Jacqueline Esler
is the President and Chair of JobStart’s Board of Directors. Jacqueline joined the JobStart board in 2007. She is a lawyer who is interested in health regulation, disability law, and mental health advocacy. Jacqueline has many years of experience volunteering for Hospice Toronto.  Jacqueline currently holds the position of Investigator at the Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario l Bureau de l'Ombudsman de l'Ontario.
Teresa Howe re-joined the Board in October 2012 and assumed the role of Vice President of JobStart's Board of Directos in June 2013.  As an HR executive with over 25 years of generalist experience, Teresa has held senior positions in International companies, such as AIG/ BI&I, IAPA and Chubb Insurance. Teresa made the leap to International consulting in 2003 and divides her time between Canada and the United Kingdom where she partners with global consulting firms in those countries and in the US.  She has a track record in organizational development, strategic planning, immigrant/expatriate integration and volunteer work.  Since 2010, Teresa has been on a contract with the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CllP*) providing international HR support to their global office and teams. 

Jessica Ng joined JobStart’s Board of Directors in June 2012 and assumed the role of Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.   Jessica is a Chartered Accountant with over a decade of experience in securities regulation, audit, assurance and transaction advisory. Jessica is currently at the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”), as an accountant in the Corporate Finance Branch. Prior to joining OSC, Jessica held the positions of Manager at Deloitte’s Financial Advisory practice providing mergers and acquisitions advisory services and of Senior Accountant at Deloitte’s Assurance and Advisory practice providing audit services. For many years, Jessica has been a tax-clinic volunteer assisting low-income individuals and seniors with filing income tax returns. Jessica has also devoted many years of volunteer experience with various hospitals and nursing homes.

Kate Nourbakhsh
joined the JobStart board in May 2009 and assumed the role of Secretary of JobStart's Board of Directors in June 2013. She has an MBA in Strategic Management and Marketing and is a software engineer with over 9 years of experience in software, telecommunications and finical service industries. She is currently a Branch Manager at TD Bank. Kate is also a mentor for new immigrants supporting TRIEC (Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council), and actively volunteers for various charity events (Daily Bread, United Way, Dress Your Best, Schulich Women in Leadership, and Heart and Stroke Foundation).


Lucy Coschignano
is the Past President and Chair of JobStart's Board of Directors.  Lucy has been an active member of JobStart’s Board since 2005. Lucy is a Service and Operations Executive supporting organizations going through major business changes and implementing new initiatives.  She most recently held the position of Vice President, Operations at Best Doctors Canada, Inc.  Previously, Lucy held the positions of Vice President, Service Excellence at Aon Risk Services supporting national small business commercial insurance programs, Senior Business Development Manager at GE Money and Vice President, National Sales Centre for Chase Paymentech Canada. Lucy has spent the majority of her career in various capacities working in the financial services sector supporting small and medium sized enterprises including working for Scotiabank and Canada Trust. Lucy has an MBA in Finance and Marketing. She has many years of volunteer service experience having volunteered for the Red Cross, The Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and she is currently a volunteer on the Board of Directors of Volunteer Builders.

Ele Pawelski
 joined JobStart’s Board of Directors in June 2012. Ele is currently a Policy Advisor with the Ministry of Municpal Affairs and Housing following her recent completion of a Masters of Public Policy and Administration.  Ele also volunteers with Raising the Roof, United Way and Parkdale Community Legal Services.  Prior to her career in Toronto, Ele managed access to justice and human rights projects in developing countries.  She has travelled to more than 60 countries and is currently writing a novella set in Afghanistan.


Kathryn Minialoff
joined the Board in 2004 and has served on the Finance Committee since 2002. Kathryn has her own accounting practice providing bookkeeping/accounting and personal tax services to a variety of companies. She was previously a senior manager with Deloitte in the small business area for 8 years.

Norman Woo
joined JobStart as a Board Member in 2010. He is currently Director, Corporate Development for Manulife Financial Corporation. Previously he was a Senior Manager in the Transaction and Restructuring Advisory practice of KPMG LLP where he provided valuations, corporate finance and financial reporting services to public and private companies, as well as the public sector. Norman graduated from the University of Waterloo, where he completed both an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics and a Master of Accounting. Norman is a Chartered Accountant in Canada and a Certified Public Accountant in the U.S. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Business Valuator designations.

Sourabh Indu
joined JobStart’s Board of Directors on June 8 2011. Sourabh has ten years experience leading Finance, Technology and Project/Business Management teams in financial services and insurance industries. He has achieved an MBA (with distinction) from Schulich School of Business with a focus on Finance and Strategic Management. Sourabh is currently Director, Business Effectiveness at CIBC in Toronto where he leads the Business Management Office for one of CIBC’s largest technology divisions.
Lauralea Mast joined JobStart’s Board of Directors in June 2013.  She is currently VP, Senior Media Advisor at Denneboom Media and brings over 25 years of strategic media, advertising and research experience to the JobStart Board. She has served on many media industry boards as well as the parent run board for the not-for-profit daycare her son attended, Runnymede Adventure Club (RAC).  At RAC, Lauralea revised and updated all board governance rules and documentation, parent and staff policies and procedures, in addition to ongoing governance duties, dealing with a newly unionized staff team and managing budgets. She raised funds to help her son’s high school, Ursula Franklin Academy, by running the marketing campaigns for their annual spring gala and eventually running the committee. She has taught media at Sheraton College and has helped fundraise for the United Way and Ontario Heart and Stroke. Lauralea is an avid reader, runs a women’s monthly book group and loves to travel
Daniel Mayer joined JobStart as a Board Member in 2014. He currently practices labour and employment law at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. His bilingual practice focuses on advising clients on a wide range of labour and employment law matters, including workplace health and safety, labour and employment disputes, human rights, employment standards, corporate social responsibility, employment contracts and grievance arbitrations. Daniel is also a member of the Official Languages Committee of the Ontario Bar Association.

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2930 Lake Shore Blvd. West - Islington Ave. & Lake Shore Blvd. W.

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219 Dufferin St. #1C - King St. W. & Dufferin St.

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41 Chauncey Ave - off Islington Ave.,   south of Bloor St. W.


Nov 02 - 2013
United Way: JobStart gives job seekers a leg up
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Jun 24 - 2013

Helping Newcomers Settle and Succeed....
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Jun 20 - 2013
Helping Newcomers in Etobicoke-Lakeshore Settle and Succeed 
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May 07 - 2013
The Etobicoke Guardian – “Youth employment gets boost”
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Apr 08 - 2013
JobStart launches new Skills Link program – Youth in Demand Project at 2930 Lake Shore Blvd. W. 
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Jan 04 -2 2013
CASIP - Together We Succeed

Jun 20 - 2012
Highlights from JobStart Annual General Meeting 2012
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Nov 12 - 2012
United Way Toronto – “Imagine a City"

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Jun 04 - 2012
JobStart presents a Position Paper 
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) Employment Supports – Funding for Students with Disabilities directed to the Honourable John Milloy, Minister of Community ad Social Services, Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).  It presents a review, an analysis and recommendations regarding the ODSP funded program which provides employment services to students and graduates with disabilities.

Sep 10 - 2012
JobStart participates in 2nd Annual Solar Fair September 10th, 2012
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Aug 22 - 2012
JobStart, 2930 Lake Shore Blvd. West to reopen Monday, August 22nd, 2012!
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Central South Etobicoke Local Immigration Partnership 2010-2011 final report
The report that follows provides the immense knowledge the Central South Etobicoke LIP has gained from engaging in the Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Initiative, as well as our considerations and strategic priorities for the future.
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May 18 - 2011
Exciting News - Read about Second Career Strategy
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May 9 - 2011
JobStart receives recognition from MPP Laurel Broten, Etobicoke – Lake Shore, at the Gem of the Lake Shore event!