Throughout the years, many wonderful people have served our organization. VOBOC has always been
blessed with finding the right people at the right time that bring the right skills to carry our mission
forward. Today the team is composed of:
Hibah HammoudProgram Coordinator
Hibah always aspired to work for a non-profit organization where she can positively impact people’s lives. At VOBOC, she strives to bring joy to AYAs who are in the midst of some of life’s most difficult situations. She manages our key programs with attention to detail and creativity that make our Vo-Pak backpacks the best they can be and each Last and Special Request memorable. Hibah has previously worked in marketing roles for various corporations.
Bettina MiesslLiaison Coordinator
Bettina is a professional social worker, member of the OTSTCFQ since 2015. She comes to us with a background in mental health, disability and client/patient advocacy. She has worked in both the public sector and the community grassroots sphere. Her experience with crisis intervention and support services have equipped her to be a strong resource for anyone navigating challenging times. Bettina is grateful for the opportunity to support and equip AYAs with cancer throughout their treatment journey.
Alana is a professional accountant and joined VOBOC in 2019. She has a background in corporate
accounting, tax and treasury for several community-based organizations. Alana is the Accountant at
VOBOC and also assists with programs and fundraising. She enjoys helping others, making a difference
and is grateful to be part of the VOBOC team.
Julia McDonaldSocial Media and Communications Assistant
Julia graduated from Carleton University with a degree in Global and International Studies specializing in Global Inequalities and Social Change with a minor in History. She is passionate about working and helping her community. Julia provides communication and social media support for VOBOC.
Shane ThompsonGrant Writer
Shane is an experienced grant writer who has worked in the nonprofit space for the better more than six
years. He also has been involved in municipal politics and holds a Sociology degree from Concordia
University. He has been personally affected by the difficult situation that many young people find
themselves in when they are diagnosed with cancer. He is very grateful to be a part of an organization that has such a strong impact in Montreal.
Meet Our Founder
In 2001, Doreen recognized the non-medical needs of young cancer patients. She engaged with the Hospital Oncology Health Care Teams to identify and address their needs in a tangible way. First, offering weekend getaways as a diversion and then developing the Vo-Pak backpack to engage young patients in their cancer journey. This became the core of the VOBOC Foundation. Doreen’s vision and years of leadership has built advocates and supporters across communities.
Meet Our Board Of Directors
Experienced pharmaceutical industry executive, chartered professional accountant, ICD.D. designation and expertise in non-profit Board membership.
Lena GabrielDirector, Secretary
Experienced trilingual Senior Consultant, HR Transformation & Change Management at KPMG, chartered professional in human resources and retired professional Canadian athlete. Expertise in the non-profit industry supporting adolescents and young adults with cancer.
Livio Di FrancescoDirector, Treasurer
Vice President and General Manager, Paladin Labs Inc. and a member of the Ordre des comptables en management du Québec.
Retired Assistant Head Nurse of the Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Royal Victoria Hospital, dedicating 37 years in cancer care.
Marketing professional with experience in several consumer packaged-goods industries working in both digital and traditional marketing. Dennis is pleased to serve as a committee member and fundraiser for
Susan Bolduc is an advisor in the areas of organizational design, human resource management and compensation. Susan’s passion driving business results with strategic HR management. Susan now splits her time between golfing, tennis and helping her clients drive their business.
Our Medical Advisory Board
Dr Petr KavanHematologist, Medical Oncologist
Associate Professor of the Department of Oncology
Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program, McGill University
Dr Gerald BatistMedical Oncologist
Director, Department of Oncology at Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital,
Director, McGill University Centre for Translational Research in Cancer
Chair, Department of Oncology, McGill University
Dr Michael PalumaHematologist, Medical Oncologist
CIUSSS de L’Est de Montreal, University of Montreal
Jewish General Hospital, McGill University
Dr Rayan KaedbeyHematologist, Internist
Director of Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Program and Apheresis Unit,
Department of Hematology,
Jewish General Hospital, McGill University