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Board of directors

President / Medical Director / Board Member

Carlo Paribello M.S.M, M.D.

medical@fragilexcanada.ca

Dr. Carlo Paribello, co-founder of the FXRFC, is a family physician and the father of two sons with Fragile X syndrome. Carlo also ran the former Fragile X Clinic at Surrey Place Centre in Toronto. He was awarded the Governor General Meritorious Service Medal (M.S.M.) in December 2003.

Vice President / Fundraising / Board Member

Ian Shearer


Ian Shearer is our national fundraising co-chair, along with his wife Jennifer Williams (who is co-chair of the Annual FXRFC Family Picnic)  and they are parents of two sons with Fragile X syndrome.

Legal Counsel / Board Member

Barbara Byers LL.B.


Barbara Byers, LL.B., co-founder of the FXRFC, is a lawyer and the mother of two sons with Fragile X syndrome.

Treasurer / Board Member

Lawrence Spero


Lawrence Spero, Ph.D., is a retired Professor of Pharmacology and Director of Educational Computing at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. He is the father of a son with Fragile X syndrome.

Marketing / Picnic Co-Chair / Board Member

Lori Beesley

marketing@fragilexcanada.ca  /  picnic@fragilexcanada.ca

Lori Beesley is a Family-Centred Care Specialist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the mother of a son with Fragile X syndrome.
She is co-chair of the Annual FXRFC Family Picnic.


Board Member

Myra Sourkes


Myra Sourkes, M.D., is a neurologist and the mother of a son with Fragile X syndrome and a son with autism.

Board Member

Raymond Jessome


Raymond Jessome is the owner of Jesswood Packaging Inc. and the father of a son with Fragile X syndrome.

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