Sara Avoledo is Team Lead, Information Management Team with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. She is also an active volunteer with Board governance experience who held a two year term as President of the Ontario Agricultural College’s Alumni Association of which she has been on for almost 10 years. Sara has also been on the Rural Ontario Institute’s Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program’s Advisory Committee for 8 years. She and her partner are recent adoptive parents.
Glenna Banda, Board Secretary-Treasurer
Glenna Banda is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of the Family & Children’s Services Board of Directors. She has been the Executive Director of the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington since 2010. She previously worked as a project manager in the field of Geographic Information Systems but has found her true passion in the not-for-profit sector. 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.
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.
Susan Dickert has been a member of the Family & Children’s Services Board of Directors for several years including three years as Board Chair. Her Board governance experience includes serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the Guelph Youth Music Centre Board of Directors and serving on their Gala Committee, and she is a former president of the Guelph Youth Soccer Club. Prior to her retirement Susan was the principal of St. Nicholas School in Waterloo. She was also principal of St. Paul School in Kitchener and taught for the Wellington Catholic District School Board for several years. Susan is currently serving as the Returning Officer for both Elections Canada and Elections Ontario.
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, a member of the Family & Children’s Services Board of Directors since 2016, is currently the 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, Board Chair
Don McKay is currently the Chair of the FCSGW Board of Directors. He is also serves on the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies Board of Directors. 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.
Teresa Pitman is the Senior Writer, External Communications at Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo, has worked in the University of Guelph’s Communications and Public Affairs Department and has been a Communications Consultant with CPIN (the Child Protection Information Network). Teresa is also the author of 18 published books on parenting-related topics. She has worked on a freelance basis with many other CASs in Ontario and for the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies.
Dr. Melanie Parkin is a registered clinical psychologist working with adults and adolescents. Until 2017 she was the Director of the Centre for Psychological Services, Department of Psychology, at the University of Guelph. Her parents have been foster parents in another province for over 25 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Guelph.
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 is the adoptive parent of three children.
Augusta Tribe, Board Vice Chair
Augusta Tribe is a Guelph-based lawyer who currently works part-time in her law practice. For many years she acted for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and has extensive Board Governance experience including positions on the Wellington Law Association, Guelph Youth Singers, Guelph Transportation Commission, and Guelph Spring Festival.