The Committee

The Set Sail For Hope event would not be possible without the tireless, year round dedication and work efforts of its volunteer committee. We’d like to recognize and thank them for their continued support in making Set Sail For Hope such a memorable annual event.

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2022 Set Sail For Hope Committee
Paul Benninger
Sponsor Chair- Paul has been involved in Set Sail for Hope since 2009. He started out by donating his sailboat (Fortune’s Favour) for the event and in 2010 became a member of the Set Sail for Hope Organizing committee.   Paul has donated his boat each year with the exception of one year while he was sailing her in the Bahamas.  An avid sailor, Paul is a senior member at Port Credit Yacht Club (PCYC) where he has served on the board of directors, most recently as Vice Commodore of Harbour and Grounds.  He also races weekly at PCYC and crews on long distance races.  He enjoys sailing on Lake Ontario with his 4 young children and wife Sandra.
Karyn Bradfield
Don Connolly
Don is a Real Estate Sales Representative with Royal LePage Terrequity Realty, *Brokerage. He has also been a Ship Captain with Mariposa Cruises for the past 24 years.Don has been an active member of the Set Sail For Hope committee since June of 1990.
Sarah Fenwick
Sarah was introduced to Set Sail For Hope while working in the Marine industry when she attended the event as a first mate aboard one of the yachts.  After speaking with Fiona Fisher of Camp Trillium, she knew she wanted to participate more directly. Sarah serves as the yacht committee chair, is currently an active mortgage agent and an avid sailor in her spare time. She currently sails out of PCYC.  
Fiona Fisher
Fiona Fisher is the Director of Development for Camp Trillium. Camp Trillium provides year round recreational and camping programs for children living with cancer and their families.Working for Camp Trillium is a once in a lifetime experience where everyday you meet the most dedicated people. Fiona is responsible for all special events, grants, corporate and individual gifts, direct mail and marketing and communications strategies.  
Chris Goddard
Teri McMahon
Teri McMahon, r.g.d. emeritus is a retired registered graphic designer who has volunteered with Set Sail for Hope since 1997. As brand ambassador for Set Sail for Hope Teri ensures that all SSFH communications are consistent. She is proud of the event, the cause – Camp Trillium, and the fact that it all is done without overhead costs.  
Brian Roberts
An avid sailor for 30 years, Brian came to Set Sail for Hope in 2001 as an event Skipper. He was drawn by  the passion of everyone connected with the event, and the unwavering principle of 100% of donations raised sending kids to Camp Trillium.He assumed the role of Committee Secretary in 2003, and is the previous Commitee Chair  
Briar Robertson
Briar is a Manager Underwriting with First National Financial L.P. She is an avid sailor and member of The Royal Canadian Yacht Club.She joined the Set Sail For Hope Committee in 2006 and is currently the Hospitality Chair.  
Mike Robertson
Mike is one of the founding members of Set Sail For Hope. He has had many roles over the years and now focuses on the logistics during the event.Mike is an active sailor and member of Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht club, where he docks his boat – Joyride  
Damian Wickie
Committee Chair-Damian is the Principal Broker and owner of Branch Financial Inc. (an Ontario based mortgage brokerage) and Founder/Creative Director of Wolfzone Digital (an independent, creative animation studio).Damian is also passionate about using his skills to assist with various charitable organizations including Set Sail For Hope.
Lena Demarco

Lena Demarco is Regional Director, Community Affairs, but that hardly captures who she is or what she does.

Because Lena is not only a critical link between Bell and the communities, the company serves. She is also one of the hardest working champions of Bell’s Let’s Talk mental health initiative.

Most days you can find her in one GTA town or another, at a breakfast, lunch and/or dinner with a Chamber of Commerce, a Board of Trade or some other community organization, raising awareness of mental illness . . . working to dispel the stigma that surrounds it.

More than that, for many, many people in these communities, she is the face of Bell, a warm and gracious person who brings the human dimension to the country’s largest communications company.

Craig Weekes