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Supporting Children and Youth Involved with the Kawartha Haliburton Children's Aid Society

About Us



Dan Moloney – Board Chair

Dan joined the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation Board in 2017 and assumed the role of Chair in 2018.  He also serves on the Human Resources Committee.

Dan Moloney is born and raised in Peterborough.  He has worked for over the last 10 years as a Financial Advisor with Sun Life Financial.

Dan is happy to participate in such a great community focused organization.  He has served on many boards and committees throughout the years including the Down Syndrome Association of Peterborough and the Peterborough Public Library boards of directors, and chaired the Allied Professional Council for the PRHC Foundation.  Dan is supported by his loving wife Amy and their two children Mack & Nina


Kim Fenton – Past Chair

Kim Fenton joined the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation Board in 2015 and served as Chair from 2016 – 2018.  She also serves on the Finance Committee and Fundraising Task Force.

Kim moved to Peterborough 12 years ago where she and her husband Chris are now raising their three school aged children. Kim spent her career working with children first as a teacher, and then as a science educator.

She became involved with the Foundation 6 years ago through the Be a Kid for a Day fundraiser. Kim and her husband are dedicated to sending children in the care of the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society to camp, as a wonderful way to help make  lifelong happy memories.


Taryn Roudny - Treasurer
Taryn Roudny – Treasurer

Born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, Taryn spent some time in Toronto where she met her now husband and moved to Peterborough in 2009.  After a diverse career in Event Management, Hospitality, Administration, and Social Services, she and her husband now operate Glenforest Electric.

To further add to her impressive list of achievements, Taryn now sits on both the Finance and Human Resources Committees for the KHCF Board.

Having planted firm roots in Peterborough, Taryn and her husband are looking to give back to the community. They share a specific interest in providing all children with access to the experience of extracurricular activities and camp.


Margaret Davies – Founder

Margaret founded the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation in 1994, and currently serves on the Bursary Committee and Fundraising Task Force.

As a former Social Worker for the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society from 1983 – 1998, Margaret witnessed first-hand the need to provide positive experiences for the children with whom she worked. She felt deeply that they deserved to have more than their basic needs met.

In 1993, in Lindsay Ontario, Margaret launched what was to become the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation’s major fundraising event called the Dream Ball.  That first event raised over $15,000.00 and sent 45 children to summer camp. Over the last 24 years, the Foundation has sent 4,529 children to summer camp and raised a total of $1,857,062.64  primarily through the annual Dream Ball.

In 2005, to honour and express our deep appreciation of Margaret’s vision and her years of dedicated work, the Foundation named its post-secondary education funding program for former youth in-care, the Margaret Davies Bursary Fund.


Patricia Bell – Board Member

Patricia Bell joined the Board in June 2018.

A graduate of Trent University and the University of Toronto, Patricia recently retired for the PVNC Catholic District School Board after 31 years, most recently as Union Teacher Welfare Officer.

Patricia continues to be passionate about assisting children in our community.  In addition she is a member of the Mount Community Centre Housing Advisory Committee and the Hospitality Co-Chair for the Special Olympics Peterborough Games Organizing Committee as well as volunteering for JUMP Child Minding at Goodlife Fitness.


Jo-Anne Brown – Board Member

Jo-Ann Brown joined the Board in 2015 and served as Vice-Chair from 2016 – 2018.  She also serves on the Bursary and Human Resources Committees.

A graduate of Trent University and Fleming College, Jo-Ann has been a full time real estate sales representative for Royal LePage Frank Real Estate Brokerage working in Peterborough, the Kawarthas, and the Northumberland Hills region since 1997.

Jo-Ann’s commitment to helping the children we serve is reflected in her yearly volunteer activities during the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation’s Santa’s Sleigh helping along with the Peterborough and Kawarthas Association of Realtors.


Donna O’Shaughnessy – Board Member

Donna joined the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation Board in 2010 and serves on the Membership and Human Resources Committees.

Donna currently works for Century 21 United Realty Inc. Brokerage, in Peterborough.

As a former social worker, Donna knows that planting seeds of hope in the hearts of children is so important, as they are our future. She feels privileged to have witnessed the growth by “leaps and bounds” that children experience through the positive opportunities offered by the Foundation.


Melissa Graham MacDonald- Board Member

Melissa has been at the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society for over 26 years as a front line worker. During these years she has watched the Foundation provide countless opportunities to the children involved with the KHCAS, which has allowed for the workers to also provide for their children.

Anyone who works with Melissa knows that her favourite time of the year has always been Christmas and that Santa’s Sleigh is one of her favourite events. It has even become a family event in her home.

Becoming a member of the Board of Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation was an exciting and natural choice for Melissa, and one she looks forward to participating in for many years.


Colin Elsby- Board Member

Colin joined the board in April of 2019 after graduating from the Paralegal Program at Fleming College and is now attending Queens University.

Colin serves on the Fundraising Task Force and Screening committees.

As a child, Colin was involved with Children’s Aid. He decided to join the board as a way to give back to the organization that lead to his adoption into an amazing family, and has helped him receive funding to attend post-secondary education.



KHCF Executive Director
Deb Aben
Executive Director

Deb joined the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation in September 2016 in the full-time role of Executive Director.

Deb has extensive not-for-profit and charitable experience through her work in the Advancement Department of Fleming College, the United Way, Kawartha Food Share, and the Ontario WaterpowerAssociation.

While growing up in Peterborough, Deb was grateful to have opportunities for taking piano lessons, participating in after-school programs, spending happy summers at summer camp, and graduating from post-secondary education.  Deb is dedicated to ensuring that children receiving services from the KHCAS have similar kinds of life enriching experiences that she was so fortunate to receive as a child.








Updates from Kawartha-Haliburton Children's Foundation

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