Our Board Members
Sean Danby has crafted numerous videos and multimedia commercial and corporate projects. Sean’s commercial client list includes ING Insurance, Leon’s, McDonald, Questrade, Reliance Home Energy and Sony BMG. He has also created and directed projects for Motorola, Randstad Canada and Scotiabank International. Executive Producer of “Basketball City,” a fast paced and youth oriented television series broadcasting basketball’s grassroots throughout Canada and starring two-time NBA MVP, Steve Nash. Sean views the grieving process as a personal experiential part of life, and that by sharing our stories we can better understand our own grief.
Mary Ann Tevlin
Mary Ann brings a wealth of knowledge to our table, having worked as a Line Producer in broadcast production for the past 30 years.
Her career started at The Partners Film Company. Following that, she became part of the team at The Directors Film Company, fulfilling the roles of Line Producer and Executive Producer. She currently works on a freelance basis.
Mary Ann is known for her relationships in the industry and has innovative problem solving abilities. She brings this solid grounding to our executive board along with her creativity and a whole lot of energy.
Samantha is a lawyer practicing in the areas of healthcare and personal injury law. Prior to attending law school, she obtained a Master’s Degree in health policy and an Undergraduate Degree in sociology.
Over the years, Samantha has been an active member of several community health organizations, most notably as a support group facilitator for individuals living with terminal and chronic illnesses. She is a strong advocate for peer support and the power of sharing personal experiences.
As many of Samantha’s clients face grief and bereavement related to their legal matters, she has a deep understanding of the need for supportive community resources. Samantha also understands this need on a firsthand basis. In 2016 her best friend passed away due to an overdose. In trying to navigate her own grief, Samantha became aware of the need for resources that are easily accessible and adaptable to those seeking support. As GriefStories.org is filling this gap, Samantha is honored to be involved with this organization.
Doug Bates is a former banker and current co-owner of Brown Bag Co. and ComGo. He also drums and does many musical events for various charities in his community.
He also the founder of the Kaitlyn Bates Initiative which is an organization dedicated to his daughter who he lost in a tragic car accident. It focuses on self esteem issues. Doug runs ABRAutism dedicated to helping individuals with Autism.
Doug is actively involved in his community and was given the 2011 Northumberland YMCA Peace Medal and was the winner of the Toyota Wishgiver Contest in 2015 for his contributions to the community.
Doug lives with his wife and 2 kids in Northumberland County.
Doug became involved in GreifStories to share his loss of his daughter and inturn he hopes to help others find ways to heal.
Jan is a connector – whether bringing divergent ideas, human systems, or people who really must know each other together. Her early fascination with physics and the Greek ideal of Arete have driven her curiosity in figuring out how we as humans can fulfill our ultimate potential. This passion drove her in roles such as co-founder of international mid-sized companies, state record holder in the sport of archery, and producer and host of her own radio interview show. Jan’s personal experience with grief following her husband’s death in 2003 catapulted her into a need to understand how we as humans can grapple with and grow through our deepening experiences of grief. These days you’ll find Jan at the edge of things whether it be a shoreline with her camera, exploring how two ideas can merge, or being a champion for a project or person that is expanding in cutting-edge ways.
Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, Province of Ontario, 28 years.
Currently, Provincial Family Services Advisor for Trillium Gift of Life Network; providing aftercare and support to Donor families and recipients.
If you grew up watching Much Music in the 80’s, you already know Rob Quartly. Or at the very least, you know his work. As both a director and a producer, he gave birth to Canada’s music video production industry. It’s a role that has been recognized with JUNOs, CFTA personal achievement awards and his induction as the first member of the Much Music Hall of Fame.
His activity in the advertising industry has been equally successful with recognition at Cannes, Toronto and New York Art Directors Club, Bessies, Clios, One Show, Marketing Awards…
Television projects have seen him direct The Vacant Lot series, act as Co-Creator of the hit CBC show “The Triple Sensation”, and create/direct/executive produce the CHUM comedy series “And Go,!”
Most recently, Rob’s labour of love has included capturing stories for his web site interestingiseverywhere.com, his socially conscious self has been busy creating griefstories.org and for the love of food chefproject.ca