Santa Comes to Bay Street holds an annual Santa's Work Shop which uniquely partners shoppers with families and recipients that are in need of support from shelters in the Greater Toronto Area. Gift givers select families or individual recipients and help make their holiday dreams come true by putting together a Santa's bag for each recipient. Bag's contents includes everything from basic necessities to gifts requested by the recipients. In this way we have created a very personalized process where individuals can help those who are in need around the holidays.
The first Santa's Work Shop was held in 2003, it set the foundation for the creation of a registered charity - Santa Comes to Bay Street. Over the last 14 years the event has grown substantially, the 2015 event provided gift bags to over 1750 recipients.
The SCTBS Team
The Board of Directors
Robert Cancelli, Chairman
Robert is a Managing Director with the Prime Services Group at CIBC World Markets Inc. He has been with CIBC for the past five years. Prior to CIBC, Robert worked as an institutional salesman and trader on both the buy and sell side in New York and Toronto. A graduate of Dartmouth College in the US, Robert has spent his entire career in the financial services industry. Robert in his role as Chairman has widened the reach and broadened the depth of SCTBS. As the Chairman, Robert has been instrumental in raising funds and awareness for SCTBS.
Mary Matthews CPA, CA, ICD.D, President and Co-Founder
During her career, Ms. Matthews held numerous senior positions with both public and private corporations in the financial sector, most notably VP CIBC, Global Cost Cutting and EVP Sprott Asset Management, sales and marketing. Mary was also very active in the charitable sector, holding the position of both Treasurer, and subsequently, President of Ontario Special Olympics.
In addition to her role on the SCTBS Board, Mary is also a Director of AirBoss of America (BOS/T), a public company, and a Trustee of the Paloma Foundation.
Stephanie Orloff, President and Co-Founder
As a Co-Founder of Santa Comes To Bay Street, a registered charity, Stephanie has been an integral part of the Santa team. Her connections and marketing savvy have been instrumental in the growth of the charity over the past 10 years. Stephanie spent most of her career in the financial services industry at Thomson Reuters.
Brian Turley, Treasurer
Brian Turley has worked in Toronto's huge film and television industry at the production level in the Finance department for over 15 years. He has headed production finance departments on prime time television shows, and large feature films.
Natascha Sharkawi (Secretary)
Natascha is Brand Professional with more than a decade of experience and thorough knowledge of the trademark industry. With her extensive legal background as an anchor, Natascha has spent most of her career in Sales and Marketing and has held Leadership roles with an emphasis on the Legal and Market Research Industries.
Tracey is currently a Senior Marketing Manager with KPMG and has more than 20 years of experience in Marketing and Communications. She has been involved in community initiatives for several years, including serving as a Director of About Face, campaign lead and volunteer for organizations such as Free the Children, Rotary International’s Count Down to a Polio Free World, Toronto Jazz Society, and manager of her children’s school competitive swim team.