Board of Directors

JACKIE STEWART-PRESIDENT

Jackie Stewart is a Pickering resident  who has long been affiliated with CLAPW.  

Her qualifications include 37 years at CIBC, which was split between branch banking and managing 4 separate branches. This experience gave Jackie extensive knowledge of accounting, finance and  reading financial statements.   

She also has an  HR accreditation and transitioned to the roles of Career Councillor, Senior Employee Relations and Senior Human Resources Consultant while  at CIBC on a national basis.  Jackie has extensive governance experience having  served on several Boards including CLAPW,  CBPSO, and the  DCC 142 condo association.

She brings knowledge of the Developmental Sector and a deep commitment to CLAPW, the individuals served and their families.

JOE VISCONTI-PAST PRESIDENT

Joe Visconti is a Retired Principal/ Vice-Principal, Durham Catholic District School Board.  He Studied English Literature with a Focus on Canadian Literature at Laurentian University.  Joe was the founding principal of Father Leo J. Austin High School in Whitby and has mentored and taught thousands of students throughout his career as an educator.  With his experience as a Faculty Advisor at UOIT in the Faculty of Education, Joe has over 45 years in education at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels.  Joe has a family member who uses day program services offered by CLAPW, and is pleased to provide strategic leadership to the agency.  Joe lives in Whitby with his wife Lynda and sister-in-law Anita


JASMINE PARMAR-BOARD SECRETARY

Jasmine is a recent graduate of McMaster University with her BSC Honours Life Sciences.

 While at McMaster she has served as a Research Assistant, Residence Community Advisor, and a  Lab Teaching Assistant. She has had extensive volunteer work at McMaster Including Co President of Friends of MSF, Vice President of Administration, Men’s Health Society Director of Research, Blog Writer and Vice President of Social Outreach. Jasmine served as an Archway Mentor supporting first year students at McMaster. An active volunteer  Jasmine  has served a Peer Mentorship Program Coordinator, a Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer, a Teaching assistant with DDSB, and  as a  Board Member with the Durham Youth Advisory Committee. Since April 2021 Jasmine has served as a 1:1 volunteer with CLAPW through the volunteering mentoring program.

ROBERT A. PALMER-Treasurer

Robert, an Ajax resident, is an Associate Director, Financial Sponsors & Infrastructure with Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets. With seven years of multi-sector experience in equity research and nearly five years of diverse corporate banking experience Robert will bring a high level of financial acumen to the board of directors and well-honed verbal and written communication skills.  The ability to draw on an engineering background combined with  Robert’s naturally inquisitive disposition result in exceptional research and analytical skills which also are skills highly desired by in board members.   


Karen Chartier, M.ADS, BCBA

Karen is a Clinical Director at Lake Ridge Community Support Services. She is passionate about making a difference for individuals with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. She has lived in Durham Region for over 25 years.


SYLVIA THORNTON

Sylvia is recently retired from OPG. She has been an active member of the CLAPW Christmas Dance committee and recently organized and coordinated a fundraising yard sale.

Sylvia assisted  with the Family as  Partners Support group which met for a few months prior to the Covid 19 pandemic. She  is the parent of two sons and the proud grandmother of three. Brent, Sylvias youngest son,  is involved in the Community Participation Program at Dowty. With previous volunteer and committee work with The Special Olympics,  Sylvia is a strong advocate for people living with intellectual disabilities.

Sylvia was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec and has lived in Pickering for the past 25 years.


AMBER SMITH

Professionally, Amber's work centers around helping people feel connected to the work they do every day using learning, leadership, and organizational development strategies.

As a Learning and Organizational Development Specialist at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, ON, Amber uses these strategies to strengthen employee engagement, drive strategic change, and develop leadership capacity to support the organization in achieving its goals.

As an Adult Educator in Durham College's Professional and Part-Time Learning department in Oshawa, ON, Amber facilitates meaningful experiential learning opportunities in an online learning environment for natural and unsuspecting entrepreneurs alike.

As a lifelong learner, she has pursued formal education in the fields of Theology, Adult Education, Leadership in Learning, Organizational Development and Professional Management.


WENDY ODELL

Wendy Odell has a passion for making a difference for patients, families and clinicians through health information technology initiatives with more than 20 years’ experience in the digital health profession.  Skilled in leadership, strategic planning, policy development, governance and financial management, Wendy is recognized as a collaborative, service oriented leader with a unique ability to inspire and motivate teams. Currently, she is the Director, Mental Health - Health Information Systems (MH-HIS) Cluster, which includes Waypoint Centre for Mental Health, Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Ontario, Canada.  Wendy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Masters, Health Informatics (MHI).


SHAUNA MOORE

Shauna Moore leads and champions inclusion initiatives with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences as the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lead.

Prior to joining the Ontario Shores team, Shauna was an inclusion champion at Durham College as the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor within the Human Resources team, and coordinator of the RISE (Reach, Include, Support, Elevate) program, which aimed to bolster youth facing barriers to educational success.

Shauna is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise and has been a dedicated Rotarian for more than 10 years. In her spare time, Shauna can be found enjoying the natural beauty of the outdoors around Durham Region. 


SANDRA HARDING

Sandra as over twenty years of legal experience with a strong criminal law background with a focus on mental health.

She obtained her law degree in the United States at Case Western Reserve University. Since returning to Canada in 2012, she has obtained extensive experience in administrative tribunals including the Social Security Tribunal, the Ontario Review Tribunal, the Consent and Capacity Tribunal and Licensing Tribunal.

In addition, Sandra has completed and obtained certificates in Administrative Tribunals for York University and Indigenous Studies from the University of Alberta.

Sandra believes that all work must be done with compassion and competency.

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