Tanya Elliott

Vice President, Ontario

Tanya Elliott was appointed Vice President of the Red Cross in Ontario in 2014.  Since joining the Red Cross 20 years ago in the water safety program, she has held several roles including Communications Director. In her current role she is responsible for the execution of organizational strategy and provides leadership to provincial operations and stakeholder relations.  
Over the years, Tanya has provided leadership on many critical priorities including communications efforts following some of the largest international disaster responses in the organization’s history including the 2004 tsunami in south Asia and the Haiti earthquake of 2010, as well as domestic responses including the SARS outbreak in 2003 and numerous weather-related emergencies that have impacted Ontario including the 2013 ice storm and power outage.  Tanya had the opportunity to experience the work of the Red Cross first-hand while leading a media tour to Haiti one year after that disaster and describes it as a life-changing experience. 

 In recent years, Tanya has been a leader of transformational change, ensuring that the Red Cross remains positioned to provide unique and relevant solutions to Ontario communities.  From 2012 to 2014, Tanya supported the merger of the organization’s personal support services with a nursing company to create a strong home care organization which, now independent from Red Cross, continues to serve Ontarians with community-based health care solutions.  Ensuring the ability to meet the needs of communities faced with disaster by increasing capacity and working closely with governments and community partners is a key priority.

Tanya currently serves on the Board of the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA), an organization that champions a strong, sustainable home and community support sector for all Ontarians.  

Outside of work, Tanya enjoys travelling, practicing yoga and spending time with her husband, son and dog where she resides in Milton, Ontario.