Serving on the Board since 1999, Ms. Vonna Bitove is Executive Director of the Bitove Foundation. A nurse by profession and a graduate of the Toronto General Hospital School of Nursing, Vonna proudly serves as TGWHF’s Board Champion for Nursing. In addition to UHN Nursing, Vonna is a strident supporter of many TGWHF events and the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. Vonna now focuses her support and fundraising efforts on the Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy, created and funded by her and her family in 2013.
Through Ms. Bitove and her family’s generosity, UHN now leads in efforts to revolutionize the care and support of individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. Founded on the notion of an academy as a centre of learning, the Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy provides opportunities for personal growth and discovery through creative activities, education and learning, artistic expression, discussion, intergenerational inquiry, exercise and enjoyment. The Bitove Academy is a centre for excellence in research and care affiliated with York University and is committed to helping change the way society views and treats dementia and to create a more compassionate, person-centered approach to dementia care.
Ms. Bitove is deeply committed to her family, her community and the Bitove Academy. She is the recipient of the Global UMD Macedonian Heritage Public Service Award (2014).