Yolaine Münter – Chair of the Board
Yolaine’s career has spanned all aspects of the public and private educational systems: teacher, special education teacher, vice-principal and principal. She continues her enthusiasm for learning in her work with student teachers at the University of Ottawa. Her volunteer activities are equally centred on learning and children. She has been a Trustee with the Kanata Public Library Board, a founding member of the Heritage Fair for students in the Ottawa region, a member of the Language of Instruction Commission of Ontario and a member of the French-language committee of the Carlington Community and Health Services Centre. Yolaine has been Caldwell’s Chair of the Board for the past 3 years.
Patrick Girard – Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee
Patrick’s finance career spans thirty years of progressively more senior positions. Most recently he was Chief Financial Officer of two mid-sized Canadian charities that perform health-services accreditation in Canada and internationally. Patrick has extensive experience working with boards in his professional career and as a volunteer treasurer at Westboro Academy and St. Paul’s Eastern United Church, both in Ottawa. He was appointed by the CFC Board to fill the role of Treasurer in late 2014 and has already played an important part by helping the organization with strategic financial planning and reporting.
Eileen McGregor – Secretary and Chair of the Policy Committee and Member of Communications Committee
Eileen has extensive experience in the governance of non-profit and charitable organizations including serving as a Board member and Chair of a non-profit school, experience in strategic planning, Bylaw revision and policy development. Eileen holds a BSc (in Agriculture) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. In her working career she has held positions in an agri-food industry association, the Federal Government Agriculture department, a business incubator facility and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Eileen now provides consulting services to small companies and independent inventors in both the agriculture and biopharmaceutical sectors.
Michael Van Dusen, Director
Michael is the founding Partner of Van Dusen Law Office Professional Corporation in Russell, Ontario. He is fluently bilingual and has conducted hearings in both English and French. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Concentration in Communications from the University of Ottawa, Cum Laude and an L.L.B. from the University of Ottawa in 1986. He first was elected to the Board of the Caldwell Family Centre in 2012.
Birgit Nielsen – Chair, Communications Committee
Birgit is an Innovation Advisor for the National Research Council and holds a M.Sc. in Nutritional Sciences and an MBA. In her professional career, she has worked as a business consultant for science-based companies, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and a multinational life sciences company in Switzerland. She also is on the Board of the Britannia Village Community Association and has chaired Committees for a number of professional organizations in Canada and Europe. Birgit is active in the community and enjoys contributing her experience in strategic planning, marketing and partnership development to organizations she works with.
Renée Stewart – Member of Communications Committee
Renée has been a Constable with Ottawa Police Services for seven and a half years. She currently works as a patrol officer in Ottawa’s west end and is dispatched to emergency and non-emergency situations as they occur. Renée has a particular interest in serving the community and constantly presents a positive image of police to people in the community. She also has worked as a “Group Home Liaison Officer”, fostering a positive relationship with the often troubled youths at group homes in the east end and rural east areas of the city
Kevin Williams – Member of Fund Raising Committee
Kevin Williams is a Constable with the Ottawa Police Services and is currently a community police officer at the Parkwood Hills Community Police Centre. He has been a police officer with the Ottawa Police Service for almost 12 years, working in several different positions including General PatroI, Neighbourhood officer, Street Crime Unit, and Diversity & Race Relation Section. In 2012 Constable Williams spent a year in South Sudan working as a mentor and trainer to the local police. While in Sudan he was involved with the development of an orphanage and was also involved in the early stages of setting up a community soccer league in the city.
Cathy Curry – Member of Communications Committee
As Trustee and Chair of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Director on the Ottawa Carleton Education Network and the Education Foundation Board, Cathy’s interest in serving the public has given her considerable experience in community building. She currently sits on the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre Board and the Ottawa Fusion Volleyball Club Executive. She was a member of the Best Start Planning Table for Kanata, Stittsville , Goulbourn and West Carleton. Recently she helped to run and plan the National Roundtable for Teachers of the Arts. She is a member of the College of Teachers and still teaches occasionally. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature and a Masters of Science in Education. She has traveled extensively, is raising four teenagers and plays French Horn in the Concert Band of Kanata. She is beginning her first term on the Caldwell Family Centre Board.
Marilyn Matheson – Executive Director
Marilyn has a wealth of experience in senior positions with multi-service national, regional and local charitable organizations such as: an animal shelter; art gallery; performing arts theatre; poverty relief and health agencies; in both staff and volunteer positions. Born and raised in Ottawa, she has lived and worked in Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Windsor, St. Thomas and London Ontario. She is looking forward to working with the dedicated team of staff and volunteers at Caldwell Family Centre, to meet the challenges of the future. Her son Ian lives in Ottawa, while daughter Laureen, son-in-law Matt and granddaughters Rose and Margaret live in London Ontario.