Our Medical Advisor
Yigal Dror MD, FRCP(C)
Associate Professor of Paediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Director, Marrow Failure and Myelodysplasia Program,Scientist, Program in Cell Biology, Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children, The University of Toronto
Directors of DBA Canada
Janet Pereira: Executive Director
Janet Pereira is the co-founder of DBA Canada and the current Executive Director. She is the founder of “Jack’s Fight For a Cure” Fundraising Gala. Janet has been married to her husband Nel for the past 22 years and is the proud mom of five beautiful children: Makayla, Lucas, Mya, Jack and Ben. Their second youngest son Jack was diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Anemia 12 weeks after birth. This life altering moment changed the family in so many ways. Prior to Jack’s diagnosis Janet had earned a BA in Sociology at York University and was working towards a degree in Holistic Nutrition. Since his diagnosis, her focus has changed to being a full time stay at home mom and focusing on Diamond Blackfan Anemia Canada, and her passion “Jack’s Fight For a Cure.”
Glynda Geibel: Secretary for DBA Canada
Glynda Geibel joined the board approximately two years ago and is a huge asset. She assists with "Jack's Fight For a Cure" fundraising Gala and also spears heads many other small fundraisers throughout the year to help raise money and awareness for DBA Canada. She is a mom to two amazing grown children Alicia (Mike) and Cory (Katy), grandma to Grayson and Adalyn and she is aunt to DBA patient Jack. She works full time at Telus as a Territory Manager. She is excited about the upcoming birth of her 3rd grandchild in May.
Carol Manfini: Managing Director
Carol Manfini is the Managing Director for DBA Canada. She is a life long friend of Janet Pereira And Glynda Geibel. When she found out about Jack being diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Anemia she immediately wanted to jump on board to help out. She started out volunteering with "Jack's Fight For A Cure" and recently accepted the managing director position of DBA Canada.
Voting Members of DBA Canada
Kaye Geibel is the Grandmother of a DBA patient Jack. As a concerned Grandparent, she joined the board to stay abreast of what's happening in the DBA world and to help contribute "hands on". She helps out with "Jack's Fight For a Cure" Gala and also participates in other smaller fundraisers. She has been married to her husband Fred for 50 years. In addition to their three children, they also have 9 grandchildren and 3 great grand children.
Paul Adamson has been married for 35 years to Lynn. Paul retired in late 2014 after working for 25 years with Imperial Oil as a Senior Territory Manager. His Business background includes Retail Sales, contract relationship, managing multimillion dollars in sales. Prior to joining our board, Paul worked
with the Esso retailers in supporting Jack's Fight and DBAC since 2011.
Vanessa Marschner joined us in 2015 upon moving to Canada with her son after marrying her Canadian born husband Jason, childhood friend of Janet Pereira and uncle in heart to Jack. Although having had no firsthand experience of DBA until meeting Jack she decided to join the fight to find a cure as soon as the opportunity arose to join the board in their fundraising efforts.
Louise Dineen - coming soon
Daphne Polo - coming soon
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