Marlene Van den Hoogen (Treasurer):

Marlene Van den Hoogen attended Queen’s University where she obtained a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance. She went on to become a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. She has worked as an actuarial consultant including assignments in Mexico, Poland, England and Argentina and currently holds the position of Treasurer and Head of Capital Planning at Sun Life Financial in Toronto.

Marlene enjoys biking and running and has been involved in various charitable initiatives involving these activities. She has also been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and particularly supports not for profit activities that emphasize dignity and creating opportunities.

Sometimes the company we keep can have serious, everlasting consequences that alter the course of our life. Charlie found out the hard way that her partner did not have the best of intentions after she was arrested for holding on to his gun. Luckily, Charlie was strong enough to turn her situation around.  Charlie took full advantage of programs available when she was at Grand Valley Institute, and that hard work paid off upon her arrival to the Phyllis Haslam Residence at Elizabeth Fry Toronto. 

Upon her release, Charlie had a job lined up in a field she was passionate about, and has been working hard to save money so she can support herself when she is granted her full parole. Most importantly, Charlie has reconnected with old friends. By surrounding herself with positive influences who are as invested in her success as she is, it reminds Charlie that life always moves forward.