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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.” 

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.


Daphne Flint Polo: Secretary

Daphne Flint-Polo is the secretary of DBA Canada after joining the board in 2016. Daphne has a son Eric who was diagnosed at 4 months of age, and she has been a strong advocate for her son and other families experiencing the challenges navigating health care system and government support programs for DBA. 


Daphne keeps up to date on new research and treatments in a continuous effort to help improve the lives of those living with Diamond Blackfan Anemia.  She is committed to fundraising, educating, and finding a cure.

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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.

​Laurie Turcotte is a voting member of the board and joined in 2020. Laurie has a daughter, Dylan (born November 15, 2016) who was diagnosed with DBA at 7 months old. Laurie’s background is in science completing an Honors Bachelor of Science from The University of Western Ontario in 2000, 2 years of research/Masters work at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Biology & Chemistry) from Trent University in 2008. Laurie currently works in the pharmaceutical industry. With her only daughter Dylan having DBA and her love for science, Laurie is committed to fundraising, research and ultimately finding a cure for DBA



Beth Denning joined the board as a voting member in 2020. Beth has a daughter, Kyna (born April 16,1988) who was diagnosed with DBA at 3 weeks old. Beth is a retired teacher who worked in the secondary panel with the Thames Valley District School Board in various positions. Since her daughter\s diagnosis,Beth has kept abreast of the research and new developments in the treatment of DBA. Now with more time available, Beth would like to help in any way the progress towards a cure

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