The Halton Children’s Aid Society’s Board of Directors is composed of a minimum of ten (10) members elected for a three-year term. Board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting. Those interested in participating as a Director should submit a letter of interest to the Board Secretary.
Board of Directors - 2022-23
Jason Barr was elected to the Board of Directors May 25, 2022. Jason previously served on the Board from 2016 to 2019. Jason is a healthcare executive leveraging over 22 years of career experience managing, directing and executing clinical programs within the mental health and addiction sector.
Eslyn Blair was elected to the Board of Directors September 26, 2018. Eslyn has over 25 years of managing experience and is currently the Managing Director for Everest Home Health Care, a role she has held since 2005. Eslyn has an extensive musical background and is an accomplished musician playing the piano and organ. She has been a member of the Oakville Symphony (1st Violin) for more than ten years.
Emad Elsayed was elected to the Board of Directors on March 28, 2012. He holds the office of Chair and is a member of the Executive Committee. Emad has over 40 years’ experience in the energy sector and is a member of the Ontario Energy Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington and Area.
Muhammad Wajahat Faizan was elected to the Board of Directors on June 23, 2021. Muhammad is a Lawyer with over ten years of working experience in three jurisdictions—Canada, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. He is also a professor of laws at a prestigious university in Ontario.
Terry Kelly was elected to the Board of Directors on March 27, 2019. Terry has over 30 years’ senior leadership experience with global organizations such as Ernst & Young (EY), Canon and 3M. He has always been active in the community whether coaching hockey, activities with residential associations or volunteering at his kids’ schools. Terry also regularly mentors youth on education and career considerations.
Janice May was elected to the Board of Directors on June 23, 2021.
Brendan Neil was elected to the Board of Directors on July 30, 2019. Brendan was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Criminal Law in 2011. As a member of the Children’s Rights Legal Panel of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, he worked with youth and the Court system to advocate and ensure the opinions and views of the child were considered in family law disputes.
Mike Reid was elected to the Board of Directors on February 22, 2023. Mike also served on the Board from 2012 to 2021. Mike is Vice President, North American Distribution for a global leader in business communications.
Joyce See was elected to the Board of Directors on June 18, 2014 and currently holds the position of Vice Chair and a member of the Executive Committee. Joyce has extensive experience in health public policy, community development and health promotion.
Terry Spearin was elected to the Board of Directors on June 18, 2014. He is Chair of the Society’s Governance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Terry has had senior management careers in broadcasting, education, planning and community development and has been a resource to the non-profit sector for 20 years.
Reena Vanza was elected to the Board of Directors on June 23, 2021. Reena is a Registered Psychotherapist and holds experience in both health promotion and counseling psychology. Reena has been a stout mental health advocate in the community for over 15 years and currently works with women and children escaping violence and homelessness.
Board Meetings 2023
- January 25, 2023
- February 22, 2023 — Board Retreat
- March 22, 2023
- April 26, 2023
- May 24, 2023
- June 28, 2023
- September 27, 2023
- October 25, 2023
- November 29, 2023
Delegations to Board of Directors' Meetings
Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be open to the public except in cases where matters are confidential and the meeting is deemed closed. Members of the public are required to inform the Board, through the Board Chair, of their attendance not later than one business day in advance of the meeting. Members of the public attending the Board of Directors’ meeting are observers and are not to participate in the discussion of the meeting. Individuals or groups wishing to appear before the Board of Directors shall advise the Board Chair, in writing, no later than 4:30 pm on the Wednesday prior to the meeting.