2016/17 Board of Directors
Rav Bains, CEO, Peel Children’s Aid SocietyClick here for Rav Bains' biography
Rav is a seasoned Child Welfare leader who has worked for thirty years in the private and public sectors for organizations both large and small.
Rav has a Masters in Public Policy and Social Administration from the University of Brunel, England and has acquired a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Windsor. In his previous employment, he was head of Children and Family Services for London Borough of Redbridge, Northhampton County Council and London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Rav is also an Assistant Business Coach with Dale Carnegie; an ISO 9000 Lead Assessor; and an accredited Trainer in Emotional Intelligence for Personal Leadership. Currently Rav is a PhD candidate at the University of Windsor.
Rav is currently the CEO at Peel Children’s Aid Society. Prior to this appointment, he was the Director of Service. He has also been responsible for the planning, coordination, development and implementation of strategic and operational plans related to Peel Children’s Aid “Journey to Excellence” using the NQI framework as a guide.
Rav has worked tirelessly with the Board, Senior Management, as well as internal and external stakeholders, to help Peel CAS continuously improve as an “excellent” organization for the protection and safety of children and families.
Kelly Henderson, Executive Director, Associated Youth Services of PeelClick here for Kelly Henderson's biography
Kelly Henderson is the Executive Director of Associated Youth Services of Peel, a multi-service organization serving the justice, children’s mental health and child welfare sectors.
Kelly holds degrees from the University of Toronto, and Brock University in the areas of Exceptionality of Human Learning, Crime and Deviance, and Education (Adults).
As an instructor at Sheridan College she taught in the field of Human Services Administration, Staff Training and Development, Program Planning and Volunteer Management. As a member of a Canadian delegation, Kelly travelled to Lithuania to assist that country in the development of their youth justice system.
Kelly is an active volunteer working with non-profit/charitable organizations in the development of their strategic plans and has served as the President of United Way of Guelph and Wellington County.
Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel Public HealthClick here for Dr. Eileen de Villa's biography
Dr. de Villa is the Medical Officer of Health at Peel Public Health, the local public health agency serving the 1.4 million residents of the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the town of Caledon. Peel Public Health is one of the largest public health departments in the country and a leader in public health practice, particularly as it relates to the built environment and changing the way communities are designed and built.
Dr. de Villa holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University. She continued her studies at the University of Toronto where she completed both her Master of Health Science and her medical degree. She subsequently became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, specializing in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. During her residency training, she practiced family medicine on a part-time basis at a community health centre in Toronto and completed a Master of Business Administration degree at the Schulich School of Business.
Jennifer Evans, Chief of Police, Peel Regional PoliceClick here for Chief Jennifer Evans' biography
Chief Jennifer Evans began her career with Peel Regional Police in 1983 when she joined as a Cadet. Since that time she has progressed throughout the organization with notable assignments which include the Uniform branch, Youth Bureau and the Criminal Investigations Bureau. Chief Evans also worked throughout the Province for the Office of the Chief Coroner as an investigator and conducted several in-custody death investigations that were subject to mandatory inquests. Upon her return to Peel she worked as a Detective in Homicide & Missing Persons Bureau, and several promotions later returned as the Inspector in Charge. In 2008 Chief Evans was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police.
As Deputy Chief, in October 2010, she was seconded to conduct a review of the Missing Women Investigations in lower mainland British Columbia. Chief Evans’ knowledge and experience is recognized both provincially and nationally. For the past three years she has served as a member of the Executive of the Ontario Chiefs of Police Board of Directors.
On October 12th, 2012 she was appointed as Chief of the Peel Regional Police.
Bridget Fewtrell, President & CEO, ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and DevelopmentClick here for Bridget Fewtrell's biography
Bridget Fewtrell is the President and CEO of ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development, the largest of Ontario’s 21 Children’s Treatment Centres, serving 13,000 children with disabilities and their families annually across Peel, Halton and Dufferin County. Her association with ErinoakKids began as a Health Care Consultant in 1996, after she had achieved success in the business sector. In 1999 she formally joined the organization and over the next few years steadily rose through management during a period of rapid organizational growth. She was named Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2005, and President and Chief Executive Officer in 2008.
Since then Ms. Fewtrell she has presided over substantive growth and improvements in children’s health care at ErinoakKids, most recently including a transition from traditional program-based services to a new service delivery model offering a fully integrated continuum of services to clients and their families with no barriers. Her advocacy was pivotal in obtaining government approval for a much needed redevelopment project for the organization, comprised of three new state-of-the-art buildings, scheduled for completion late in calendar 2016.
A results-driven professional with extensive experience in both business and health care management, she holds undergraduate degrees in clinical social work and political science, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy/Policy Analysis, and is a member of the Canadian Council of Health Leaders. Ms. Fewtrell is also a graduate of the Advanced Health Leadership Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman Executive School of Management.
Mike Galloway, CAO, Town of CaledonClick here for Mike Galloway's biography
Mike Galloway has served the government sector since 2000 and currently leads close to 1,000 employees as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) with the Town of Caledon in Peel Region. Prior to this, he served the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake for six years in the same capacity. Mr. Galloway is also active in the broader municipal sector through his involvement with numerous organizations. Since 2008, he has served as an Instructor for the Executive Diploma in Municipal Management program and also spent fifteen years on the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Board of Directors. He is a graduate of the Municipal Administration Program and holds an MBA degree.
Lynn Hiebert, CEO, PLASP Child Care ServicesClick here for Lynn Hiebert's biography
Lynn Hiebert is Chief Executive Officer of PLASP Child Care Services, a not-for-profit charitable organization providing high quality early learning and child care programs for children up to 12 years of age. PLASP operates before and after school programs in 210 schools, including schools with programs for children in full-day kindergarten and 21 early learning and child care centres throughout Peel and west Toronto. Annually PLASP’s 1,100 staff care for more than 11,000 children from 8,657 families. PLASP provides volunteer opportunities to more than 800 youth in after school programs and placement opportunities to 175 ECE students in our early learning and child care centres annually.
Lynn’s commitment to the organization is evident in PLASP’s Strategic Plan. A true team leader, Lynn has engaged all staff in the achievement of goals. The plan has a strong focus on creating efficiencies through the use of technology and improving the quality of programs for children and families.
Lynn is known as an empathetic and visible leader. Before being appointed to the CEO role at PLASP in 2011, Lynn was superintendent of human resources support services with the Peel District School Board, one of Canada’s largest public school systems. In that role, Lynn supported more than 17,000 employees in over 235 locations. An exemplary educator, Lynn has been a teacher, consultant, vice-principal, principal and superintendent. She holds a Master’s degree in education.
Lynn serves on the board of Nelson Youth Centres—a cause very close to her heart, since she is very familiar with mental health programs for youth and their families.
Shari Lynn Ladanchuk, President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of PeelClick here for Shari Lynn Ladanchuk's biography
With over 25 years of experience in the social service/nonprofit sector, Shari Lynn Ladanchuk truly believes in the value and values of mentoring and volunteerism. Her 20 years working within the Big Brothers Big Sisters movement has afforded her tremendous opportunity to impact children and youth and their families. Since 2008, she has held the position of President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel. This agency inspires and empowers children and youth through mentoring and supportive relationships supporting over 1700 children and youth on an annual basis. Previously, she served as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph since 1999. Throughout these years, she has been an Accreditor with BBBS of Canada and has provided leadership and support to many national projects and committees within the BBBS movement.
Locally, she is a passionate convener of ideas and is often found exploring shared service models/structures and collective impact efforts through her leadership work with Peel Counts and creative support of the Regional Diversity Roundtable. Shari Lynn has also served as the Board Chair of the Peel Leadership Centre since 2013.
Monty Laskin, CEO, Caledon Community ServicesClick here for Monty Laskin's biography
Monty Laskin is the CEO of Caledon Community Services, a health, employment, settlement and social services organization serving Caledon and surrounding communities. He has held senior positions in both the public and private sectors, having served as an Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General, the Executive Director of Victim Services of Peel and the Director of Operations for Canadian Work and Family Services.
He’s an unabashed fan of all things “children and youth,” having two of his own and forever looking for ways to support their energies and interests.
Gurpreet Malhotra, Executive Director, India Rainbow Community Services of PeelClick here for Gurpreet Malhotra's biography
Gurpreet is currently the Executive Director at India Rainbow Community Services, which is a leading provider of culturally appropriate community, and health services in Peel Region. He is also the Principal Consultant with Malhotra & Associates where, working with the Peel Children and Youth Initiative, he led the development of a region-wide Recreation and After School Strategy. Coordinating for the Community Foundation of Mississauga, he successfully launched the inaugural Mississauga’s Vital Signs Report. Preceding that, he was at the Region of Peel as the Director of Strategic Planning, Policy and Partnerships in the Human Services Department. Prior to that, he served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to two Cabinet Ministers at the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services where he was heavily involved with the creation of the Ontario Children’s Benefit.
Gurpreet has more than a decade experience as a Professor and Program Coordinator of the innovative Community Development Program at the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning where he also served as a Human Rights Advisor. Past activities include being the Executive Director of the Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre, and leadership roles with the Peel Long-Term Care Advisory Committee, Peel Regional Police Community Liaison Committee, and the Ontario Federation of South Asian Students. Gurpreet is happily married with two sons and lives in Peel.
Marianne Mazzorato, Director of Education, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School BoardClick here for Marianne Mazzorato's biography
Biography coming soon
Michelle McCollum, Acting Director of Recreation and Culture, Office of the CAO, City of BramptonClick here for Michelle McCollum's biography
Michelle McCollum is currently Interim Director of Recreation and Culture within the City of Brampton, where is she is on secondment from her full-time position of Senior Manager, Strategic Development in the Office of the CAO. She has been with the City of Brampton for 8 years, in a variety of roles including project management, strategic planning and recreation services.
Prior to joining the City, she spent 18 years in municipal government in Scotland where she managed teams in the education and community services areas, led new construction projects, and strategic initiatives and Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in the Housing, Community Services, Social Services and Education sectors.
Michelle has a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying, is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Quantity Surveyors and Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and holds the PRINCE2 Project Management certification.
Paul Mitcham, Commissioner of Community Services, City of MississaugaClick here for Paul Mitcham's biography
After many years in the private sector and five years as Commissioner of Works in the City of Etobicoke, Paul joined the City of Mississauga in 1994, as Commissioner of Community Services with responsibility for Recreation, Parks and Forestry, Library Services, Culture and Fire and Emergency Services. With three student-age daughters, service as a volunteer and responsibility for the delivery of youth programs, Paul brings both experience and a relevant point of view to the PCYI Board.
The City of Mississauga provides a wide range of service/support to youth via recreation and sport, leadership programs, literacy and reading and student employment opportunities. In October 2007, the City launched a comprehensive review of the issues and concerns of youth culminating in a report entitled Mississauga Youth Plan. The recommendations have been endorsed by Council and implementation is in progress.
Missisauga was recently named One of Canada’s Top Employees for Young People by Media Corp, Canada for their commitment to youth and the Youth Plan.
Humphrey Mitchell, CEO, Peel Children’s CentreClick here for Humphrey Mitchell's biography
Humphrey Mitchell is CEO of Peel Children’s Centre, the second-largest children’s mental health agency in Ontario. He has also held the position of Executive Director of Nexus Youth Services since Nexus formed a strategic alliance with Peel Children’s Centre in 1998. Nexus is an agency which serves marginalized youth in the Region of Peel.
Humphrey has worked in professional and volunteer capacities in children’s services since 1975 including: Board and task force involvement with the Child Welfare League of Canada, Child Welfare League of America (Managed Care Institute), Children’s Mental Health Ontario United Nations (Canadian delegate to the 2002 Children’s Summit) and International Child Welfare Federation.
Humphrey Mitchell’s educational background includes bachelor-level studies in business and psychology, a Master of Social Work degree, and post-graduate studies in executive management programs. He is a Registered Social Worker.
In 2008, Humphrey was awarded the Elizabeth Manson Award by the Department of Psychiatry at the Hospital for Sick Children for his efforts over his career to provide innovative and consistently superior quality care to children and families affected by mental health problems.
Tony Pontes, Director of Education, Peel District School BoardClick here for Tony Pontes' biography
Tony Pontes assumed the role of director of education for the Peel District School Board, Canada’s second largest and one of North America’s fastest-growing public school systems, on March 1, 2010. With over 151,000 students, 236 schools, over 21,000 employees and a budget of over 1.5 billion dollars, the Peel board is one of the most significant and successful organizations in the Greater Toronto Area.
As a 33-year employee with the Peel board, Tony brings a network of positive relationships, extensive Peel experience and a deep understanding of community needs. His own experience immigrating to Canada as a child from Portugal gives him unique insight and a strong connection to Peel’s newcomer population. Tony is committed to expanding the Peel board’s work with diverse communities.
Tony lives with his wife Judi and with Kirk, Jake and Jordie. He enjoys golf, tennis and travel. Tony holds a masters degree from Brock University, undergraduate degrees from the University of Toronto, as well as supervisory officer, principal and other professional certifications.
Yousuf Qazi, PCYI Youth Advisory Council RepresentativeClick here for Yousuf Qazi's biography
Yousuf Qazi is a recent high school graduate. He has been with PCYI for three years, one spent as a youth auditor and the other two as a member of the Youth Advisory Council. Yousuf aims to pursue a career in law and politics, and enjoys learning about international politics, history and business. Yousuf’s interests include reading, writing and exercise.
Janice Sheehy, Commissioner of Human Services, Region of PeelClick here for Janice Sheehy's biography
Biography coming soon
Keith Tansley, Executive Director, Community Living MississaugaClick here for Keith Tansley's biography
Keith Tansley has a diverse background including business, finance and social services.
For the past thirty years he has been with Community Living Mississauga, and in the role of Executive Director for the past sixteen years. Keith has been a strong advocate for individuals who have an intellectual disability and their families serving on a variety of committees and working groups both locally and provincially. He has chaired Golden Horseshoe for Executive Directors Committee, Provincial Executive Directors Coordinating Committee and the Peel Planning Group to name a few.
Keith has been active in the local Mississauga service delivery system focusing mainly on developmental services and devoting time to provincial and local restructuring committees such as the Fair Share for Peel Task Force and various Advisory committees with the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
Keith has been involved in the steering committee in the development of the Peel Children and Youth Initiative and looks forward to the future successes of this collaborative.
Ryan Tilley, PCYI Youth Advisory Council RepresentativeClick here for Ryan Tilley's biography
Biography coming soon
Kishan Visakan, PCYI Youth Advisory Council RepresentativeClick here for Kishan Visakan's biography
Kishan Visakan is currently on route to completing his undergraduate studies at York University majoring in Interdisciplinary Social Science. He hopes to pursue a career in law enforcement, his lifelong dream. Kishan believes that policing offers the ability to work with the community to help make a positive change. Kishan also teaches Tae Kwon Do at White Lightning Martial Arts as an Assistant Instructor, teaching students from ages 4-25. Kishan enjoys volunteering at PCYI to help in improving children’s education and lifestyles.
Shelley White, President and CEO, United Way Peel RegionClick here for Shelley White's biography
Shelley White holds a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education degree from Brock University. Shelley has been the CEO of United Way of Peel Region since September 2003. She has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining the United Way, Shelley held senior management positions with the YMCA and Kidney Foundation of Canada.
Ms. White is the chair of The Healthy City Stewardship Centre, co chair of the Peel Newcomer Strategy and Peel Poverty Reduction Committee, a member of TRIEC Board of Directors, Fair Share Peel, the Success By 6 Council of Champions, and the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Steering Committee.