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

David Fath

President

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.

Line Marie Perron

Vice President

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.

Patrick Kane

Treasurer

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

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.

Bill Hallam

Past 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.

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

Matthew Gusul

Gus has a history of working both as a theatre artist and as a development worker. As a theatre artist, he has mainly focused on helping marginalized communities create theatre based upon the community’s stories. As a development worker, he has been a fundraiser, executive board member, project coordinator, and founder of a non-profit organization. He has worked with seniors, inmates in prisons, various groups of Canada’s Indigenous populations, young people, GLBTQ communities, and religious groups. He has also taught workshops at conferences and by request throughout Canada, rural Mexico, and India.

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.

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.

Jimmy Kayonga

Jimmy was born in DR. Congo where he lived until 2004. After a civil war in his home province of Kivu, he relocated to Uganda, growing up in refugee camps of Kyaka II in western Uganda and Nakivale Refugee Settlement in the southwestern region where he lived until 2013 and acquired 9 years of Education.

In May 2013, Jimmy came to Canada where he completed his secondary education at Eastglen High School. This Fall Jimmy will start his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Calgary with the goal of majoring in International Relations and going on to work as a diplomat for the UN.

Jimmy currently works as a Community Rehabilitation Worker for Independent Counseling Enterprises and has been in this field for 4 years. Jimmy is an an active volunteer for Hope Mission and The Society of Seniors Caring About Seniors (SSCA).

Marnie McMullen

Marnie has an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta.  She has been with McMan Youth, Family and Community Services since 1993.  Currently she is the Programs Manager for the Supported Independent Living Programs in Edmonton assisting youth 16-24 in learning to live independently.  She is also the Director of Programs and Services for McMan Fort McMurray.   Marnie has a passion for helping marginalized children and youth.  She has experience overseeing contracts with the Government of Alberta to provide services to youth in care as well as programs that receive grants to operate in Fort McMurray.

Beverly Milroy

Beverly has a background in family support, group facilitation and staff development. She was trained as a Home Visitor and spent 9 years as a supervisor/ program manager for Edmonton’s first Parent Link Centre. Bev acted as the Provincial Coordinator for the Alberta Network for Safe and Healthy Children in 2014. Currently, Bev is immersed in community development initiatives across the province; including supporting Early Childhood Coalitions of Alberta (ECCA) and also as a Health Promotion Facilitator with Alberta Health Services. Bev completed high school in Santiago, Chile. She enjoys running, yoga, travel and photography.

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.

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.

Judy Sillito

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.