Valeri Batten, BSW

Valeri has been with EBM since 2008. She began as a summer student and in 2010, after completing her bachelor’s degree in social work at McGill, she became EBM’s Volunteer Coordinator. As EBM’s team grew, Valeri was promoted to Volunteer Supervisor. In 2022, Valeri became EBM’s Director. She is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. Valeri hires and manages staff, oversees strategic planning, direction and reporting, supports the Board of Directors to achieve the organization’s mission, leads and manages fund development activities as well as fostering cohesion and cooperation among local support groups.

Brenda Gervais
Administration and Communications Coordinator

Brenda has been with EBM since 2011 and brings a vast marketing experience to the team. Develops and implements strategies for donors, clients and volunteer communications. Designs and prints promotional materials, annual reports, and RéfleXions newsletters, updates EBM’s website and social media platforms. Organizes fundraising activities to raise funds or solicit and gather monetary donations or door prizes for the organization. Supports the Director and Volunteer Coordinators. Coordinates logistics for volunteer evenings, fundraisers and Income Tax clinics.

EBM’s Volunteer Coordinators

Volunteer Coordinators recruit, support and train volunteers. They follow-up with clients and provide guidance to volunteers on a regular basis. They compile monthly statistics while keeping EBM’s database up to date.

Ashley Mayoff

Ashley was a student intern with EBM in 2016 and joined the team in 2020 after graduating from Dawson College in Social Services. She will continue her studies at Concordia University in Human Relations. Ashley is also the Young Adult Director on Hear Entendre Québec‘s Board of Directors.

Rhiana Warawa

Rhiana joined EBM in 2023. She is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice studies at McGill University followed by a Master of Social Work. Rhiana is also a volunteer with the recovery transition program as a peer mentor and workshop facilitator.

Board of Directors

Entraide Bénévole Métro’s Board of Directors provide the support needed to reflect and maintain our mission, goals, objectives and financial management. The administrators define EBM’s programs and services, develop and monitor a strategic plan, hire, support and evaluate the Director. The Board monitors the budget, troubleshoots problems and handles the unexpected. EBM is fortunate to have this highly motivated Board who will work to ensure EBM continues to offer quality services and emotional support to seniors, enabling them to maintain their dignity and quality of life while remaining autonomous in their community.


EBM’s Board of Directors

Samra Alavi, MBA, PMP, Interim President

Director of Business Process Optimization and Strategic Projects for Indirect Procurement, Bombardier

Justin Demers LL.B. Vice-President

Lawyer/Civil Mediator

Rod Scott, Treasurer

Retired Accountant

Jitendra Desai, MSc, Administrator/Client Representative

Retired McGill University Professor

Margo Godin, Administrator


Mariko Imanaka, Administrator