Executive Team
board of directors
Michele Varela

Vice President, Philanthropy

Michele Varela is a senior development professional with over eighteen years of experience in fundraising and resource development. Her well-rounded background includes non-profit management, capital campaigns, financial management, planned giving, stewardship and annual fund programs.

Michele started her career with the United Way of Greater Toronto before arriving at The Scarborough Hospital Foundation. She also worked at other health care organizations such as The Canadian Diabetes Association, West Park Healthcare Centre and Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation.

Michele has an excellent track record of recruiting, training and managing all levels of volunteers and has been involved in the planning and execution of six capital/major campaigns ranging from $2 million to $60 million.

Michele has provided strong and effective leadership and mentoring to staff and worked with key non-profit organization stakeholders, board members, senior staff and physicians to develop and build strong relationships that support the achievements of an organization’s mission and goals.

As a professional fundraiser, Michele’s key accountabilities have been to lead in the development and implementation of strategic and operational plans, policies and programs. She understands and embraces the concept of accountability to deliver results.

As a forward thinking business professional, she ensures timely and accurate reporting and risk management oversight. As a campaign leader, she ambitiously achieves her goals by working closely with campaign volunteers.

Michele lives in Newmarket with her husband, son Nicholas and daughter Alexis. She spends her home time as a hockey, baseball, swimming, basketball and volleyball Mom. She also enjoys running and is an ambitious golfer.