Advisory Committee 

Anthony (Tony) Schultz 

Tony is a retired business executive. After failing his first year in University he went on to complete three University degrees – BA, BEng and MBA, and pursued a successful career in the telecommunications industry as an executive at BCE Mobile, AT&T Canada, and Microcell Connexions as well as a number of start-ups in the industry. He retired as SVP at Huawei Technologies Canada.

In addition to his business experience Tony served as an Infantry Officer in the Canadian Forces Reserve retiring as a Major. His experience in the area of charities includes having served as Trustee of a Charitable Trust for the last 21 years where he currently serves as President. He brings extensive executive management and leadership experience to the LAO Advisory Committee where he advises on governance issues. Tony is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario.

Deborah Peniuk  

Deborah Peniuk was diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative Breast Cancer in 2015 and subsequently with Secondary Lymphedema in 2016 in her breast/arm and back and further due to injury, she also has Secondary Lymphedema in her lower left leg. Owner of a health and wellness-focused niche travel company AYA LIFE, she is also a speaker, writer, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, with multiple positions on the following

Non-Profits and Charities; the Fundraising/Sponsorship, Social Media and Social Committee for Dragons Abreast Toronto, an Ambassador for After Breast Cancer Charity, Workshop Facilitator at Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto and soon to be Podcaster with Life, Bliss, and All of This. This past January started a new project with a fellow #Lymphie to create CONVERSATIONLY: Thriving with Lymphedema, hosting workshops and having Thriver features every Thursday and interviews with Lymphies and their support person(s) on weekends. She joined the LAO to help Ontarians improve their access and delivery of needed resources, education and to be able to offer continued support to the existing community who lives with or may be at risk of developing Lymphedema. Giving back and being of service is key for her to not only stay active and present, she knows it helps those who might feel unrepresented or uninspired during their own personal experiences living with this disease.

Maureen Sawyer

Maureen Sawyer has been a registered physiotherapist in good standing for 31 years. She Graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy in 1989 summa cum laude, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from McMaster University in 1986 summa cum laude. She received her CDT credentials for lymphedema treatment in 2008. 

Her career started with 10 years in neurological pediatrics. Since 1998 she was a sole practitioner in her own practice. The first 10 years in orthopedics and the last 11 years in lymphedema management. The primary focus in the lymphedema practice is treatment of cancer patients with the largest population being Breast Cancer. Her work focused on education and promotion of self-care management; demonstrating techniques for self-drainage, skin care, exercise and the importance of taping. She has extensive experience in treatment of mild to severe lymphedema. She has done several educational in-services presentations for nurses, doctors and patients on lymphedema management.

Throughout her career she attended more than 30 post graduate courses in neurology, orthopedics, vestibular, and lymphedema education.

Ms. Sawyer, has recently retired from active practice to pursue her passion in lymphedema management through education and awareness. Her vision is to help ease the journey physically, mentally and emotionally for those who develop lymphedema.

Debra Heming

Debra Heming has over thirty-seven years of experience in Home Health Care in Canada.  Debra started her Home Health Care career with Doncaster Medical.  Doncaster Medical was acquired by Shoppers Home Health Care and Debra continued her successful career with Shoppers Home Health Care, a division of Shoppers Drug Mart.

Debra has held many positions with Home Health Care, including Store Manager, Sales Representative, Sales Management, Operations Manager and District Manager.

Currently Debra is a National Accounts Manager for Sigvaris Group Canada. SIGVARIS GROUP is committed to helping people feel their best with high-quality and innovative offerings in medical compression therapy. Every day. Worldwide. Our portfolio caters to a wide range of different needs and indications.  

Debra is responsible for Complex Care and Lymphedema within the Sigvaris Portfolio.   Debra recognises the need to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of LE patients and wants to contribute to make that happen.

Maria Wood

Maria is a certified compression fitter specializing in custom garments for lymphedema patients at Adapt Home Health Care. She been with the company for 14 years

In the past Maria has volunteered for many non profits benefiting survivors of domestic violence, Financial resources for Women and Children, The sexual Assault centre of Peel , and the Princess Margaret Hospital. 

Education and awareness is very important  when working  patients, to help them understand how lymphedema is controlled and to live a better life. 

Alla Hardoon

Soft Touch Mastectomy was founded by owner and medical director Alla Hardoon and originated as an extension of Care-Med Ltd.

Alla has over 14 years of extensive health care experience in Toronto. She acquired her first medical degree in 1988 as a Registered Nurse. She continued her studies in the fields of internal medicine, orthopedics, biomechanics, Primary and Secondary Lymphedema, Post Mastectomy Care, and specializes in Oncology Lymphedema.

Alla is currently a public speaker and educator on the subject of medical compression wear in the field of primary and secondary Lymphedema

With her skilled and compassionate medical team, Alla provides an extraordinarily comforting and nourishing space for everyone. Her quality of care is superior, and she will always go above the call of duty, to ensure that everyone is cared for.

Soft Touch is ADP (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care), ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program), Insurance Company approved Fitter and Vendor

Juliana Conte

Juliana was born and raised here in Ontario and was very involved in competitive athletics

growing up. After high school, Juliana attended undergraduate in North Carolina where she

majored in chemistry, minored in biology, and played soccer and lacrosse for her university.

During a soccer game she sustained an injury that ultimately resulted in chronic pain and

lymphedema in her left leg. After undergrad, she attended the University of Alabama to earn her masters and PhD in biochemistry. Throughout her education she established meaningful and helpful connections with other members of the lymphedema community and has been able to inspire other patients to keep up with daily maintenance through treatments, proper nutrition and physical activity. She is constantly seeking out ways to have a greater impact and help others avoid the isolated feeling she endured for years after her injury. She has since moved back to Ontario with a passion and determination to make a difference in the lymphedema community and is very excited to become a member of LAO.

Howard Lastman

Howard has a MBA from Schulich of Business and Bachelor of Laws Osgoode Hall Law School

Proficient at Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook); Windows;
PCLaw; UFile; Linux; QuickBooks, WordPerfect; 
computer programming

Member (Elected), Board of Directors, Toronto Free-Net Inc.
 Volunteer, Free Tax Clinics
 Spokesperson, Tenants' Association for 411 Duplex Avenue
 Duty Counsel, Community & Legal Aid Services Programme

Howard has Primary Lymphedema and is keen to help the LAO.

 Medical Advisory Committee 

Dr. Gregory Czarnota

Chief, Department of Radiation Oncology
Head, Radiation Treatment Program
Radiation Oncologist and Clinician Scientist
Department of Radiation Oncology, and Physical Sciences Platform
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Sunnybrook Research Institute
Professor, Departments of Radiation Oncology and Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto 

Dr. Gregory Czarnota is a Radiation Oncologist and the Chief of the Radiation Oncology Department at the Odette Cancer Centre. He is Professor in the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto and Senior Scientist and Director of the Odette Cancer Research Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute. He is also at the Sunnybrook Research Institute.

Dr. Czarnota’s research is focused on developing methods to detect apoptosis and other forms of cell death in response to cancer therapy, and his work has revolutionized the detection of cell death by ultrasound imaging.

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