Board of Directors

Board Members – 2023-2024 Term:

Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson has worked in Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk Counties for over 20 years. He has an M. Ed from the University of Toronto and a B.A. (Hons) and B.Ed. from Queen’s University. Currently Past Chair of the Grand Erie District School Board, Mr. Anderson has been an elected school trustee for the City of Brantford since 2014. He has served on several community Boards of Directors including: Board of Health for Brant County Health Unit, Brant Community Health System, Lansdowne Children’s Centre, Boys and Girls Club of Brantford, Brantford Rotary Club, and Hamilton / Burlington /Brantford Laurier YMCA Community Liaison Board. He also served as President / Chair for many of those Boards.  Mr. Anderson joined the Brant Family and Children’s Services (Brant FACS) Advisory Board in March 2021 and continued serving as a Board member when the Board was re-constituted in July 2021.  He served on the Joint Board Amalgamation Steering Committee and is an inaugural member of the Board of Child and Family Services of Grand Erie.

Kernesha Baird

Kernesha Baird was born in the sunny Caribbean island of Trinidad and lived there for 19 years before moving to Canada in 2002. A mother of 3 boys, she is a valuable member of the community, serving those in need, a member of BOD at Trinidad and Tobago Association of Ontario, BOD at Community Resource Centre (Brantford Food Bank) and BOD Child and Family Services of Grand Erie. Kernesha’s professional experience spans over 15 years, she is a certified Payroll Leadership Professional working in Human Resources. Graduating with honours from Algoma University with a dual BBA degree in Accounting and Human Resources, included in her educational background is a graduate certificate in Small Business Bookkeeping, Advanced Diploma in Business Administration Accounting and also an Executive Assistant certificate. Her passion for continued growth and upliftment keeps her very organized, disciplined, honest and a hardworking woman balancing family life and motherhood with the demands of her career. Kernesha is well known in her community and associations, always volunteering at any opportunity.

Katharine Brown

Katharine Brown was appointed by the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) to serve on the Brant Family and Children’s Services (Brant FACS) Board of Directors in July 2021.  She served on the Joint Board Amalgamation Steering Committee and continues now on the inaugural Board of Directors of Child and Family Services of Grand Erie.  Mrs. Brown graduated with honours as an Early Childhood Educator from Humber College in 2003, registered with the College of ECE’s in 2009 and is currently completing the Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership Degree through Fanshawe College (Class of 2023). Mrs. Brown works as the Early Years Administrator at MCFN overseeing Ekwaamjigenang Children’s Centre, Maawdoo Maajaamin Child Care and the Indigenous Led EarlyON Child and Family Programs. Her entire career has been dedicated to working in the field of early learning with children aged 0-6 in her First Nation community. At the start of her career, Mrs. Brown worked as a classroom RECE at Ekwaamjigenang Children’s Centre and spent 8 years in childcare. In 2011, she left to pilot the Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten program (FDELK) as the classroom RECE at Lloyd S. King Elementary School, spending 7 school years team teaching in the play based kindergarten program.  As an Anishinaabe kwe, Band Member of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and multi-generational lifelong resident of Hagersville, Mrs. Brown’s roots and commitment to this community run deep. She resides on the King family homestead on MCFN with her husband and their four children.  With a lengthy family history in education and dedication to serving the community Mrs. Brown embraces the role she has been appointed to by her Chief and Council.

Lori Henderson

Lori Henderson holds a B.A. and B.Ed. from Queen’s University and an M.Ed. from Brock University. She has worked in partnership with children and families for 32 years as an educator and Principal in the Brant area. Through that experience, Mrs. Henderson recognizes the truth to the adage that “it takes a community to raise a child” and has supported a variety of child and youth organizations including serving as President of Brant Food for Thought and Vice President of T.I.C.K. Inc. which provides healthy lifestyle and drug resistance education to all grade six students in Brantford. She has recently joined the Board of Child and Family Services of Grand Erie to continue to use her expertise in innovation and facilitating change, problem solving, building relationships, strategic planning and task management to help maintain and strengthen the positive safeguards and supports for children, young people and families provided by the agency.

Counsillor, Leslie Maracle
Craig Mannell

Craig Mannell joined the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk (CASHN) Board of Directors in April of 2016, serving as President for a number of years.  He is a local business owner, with his wife and daughter, boarding horses on his farm outside of Caledonia.  He also works as a manufacturing consultant.  Mr. Mannell is an active community volunteer, having held several roles at his daughter’s school.  He has servant leadership skills, is highly focused and result oriented.  Mr. Mannell served on the Joint Board Amalgamation Steering Committee as a co-Chair and is a member of the inaugural Board of Directors of Child and Family Services of Grand Erie.

Teisha Winter

Teisha brings a unique perspective to the table as a former youth in care, combining personal experience with academic and professional expertise. Holding an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, with minors in human rights and diversity, as well as law and society, Teisha has cultivated a deep understanding of societal issues and the importance of advocacy.

Complementing her academic achievements, Teisha pursued further education at Mohawk College in Mental Health and Disabilities Management, equipping her with practical skills to support individuals facing mental health challenges and disabilities. She has also undergone comprehensive training in first aid and CPR at Fanshawe College, demonstrating her commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of those she serves.

Teisha’s dedication to supporting others is evident through her certifications in Conscious Care and Support from York University, as well as her Safe Talk and NVCI certifications. With years of hands-on experience in mental health and disabilities, Teisha is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and is eager to continue her journey of helping others.

Rhonda Morley

Rhonda Morley is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant with a B. Admin from Athabasca University, with a certificate / specialized training in Board Governance.  An experienced Financial Executive, Ms. Morley worked as a Chief Financial Officer and Privacy Officer for almost 19 years prior to her retirement. In the past, she has served as a Board member of Canadian Dairy Breeds, the Brant Community Healthcare System, Brant FACS Foundation and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Her expertise in financial risk management and previous work on an amalgamation and organizational dissolution is of great benefit.  Ms. Morley joined the Brant Family and Children’s Services (Brant FACS) Advisory Board in March 2021 and continued serving as a Board member when the Board was re-constituted in July 2021.  She served on the Joint Board Amalgamation Steering Committee and is an inaugural member of the Board of Directors of Child and Family Services of Grand Erie.

Theresa Vidal

Theresa has been a return resident of Brantford for 24 years.  Upon her return to Brantford, she chose as a second career to further her education with a Child and Youth designation from Mohawk College.  Theresa works in the Children’s Mental Health Field, ensuring families get what they need when needed.

Theresa has led her Children’s Mental Health Agency to expand their knowledge, dedication, and action in developing an Equity, Diversity and Inclusive (EDI) program, which does not lie in a drawer unused; Theresa has given this program life.  One day, she might lead a discussion or present to a group; the next, she is in the community supporting our families.  Theresa helps people be curious about EDI and its many components.

Theresa is kind; people will seek her out for many reasons. They seek her out because of her calmness and ability to find strength in every situation. There is no shortage of people who have not connected with Theresa. At work or in the community, Theresa is known for her practical and compassionate approach to people. She works to ensure equal opportunities and, more precisely, that people get what they need and feel that they belong.

Krupesh Shah

Krupesh Shah, migrated to Canada over 16 years ago, having been born, studied and married in India. With over 23 years of experience working in IT and as a business owner, he chose Brantford as a place to live, work and raise a family.  He currently works as IT Manager, North America in the Cambridge area and resides in Brantford with his wife and three children. Krupesh volunteers in various non-profit programs & events and is for community betterment.  He is a member of a Brantford Police Board, VP of a charitable & non-profit organization, and participates in and supports various community programs for children, youth and seniors.  He believes its his moral responsibility and duty to support and give back to the community. In his free time, he likes to listen to music, play volleyball with friends and watch cricket.

Darryl Graham

Board of Director Eligibility and Responsibility

Board members are community members, aged 18 and over, who live or work in the City of Brantford, the counties of Brant including the lands set aside as reserve lands for Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Haldimand or Norfolk, who are interested in the welfare of our children, and support the Child and Family Services of Grand Erie Mission, Vision and Values. The Board, in conjunction with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, determines policy. The Board selects its Local Director, initiates and/or approves programs and services, is responsible for the use of funds, both statutory and private, and exercises the power and authority vested in it by the Child Youth and Family Services Act (2017) and in accordance with the Ontario Not for Profit Corporations Act (2021).

Vacant Position 

Child and Family Services of Grand Erie is committed to having a Board composition that reflects the cultural diversity of our community and the diverse population we serve with respect to age, gender, and people with lived experience, including individuals who identify as African Canadian, Indigenous, People of Colour, and LGTBQ2S+.  We encourage and actively seek individuals with lived experience to consider serving in a governance capacity as a volunteer on our Board.  If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please contact our Executive Director or Executive Assistant to discuss this opportunity further. Please click here to see the skills and experience we are currently seeking.

Quote from a 1970 OACAS Board Member Handbook – which we believe is still relevant today.

Why Have a Board of Directors:

Social service in Ontario began with private organizations, such as churches and neighborhood agencies, the latter with their own board of directors.  The protection of children was one of the first social services offered by a private agency in 1891 by the Childrens Aid Society of Toronto.  Now that this work is mandated under law and almost totally funded by governments, what is the rationale for continuing the tradition of the private board? Dr. Raymond Price, a Canadian research psychiatrist, recently gave this answer:

If social work is to recapture its historical role as the conscience of the community, it must maintain an independent perspective and unrestrained voice.  Civil servants are traditionally and perhaps understandably enjoined to keep public silence about issues relevant to government, while government agencies tend to suffer a kind of selective inattention with regard to facts and situations unpopular to the Establishment. Social workers who operate independently of governmentcan help to ensure that such selective inattention does not prevail. In my view, the concerned and active local agency can and should force confrontations with such government inattention.

 The freedom to press governments for needed social remedies is safeguarded by the privately incorporated Society with its own Board of Directors.