markets. He also manages Webstar Solutions, a registered company founded in 1996 and specialized in website design and hosting, e-commerce, and internet consulting.


David Sanders - Treasurer

David is a Certified Management Accountant (1996) and a graduate of The University of Western Ontario and McGill University. He is business leader with over 15 years of professional experience in various industries such as technology, transportation and logistics and mostly recently in the manufacturing sector. David has a part-time consulting business supporting small business with business planning, tax planning, financial statement preparation, accounting and bookkeeping. David has recently found an interest in volunteering and getting involved with the community.


Lois Westover - Secretary

Lois has a varied background in business, which includes owning and operating several retail businesses, working in the advertising industry and the banking industry. Lois currently works full-time as Administrative Assistant at Affinity Systems, a custom software developer that supports the work of MFB in many ways, including permitting charitable work during business hours. She has served on school council and helped with school fundraising activities for many years. She is committed to giving back to the community in which she has lived for 18 years. Lois studied business administration at York University.


Bill Lawless - Director

Bill graduated from University of Toronto Sciences in 1961. Employed immediately by Continental Can/Crown Cork & Seal Canada, Research & Technical Services, holding many positions, most significantly Manager Metal Container Specifications, and Director of Research & Technical Services Canada, retiring in 2004. On the volunteer side, Bill has been an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society (President 9 years) and the Knights of Columbus, holding several executive positions in both organizations. Since retirement, being mechanically inclined, and a self taught carpenter/handyman, Bill has assumed building and property maintenance managerial responsibilities for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Mississauga, where he also serves on the Finance Committee. Most recently he has been doing and enjoying the repair work required to donated furniture at Mississauga Furniture Bank.


Alwyn de Melo - Director

Alwyn is currently chairing our Strategic Planning Committee.


Nina Douglas - Director

Nina graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. Hons. in Crime and Deviance, Sociology and Psychology. Having worked in a variety of positions, Nina is now a litigation legal assistant/law clerk currently working with a mid-size law firm in downtown Toronto. Nina is committed to community volunteerism and volunteers in various capacities, such as being a Girl Guide leader, which she has done for several years; a Director on the Board of Directors of Armagh House (second year of a six year term) and Chair/Treasurer of Friends of Cawthra Park (the fundraising arm of Cawthra Park Secondary School) for a number of years.


Want to join our team?

If you would like to volunteer some of your time with the Mississauga Furntiure Bank, we would love to hear from you.

Email and make sure to let us know your skills and qualifications that you can lend to the team.