The Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected from the community at large. The Board includes representatives from Hiawatha First Nation and Curve Lake First Nation.
The following individuals comprise the KHCAS Board of Directors for 2020/21:
Sandra Robinson, President
Sandra is the Manager of Children’s Services at the City of Peterborough. As the designated service system manager for child care and early years for the City and County of Peterborough, Sandra’s portfolio includes the administration and management of the Child Care Fee Subsidy program, Special Needs Resource funding, Operating grants and EarlyOn Child and Family Centers. As well, Sandra collaborates with community partners to develop local service plans that support an integrated approach for the delivery of services for children and their families.
Sandra is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with 30+ years’ experience in the child care and early years sector. Sandra has extensive leadership experience gained through both work related and volunteer opportunities and is deeply committed to the provision of high-quality services for children and families.
Lisa Gravelle, Vice President
Lisa is currently working for Shoppers Drug Mart as a Human Resource Business Partner supporting over 120 stores in the GTA. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from York University in Business Administration specializing in Human Resources. Lisa obtained her Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL) designation in 2014, and in 2016 she received the CHRL Award of Excellence.
Rod Sutherland, Past President
Rod is the Director of Human Services for the City of Kawartha Lakes. Rod has over 27 years’ experience in the municipal sector including the administration of Social Services, Housing Help, Long-Term Care and poverty reduction initiatives in the City of Kawartha Lakes and County of Haliburton. Rod has a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University and a diploma from Fleming College. Rod has served on the KHCAS Board since 2012.
Linda Saunders, Secretary-Treasurer
Linda is currently the Director of Corporate Services for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Branch and she also worked in a similar role at a children’s mental health centre in Windsor. For the past thirty years, Linda has gained experience in both the public and private sectors. She is responsible for the human resources, financial, property, information technology, administration, privacy and quality improvement systems of the Canadian Mental Health Association. She has served as a board or committee member with the following organizations: Four County Human Resources Committee, Ontario Non Profit Housing Association Alternative/Supportive Housing Committee, Affordable Housing Action Committee, Community Care Information Management-Human Resource Information System (CCIM-HRIS) Advisory Group and CCIM-HRIS Provincial Steering Committee, Showplace Performance Centre, Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network – Finance Work Group, Amherstburg Co-operative Homes and Printers Industrial Credit Union.
Lynne was born in Peterborough and is a KHCAS adoptee. Growing up, she lived in Peterborough, Trenton and Montreal, returning to Peterborough to attend Trent University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology). She began her career as a child care worker in a residential care center for developmentally challenged youth, and later at a detention centre and group home. In 1985 Lynne was one of the first five women hired by the Peterborough Police Service. During her 34-year career she had many opportunities to support youth in the community. She worked in partnership with KHCAS to provide training for staff and foster parents and developed a CAS-police protocol. Lynne worked in schools – both elementary and secondary and later led the Community Services Section. In 2015 Lynne earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration (Management) from Dalhousie University. Lynne retired in 2019 as the Inspector of Support Services; only the second woman to achieve that rank.
Lynne has volunteered for a number of Boards and committees in support of not-for-profit agencies. These have included the Police Fitness Personnel of Ontario, where she served as President of the Board and led the Board through incorporation, a transition to web-based membership and partnership with the Province. Lynne served as President of the Board with the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre where she led the board through the Centre’s first strategic plan, the transition to gender inclusive services and through the hiring of a new Executive Director. She recently served on the Board for the Youth Emergency Shelter.
Colin is currently the Senior Manager – Budget, School Business Operations and Procurement at the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. Colin has held management roles in Controllership and Finance in both the public and private sectors. Colin is a Chartered Public Accountant and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from McMaster University and an Undergraduate Degree in Commerce.
Arnold has been a Councillor for Curve Lake First Nations for fifteen years. Arnold holds different portfolios and has been on the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society Board of Directors for the last ten years on behalf of Curve Lake.
Arnold is a residential school and sixties scoop survivor.
Jennifer Taylor is currently the Director of Finance and Corporate services at the Peterborough Regional Health Center. Jennifer’s previous volunteer experiences include being a member of the Audit and Finance committee of Girl Guides of Canada and working with children through the Start2Finish program. Jennifer is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has an undergraduate degree in Commerce.
Dan Moloney is born and raised in Peterborough. He has worked for over the last 13 years as a Financial Advisor with Sun Life Financial and owner/operator of Moloney Financial Solutions.
Dan is happy to participate in such a great community focused organization. Dan has also for the last four years chaired the Kawartha‐Haliburton Children’s Foundation. He has served on many boards and committees throughout the years including the Down Syndrome Association of Peterborough, Peterborough Public Library boards of directors, and PRHC Foundation board of directors. Dan is supported by his loving wife Amy and their two children Mack & Nina.
Amanda is a committed and skilled leader with both governance and non-profit experience. Amanda is currently the Director of Operations of the YWCA Peterborough Haliburton. She is responsible for the organization’s financial management, human resources, information technology, legal services, property management, purchasing and procurement, and risk management. In this role, she also works closely with the Board of Directors when items relate to risk, governance and financial management.
Prior to this she was a Vice President with Laridae Management Consulting where Amanda provided consulting services supporting non-for profit and public sector organizations, including boards and senior leaders, with their human resources, governance, operational planning, communications, strategy and planning, change management, engagement and project management needs. Prior to consulting, her career was focused on working with non-profit and public-sector organizations, including a Regional Health Authority, provincial bargaining unit, several ministry-funded programs, a national association, and a provincial agency.
Amanda currently serves on the Tri-County Community Support Services Board, acted as the Secretary to the Newtonville Community Hall and was the Communications Chair for the Canadian Association of Staff Physician Recruiters Board.
Jessica was born in Peterborough and raised in Haliburton where her interests for creating lasting community impact through youth engagement, social entrepreneurship and innovation began.
Since 2017, Jessica has worked for the Government of Canada advancing initiatives such as the Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy, innovative solutions to homelessness, and the recently concluded $350M Emergency Community Support Fund, which was delivered by United Way Centraide Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and Community Foundations Canada. She has been awarded the Deputy Minister’s Award for Advancing COVID-19 Supports for Charities and NonProfits (2020), the Deputy Minister’s Award for Policy Design (2019), and the Assistant Deputy Minister’s Award for Program Implementation (2019).
Prior to joining the Federal Government, Jessica occupied a number of executive positions within charitable organizations, providing leadership and mentoring including in rural Colombia where she completed an assignment working with children receiving support for substance abuse.
Jessica holds a Masters of Philanthropy and NonProfit Leadership degree from Carleton University and an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Since 2019, Chantelle has worked as an Associate Consultant with Laridae, a management consulting firm that works exclusively with non-profit organizations. In her role, Chantelle works with organizations in strategic planning, operational reviews and planning, Board governance, communications and training. In 2021, she accepted a new role as Team and Training Coordinator with Laridae, helping to drive internal operational functions as well as working alongside the training services team to ensure a high-quality client experience.
Chantelle has a B.A. Honours in Environmental and Resource Studies, with a minor in International Development Studies from Trent University. Chantelle has a background in Indigenous relations, resource management and policy in the public and non-profit sectors. She has completed several courses on Indigenous cultural safety, including Indigenous Canada with the University of Alberta and the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training with the Provincial Health Services Authority of British Columbia.
With a keen interest in community building and social justice, Chantelle has amassed over ten years of volunteer experience with several organizations including the YWCA Peterborough-Haliburton Nourish Program, Peterborough-Kawartha Greens, I Love First Peoples Peterborough-Kawartha Chapter, Peterborough VegFest, True North Aid, Purple Onion Festival and Katimavik’s National Experience Program.
Noel Bennett (effective September 2021)
Noel works for the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) as Associate Vice President, Emergency, Critical Care, Collaborative Practice, Patient Flow and Emergency Preparedness.
Noel earned his Diploma in Nursing from the St. Lawrence College in Kingston. He then pursued a Specialty in Emergency Nursing Program from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. From there he received his Bachelor’s in Health Science in Nursing from the Southern Cross University in Australia. Lastly, he achieved his Master of Health Management from McMaster University.
Noel is an active community member with a background in healthcare and hospital administration. Noel brings to the Board a vast knowledge in change management principles and experience with public reporting, performance indicator reporting as well as an understanding of public sector organizations, sound business acumen and strategic planning.
Outside of work, Noel volunteers his time with the Peterborough Girls Hockey Association.
Ryan Plumpton (effective September 2021)
Ryan works as a Mobile Mortgage Specialist for the Bank of Montreal. Prior to this, Ryan worked for Community Futures Peterborough and Kawartha Credit Union. Ryan would be bringing extensive experience in the financial industry as well as knowledge in business development, community involvement, cost benefit analysis and auditing processes.
Ryan received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Trent University as well as a diploma in Business Administration and Tourism and Travel from Sir Sandford Fleming College.
Since, 2015, Ryan has volunteered on various Committees and Associations in the Peterborough Community. Ryan has served on the Kawartha Golf and Country Club’s Membership Committee, the Peterborough Recreational Baseball Association, the Planning Committee for the Bears’ Lair Entrepreneurial Competition and the Downtown Improvement Association, just to name a few!
With Ryan’s years of experience on the various Committees and Associations, in addition to his financial background, Ryan brings to the Board a passion for building relationships in support of community advocacy and development.