LAO 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.




Mary Zawadzki


Mary Zawadzki is a Certified Professional Cancer Coach who comes from eight years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, and is someone who cares deeply about fostering a positive community engagement. Throughout her social support practice, she engages in counselling clients at various stages of their healing journeys from a trauma informed lens. Her experience in crisis management allows her to confidently support clients and for them to be heard and validated in their experience. Mary uses her practice skills in the areas of providing empathetic support, active listening, problem solving and compassionate care to clients seeking services. Mary has work experience in managing Volunteer Peer Support programs, education services, and patient navigation for those with Secondary Lymphedema, specifically for the skin cancer patient community in Canada. 




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.





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. 



Cynthia Roy


I’m a retired RN, lifelong (primary) “lymphie”, mother and grandmother.
Raised in Montreal and now living in the GTA, I’ve studied Liberal Arts and in Design as an adult.
I have a long-standing interest in the wise use of supplements, and lately have begun to educate myself in my own lymphoedema as it seems to be worsening as I age.
I’m happy to have been invited to participate in LAO’s Advisory Committee.







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