Board of Directors

Change for Children’s Board of Directors is determined each year at the Annual General Meeting. If you are interested in serving CFC through a Board position please submit a Declaration of Interest Form.

Board executive

Bill Hallam

President

Bill has a diverse background in business and volunteer activities, including board chair of the Edmonton Folk Music Society, member of the Alberta Congress Board, board director of the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council, and a board member and president of cfca. Having participated in several brigades in Nicaragua, he is very close to the work of Change for Children in that region, and dedicated to increasing our capacity to do more.

Judy Sillito

Vice President

Judy Sillito, B.A., M.Ed., is an adult education consultant, who is involved primarily in the immigrant-serving sector, teaching English language in a variety of contexts and working in settlement, narrative practice, hope studies, diversity and inclusion, and digital storytelling. Her 30 year career has spanned teaching, program development, project management, facilitation, and senior leadership. She has served in a leadership capacity on several boards and has lent her fundraising and organizational skills to development projects in Ghana, Mexico, and Sierra Leone. She keeps her love of teaching fed by organizing a multi-cultural choir and her energy flow sustained by dancing salsa.

David Fath

Treasurer

David Fath joined the Change for Children community 19 years ago through his affiliation with the Guatemala-Canada Solidarity Network, and has enjoyed his long term commitment to this organization.  He sat on the board from 2000 to 2004, and held the position of Treasurer for most of that time.  Since then, David (and later his growing family) has moved extensively across Canada – relocating first to Calgary, then to British Columbia, then to Toronto, and finally back to Edmonton in mid-2015.  David and his wife Anne are looking for ways to renew their engagement with Change for Children, and are happy to lend a hand in any way that benefits the organization.

Dalyce McElhinney

Secretary

Dalyce has an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from the University of Alberta and teaches the transition program at John D Bracco School for students new to Canada. Dalyce has volunteered with CFCA locally and also with CFCA partners in Nicaragua. As a local volunteer, Dalyce has been involved with many education initiatives of the organization aimed at connecting with youth including the Video Conference for Hope, presenting at Water Justice Conferences, and assisting with school tours.

Sonu Sharma

Past President

Sonu grew up in the Edmonton area and attended the University of Alberta. He graduated with a BSc in 1996 and then went on to complete a DDS in 2002. As a dentist, he opened up his solo private practice in 2004.

Sonu has had the opportunity to volunteer dental services in Peru, China and most recently, in conjunction with CFC, to Uganda, Nicaragua and Bolivia. Having had the opportunity to witness first-hand the positive impact CFC has on communities around the world, his hope is that he can contribute further as a member of the board.

Directors-at-Large

Maria Di Castri

Maria holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Education from the University of Alberta. Maria spent her career as a teacher and now, in semi-retirement, is excited to apply her personal commitment to social justice to support the efforts of Change for Children. Maria’s experience planning curriculum and liaising with schools with be a valuable asset to the organization’s education initiatives

Michele Jackson

Michele comes to the CFCA with a varied and multi-faceted history. From the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa to the Centretown Citizens Ottawa Social Housing Corporation; from Alberta’s NDP Opposition and now a Social Studies, English and International Languages high school teacher at Eastglen High school, her experience is far-reaching and broad.

Patrick Kane

Pat is Director, Waste Policy for Alberta Environment and Parks and responsible for waste policy for Alberta. He has been involved with the development of Alberta’s recycling programs and serves as a Director on several environmental stewardship organizations.

Pat is a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA, CMA), has a Business Administration Degree from the University of New Brunswick, is an Environmental Practitioner (EP) and has obtained the Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation from The Directors College, McMaster University.

Pat has been involved in a number of volunteer organizations including Edzimkulu, A Society for Children of AIDS. Edzimkulu provided health care focused on HIV/AIDS, orphan support, and early childhood education in the small village of Ndawana, South Africa

Sandra Kavanagh

Sandra was a family physician for 30 years and is currently the medical director of Revera Living Edmonton. Sandra brings considerable experience serving on boards and committees both professionally and in her community. Professionally, she has served on the medical staff board of St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital, the AHS Antibiotic Stewardship Committee, and the Continuing Care Medical Advisory Committee. She has also had an active role in her community league, served as Grandview Heights School co-chairman and has governance and fundraising experience through past involvement with the Tamarineh Society.

Sam Narayan

Sam Narayan, Owner/Associate Broker of RE/MAX Excellence and RE/MAX Commercial Edmonton, has over 15 years of Business and Real Estate experience and recently won the 2014 RE/MAX Broker/Owner Award for Canada. RE/MAX Excellence is a top producing, award winning office and frequently participates in various charitable events including Habitat For Humanity, World Partnership Walk, Children’s Miracle Network all while raising money for various organizations. Sam is an active member of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, the Edmonton Fijian Cultural Organization, a former director of the Better Business Bureau and holds a variety of other Commercial memberships. Sam has two children and loves to golf, travel and spend time with his family.

Vince Ng

Vince is a native Edmontonian with a varied background. He is currently a practicing lawyer working in-house for an international Engineering Procurement and Construction company.   His previous experience includes being a litigator in a boutique litigation firm, director and officer of several start-ups and as a naval officer in the Canadian Armed Forces for 13 years.  Also run a successful lace front wigs online site veryhair.com . He currently holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Electrical) and a Bachelor of Law.

Daryl Penner

Daryl received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Alberta in 1990 and has been in private practice in Calgary since graduating. He has been on over 20 volunteer missions beginning in 1995. He has completed missions for both Kindness In Action and Change For Children. This work has taken him to Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela. He also participated in the building of a low cost dental facility in Kabale, Uganda.

Line Marie Perron

Line Perron is a passionate advocate for children and an agent of change. Line has more than 25 years of facilitation, leadership and community development experience and is a life-long learner. Line Marie received her degree in psychology and sociology and her Master’s in Family Life Education from the University of Alberta, and then pursued an Indigenous Early Childhood Development Leadership Management certification from the University of Victoria.

In 2002, she founded Early Childhood Development Support Services, a not for profit organization dedicated to the professional development and support of individuals working in relationship based practice with children and families. She sits on the Alberta Early Learning and Care Leader’s Caucus and is an executive board member for the Alberta Child Care Association. She is also a certified neuro-linguistic practitioner and master trainer. Line is the mother of three grown children and an avid soccer enthusiast.

Sagal Yusuf

Originally from Somalia, Sagal moved to Canada at the age of seven. She was raised in Toronto but has called Alberta home for the last ten years.

Sagal graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA in Psychology and Sociology. She has always been passionate about serving the needs of those most traumatically affected by war and displacement, whether back in her native land or in Canada. Sagal has been privileged enough to serve the needs of young women in Somalia for several months after graduating University. She also volunteers some of her time to support newcomers in Edmonton and serves as a mentor for Somali youth.