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.
Mimi Lee, Vice President
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.
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.
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.
Magdy Kamar is currently a practicing pharmacist and owner of High Street Guardian Pharmacy in Peterborough. Magdy has been practicing pharmacy for 26 years in Peterborough and surrounding area, with experience working in hospital and corporate environments, and most notably in community pharmacy as a family pharmacist. He has been a pharmacy owner for over 20 years and has opened many pharmacies in Peterborough and surrounding area during his time.
Magdy has been a Peterborough resident for 28 years and has played a very active role in the community, having served as a soccer coach for many age groups and sponsored many soccer and hockey teams. Magdy served as President of the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association for two years and was one of the original founding trustees of the Peterborough Mosque, Masjid Al-Salaam. He also supported Abraham’s Festival, an annual gathering that celebrates common grounds between the three religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He started an International Arabic Language program with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board that currently has 110 students learning the Arabic language, and he has supported various local food banks in Peterborough and offered Free Halal Meat.
Magdy has been an active role model and leader for the Syrian Newcomers and has organized fundraisers for the Syrian newcomers to help in offering free clothes, food, and furniture. He partnered with the New Canadians Centre to help integrate the new Syrian Canadians into Canadian culture, he is the official pharmacist for the Syrian refugees and attends most physician clinic appointments and conducts hospital visits to help with translation and work alongside Peterborough healthcare providers to ensure optimal care is given.
Magdy is a member of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and, in 2018, High Street Guardian Pharmacy was named the official pharmacy for the Peterborough Petes. Magdy has also been invited to give talks at various churches and colleges about various health topics and hosted many clinics himself at his pharmacy.
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 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.
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.