KidsAbility Board of Directors
Tim Adams, CPA, CA - Chair
Tim is a Chartered Accountant and a Partner at the Waterloo office of McClurkin Ahier & Company LLP. In this capacity, he provides accounting, assurance, tax, internal control and governance advice to corporate and non-for-profit organizations alike, and is also an advisor to not-for-profit Boards on financial, human resource and strategic considerations. In addition, Tim is active in the community by volunteering with a number of charities.
Paul Winnett – Vice-Chair
Paul is a Partner in Morneau Shepell’s Kitchener Office. Previously, Paul worked for another major actuarial consulting firm in Detroit and Toronto. Paul is a frequent speaker on pension issues. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. Paul also volunteers for the Toronto CFA Society as a Media Speaker on pension issues.
Barbara McKay – Secretary
Barbara has recently retired following a career in public service which included senior leadership positions in home and community care, children services, mental health and community planning. She holds an M.A.Sc. (Applied Psychology) from the University of Waterloo and is a long-time resident of Waterloo.
Theresa Fischer – Treasurer
As a Chartered Professional Accountant and Senior Manager in Ernst & Young’s (EY’s) accounting and assurance practice, Theresa’s focus is on the private and mid-market companies in Southwestern Ontario. Theresa has over 20 years of public accounting experience—providing accounting, business advisory and auditing services to growing organizations, including early stage technology companies, manufacturing companies, service-based entities and not-for-profit organizations. Theresa is Past Chair of the Board of Governors of the Grand River Hospital Foundation and is currently a member of its Finance Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Waterloo and currently lives in Waterloo with her family.
Penny Smiley - Past Chair
Penny has worked as a Human Resources Professional for over 25 years. She works for the Waterloo Regional Police Service where she has responsibility for the areas of Human Resources, Training and Quality Assurance in her role as the Administrative Commander. Prior to joining the Waterloo Regional Police Service, Penny worked for the Region of Waterloo as the Commissioner of Human Resources. Penny has also worked for public sector organizations in Saskatoon, Kingston and Ottawa. She holds a Masters of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and a Masters of Industrial Relations Degree from Queen’s University. Penny has served on many Boards and committees, both in this community and others where she has lived. Penny lives in Guelph with her family.
Sandy Delamere began her career over 25 years ago at Sun Life Financial. A leading international financial services organization serving more than 20 million customers in 24 countries, Sun Life is on the journey of building a High Performance Culture.
With exposure to various business lines, Sandy developed a passion for the people aspects of an organization’s success. As VP of Human Resources for Canada, she is responsible for translating business priorities into human resource strategies aimed at getting the right people with the right skills into the right roles, both now and in the future. Key areas of focus include Talent Management and Sourcing, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, and Succession Planning.
Sean is a partner practicing business and technology law in Gowlings' Waterloo Region office. His practice involves assisting clients in a wide variety of business and technology matters with a particular focus on early stage technology companies. He is an active member of a number of community organizations in KW and Guelph. Sean resides in Guelph with his wife and 3 young children.
Sandra has devoted her professional career to providing senior leadership in health service organizations in Canada and internationally. Her focus has been on supporting an organization’s commitment to providing accessible, smooth and effective community-based health and disability services that make a real difference to people’s lives. Sandra has and continues to serve on a number of boards at the local, provincial, national and international level. She holds a Masters of Health Science from the University of Toronto. Recognized as both a visionary leader and strategic thinker, Sandra has an impressive ability to move programs forward from conception to implementation. She is an accomplished community building and visionary governance leader who thrives on developing strong community leaders.
Ann graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor’s degree in Systems Design Engineering and a Master’s degree in Statistics. Ann’s professional experiences include the responsibility and leadership for process improvement, team facilitation and organizational coaching initiatives. She believes in the power of teams to accomplish exceptional results. Ann joined the Family Advisory Council at London Children’s Hospital in 2007 to support the Hospital in its efforts to improve patient and family-centred care. As a council member, Ann presents to hospital staff and administration on the criticality of health-care providers partnering successfully with parents, to achieve optimal results. She lives in Waterloo with her two beautiful girls and is thankful for KidsAbility’s role in her older daughter’s recovery!
Dr. Douglas Jones
Dr. Jones is a life-long resident of Kitchener-Waterloo. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Dentistry in 1975. Dr. Jones is an Associate Lecturer at Western and is Past President of the Rotary Club of Kitchener Grand-River and a former Rotary Area Governor representing the Kitchener-Waterloo Rotary Clubs. He is a recipient of the Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship and the Catholic Family Counselling Centre Community Service Award.
Linda Kenny, Chief Executive Officer
Linda Kenny is the Chief Executive Officer of KidsAbility Centre for Child Development. Prior to her appointment to KidsAbility in April 2013, Linda was the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services (OACRS) the provincial umbrella group representing all 20 Children’s Treatment Centres. Linda has over 25 years of experience in the field of disability, having held positions with SCI Ontario, March of Dimes Canada and the Simcoe County Association for the Physically Disabled.
Over her career, Linda has consistently demonstrated her leadership skills in service delivery, client affairs, government relations, community development and sector knowledge. Dedicated to the pursuit of an integrated and seamless system of supports and services for Ontario's families, Ms. Kenny brings extensive experience in strategic leadership, organizational development and stakeholder relations.
Mary Law has lived in Cambridge for the past 37 years. Mary is an occupational therapist by training and worked at KidsAbility (then the Rotary Children's Centre) from 1977-83. She then worked for many years as a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. Mary is co-founder of CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, a multidisciplinary research centre at McMaster University. She participated in many evaluation and outcome studies about children's rehabilitation until retiring in 2014. In Cambridge, Mary has been actively involved on the Board of several community organizations.
Melissa was born and raised in Milton, Ontario and moved to the Tri-City area in 2001. She is on the Family Advisory Council for OACRS and is the chair of the special events committee for the Woolwich Thrashers Sledge Hockey Team. She has an 11-year-old son that has been a client at KidsAbility for 11 years, where he has benefited tremendously from the support and services the program provides. Her passions include all different types of sports, spending time outdoors, reading and most of all spending time with her family. Melissa is excited to begin her position on the board and proud to be a member of the KidsAbility team.
Mardi Witzel – Chair, KidsAbility Foundation
Mardi is a graduate of Queen's University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political studies. After a number of years working in the advertising industry with J. Walter Thompson and Brighthouse Inc., she obtained an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. Mardi spent 10 years working with AT&T Payment Processing Solutions, eventually leading their worldwide product management and marketing groups. As a freelance writer Mardi has been aregular contributor to the Waterloo Region Record. Today Mardi is a full-time mother of four children and is active in the local community, as a volunteer at Lexington Avenue Public School, Margaret Avenue Public School and the Waterloo Minor Hockey Association. She has previously served as a member of the KidsAbility Foundation Board (2000-2006).
Elizabeth is Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and has a 35-year history of public service as a trustee and school board Chair, Kitchener-Waterloo MPP, Deputy Premier, Minister of Labour, Health & Long-Term Care, Environment and Education. As an MPP, she was a tireless community advocate and brought the Cancer Centre to Grand River Hospital and the Cardiac Centre to St. Mary’s Hospital.
She has received many awards such as the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Rotary, the Social Work Doctors Award for her strong commitment to a just and caring society, the 2013 Kitchener-Waterloo Citizen of the Year Award and in 2014, was the first recipient of the Asthma Society of Canada Innovation in Public Policy Award for her role in beginning Ontario’s coal phase-out. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Althouse College of Education and the ICD Rotman Program.
Lisa Talbot, CFRE - Executive Director, KidsAbility Foundation
Lisa has been with KidsAbility since 2000. She is a member of the Waterloo Region Fund Raising Executives and Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph and Leadership Waterloo Region, a local executive development program. Lisa earned her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designation in 2013. Her leadership has enabled KidsAbility Foundation to develop strong community support and KidsAbility to enhance its profile as an important, innovative and knowledge-sharing organization.