LAO Advisory Committee 


Anthony (Tony) Schultz • Markham


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.


Janet Vanderveen • Pontypool


Janet is a former Public Library Manager with over twenty years experience in a Public Library setting. She focused on a range of services always pursing the newest initiatives with a focus on customer service, community engagement and continuous learning. Janet has secondary lymphedema in her arm and trunk as a result of breast cancer treatment. She is pleased to assist the LAO in building awareness of lymphedema and to advocate for the community


Deborah Peniuk  • Toronto 


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 DragonsAbreast 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.








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