• Karen Stintz

    BA, MsC, MPA

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario

    As President and CEO, Karen leads our mission to give all children living with disabilities in Ontario a chance to achieve their personal bests. She believes in the power of sport to inspire children to dream beyond what they once thought was possible. Once they know what they can achieve, nothing is beyond reach.

    Since joining Variety Ontario in 2015, Karen spearheaded the partnership initiative with local leaders across the province to bring Variety trained staff and programming to children waiting for access to sport and fitness in their communities.

    Previously, Karen served as a City of Toronto Councillor and Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, and worked with the Ministry and Health and Long Term Care, managing and delivering multi-million-dollar programs to expand the number of long-term care beds available in the system.

    Throughout her 25 year career, Karen has led organizations in both the public and private sector, particularly those undergoing transformational change. She entered the not-for-profit sector as it faces its own transformational challenges – engaging a new generation of donors to support charities and their work.

Senior Leadership

  • Anita Billing

    CPA, CGA

    Chief Financial Officer
  • Archie Allison


    Access and Awareness
  • Katie Watkins



Our Board of Directors

As a local, community-driven registered charity our 100% volunteer-based board guides major Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario decisions, approves programing and spending, and provides continuous guidance and support.

  • Jordan Assaraf

    Board Chair

    Barrister & Solicitor Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Charles Taerk

    Past Board Chair

    President & CEO, Faircourt Asset Management Inc.
  • John Willson

    Audit Committee Chair, Governance Committee

    Former President and CEO Variety Village
  • Jeff Armstrong

    Development & Special Events Chair

    Senior Vice President, MCAP Service Corporation
  • David Safer

    Development & Special Events Committee

    Innovation Fellow, Accenture Strategy Consulting
  • Mary Jo Vradis

    Broker, Meta Realty Inc.
  • Alex Bowles

    Business Development, Trading at NEO Exchange
  • Shahriar Syedshahin

  • Mark Palmer

    Director, Partnership Development, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Michelle Way

    Audit and Finance Committee

    Vice President of Business Banking Distribution, CIBC
  • Neil Claydon

    Fundraising Committee

    Senior Director, Business Operations at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

With the help of everyday people like you we’ve supported over


children with disabilities
and their families for over 70 years.

Here are 3 ways you can help today.

There’s a direct link between your support and a child’s development. After all, you can come by and see the impact in person.

Offer your time, skill set, and attention to kids who need you.


Giving $35 can change a child’s life.


Parent advocates and community leaders have the power to make change.

Speak up