Kawasaki Disease Canada was incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act in May, 2014. In December 2015, Kawasaki Disease Canada became registered as a national charity.
Kawasaki Disease Canada’s mission is to promote awareness and education about Kawasaki disease, support individuals and family members affected by the disease, and advance research into the disease and its consequences. Our vision is a world free of Kawasaki disease.
Elizabeth is a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts program at the University of Guelph, the Personal Financial Planner Diploma program, and the Richard Ivey School of Business Leadership Program. She had a successful career in financial services for almost 30 years. Elizabeth has volunteered for a number of organizations including the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Board of Directors, Operations Chairperson for Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion, and in various roles for Heart & Stroke Foundation, United Way and KidsAbility.
In 2008, Elizabeth’s 6-year old son, Dylan, passed away suddenly of heart complications due to undiagnosed Kawasaki Disease. After sharing her story for a number of years with everyone and anyone who would listen in order to spread awareness of the disease, she felt compelled to do more. In February 2014, Kawasaki Disease Canada was born. The organization was incorporated as a national not-for-profit in May 2014 and achieved charitable status in December 2015. As co-founder and President of the Board of Directors of Kawasaki Disease Canada, Elizabeth is passionately involved in all aspects of launching and growing this organization.
Jane is a Registered Physiotherapist and Clinic Director at LifeMark Hespeler Road.
Jane has worked for over 20 years in the health care field as a registered physiotherapist. She strives to be a lifelong learner in order to educate herself and empower others. She is driven to provide the best possible care to help people recover from whatever condition has brought them to her office. In 2008, her close friends lost their son to undiagnosed Kawasaki disease. Never having heard of the disease, it is Jane’s passion to help raise awareness and education in both the public and health care communities in order to prevent other children and families from experiencing the potential devastating effects of Kawasaki disease.
Ankur Gupta moved from India to Canada to pursue his MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University when he realized his passion was in finance and not engineering which he had pursued in his undergrad at NIT Trichy. He has always been entrepreneurial and founded two companies- Euartha Capital Advisory with his friends, and Dessertelicious (a home bakery) with his now wife, while working as a Research Engineer. He has currently been working with Scotia Wealth Management since June 2015 as a Wealth Management Associate.
While in India, Ankur tried to give back to society as best he could by being a part of as many social initiatives as possible. He was a part of an organization that helped educate girls so as to help them in becoming independent. He formed a group of underprivileged children in his locality and taught them Mathematics and Science on weekends. He also helped raise awareness and funds for this cause by organizing various fundraisers and taking part in numerous events. Thus, in his effort to give back to the community here in Canada, he is thrilled to work with Kawasaki Disease Canada.
Melissa Brant is a married mother with 3 beautiful children, a boy (Jaymz) who is 9, a girl (Lorelai), who is 7, and another girl (Presley) who is 5.
She works at SDP Communications in Brighton as an Administrative Consultant. Prior to that she worked at Mitchell Fire Protection Systems in Brighton, and Darcon Construction Managers/Liberty Development as a Project Administrator/Project Co-ordinator for over 8 years.
When Lorelai was 6 months old she got really sick. They were told for a week it was a virus and it would go away. Finally they went to Sick Kids and Lorelai was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease on day 8 and received IVIG on day 9 and then again on day 11. Since then it has been a rollercoaster with her recovery. There was little to no information on Kawasaki disease and the family felt like they were the only ones who knew about this. Since then she has tried to raise awareness and money for donations to better research, by doing Fundraisers in her town and distributing pamphlets to school.
As an activist, Susan has 45 years of experience on boards of directors, of non-profits, worker-owned cooperatives, foundations and other community efforts. As a sociologist and university professor, her research has focused on community organizations and their relationships with larger institutions, such as governments and universities. Susan is also a parent, whose nephew died as a result of undiagnosed Kawasaki disease. Being on the Board of Directors of KD Canada allows Susan to combine all three of these areas of her personal and professional life.
Carin’s son, Isaiah, contracted KD just before turning 3 years of age with resultant coronary aneurysms. He has undergone bypass surgery and is currently 6 yrs old. Since Isaiah’s diagnosis, Carin has been a passionate online Kawasaki Disease awareness advocate.
As the National leader of the R&D and Government Incentives group at Grant Thornton Canada, Martha assists clients across all industries on SR&ED, OIDMTC and tax incentive advisory and compliance matters. She is a frequent speaker on innovation having appeared on BNN, CFAX Radio and a contributor to print publications such as Food in Canada and PLANT Magazine. She often presents on SR&ED, digital media, innovation and tax credits for Communitech, YEDI, OFVC and Canada Greenhouse Conference and was a member of CPA Canada’s SR&ED Symposium Advisory Committee 2015 & 2016. She joined the Kawasaki Disease Canada board in May 2017 to donate her time to improve the lives of others and provide support for families of children with life threatening diseases.