About

Board of Directors

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.

Nina Douglas
Chair
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 firm in Toronto. Nina is committed to community volunteerism and volunteers in various capacities, such as being a Girl Guide leader, a Director on the Board of Directors of Armagh House (third year of a six year term) and Chair/Treasurer of Friends of Cawthra Park.
Bill Lawless
Vice Chair
Bill graduated University of Toronto with a degree in Microbiology. Employed by Continental Can/Crown Cork & Seal Canada in 1961, and retiring in 2004 as the Director of Research and Technical Services Canada. Since retirement, this self taught carpenter/handyman, has assumed building and property maintenance managerial responsibilities for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Mississauga, where he also serves on the Finance Committee. Bill has been an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Knights of Columbus, holding several executive positions in both organizations. In 2014, Bill was the honoured recipient of The Sam McCallion Award for volunteerism, as Mississauag's Volunteer of the Year! Most recently Bill has enjoyed managing the site property and spearheading the repair work at Mississauga Furniture Bank.
Nelly Nosella - Mississauga Furniture Bank Chair
Nelly Nosella
Past Chair
Nelly holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration working for many years in the financial and insurance industries as Programmer Analyst. She has held various positions within MFB, including Secretary, Co-Chair, and Chair, while at the same time juggles a variety of other volunteer committees. Nelly currently works part-time as the Administrative Assistant for a not-for-profit organization in Mississauga.
David Sanders - Mississauga Furniture Bank Treasurer
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 industries such as technology, transportation and logistics and mostly recently in the manufacturing sector. David has a part-time consulting business supporting small businesses with business planning, tax planning, financial statement preparation, accounting and bookkeeping. David has always found an interest in volunteering and getting involved with his community.
Fran Ford
Secretary
Fran is semi-retired and currently works part-time as the Accounting Manager for Synerex Construction Group Inc. She is a Finance, HR and Operations Professional with over 30 years’ experience. Fran has been managing these functions for mainly Canadian subsidiaries of International companies in the consumer goods distribution industry. She also has publishing, telecommunications and manufacturing industry experience. Fran enjoys refurbishing furniture and assists in the furniture repair department whenever she can.
Alwyn de Melo - Mississauga Furniture Bank Director
Alwyn de Melo
Director
Alwyn is currently chairing our Strategic Planning Committee.
Carolina Vitorino
Director
Gillian Kemp
Acting Executive Director
Gillian Kemp brings 20 years of non-profit leadership experience and business consulting to the role of Acting Executive Director. She was a founder of the Niagara Furniture Bank and continues to lend her experience to help MFB grow and increase its service reach.