About

Our Board


The Highland Shores Children’s Aid Society is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected from the community at large. The Board consists of up to 14 members each elected for 3-year terms and includes 2-year appointments from Alderville First Nation and  Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

The Board meets 10 times a year to ensure that we are meeting our standards of service to children and families, and discusses programs and services, policy, and administrative issues.  The Board also has two standing committees that meet each month 10 times a year and advisory committees that meet either monthly or quarterly

Click this link to learn more about how to join our Board.

The following individuals comprise the HSCA Board of Directors for 2021/22.  Click on the links below to view the biographies of each member.

1. David Slater, PRESIDENT

8.    Nora Sawyer, Alderville First Nations Appointee

2. Anne-Marie Burrus, VICE-PRESIDENT

9.  Susan Barberstock, MBQ Appointee

3. Michael McLeod, PAST PRESIDENT

10.  Sherrilee Bell

4. Marcie Milroy, SECRETARY

11.   Kim Levere-Nilsson

5.  Alan Whyte, TREASURER

12.  Vacancy (term 2019-2022)

6. Jackie Dales

13. Vacancy (term 2021-2024)

7.  Chad Houghton 14.  Vacancy (term 2021-2024)
   

 

Board Bio's

     
 

Name:

 

Michael McLeod

Board Position:         

 

PAST PRESIDENT

Term of Office:                             

 

2021-2022

Education:                           

 

Mike has an Honours degree in geography and community planning from York University and is a graduate of the regulatory studies program at Michigan State University. 

Employment:

 

Private business consultancy focused on local community development. He has more than 35 years of public and private sector experience specializing in the areas of environment, cultural heritage, tourism and energy. Mike has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since 2012.  Prior to that he was a board member with the Hastings Children's Aid Society.

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Name:

 

Jackie Dales

Board Position:

 

BOARD MEMBER

Term of Office:

 

2019-2022

Education:

 

Loyalist College (Nursing), 1997;
St. Francis Xavier University (BScN, Honours), 2014

Employment:

 

Currently employed as the Assistant Director of Care, Infection Control Coordinator at Hastings Manor Long Term Care Home in Belleville.

Jackie is passionate about supporting at-risk youth in the Quinte region specifically in the 2SLGBTQ community. Through her participation with Rainbow Youth Outreach, Support Alternative Youth (SAY Out Loud), Rainbow Caregivers Network and Bay of Quinte Pride, she has had opportunities to collaborate with other community members on a number of outreach projects.  Another key component to Jackie's work is a dedication to ensuring there are appropriate services available for youth and their caregivers. These services include resources, access to professional primary and mental health care, and peer support. 

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Name:

 

Marcie Milroy

Board Position:

 

SECRETARY

Term of Office:

 

2021-2023

Education:

 

Master of Social Work from McMaster University

Employment:

 

Currently employed with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services as a Senior Business Advisory on the CPIN Sustainment Team

Marcie retired in June 2021 and is currently living in Prince Edward County.  She has worked in the field of child welfare nearly her entire career, beginning at Hastings CAS in 1989.

Marcie joined the board of  Highland Shores in September, 2020.

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Name:

 

Anne-Marie Burrus

Board Position:

 

VICE-PRESIDENT

Term of Office:

 

2021-2024

Education:

 

Anne-Marie earned a C.M.A. degree in 1982 and a B.Sc. in 1993 and was a financial accounting manager in government and manufacturing before going into private practice.

Employment:

 

Anne-Marie has been an accountant in private practice since 1988, specializing in helping clients in non-profit housing, social services and community mental health to fulfill their missions by supporting their financial, administrative and reporting requirements.  Anne-Marie moved to Northumberland County from Toronto in 2013.

Anne-Marie has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since 2015.

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Name:

 

David Slater

Board Position:

 

PRESIDENT

Term of Office:

 

2020-2023

Education:

 

David has an Honours B.A. from York University in Toronto and a diploma in Social Sciences from Champlain College in Sherbrooke, Quebec. 

Employment:

 

Dave Slater has over 35  years of public sector experience in Operations, Finance, Human Resources and Organizational Development.

Dave has many years of experience leading complex organizations and transformation initiatives.  He has a proven record and reputation for delivering HR programs, financial results, organizational development and strategic change management activities in large decentralized organizations.
Dave has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since 2014.

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Name:

 

Sherrilee Bell

Board Position:

 

BOARD MEMBER

Term of Office:

 

2020 - 2023

Education:

  Master of Education from Queens University  

Employment:

 

Sherrilee is a Learning Support Teacher and takes her role as an advocate for children very seriously, especially those with special education needs.  Ms. Bell obtained her Master of Education from Queens University in 2011.

Sherrilee joined the board of  Highland Shores in September, 2020.

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Name:

 

Alan Whyte

Board Position:

 

TREASURER

Term of Office:

 

2019-2022

Education:

 

Alan was called to the Bar in 1981.  He has a B.A. and L.L.B. from Queen's University.

Employment:

 

Alan is counsel to the Labour and Employment group at the Cunningham Swan law firm in Kingston, having acted for employers throughout Eastern Ontario for over 39 years. He lives near Stirling and has been part of the Belleville business and legal community since 1982. He has extensive board experience in the non-profit sector.

Alan has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since 2013.

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Name:

 

Nora Sawyer

Board Position:

 

Board Member Appointee (Alderville First Nations)

Term of Office:

 

2020-2022 

Education:

 

Completed high school at CDCI West, Cobourg. Graduated from Trent University in 1986 with Bachelor of Native Studies degree. Over 30 years in First Nation experience and Management.  Experience on many Boards including Soldiers Memorial Hospital,cultural advisory, and health.

Employment:

 

Became Chief of Alderville and held this position for 6 years.

Executive Director of the Union of Ontario Indians for 2 years responsible for 43 First Nations in Ontario.

Executive Director of the Ogemawahj Tribal Council for 6 years.

Director of Health & Social Services of Chippewas of Rama First Nation for 13 years.

Now, back home in Alderville First Nation as Manager of Health & Social Services since October 2014.

Nora has been an appointed member of the Highland Shores board of directors since 2015.

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Name:

 

Susan Barberstock

Board Position:

 

Board Member Appointee (Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte Appointee)

Term of Office:

 

2021-2023

Education:

 

Susan completed high school at Moira Secondary, Belleville and graduated from Loyalist College, Social Service Worker Program.  She attended Ryerson University for her Bachelor of Social Work degree. 

Susan has over 30 years in First Nation on and off reserve experience and management.  She has experience on many Boards including Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (President), Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, and Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board.

Employment:

 

Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Manager, Justice Initiatives Manager of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres for 16 years responsible for 28 Friendship Centres in Ontario. Executive Director of Hamilton Regional Indian Centre for 9 years.

Now, back home in Tyendinaga as Director of Community Wellbeing since August 2017.

Susan has been an appointed member of the Highland Shores board of directors since 2017.

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Name:

 

Chad Houghton

Board Position:

 

Board Member

Term of Office:

 

2021-2024

Education

 

Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando Florida

Employment  

Chad is currently the Lead Pastor at Fellowship Baptist Church in Cobourg.  As a church leader, Chad has had the opportunity to serve and learn of the many issues and concerns facing family and children in our area.  Chad has expertise in counselling, foreign aid, teaching and education.

Chad has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since Fall, 2020.

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Name:   Kim Levere-Nilsson
Board Position:   Board Member
Term of Office:   2021-2024
Employment:  

Kim is an experienced real estate broker with 19 years of experience selling in Toronto and Northumberland County. Kim is an experienced assessment and strategic planning executive who focuses on assisting those traditional and non-traditional learners, diverse populations, those with learning style issues and socio-economic challenges..  Kim volunteers with the Rotary Club and has been involved in projects aimed at helping children on a reservation in Northern Ontario. 

Kim has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since Spring, 2021.