today and for the future.
Board of Directors
The Macaulay Child Development Centre is led by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of dedicated community and business leaders. Their strategic decision-making and guidance steer the organization and ensure the highest level of service to the children and families we serve.
Board of Directors 2016-2017
Audrey Amo (President)
Audrey spent all of her career in education. She started out as a Latin teacher at Weston Collegiate, was a vice-principal and principal at Vaughan Road Academy and spent her last 16 years in education as a senior superintendent in Human Resources with the Board of Education. Currently, Audrey works part-time as a consultant on a wide-range of Human Resource issues.
When Audrey worked for the former City of York school board, she saw first-hand the wonderful work done by Cradleship Crèche, now the Macaulay Child Development Centre. This inspired Audrey to join the Board. She is delighted to work with such a forward-thinking agency and a diverse and talented board of directors.
Jane Long (Vice President/Secretary)
Jane Long is a lawyer with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Most of her career has revolved around children and the law. Jane was counsel with the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto for 14 years and also worked at Justice for Children and Youth, a Legal Aid clinic for young people. Jane has worked in the Family Policy and Programs Branch of the Ministry of Attorney. She has been on the Macaulay Board for four years and loves the people and the organization.
Reema Ibrahim (Treasurer)
Reema is a senior manager at Deloitte in the Assurance and Advisory group. She is a chartered professional accountant, with a Masters from the University of Waterloo. Reema was captivated by Macaulay’s objectives and focus on children and after hearing about the organization’s programs, she chose to join the board and finance committee to offer her expertise in business and accounting. Reema believes that investing in our children today is essential as the experiences we provide a child at a young age shapes who they are and who they will be. That is why she is proud to be part of the Macaulay family.
Eduardo currently works at Teranet as Vice President, Electronic Search and Registration. He first joined the company in June 2010. Prior to that, Eduardo dedicated 20+ years to product management, business strategy and marketing at a variety of organizations. Eduardo graduated with a BSc in occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto, and also has an international MBA from the Schulich School of Business. Eduardo grew up in the Jane and Finch area of Toronto, where he witnessed first-hand the need for the kind of quality programs Macaulay offers children and parents. Eduardo feels privileged to be given the opportunity to join the Macaulay board where he hopes to make meaningful contributions to the continued success of the organization.
Carol received a master’s degree in criminology from the University of Toronto. Most of her career has revolved around the development of policies and programs for children and youth. She worked for five years at Central Toronto Youth Services and for twelve years at the Ministry of Community and Social Services with a portfolio in children’s mental health, child welfare and young offenders. Following retirement, she continues to work as a consultant in the area of health privacy. Carol appreciates the important work being done by the Macaulay Centre with young children and their families, and is proud to be associated with this organization.
Karen is a clinical psychologist at Peel Children’s Centre. Working in children’s mental health over the last ten years, she has had the opportunity to work collaboratively with families, multidisciplinary clinical team s and other community service providers. Together, they support the children and youth along a spectrum of services including brief counselling, intensive outreach, day treatment and residential programs. In addition, Karen is the mother of two energetic young boys who are thriving in the responsive and enriched learning environments offered by Macaulay. Her interest in volunteering for the board of directors comes from both her professional commitment to the well-being of children and families, as well as her own family’s appreciation for Macaulay.
Kathy Cunningham is a Senior Vice President and Chief Auditor at Sun Life Financial, and was previously an audit partner at KPMG, where she specialized in financial institutions, including insurance companies and banks. She is a chartered professional accountant, with a BComm (Hons) from Queen’s University. Kathy served on KPMG’s Board of Directors, was the Assistant Treasurer for A Place to Play, Co-chair for the YWCA Women of Distinction Committee, and past Treasurer at Sheena’s Place, a support centre for those affected by eating disorders.
Kathy’s step – daughter attended Macaulay’s Dovercourt child care centre. Ensuring that our youngest and most vulnerable members of society have a strong start to life is incredibly important and Kathy is proud to be associated with an organization that is focused on helping children succeed.
Kathy retired from Scotiabank in 2016 after 40 years of service. Her last position was Vice President, Program Management Business Services Centres. Prior to that, she was Vice President, Shared Services Human Resources. During her time with Scotiabank, she was involved in a number of areas including retail sales & service, branch support, audit, project management, integration activities and general management. Kathy has a BA from the University of Toronto.
Kathy believes our children, families and our communities are what make this a great society. She knows that Macaulay is doing important work to help families succeed. As a member of the board, Kathy hopes to make a contribution to the success of Macaulay.
Linda is an organizational development and learning expert working in the areas of leadership, emotional intelligence, personal mastery, team effectiveness and change management. She is currently Head of Organizational Development and Learning at Capital One Canada. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the Hincks-Dellcrest Gail Appel Institute, delivering instruction for practitioners, parents and educators in the field of children’s mental health. Linda holds a BComm, Finance and an MA, Adult and Distance Learning. She serves as a board member and treasurer for the Moonhorse Dance Theatre and is a former member of the board for the Canadian Positive Psychology Association. Linda’s time spent helping kids with mental health concerns left an indelible desire to ensure that every child gets the best start in life.
Max graduated from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (Electrical Engineering) and the Richard Ivey School of Business (Masters in Business Administration). Throughout his career, Max held roles in engineering, operations, planning, finance, marketing and strategy. He currently works for Johnson & Johnson as Group Manager Health Economics and Market Access. In this role, Max leverages clinical and economic evidence to advocate for improved patient access to innovation and outcomes.
Max is originally from Argentina and moved to Canada in 2002 with his wife Erica. In December 2010, they were blessed with a wonderful daughter, Sofia. In January 2014, Leonardo was born to complete the family.
Sheila worked with CIBC for over 27 years. As Senior Director, Organization Development & Change Management, she provided “hands on” consultation and support to strategic and business planning, organization development, team effectiveness and change management. A graduate of the Queen’s University School of Nursing and Toronto’s Nightingale School of Nursing, she has an M.Ed from OISE, University of Toronto. Sheila worked as a District Public Health Nurse in Scarborough at a time when nurses routinely worked out in the communities in various ways. Sheila also served for 6 years on the board of Kinark Child and Family Services, an Ontario children’s mental health organization. Because of this experience, and Sheila’s commitment to ensuring children have every opportunity to live a meaningful life, serving on the Macaulay Board is a natural fit.
Andy Macaulay is the Managing Partner for Rethink Communications in Toronto. Rethink is one of Canada’s foremost brand communications providers. Prior to Rethink, Andy spent 30 years creating, building and ultimately selling two advertising agencies, both of which were recognized internationally for creative excellence. Roche Macaulay & Partners was an International Agency of the Year (Advertising Age), while zig won four times at the prestigious Cannes Advertising Festival.
In addition to serving on the Macaulay Board, where he chairs the Resource Development Committee, Andy is on the Board at Evergreen and he chairs the Marketing Committee. Andy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife, Anne Sutherland, their golden retriever, Finn and their son, Garrett.
Ana Perri is a Director of Business Development Communications with CIBC Mellon. Working in the financial services industry, she has been exposed to various aspects of marketing and communications to meet the objectives of both internal and external initiatives. Ana graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Communications and Sociology from York University, holds a diploma in Creative Advertising from Seneca@York, and Project Management certification from University of Toronto.
Ana is a mother dedicated to ensuring every child, especially those with different abilities, reach their fullest potential. As a member of the Macaulay board, she hopes to make a positive contribution to support the continued success of Macaulay programs across many communities in Toronto.
Michel is a partner in KPMG’s Accounting Advisory Services practice. He is a CPA, CA, with a Bachelors of Accounting from the University of Quebec in Montreal. Michel has 34 years of audit and advisory experience, including 24 years of experience in the Middle East, Africa, western and eastern Europe. Michel serves as the treasurer at the Canadian Foundation for Infectious Diseases and served previously as a board member at Youthlink, an organization dedicated to providing youth with guidance, support and opportunities for a positive future. Michel, along with his wife and their two children, travelled to Kenya with Free the Children to help build a school for children in need. Michel believes that it is important for everyone to participate in raising and supporting youth in the community.
Anne Marie Predko
Anne Marie has worked for the Ontario government for 15 years. She has experience in family law and policy, project management and organizational management. Prior to joining the government, she had her own law practice with a focus on family and human rights cases. Anne Marie has an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo and an LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School.
As the parent of three adult children, Anne Marie shares Macaulay’s passion for excellent family services in the Toronto area. Macaulay’s focus on community and child development aligns closely with Anne Marie’s aspiration to improve the lives of the vulnerable and have an impact on her community. Her experience with diversity and inclusion has taught her that every person brings their unique contribution to society.
Kathryn Underwood is an Associate Professor at the School of Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University. Kathryn’s research interests include human rights and education practice particularly with regard to disability rights and inclusive education. Kathryn’s research experience includes work in family – school relationships, special education policy, and effective teaching. Recent research has focused on parent engagement and early years services in early intervention, Ontario Early Years centres, Parenting and Family Literacy Centres, and full day kindergarten in Ontario schools. Kathryn joined the board of directors because of her interest in, and support for, high quality community based childcare, early intervention and family support programs.
Karla Wentzel is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Hospital for Sick Children. She has worked in various roles within the hospital, primarily with the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) program. Most recently she has contributed to projects aimed at improving health outcomes for children and families who are new to Canada and children in a global context.
Karla joined the Macaulay Board because of its creative work with families and its commitment to foster optimal growth and development for children. Macaulay’s mission, vision and work seemed an ideal match for Karla’s clinical experience and passion for supporting children to be the best that they can be, especially those who are most vulnerable.