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, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and The Children’s Foundation.

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

If you are interested in joining our Board, you must first be a member of the organization.  Board members are elected from our membership at the Annual General Meeting which is held each year in September.

The following individuals comprise the HSCA Board of Directors for 2020/21.  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.  Rick Phillips, The Children's Foundation Appointee

4. Elaine Philip, SECRETARY

11.  Marcie Milroy

5. Jay Taugher, TREASURER

12.  Sherrilee Bell

6. Jackie Dales

13.  Vacancy

7.  Alan Whyte 14.  Vacancy
   

 

Board Bio's

     
 

Name:

 

Michael McLeod

Board Position:         

 

PAST PRESIDENT

Term of Office:                             

 

2020-2021

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:

 

Jay Taugher

Board Position:

 

TREASURER

Term of Office:

 

 2019-2022

Education:

 

Jay has a M.Sc., Computer Science from the University of Alberta and a B. Sc. Hons, Computer Science, Queen’s University. He received his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation in 2012.

Employment:

 

Jay Taugher is currently a Project Manager for Information Technology and Facilities at Loyalist college.  He also performs Project Management and Agile consulting for various companies in the region. 

Jay has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since it's amalgamation in 2012.  Prior to that he was a board member with the Hastings Children's Aid Society.

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Name:

 

Elaine Philip

Board Position:

 

SECRETARY

Term of Office:

 

2018-2021

Education:

 

Elaine graduated from Loyalist College in 1974 as a Developmental Service Worker.

Employment:

 

Retired Education Assistant for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

Elaine has been a member of the Highland Shores board of directors since 2013.  Prior to that she was a board member with the Children's Aid Society of Prince Edward County.

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Name:

 

Jackie Dales

Board Position:

 

BOARD MEMBER

Term of Office:

 

2019-2022

Education:

 

Diploma in Nursing from Loyalist College,

BScN (Honours) from St. Francis Xavier University

Employment:

 

Currently employed as the Director of Care at Trent Valley Lodge in Trenton.  Prior to this, she worked for over 18 years at the Stirling Manor Nursing Home.

Jackie is currently involved with 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. These include organizing events to promote resilience and leadership, with the ultimate goal of building capacity for the individuals who attended the programs. Another key component to Jackie's work is her 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.  Jackie has a strong capacity for advocacy and is a passionate voice for the clients we serve.

Jackie believes involvement with Highland Shores Children’s Aid is a natural extension of the work she is currently doing. 

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Name:

 

Marcie Milroy

Board Position:

 

BOARD MEMBER

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 plans on retiring in 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:

 

2018-2021

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 retired from the Ontario Public Service.

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:

 

BOARD MEMBER

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 a partner in the Labour and Employment group at the Cunningham Swan law firm in Kingston, having acted for employers throughout Eastern Ontario for over 30 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:

 

 2019-2021 

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:

 

Rick Phillips

Board Position:

 

Appointee from The Children's Foundation

Term of Office:

 

2019-2021

Employment

 

Rick is currently the Reeve of Tyendinaga Township and the Warden of Hastings County. Rick retired from CN Rail and has been a member of the Canadian Legion for over 40 years. Rick is also a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Roslin,  a Director of Hospice Quinte (Building Committee),  and a Director of the Children's Foundation.   

He has been awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 in recognition of service to Canada and the Canada 150 award in 2017 for community/volunteer work in Tyendinaga Township.

In his spare time, Rick enjoys playing golf and volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society. Rick has been married to his lovely wife Cheryl for 45 years and has two sons, Mike (married to Jen) and Tim (married to Lynn). He also has 5 grandchildren: Sarah, Sam, Sophie, Ellie and Katie.

Rick has been an appointed member of the Highland Shores board of directors since 2019.

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