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 all 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.

Brenda Davis

With a degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Brenda has provided organizational development to such varied clients as a healthcare provider, an insurance company, an Ontario government agency, and the City of Toronto.
She hopes to use her experience to help build a strong foundation for SWLT.

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

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.

Kathryn Carruthers

After many years working in the labour movement and as a consultant, Kathryn helps non-profits create professional level technology. She is also on the board of Telecommunities Canada and has volunteered with Canada Learning Code (formerly Ladies Learning Code) and on the Green Team at Bluesfest and Cityfolk in Ottawa. She shares her home with her mother and two dogs.

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.

Teresa Allen-Hallam

Teresa is a people person, enjoys volunteering and has a strong desire to make a difference. Over the years, she has expanded her volunteer knowledge base and skills, and now she is helping SWLT as the Volunteer Coordinator. She served as president and in other roles on the board of Soroptimist International, and gained a lot of insight into human rights and gender equality around the world.