It takes a group of people who really care

Leadership team

Valerie

Valerie McMurtry, CRFE

President and CEO

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Peggy Hornell, PMP

Chief Operating Officer

Diana

Diana Parsons

Chief Development Officer

Nadia

Nadia Formigoni

Vice President, Communications, Brand and Marketing

While Canada remains one of the world’s most prosperous nations, almost 59,000 of our children are living in foster or group homes as a result of the abuse, neglect, and insurmountable poverty. Several hundred thousand more are living with their families in unstable homes while under the watch of child protection services. Those who have become Crown wards often require significant assistance transitioning to independent living, as they’re financially and emotionally alone at just 18 or 19 years of age.

Many other complex issues exist for these young people. While our funding reached thousands of vulnerable kids across Canada this past year, there is still a huge gap to fill. The lingering effects of trauma are very real and can continue to negatively impact their lives; approximately 82% have been diagnosed with special needs that include physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioural, and social challenges. With little support from their families, the odds are stacked against them, and, sadly, many will drop out of high school, abuse substances, become involved with prostitution and gangs, end up pregnant at a young age, or become incarcerated or homeless.

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is dedicated to funding enriching, educational, preventative, and healing and recovery programs that encourage these kids to build their self-esteem and realize their full potential. With our $75-million Stand Up for Kids: Futures Transformed Campaign, the Foundation is dedicated to expanding its reach and providing increased resources in the areas of health and well-being, education, crisis and permanence, identity, inclusion, and equity, and support while leaving care.

Truly, we would not be in the position we are today without those who believe in and support our work. Together, we will continue to build a brighter future for our nation’s most vulnerable young people, those who have experienced the abuse and neglect.

Valerie McMurtry, CFRE
President & CEO

Board of Directors

Giorgia

Giorgia Anton

Managing Director & Head, Equity Research CIBC Capital Markets

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Daniel Barclay

Chair CEO, BMO Capital Markets

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Bill Butt

Campaign Co-Chair Corporate Director

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Kristina Depencier

Regional President, Greater Toronto Region, Royal Bank of Canada

Anca

Anca Drexler

Executive Vice President and Head of Total Portfolio Management OMERS

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Pierre Frappier

President, AMJ Campbell Inc.

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John Gossling

Treasurer Executive Vice President & CFO, Corus Entertainment

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Pruyn Haskins

Managing Director, Co-Head of Global Equity and Advisory, Scotia Bank

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Barry Hildred

Principal Level 2 Advisors Inc.

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Dougal Macdonald

Campaign Co-Chair President & Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Canada Ltd.

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Gordon Raman

Past-Chair Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

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Sean St. John

EVP, Managing Director and Co-Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Group National Bank

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Nicole Stewart Kamanga

Secretary Principal NSK - Family Law and Mediation

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Jeremy Walker

Deputy Chair – Global Head, Communications, Media and Technology, Investment Banking – TD Securities

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Jaime Watt

Executive Chairman of Navigator

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Andrea Weissman-Daniels

Co-Founder IGNITE THE SPARK FUND

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Aaron Zifkin

Corporate Director

Campaign Cabinet

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada is deeply grateful for the leadership and support of our Futures Transformed Campaign Cabinet, led by co-chairs Bill Butt, Laura Dottori-Attanasio, and Dougal Macdonald.

Bill Butt, Co-Chair
Laura Dottori-Attanasio, Co-Chair
Dougal Macdonald, Co-Chair
Daniel Barclay
Jeff Bowman
Richard D. Falconer
Michel Fortier
Pierre Frappier
John Gossling
Rahim Hirji
Shael Kalef
Nicolas Marcoux
Sheila Murray
Adam Sinclair
Damien Steel
Jeremy M.C. Walker
Jaime Watt
Aaron Zifkin

Young People’s Advisory Council

Founded in 2013, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada’s Young People’s Advisory Council (YPAC) is a group of young leaders who share their lived experience, professional expertise, and wisdom to guide us on how to best meet the needs of the children and youth we serve. They also represent the Foundation in the community, raising support and awareness for our mission.

We are grateful to all YPAC members –– past, present, and future –– for lighting the way forward.

Rasnat Chowdhury
Tawnya Foster
Ellen He
Sarah Kothlow
Vivian Patruno
Rachael Richards
Chelsea Rudd
Brittany Loveday
Justin Ford
Tom Alfandary
Cam Bautistsa
Chanice McAnuff

Honorary Young People’s Advisory Council Members

Young People’s Advisory Council members serve two-year terms and have significant impact on our work at the Foundation and across the child welfare sector.

Every member’s contributions live on after their term ends, which is why we are proud to recognize YPAC alumni as Honorary YPAC Members.

Christopher Ababko
Mercy Achan
Andrea Barker
Marko Berrak-Tinaz
Jesse Gardner
The Hoang
Liana Langley
Taneisha Lawrence
Kiaunna Lesage
Conner Lowes
Chantal VanLeeuwen

Christopher Ababko
Mercy Achan
Marko Berrak-Tinaz
Jay Bruneau
The Hoang
Sarah Innes
Liana Langley
Joshua Law
Samidha Singhal
Chantal VanLeeuwen
Yessinia Vasquez

Troy Elleston
Sarah Innes
Joshua Law
Taneisha Lawrence
Erine Roberts
Breanna Ryan
Eli Shour
Reshma Shiwcharran
Samidha Singhal
Yessinia Vasquez

Tolumade Atkinson
Alisha Brooks
Troy Elleston
Brittany Herbold
Anna Amy Ho
Christina Li
Breanna Ryan
Samidha Singhal
Eli Shour
Reshma Shiwcharran
Riley Spence

Tolumade Atkinson
Alisha Brooks
Crystal Groves
Brittany Herbold
Anna Amy Ho
Christina Li
Shyanne Nichols
Shameer Rahman
Melissa Sayers
Riley Spence
Jemal Thompson

Michele Farrugia
Jemmy Felix
Kristy Graves
Crystal Groves
Wendy Hayes
Shyanne Nichols
Shameer Rahman
Maya Ramchandani
Cheyanne Ratnam
Melissa Sayers
Jemal Thompson

Michele Farrugia
Jemmy Felix
Kristy Graves
Wendy Hayes
Tamia Kerem
Shameer Rahman
Maya Ramchandani
Cheyanne Ratnam
David Rutherford
Jemal Thompson

Michele Farrugia
Jemmy Felix
Kristy Graves
Wendy Hayes
Tamia Kerem
Noah Negash
Nana Quainoo
Cheyanne Ratnam
David Rutherford
Yuan Barnes

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The Foundation's 2017-2018 Young People's Advisory Council

Volunteers of Hope Program

Since 2014, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada has honoured our most dedicated volunteers through the Volunteers of Hope Program. Each of these volunteers has demonstrated their commitment by volunteering at 10 or more events since late 2010, volunteering in our office for a minimum of three years, or by giving their time and creativity to design 10 or more Collector Bears for the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Gala – Teddy Bear Affair.

Jasmin Dixon, event volunteer since 2005
Sandra Col, event volunteer since 2013
Jenny Shaw, event volunteer since 2013

Peter Ng, event volunteer since 2012

Pamela Akasaka, event volunteer since 2015

Sandra Wilton, office volunteer since 2013
Wayne Yeung, event volunteer since 2011

Ann-Marie Ceballo-Joes, event volunteer since 2010
Pamela Neblett, event volunteers since 2009
Alvin Paliuanan, event volunteer since 2012; event committee member

Dianne Blencoe, Collector Bear Artist
Susan Conacher, Collector Bear Artist
Sharon Edwards, Collector Bear Artist
Shane Elliot, Collector Bear Artist
Gail Hancock, Collector Bear Artist
Lesley Mallet, Collector Bear Artist
Rita Tumminieri, event volunteer since 2006
Katie Willoughby, event volunteer since 2008

Rhonda Cohen, event volunteer since 2006
Frances Forrester, office volunteer since 2005
Cindy Gahunia, event volunteers since 2010
Agnes Jenkinson, event volunteer since 2006
Pat Kane, office volunteer since 2007
George Lam, event volunteer since 2009
Cathy Ramsamujh, event volunteer for over 20 years
Polly Singh, office volunteer

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Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in volunteering your time to make a difference for kids in need? Learn about the different opportunities available and sign up today!

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