Leadership & Governance

We take pride in ensuring we’re always improving, always being as efficient as possible and always taking responsibility to manage ourselves prudently to ensure the support we receive does the good it was intended.

That’s why we take great care to build and maintain a robust, talented Leadership Team and Board of Directors. This team of professionals works with our dedicated supervisors and front-line staff to lead the YWCA toward changing more women’s and children’s lives, and ultimately toward seeing more women and children thriving in our local community.

YWCA Leadership

  • Kim Dolan

    Executive Director

  • Amanda English

    Director of Operations

  • Darlene Smith-Harrison

    Director of Client Services

YWCA Board of Directors

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Wendy Hicks, President

I have been a lawyer, a business owner, a government policy analyst, an editor, a graduate student, and now a university instructor. I teach courses in Politics, International Development, and Environmental Studies at Trent University. I am also an artist and photographer, with a passion for the beauty of our natural world. The work of the YWCA is deeply meaningful to me. As a family lawyer I met many women who were struggling to provide a safe and healthy life for themselves and their children. I thought that it could never happen to me, but when I found myself in an abusive relationship I was grateful to be able to turn to the YWCA for help. I joined the Board of Directors as a way of giving back to the organization that saved my life, helped me to understand the cycle of abuse, and gave me the tools to become a whole and healthy woman. I am committed to doing what I can to ensure that the YWCA will continue to provide life-saving and life-changing services for women and children. During my years on the Board, I have had the opportunity to learn more about the scope of YWCA programming, and to work with an incredible group of women. I am grateful for the opportunity to give back to an organization that provides such crucial supports to women and children in our community.

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Rachel Pott, Vice-President

As a management consultant at Laridae, I facilitate Boards and leadership teams, coach middle-managers, engage community stakeholders, and lead non-profit organizations through the development of strategies and plans to bring about meaningful change. Since my undergrad, I’ve been committed to working for and supporting non-profits, and helping to strengthen the sector that gives so much to our communities. My exposure to the strong, committed, and thoughtful women who work and volunteer for the YWCA led me to join the Board. As a Director, I hope to support the tireless work of the dedicated staff team as they cultivate a safe and supportive community where women and children can thrive.

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Tina Thornton, Acting Treasurer and Past President

I work as Manager of Special Assignments with Nexicom. I began as their Internet Helpdesk Supervisor six years ago and was promoted to Supervisor of Customer Service before taking on my current role. I have a Diploma in Computer Programming and Business Administration and recently completed a Certificate in Project Management, skills which help me in my current role. At an early age I found myself in a situation where I needed services provided by the YWCA. This experience both changed and saved my life. Now that I have completed my education and have developed professional skills, I want to give back to this amazing organization and the people it supports. I have volunteered for years but never had this level of fulfilment. I truly feel like my contribution is making a difference.

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Kristen Larocque, Secretary

Since earning my Honours B.A. in French Literature and Media Studies from Trent University in June 2017, I have enjoyed the opportunity to work for the Workforce Development Board/Local Employment Planning Council as Project Manager. This multidisciplinary position has allowed me to expand my knowledge in other areas and broaden my perspectives. Working with local social services, employment agencies, business owners and job seekers, I have developed a strong awareness of the needs of the community, not only those that are tied to employment but beyond this as well. This exposure was instrumental in helping me realize my desire to become involved with the YWCA and begin making a difference in the lives of other women. I am grateful to be part of such a meaningful organization that cultivates a safe and supportive community where women and children can thrive and achieve their full potential.

Reem Ali, Board Director

I am the current Workplace Integration Liaison with the New Canadians Centre and have 10+ years experience in the not-for-profit sector working internationally and locally with vulnerable children and women. I am the recipient of the inaugural Women’s Leadership Award by the Peterborough-Kawarthas Office of the MP and the Chamber of Commerce’s 4 Under 40 Award for Community Impact. I previously served on local granting committees and currently serve on multiple not-for-profit boards.  I have always looked up to the YWCA as the model for a women-led organization serving vulnerable women in our community. As such, it is important for me that ALL women are welcomed and included at all levels of the organization in a way that goes beyond symbolic representation and provides substantive decision making power. As a Board Director, I hope to support the YWCA in continuing to make this possible.

Rachel Bruls, Board Director

Sylvia Davies, Board Director

For over 30 years I worked in the not-for-profit sector spending most of my time in management and consulting positions. I worked with the YWCA a number of years ago and have always felt there is value and importance in the work the agency does for the Peterborough Haliburton community and surrounding area.

Sherri Ireland, Board Director

Shahed Khaito, Board Director

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Krista Koekkoek, Board Director

Since graduating from university, I have spent time in the classroom teaching French and History, in Special Education and now more recently in Guidance, having completed my Masters in Counselling Psychology. I am delighted to be serving the YWCA as a Board Director. I believe strongly in giving back to a community that has given me so much. I am especially interested in the wrap around support of women and children. I feel privileged to be a part of a Board comprised of smart, committed and thoughtful individuals, working for an organization whose staff passionately and tirelessly gives to clients and educates our community as a whole. I continue to learn and be in awe.

Tracy Milne, Board Director

Darby Ness, Board Director

I am a Registered Social Worker, currently working in the field of mental health. Prior to taking on my current role as Crisis Intervention Worker with the Canadian Mental Health Association, I worked with children in foster care to support their placements, mental health and development. I am currently working on my Master of Social Work degree, with aspirations to become involved in trauma work. I was attracted to becoming a Board Director with the YWCA mostly as a result of my passion for reducing the violence that women continue to experience, as well as my unwavering belief in the programs that the YWCA offers. Raising awareness is an integral part to ending violence against women, and I stand as an advocate alongside them. I have already been amazed by the powerful women that I am surrounded by. We come from diverse backgrounds and many different walks of life, but the passion and determination to create change is undoubted.

Elaine Sackville, Board Director

As an Excise Tax Auditor, I audit medium/large businesses to confirm and enforce compliance with the statutes administered by the Canada Revenue Agency for GST/HST. I was a YWCA Peterborough Haliburton Board Director in the past and enjoyed the experience. I would like to give back to the community now that my children are grown. I am passionate about the YWCA and the violence against women programs that it offers.

Dayna Taylor, Board Director

I am a teacher at Lakefield College School. As a new Board Member, I am eager to learn more about how my skills can best support the YWCA. I look forward to making deeper connections within the community.

Julia Whitfield, Board Director

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Kelly Zatorski, Board Director

I have been a dedicated member of the Trent University community since 2013, working in a range of positions that contribute to the success of both the students and the institution as a whole. I currently hold the position of Manager, Careers & Experiential Education in which I am responsible for expanding a variety of experiential learning opportunities and supporting career education. Prior to entering the public sector, I worked as a project manager and consultant for an online business technology firm. The overarching appeal of becoming involved in the YWCA Board is the exposure to so many different facets of the organization and the opportunity to be a part of discussions that might open up other opportunities for personal growth and development. My hope is that I can then take that progress and translate it back into the organization, and overall community, as a more significant contribution. There are issues towards which I feel a profound connection to and am drawn to contribute in a way that gives back to a community that I truly believe has given me so much. Being a part of a team with a shared goal, varying perspectives and diverse backgrounds is inspiring and I am drawn to this opportunity to become engaged in something of such significance.