Our Board of Directors

Our founder, Pat Dunn



Meet our Founder, Pat Dunn, and learn why she started Senior Women Living Together and how her concept turned into an active grassroots non-profit corporation.

Read all about it HERE.



Our Board of Directors

We are single, senior women with a common passion for helping to build a better world for all Canadian women. We believe that affordable housing is a human right and intend to ensure that every senior woman living alone will have housing options that allow her to maintain her independence, autonomy and dignity.

Board secretary, Elle Gallagher, ensures sensitivity to diverse communities.

Elle Gallagher

Elle’s main field of recent study involved working on client-centred anti-oppression issues and policy initiatives, focusing on counseling of marginalized refugees and immigrants, seniors, the LGBTQQ2 community, homeless adults and those experiencing poverty and mental health issues. Her goal is to ensure sensitivity in communicating across diverse social locations and service user delivery models here at Senior Women Living Together.

Gail Anderson, our marketing consultant

Gail Anderson

Gail’s role as a Director is to promote the website and look for much needed funding that will help maintain the core costs of SWLT. She is currently the office manager at a mid-sized Ontario company and was self-employed for 30 years executing marketing projects for many common household names like the Toronto Blue Jays. She encourages others to be the voice of those less fortunate, to take a stand and show that the SWLT option is an important viable housing alternative.

Jill Jones

As an SWLT Director, Jill brings her 10 years+ experience in the non-profit housing sector where she provided leadership for the creation of housing cooperatives. She has been chair of the Peterborough Older Women’s Network since 1999 and worked successfully with the City of Peterborough, St. John’s Anglican Church and Peterborough Non-profit Housing to develop Glebe House, a shared home for six women who needed immediate housing. Jill proudly identifies as a Lesbian and is a local Positive Space Champion. Jill was invited to join Peterborough’s Age Friendly Committee in 2017 to work on the Basic Housing and Health Needs Taskforce.  

Kathryn Carruthers

Kathryn is currently the Web & IT Coordinator at Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. After many years working in the labour movement and as a consultant, she also uses open source software to allow non-profits to do professional level technology work without the price of proprietary solutions. She is also on the board of Telecommunities Canada and has volunteered with Canada Learning Code (formerly Ladies Learning Code) and when we had music festivals, she volunteered on the Green Team at Bluesfest and Cityfolk in Ottawa. She shares her home with her mother and two dogs.

Pat Dunn, chair of the Board of Directors

Pat Dunn

Pat brings her career experience as a Public Health Nurse working with low income clients into our Board vision and decision-making. Her personal experience designing and building SWLT as a concept into a reality helps us stay grounded to our vision and goals. Pat lives with her two chosen homemates and keeps busy as the Chair of the Board of Directors.

Sheila Thomson helps us manage our finances

Sheila Thomson

Sheila was a single parent to two sons, so she knows what it is like for a lot of single, senior women. Even with a very successful career as a Corporate Controller in several small and medium size businesses, her retirement income does not allow her to actually retire! The Board is so pleased to have Sheila’s excellent skills and leadership in managing our finances.