Board of Directors
Sharyn is delighted to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors for Family Transition Place. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector for a decade and is currently the General Manger of Theatre Orangeville. Sharyn strongly believes in the transformative impact of the arts, particularly in youth, and loves building programming and community partnerships that can provide support, experience and expression opportunities for all. Having lifelong roots in the Orangeville area and an irrefutable passion for advocacy and the furthering of equity, diversity and inclusion, Sharyn feels an immense privilege to contribute to the work FTP so tirelessly undertakes in the effort to end gender-based violence, and create a more compassionate and equitable world. Sharyn is a lifestyle photographer and visual artist, and is very grateful to be living her very own happily ever after with her wife and kids here in Orangeville.
Carissa is excited to be serving the Family Transition Place (FTP) and its stakeholders as a member of the Board. She and her husband are long time Hockley Valley residents, and along with their two children believe it is important be active in supporting their local community. With a professional background of marketing, design, analytics, communications and branding, Cari is looking forward to contributing to the continued success of FTP.
Laura Cameron is happy to join the Family Transition Place (FTP) Board of Directors in 2020. She has a great appreciation for the work that FTP has done in the community for many years, and looks forward to being part of such a strong and impactful organization. Laura is a long-time resident of Erin, where she has raised her four children. She has worked in the medical device industry for more than 35 years—first as a finance/operations professional, and now leading a diabetes-related business.
Laura has a passion for helping people in many different ways through her professional life and her extended family, and now looks forward to learning from the FTP team and helping wherever she can.
Denyse is very honored to be selected to the FTP Board of Directors and to uphold the vision, mission and values of this very important and much needed organization.
As a former employee of Community Living Dufferin, where she worked for 22 years, Denyse enjoyed supporting people directly and then managing staff teams. She brought to these roles her belief and understanding of dignity and respect for all. These are the same values and reason she was drawn to become involved with FTP.
Denyse has been a resident of Orangeville for 25 years and feels very fortunate to have the opportunities a community such as ours provides. From raising her two children, being a local volunteer and working towards new goals, Denyse knows and appreciates the good fortune many in our community enjoy. She now looks forward to her role with FTP and to be able to give back to her community.
Board Vice-President (on leave until Jan 2022)
Rapinder Kaur is a Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist, clinical supervisor, board member, sought after public speaker, community organizer and experienced facilitator. She is deeply interested in liberation arts and how individual and community empowerment can disrupt systems of oppression. Rapinder brings an anti-oppressive and cultural humility lens to Board governance. Rapinder has presented workshops online and in person nationally and internationally. Rapinder has worked in a number of different settings, including schools, women’s shelter, psychiatric hospital, group homes, long term care, social service agencies and is the founder of Art as Therapy a private community based therapy practice.
My name is Trisha. I am currently the Chair of the Dufferin County Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DCDEIC) and I also work as an Educational Assistant for the Upper Grand District School Board. I’m currently finishing degrees in other areas as well. I am a community advocate in many areas such as: affordable housing, diversity, equity and inclusion. I am a mother, a student and most of all, a sister to all. I like to call myself a late bloomer! And that’s okay! I went to the school of life and I’m still here.
I am honoured to be on FTP’s board. I know the work that has been done and is continuing to be done will stand the test of time in creating safe homes for all.
My hope is to build relationships in our community that will continue the conversations that need to happen now and in the future about abuse in all its forms, and that together, we will create a safe community.
Tony Maxwell is a writer and communications professional who has been involved with FTP over the years in several capacities, focusing in particular on raising awareness among men and boys that violence against women and girls “is a men’s issue.” As part of MENtors, a group of local men supporting the work of FTP, he has organized fundraising events for FTP, including WALK IN HER SHOES (pink heels) walks, poster campaigns, and spoken to service clubs and churches. Tony has worked in communications in the House of Commons, at Queen’s Park and now in the municipal sector, at the Town of Caledon. He is owner of Headwaters Media, a local communications/marketing company. For many years he has been a minor hockey referee in Caledon and Orangeville. He enjoys fitness, dog-walking, photography and reading.
Preeya works with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and has been working with the Ontario government for several years in various roles. Her passion and work experience is focused in areas such as human rights, anti-racism and law enforcement. Her extensive professional experience is “full circle”, in that she has worked in areas of violence against women and children as well as with men/women who offend. Preeya hopes to bring this experience to FTP and also learn from others. She has been living in Orangeville with her family for ten years and feels it is in the fabric of her being, to give back to the community. She equally feels it is important to model this for others and hopes that the passion to do so is infectious to others. Preeya is also a proud serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Acting Board Vice-President
Sheralyn Roman has lived, worked and volunteered in the Caledon/Dufferin community for over 20 years and considers it a great honour to join the Board of FTP. She has been a regular contributor to FTP’s Celebrating Women Magazine and can’t wait to share the FTP story with an even broader community. She is the proud owner of small, local communications company called Writing Right For You. Sheralyn has a B.A. and a Bachelor of Education, is a former Teacher and the published author of a children’s book. She writes regularly for the Caledon Citizen and a variety of freelance publications. Sheralyn is married, has two awesome kids, volunteers with a local soccer club and sits on the Board of several other Caledon nonprofit agencies and on the Caledon Library Board.
Rukiya is extremely thrilled and honoured to join Family Transition Place’s Board of Directors. She has been living in Orangeville for eight years with her awesome daughter and is a firm believer in working collaboratively to support community organizations. With over 20-years experience working as a Secondary Teacher with the Peel District School Board, her passion is focused in the areas of anti-racism, inclusion, diversity and equity. She believes in treating everyone with the respect and dignity they deserve. Rukiya worked overseas teaching the Royal Family in Saudi Arabia and she says the best part of that international experience was learning and appreciating different cultural values and traditions. She is a self-proclaimed “foodie” and when not working, you can find Rukiya supporting local restaurants, out hiking the beautiful trails, or making plans for her next travel adventure.
Kimberly Van Ryn
Kimberly Van Ryn is a Child and Youth Worker, Human Services BA, Registered Yoga Teacher, owner and executive director of Branching Out Support Services, community developer, training to be a trauma specialist, volunteer, peace lover and life-long learner. Although Kim has worked for non-profit charities in the past, this is her first opportunity to serve on a non-profit board and she is so thrilled to give back to Family Transition Place and serve the community in this way. Currently with Branching Out, Kim’s work focuses of people who have a neuro-diversity (developmental or cognitive disability) but, all of her work focuses on community FIRST and Kim loves promoting connection, strengths-based care solutions, empowerment of ALL people to live and thrive in their chosen communities and fostering both inclusion and diversity. When not working, you can catch Kim on her yoga mat, out on the trail, sitting in women’s circles, reading and spending time with her partner and the families they support.
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