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 2018/19:
Rod Sutherland, 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.
Stella Johnson, Vice President
Stella is currently the Manager of the Emergency Department at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Her healthcare experience includes quality improvement roles at numerous hospitals where she has gained extensive knowledge of lean improvement methods and other quality improvement tools. Stella has a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Ottawa and an undergraduate degree in Political Science. She currently also serves as Chair, Professional Development for the Eastern Ontario chapter of the Canadian College of Healthcare Leaders.
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 began her career as a child care worker in a residential care center for developmentally challenged youth, and a detention centre and group home for the city of Peterborough, Social Services Division. In 1985 Lynne joined the Peterborough Police Services and has served in various capacities since that time including youth in contact with the law, victims of sexual assault and children in need of protection. She has provided intermittent training at KHCAS for foster parents and staff and was a part of developing the current CAS-Police protocol. Currently, Lynne is an Inspector, Support Services Division with the Peterborough Police Department. Lynne possesses a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology from Trent University; Certificate in Advanced Police Studies from Western University and recently completed a Master of Public Administration (Management) from Dalhousie University.
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.
Heather has a proven track record built on over 25 years of supply management experience. She has held several management roles of increasing responsibility in all aspects of supply management, strategic sourcing, operations and relationship management. In her current role as the Manager of Business Services with Veridian Connections, she is responsible for the development and management of the programs in the areas of supply chain, fleet and facilities for all Veridian districts, and for the provision of other business support functions related to corporate governance, records management, risk management and disaster recovery. Heather has volunteered on several boards, including the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade, serving as a Director and Chair of the Governance Committee and Durham Children’s Aid Society as a board director. She also volunteers for the Kawartha Haliburton Victim Services Agency.
Dr. Lauwers is the President and CEO of the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay. Bert joined the Ross Memorial Hospital as Vice President, Medical in June of 2013. In January 2014, he added the Chief of Staff role to his portfolio. Dr. Lauwers is the former Deputy Chief Coroner – Inquests for the Office of the Chief Coroner in the Province of Ontario and former Deputy Chief Coroner – Investigations and Chair of the Deaths Under Five and the Paediatric Death Review Committee. Bert is a graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School and has a Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians. He is appointed as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Family Medicine at McMaster University. Bert is a former president of the Ontario Coroners Association and was appointed Deputy Chief Coroner – Investigations in September 2008 and led the Office of the Chief Coroner’s project to develop recommendations to the Inquiry into Paediatric Forensic Pathology (Goudge Inquiry). In November 2011, he was appointed Deputy Chief Coroner – Inquests. He completed a Masters Degree Program in Public Policy, Administration and Law at York University in June of 2014.
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.
Mimi Lee is a lawyer, practicing Family Law at LLF Lawyers LLP in their litigation department, where the focus of her practice is in Family Law. Prior to joining LLF, she was an associate at a boutique family law firm in Toronto where she also completed her Articles. During law school, Mimi was a law clerk at the Prosecutor’s Office in Detroit, Michigan in the Child Abuse Unit. Her legal career has predominately been focused on family and children, with valuable experience working with legislation that impacts families and the child welfare sector.
Colin is currently the Manager of Budgets and School Business Operations 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.
Karen McGee is employed by the City of Peterborough as a Human Resources Consultant. She is a Fleming College graduate and later completed her Human Resources post-graduate certification at Seneca College. She has held the designation of Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) since 2007. Karen has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Peterborough Family Resources Centre, holding roles as the Program Advisory Committee Chair, Treasurer and Board Chair. She currently serves as Chair of the Kawartha-Haliburton Governance & Development Committee and is the OACAS Governance Lead.
Arnold is currently serving his 9th term as a Band Councillor and is appointed to the Board of Directors by Curve Lake First Nation. In his capacity as a Band Councillor, Arnold serves as Coordinator for the PowWow and member of the Curve Lake Recreation and Health & Family Committees. Arnold is also involved in the Rotary Club of Peterborough-Kawartha “Adventure in Understanding”, a 5-day voyageur canoe trip covering approximately 100km of the Trent Severn Waterway, from Peterborough to Curve Lake First Nation.