The Period Purse Team | Board of Directors | Volunteers

Meet the Period Purse Team

Board of Directors

TPP Strategic Plan to 2021

Andrea Sobko, B.A (Hons.), B.Ed., J.D.

Chair, Governance Committee

Andrea Sobko

Andrea is a lawyer, educator, and feminist advocate. She is currently working as a pay equity specialist for a leading union that represents a female-dominated sector in Ontario.

She has a strong interest in women's human rights, and has worked with a range of feminist legal organizations to assist survivors of domestic violence with family, criminal, and immigration law matters.

Andrea obtained her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and also holds a bachelor of education and an honours bachelor of arts (sociology/psychology) from the University of Toronto.

Heather Thomson

Jana Girdauskas

Heather is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto. She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Calgary and both her Master of Nursing and PhD in Nursing from the University of Toronto.

Aside from teaching in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, Heather has a specific interest in fostering the development of empathy among nursing students. As a Registered Nurse by background, Heather has always been passionate about helping and advocating for others. She believes that TPPs values such as kindness, dignity and empowerment are fundamental to creating meaningful change.

Jana Girdauskas

Founder and Chair

Jana Girdauskas

Jana grew up always wanting to help others and her dream since she was a little girl was to run a charity! As Founder of The Period Purse, she wanted to help one person. She loves how that one idea has resonated so much with others and spread so wide. During the day, she is a special needs teacher, but she is in her happy place at home with her two young boys and her firefighter husband.

One day, she hopes to have more time to go back to her hobbies of sewing, reading, and crafts. Until then, it's all about her family, work, and making this non profit stronger and better.

Juhi Sujan

Sanja Mavrak
Juhi currently works for the Ontario Public Service. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from McGill University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Toronto. 

Juhi has worked in a number of roles focusing on policy and programming in the areas of equity, inclusion, and community engagement. She is passionate about services and supports that empower women and make a positive impact on the lives of marginalized groups.

Kelsey Goforth

Miranda McSorley

Kelsey is a non-profit professional and health advocate. She is a leading expert on Medical Assistance In Dying. She has volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross, Diabetes Canada, and an Executive Board Member and Project Manager of the women's equity branch of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) at the University of Toronto.

Kelsey holds an Honours Bachelor degree in political science, a post-graduate certification in Food Security from Ryerson University, and a Patient Navigation certification from York University.

Miranda McSorley

Chair, Fundraising Committee

Miranda McSorley

Born and raised in Collingwood, Miranda fell in love with the social service sector while pursuing a BA in Psychology and English at The University of Western Ontario. Inspired by her work with youth in treatment facilities and residential care for adults with addictions and disabilities, Miranda developed a deep passion for charitable fundraising.

In her role at The Period Purse, She is happy to help supporters make wise charitable investments with impact, and to spread kindness throughout our community.

Natalie Bates, CPA, CA

Treasurer and Secretary

Natalie Bates

Natalie currently works in finance at Mastercard Foundation. She holds a CPA, CA designation and graduated with a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.

With a strong passion for women's rights and a belief in women supporting one another, along with a desire to help those less fortunate, Natalie wants to be a strong ally in the vision at The Period Purse.

Natalie is particularly motivated by TPP's focus on eliminating the stigma around menstruation. She imagines a world where discussion of periods doesn't have to be taboo.

Sanja Mavrak, J.D., B.A. (Hons.)

Governance Committee

Sanja Mavrak

Sanja is a lawyer representing individuals who are facing criminal charges, as well as individuals and small businesses facing various types of contractual and commercial litigation issues. She obtained her undergraduate degree from The University of Western Ontario and her Juris Doctor (J.D.) in Australia.

Sanja has always had a passion for helping individuals and protecting their basic human rights. She is a strong advocate of helping those in need and making an impact, which is what drew her to TPP. Sanja believes that, as women, we should always strive to support and uplift each other, because when women support each other, incredible things happen.

Volunteer Coordinators

Brianne - Period Pack Coordinator

Dani - Social Media Coordinator

Megan - Administrative Coordinator

Elisha - Veahavta Van Coordinator

Grace - Command Centre Coordinator


Leviana - Media Coordinator

Maxine - Chapter Coordinator

Micah - Operations Coordinator

Tait - Menstruation Nation Coordinator

Lisa - Diva Cup Program


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