The Board of Directors of Catholic Family Services is committed to a human-centered agenda designed to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding community rich in culture and diversity. Coming from all walks of life and from different backgrounds and experiences, Board members bring their insight, enthusiasm and expertise to ensure that agency standards are maintained by good governance and fiscal responsibility. Members increase their awareness about important social issues and needs facing our community and the role of the provincial government and other funders in meeting those needs. Staff members support Board awareness by providing program presentations and information sessions at regular meetings.
Board members support, maintain and develop the organization’s Mission Statement and Strategic Objectives by monitoring the operational progress of the agency. Involved in planning, prioritizing and goal setting, members respond creatively to the ongoing challenge of meeting the increased needs of a growing community. Board members help identify funding priorities and guide the Agency in visioning its future program development. By speaking to politicians, funders and community audiences, Board members advocate to improve the provision and access to social services within our community. Members also provide supervision for the Chief Executive Officer and are expected to take on special assignments including funding presentations.
The Board of Directors assumes the leadership role in fundraising activities and members recognize the need to supplement agency revenues on a continual basis by simultaneously increasing the agency’s organizational capacity to sustain annual fundraising events, explore new revenue generation strategies, increase the current donor base, cultivate donor relations and approach individuals, businesses, schools and service clubs for donations. The future growth of the agency is dependent on our ability to increase our funding capacity.
The Board of Directors meet once a month and on average will spend 12 hours per month in their roles as Board members.
Meet our Board of Directors
Sue McAuley, Board Chair
Sue McAuley is a CPA, CA with more than 30 years experience in Accounting, Financial Systems Implementations, Audit and Management Consulting. She has spent the last 20 years implementing major financial and regulatory systems in the Financial Services sector. Sue has a Bachelor of Science from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor.
Sue is currently Board Chair at Catholic Family Services of Peel-Dufferin. She has completed 4 years on the board, 3 of them as Treasurer. Prior to joining the Board, Sue was on the Board of Catholic Charities of Archdiocese of Toronto where she served as Treasurer and Chair of an Allocations panel. She was also a board representative on the CCAT Shared Services Steering Committee and volunteered as a member of the CCAT membership review.
Sue is committed to the mission of CFS-PD and constantly amazed by the difference the agency makes in the lives of the community. She is honoured to work with the senior staff and appreciates the leadership they demonstrate.
Catherine McLean, Secretary
Catherine is a long-time resident of Caledon who has worked for the Town for 15 years in various positions. In her current role as the Manager, Service Caledon Catherine is responsible for overseeing the Service Caledon team who provide first contact resolution for all client inquiries as well as ensure all process and services provided by the Town of Caledon are client focused.
Her interest and passion for board work was cultivated in her years at McMaster University where she was actively involved in student government, sat on and chaired various boards and committees with a passion for governance.
As a parent Catherine is actively involved in supporting her children’s participation in their education, programs and sports organizations. Catherine’s role as a parent volunteer allows her the opportunity to works closely with local organizations, neighborhood associations and sports groups to ensure a collaborative and supportive relationship between the Town of Caledon and the community.
Dana Robbins, Vice Chair
Dana Robbins is Vice President, Community Brands, Torstar Corporation. Over the course of his 35+ years in media, Dana has served as publisher of more than 50 newspapers, including some of Canada’s most prominent dailies and award-winning community newspapers.
Dana, a graduate of Ryerson University, regularly speaks on media, journalism and innovation. He has addressed such diverse groups as the American Society of Newspaper Editors, American Press Institute, Canadian Newspaper Association, New York Times Regional Media Group, International Newspaper Marketing Association and both the Medill School of Journalism and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
An active volunteer, Dana’s past involvement has included board positions on the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, Hamilton Community Foundation, St. Matthew’s House, Dundas Valley School of Art, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, Leadership Waterloo Advisory Council and Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Community Advisory Council.
Dana is passionate about issues connected to poverty, and he is regularly asked to speak on this subject. His speech ‘Wayne’s Story: Eradicating Poverty in Canada’ was the 2015 grand prize winner in the Cicero Speechwriting Awards.
A father of three, Dana has been married to Catherine for 36 years.
Harpreet Hansra, Treasurer
Harpreet Hansra is General Counsel and Executive Director of Enterprise Risk Management at William Osler Health System. Prior to joining William Osler, Harpreet worked at Associate Director, Legal and Risk Management at Humber College. Harpreet is a lawyer with over nine years of legal experience in various areas of law including corporate commercial law and health law. Harpreet has a B.A. from the University of Waterloo with specializations in Economics and International Finance and her LLB from Queen Mary University of London.
Harpreet joined CFSPD’s Board of Directors in 2018 and currently is the Board Treasurer. Much like her beliefs to support those in need, Harpreet is passionately vested in the achievement of CFSPD’s vision of building an inclusive community of healthy individuals, strong relationships and resilient families.
John Matos has served on the Board of Catholic Family Services Peel-Dufferin since 2014, including the last 3 years as Chair and is currently serving as Past Chair. John is honoured to serve at CFSPD and work with management and the dedicated professionals who provide care and counselling to our clients every day. Our work matters tremendously and positively affects the lives of thousands of people in Peel Region and Dufferin County. Prior to joining CFSPD, John has served on the boards of Rapport Youth & Family Services, the Canadian Information Processing Society of Ontario, Symbol Technologies Customer Advisory Board, IBM POS User Advisory Board, and IBM Mid Market Advisory Network.
In his professional career, John is a Management Consultant and Board Advisor to various leading organizations. In that capacity he has been advising senior management on cyber security and the use of information systems to drive strategic value. He recently retired as Chief Information Officer at a local electricity distribution company in Ontario.
John has an honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Manitoba, completed graduate studies in Computer Science at the University of Toronto, and Business Management at Ryerson University. He holds internationally recognised I.S.P. and ITCP IT professional designations, a Certified Project Director designation and is a Fellow of the Life Assurance Management Institute (FLMI).
With more than 20 years in the foodservice industry, business dining, hotels, restaurants and major event management with the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA among others, Ashton brings a wealth of experience to his role as President, Chartwells. In this role, Ashton oversees the hospitality programs at more than 500 schools across Canada that include K-12, Colleges, Universities and Private Schools.
Ashton has been asked to participate in several industry related speaking engagements including an initial forum hosted by the TO2015 Pan Am Games which focused on diversity and inclusion. A strong believer in giving back to the communities in which he lives and works, Chartwells, under Ashton’s leadership is proud to support numerous community and charitable causes. Ashton currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Catholic Family Services Pell-Dufferin Organization (CFSPD).
Kirsten is currently the Advisor of Community Safety and Well-Being at the Region of Peel, supporting the development and implementation of the legislated Community Safety and Well-Being Plan. Prior to moving to Health Services in 2019, she worked in Human Services for 8 years as a Specialist in Strategic Planning, Management and Evaluation.
Kirsten has an honours degree in Specialized Psychology from York University, a Community Diploma in Community Outreach and Development from Sheridan College and a Masters degree in Public Policy, Administration and Law coupled with a Graduate Diploma in Democratic Administration from York University.
Prior to joining the Catholic Family Services Peel-Dufferin Board of Directors in 2019, Kirsten was a community member on the Peel District School Board Accessibility Committee from 2012-2016. She provided advice and guidance into their strategic accessibility plan during her term.
Kirsten has been a resident of Brampton for 30 years and has witnessed its population growth and changing demographics. Kirsten is passionate about social justice issues and the intersectionality of feminism as it impacts the residents of Peel.
Violette Geadah is striving to make a positive impact. With 15+ years of experience in front-line, policy, research and analysis roles, she brings a wealth of knowledge related to supporting children, families and individuals at the direct service and systemic levels. She currently works as a Specialist in Human Services at the Region of Peel, with previous positions at the Region of Waterloo and the Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir. Violette holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Psychology with a Certificate in French from Western University. She is fluent in French and speaks conversational Arabic.
While having volunteered with other organizations, contributing to the Board of Directors of Catholic Family Services Peel Dufferin (CFSPD) is Violette’s first opportunity to serve the community in this manner. She is committed to the organization’s mission and vision through the values of inclusion, resiliency and community. She is passionate about supporting CFSPD through its strategic goals.
Violette is a proud, long-time resident of Peel, having immigrated as a refugee with her family to Brampton when she was a preschooler. She currently lives with her best friend and their two children in Caledon, where they enjoy exploring the natural beauty and local goods of Peel and Dufferin.
Kiki Anadu is a CPA, CA, CBV with over 15 years experience in providing advisory and business valuation services to businesses from early stage companies to established global corporations, both in Canada and the UK. She has a Bachelor of Commerce as well as a graduate degree from McGill University.
Kiki feels strongly about social inclusion and community collaboration and has volunteered over the years with organisations including CAMH, Sistering, and First Book Canada. Kiki joined CFSPD’s board in 2020, drawn by the values CFSPD espouses and enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with an organisation whose values underpins their activities and outreach in the community.
Kiki also serves on the investment committee of TAF, a Toronto based not-for-profit environmental impact fund.