The Board

Ashley Waye

Ashley Waye

Director

Ashley Waye is a founding partner of Kith & Kin LLP. Prior to opening the firm, Ashley articled and practiced at a prominent family and estate law firm in Toronto. Her current practice focuses on all aspects of family law. Aside from her dedication to the practice of family law, Ashley is also committed to her community. Ashley was an executive member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Family Law Section and Women Lawyer’s Forum (“WLF”) for the 2013-2014 year. She is continuing her commitment to the WLF as the 2014-2015 co-vice chair. Ashley also assisted in the development of The Walsh Family Law Moot, Canada’s first law school moot (simulated court case) focused on family law. Ashley was an avid mooter herself when she attended Osgoode Hall Law School and has continued to contribute to Osgoode’s mooting program as a coach. Ashley has a diverse international background, having lived and studied in Germany, England and Canada. Her varied travels have left her fluent in three languages, including English, French and German and she has experience representing overseas clients who require French-speaking counsel. In addition to her dedication to her law practice, Ashley curls out of the Royal Canadian Curling Club and competes on the Ontario Curling Tour. Until she opened her law practice, she was the owner of a seasonal clothing boutique, August Moon, in Muskoka.

Leonie Segall

Leonie Segall

President and CEO

Leonie was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. Always adventurous, she left Jamaica at the age of 20 to run a health and fitness club in Marbella, Spain despite not knowing any Spanish. Three years later, Leonie moved to Canada, where she tried her hand at many lines of work including server, bartender, event security, early childhood educator, secretary, administrative professional and law clerk. Leonie is also a survivor of an abusive relationship. She likes to say that she had lots of big dreams and goals and none of them included being abused because she was too smart and wise. On the road to regaining her confidence and adventurous nature she attended two sessions of the Here to Help program offered at Yorktown Family Services and two sessions of the Boundless Young Family program offered by Boundless Adventures. Leonie is the proud mother of an amazing son, and recently happily remarried. Leonie founded HFG Happy Families Support Network Inc. (HFG) in 2012 as a support group for women and children who have experienced abuse. One of the insidious aspects of abuse is the damage it does to a woman’s sense of self. HFG helps mothers overcome this damage and move more confidently into the world to realize their true potential. Leonie has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, and is a Certified Law Clerk. She also contributes her deep experience and radiant optimism to Find Your Beautiful http://www.findyourbeautiful.com by writing for the Mom’s Corner. If you would like to have Leonie present to your Organization, please contact her at leonie@hfgfamilies.com

Melissa Patterson

Melissa Patterson

Director

Melissa Patterson is a Registered Nurse who has been working with children and their families for over a decade. She has been happily involved with HFG Happy Families Support Network Inc. since its inception, as a volunteer and health educator. She enjoys sharing her wide range of knowledge with women and mothers, including information on infant and child health and development, positive discipline, self-care and coping strategies, healthy eating, effective communication and infant/child nutrition. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Ryerson University and went on to earn her Master’s in Education degree at York University. Her work experience has ranged from hospital to community environments and educational institutions. She is currently a Public Health Nurse specializing in maternal/infant health and breastfeeding. She is proud to be a part of HFG and to be their ‘nurse on call’. In her spare time she enjoys a great book or spending time with her loving husband, son and furry friends.

Cynthia Singh

Cynthia Singh

Director

Cynthia has lived a very international life. Born in Germany, she moved to India with her sister at the age of 8 to complete her education. In 2002, she moved to Canada where she attended high school and college. Growing up, she spent many years away from her parents, which had an impact on her relationship with her family. At the age of 19, Cynthia was forced to leave her parents’ home as a result of her beliefs and determination to live her life on her own terms. During this time, Cynthia managed to complete her education while juggling part time jobs to support herself financially. Cynthia’s upbringing has had a major impact in her life and has been the source of many difficult relationships. She has struggled with trying to fit in and to please others around her. In doing so, she lost some of her identity and self-esteem. On the road to regaining her confidence, Cynthia has participated in group meetings, which has helped her overcome her struggles and gain some control over her life. After graduating from college, Cynthia worked as a legal assistant for seven years. In 2011, she went back to school to complete her Law Clerk certification. Cynthia loves working as a Law Clerk, and her dedication to her career has been an uplifting force in her life. It has helped give her the confidence to conquer life’s obstacles independently. Outside of work, Cynthia has pursued activities such as learning to play the piano, taking dance classes and exercising. Cynthia believes that nothing is impossible in this world, that you have to believe in yourself, and that you must take each day as a present to unwrap and explore to see what it holds for you.

Mirlo Liendo

Mirlo Liendo

Director

Mirlo is a single mother of 4 children, and has committed herself to helping women and children move past barriers and become as successful as they possibly can. Mirlo spent 17 years working with youth in care, 15 of these years managing homes for some of the hardest to serve youth in the city. Through this work she developed a passion for helping women discover their strengths and creating ways and means to develop them. Sadly, after leaving an abusive relationship herself, Mirlo had stepped down from that role as a profession in order to focus on her own family's healing, but have found ways to remain dedicated to serving women in other aspects.

Catherine Nikkel

Catherine Nikkel

Director