Michelle Adams is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant working for RLB in Guelph, with a focus on Not-for-Profit Organizations. She holds a B.A. Hons. in Business Administration. She was a non-voting member of the Family & Children’s Services Board of Directors in 2018-2019 through the Young Professionals on Board program of the People and Information Network in Guelph. Michelle, a resident of Guelph, plays a variety of sports including volleyball, golf, baseball, and soccer.
Syeda Sabil Arshad is a Registered Early Childhood Educator Program Facilitator at the EarlyON Shelldale Centre and is a member of the Muslim Society of Guelph. She has extensive experience in working with children and families from diverse cultures. Sabil has her Bachelors of Commerce and speaks 3 languages. She is an active community volunteer and lives in Guelph.
Glenna Banda, Board Chair
Glenna Banda is currently the Chair of the Family & Children’s Services Board of Directors. She is currently the Executive Director of AgScape, and was previously the Executive Director of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington for 9 years. She is the Co-Founder of Ontario’s longest running weekend adventure race fundraiser, the Southern Ontario Amazing Race. When not at work or volunteering, Glenna can be found enjoying one of her favourite spots, downtown Guelph, or exploring the great outdoors.
Hilary Blackett is the Manager of Quality and Programs for the Upper Grand Family Health Team. She has worked in the areas of community health and epidemiology and is experienced in strategic and project planning, community and stakeholder engagement, and qualitative and quantitative analysis. Hilary holds a Masters of Public Health, Community Health and Epidemiology. Hilary lives in Fergus.
Heather Broddy, Vice-Chair
Heather Broddy is a retired Elementary School Principal with combined 30 years’ experience teaching, and working as a principal, in both rural and urban school settings in the Waterloo and Upper Grand District School Boards. Her skills include communication, instructional leadership, staff development, organizational development, child advocacy and building community supports. Heather holds an Honours BA in Early Childhood Education and Developmental Psychology from the University of Waterloo, and Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Education from the University of Toronto.
Chase Collver is a Social Planning Associate with Community Services of the Region of Waterloo and he also works for McMaster University in the School of Social Work as a Sessional Faculty. Previously he worked as a Community Engagement Worker for Peel Children’s Aid Society where his responsibilities included building ethno-cultural partnerships with various organizations representing a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and service programs. He has also been a Family Services Worker with an Ontario children’s aid society.
Cathy Dean has retired from a 40 year career in nursing. Her primary focus was in the area of maternal child nursing in Public Health with a significant number of years spent with the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program. She has worked at front line, management, and administrative levels and is committed to community development and advocacy. Cathy holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University.
David Estill is a Sales and Strategy Manager for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Limited. David is currently a volunteer mentor for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. He has extensive governance experience having served on the Boards of Directors of Our Energy Guelph, eMerge Guelph, and the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. David has also been a Community Editorial Board member for the Guelph Mercury.
Michael Hallett, Secretary-Treasurer
Michael Hallett, a member of the Family & Children’s Services Board of Directors since 2016, is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of the Board and is Chair of the Board’s Corporate Services Committee. He is Past-Chair of the Kindle Communities Inc. Board and has served on the Kindle Board since 2013. Michael is a CPA, CA with an extensive financial background including executive roles in the manufacturing and homebuilding sectors.
Don McKay, Past Chair
Don McKay is past Chair of the FCSGW Board of Directors. He is also serves on the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies Board of Directors as Vice-President. Don has been the Ward 7 Councillor for the County of Wellington since 2010 and previously served as the Councillor for the Township of Puslinch. He received his PhD in Micrometeorology from the University of Guelph and his MBA from the University of Toronto. He is a part-time sheep and beef cattle farmer. Don has extensive experience on community Boards.
Al Potma is self-employed in the telecommunications field as President of Potma Solutions Inc. which serves the Guelph, Wellington, and Waterloo regions. He has extensive experience with children’s aid societies as a foster parent, adoptive parent, and volunteer driver. He is actively involved with organizations concerned with poverty, housing, civil rights, advocating for children with special needs, and aboriginal issues. He has four children, three of whom are adopted.
Nancy Power has her Social Service Worker Diploma and has been working for several years in the social services sector with a focus on young adults dealing with a range of issues such as homelessness, mental health, and behavioural challenges. She is currently a Clinical Counsellor/Relief Worker at Portage Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Centre in Elora. Nancy also has experience in serving on not-for-profit Boards. She is currently living in Fergus.
Delbert Williams is currently a Support Communicator for Pearl Street Communications in Elora. Delbert started out in marketing and communications by walking alongside brick and mortar small businesses in his current residence of Waterloo region to better embrace the digital needs of their consumers and encouraging a better online connection between the two. His education is in eCommerce and digital marketing, and he is a Wilfrid Laurier Alumnus. He is a resident of Kitchener.