Board of Directors
2022-2023 Board of Directors
L-R: Sheralyn Roman, Tony Maxwell, Denyse Horner, Sharyn Ayliffe, Kimberly Van Ryn, Carissa Burton and Rapinder Kaur
(Not in photo: Laura Cameron and Christina Zurowski)
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 Executive Director 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.
Past Board Chair
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.
Board Treasurer / Chair of Finance Committee
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 Horner / Chair of Governance Committee
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.
After years of advocacy and support for Family Transition Place, Jennifer is delighted to continue her efforts in a different capacity, by joining its Board of Directors.
Jennifer has more than two decades of public service experience and has served at multiple levels of government. She was honoured to represent the residents of Caledon with the Town and the Region of Peel as a municipal councillor for eight years, where she focused on women empowerment, community building, waste management, and our natural heritage. Jennifer currently serves as a Member of the Ontario Land Tribunal.
Her two daughters are the 6th generation to be raised on their family farm in Caledon. Along with her partner, Jennifer enjoys squash, family time and hiking with their dog.
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.
Laura Bryan Kirk
Board Vice Chair
Laura was born and raised in Orangeville, then attended Acadia University for her undergraduate degree before pursuing a post-graduate certificate from George Brown College. With a passion for events, she launched her career in the industry, gaining valuable experience over a decade working with The JUNO Awards. As life unfolded, Laura and her husband embraced the joys of familyhood, becoming proud parents to two wonderful children. Transitioning into a new chapter, she joined her father and brother in their family business, Bryan’s Fuel, a cornerstone of this community for 100 years. Together, they continue to uphold the legacy of service and commitment to Orangeville. Beyond work and volunteering, she cherishes moments with her loved ones, relishing good food, and exploring the outdoors. Laura is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for Family Transition Place.
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.
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.
Bio to come.