Action CIND was incorporated as a non-profit in February 2016. We are now a registered charity (Number 781915293RR0001). We are run by a team of volunteers. Here is a summary of accomplishments for our first year of operations.

Meet the Team

Alison Rae – Founder, Board Chair and CEO

Alison Rae was an IT Project Manager until being disabled by ME and FM a number of years ago. She has also struggled with MCS/ES for most of her life.. She’s been an advocate for CIND for several years as well as promoting May 12th International Awareness Day and serving on the board of another ME/FM charity. She assisted with the creation of a Treatment Centre vision document in 2009 that has now led to the creation of Action CIND.

Neill Shewan – Vice Chair

Neill Shewan is a salesman and former IT Contractor. He has family members and friends that suffer with CIND illness. He has seen firsthand the impact these illnesses have on individuals, and is committed to improving the situation.

Ankita Rao – Secretary

Ankita Rao has a background in Economics and Finance, with a personal passion for helping build a better life for those around the community. She hopes to help spread awareness about those suffering from Chronic Immunological  and Neurological Diseases, and increase the community’s understanding about the symptoms suffered, by working with Action CIND.

Rutul Patel – Treasurer

Rutul Patel is a passionate individual with tremendous knowledge in Accounting and Finance. He holds a BBA degree from University of Toronto and is currently pursuing the CPA designation. Rutul has always been an active member in the community looking for innovative ways to bring forth change.

Allan Kaufman – Director

Called to the Bar for over 35 years (1978 Manitoba; 1989 Ontario), Allan Kaufman works as an employment lawyer for both employees and employers. In particular, he handles wrongful dismissal cases for severance pay, human rights claims, maternity leave claims, claims against insurance companies for long term disability payments, and union related matters. He has also been appointed by Canada’s Ministry of Labour as a labour arbitrator to decide employment disputes.He is also a lecturer at Ryerson University for over 13 years.

 Paul Lohnes – Director

Paul Lohnes, is a bilingual executive and financial professional with experience in the private, non-profit and public sectors. Chartered Professional Accountant, CPA, CA, Québec and Ontario.He was recently, President and CEO of CCAF-FCVI Inc., a research and education foundation in Ottawa, Canada. Formerly VP with the Canadian Public Accountability Board, Director at CICA (Now CPA Canada) and partner with KPMG.  His wife has all the CIND illnesses we support.

Vicki Sterling -Director

Vicki Sterling has 2 law degrees from McGill University. In Ottawa, she worked as a lawyer with the Federal Government. In Toronto, she was employed by the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunals, chairing hearings and deciding who should receive CPP disability benefits. She developed fibromyalgia, and currently works part-time as a disability consultant helping others receive disability benefits.  She has volunteered at her children’s schools, as a coordinator with the Arthritis Society, and for the last 10 years as the group leader of the North Toronto Fibromyalgia Support group.

Christiane Garcia – Director

Christiane Garcia has had a numerous roles throughout her career. She was a nurse, clinical educator, director of nursing, management consultant, hospital CEO and has extensive experience with running non-profits and fundraising. Upon being stricken with CIND, she has given her time to volunteering for CIND causes.

Professional Advisors

Dr Pamela Cuddihy – Anaesthesiologist and FM Specialist

Dr Riina Bray – Medical Director of Ontario’s Environmental Health Clinic

Courtney Mulqueen – Disability Lawyer

Allan Kaufman – Employment Lawyer

Vicki Sterling – Disability Consultant

Shega Youngson – Medical Marijuana Educator

Liz Zubek – Medical Advisor




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