Paula Klein – Chair of the Board
Paula was elected to the Board in May 2018. Paula has extensive domestic and international experience in a wide variety of business and technology leadership positions. Most recently, Paula held the position of Business Manager, Traffic Safety and Security Division for 3M Canada Company. In this role, Paula had full P&L responsibility for the Canadian business managing all sales, marketing and business development activities in Canada for a diverse range of industrial and high tech products. Paula joined 3M in 2010 after spending more than 20 years at Nortel where she held senior business management and leadership positions. Paula graduated with a Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and has completed the AEA/Ivey Executive Marketing Program. Paula, her husband Michael and son Andrew live in Ottawa.
Sari Kline, Vice-Chair of the Board
Sari has an extensive background in healthcare management and has held leadership positions in hospitals in both Ottawa and Toronto. She currently serves as the CAO of the Ottawa Blood Disease Centre at The Ottawa Hospital, where she focusses on operational excellence, sustainability, and growth. Sari has a clinical background as an Occupational Therapist in the mental health field, and holds a Master’s of Health Administration from the University of Toronto. Sari’s previous Board experience includes several years with Options Bytown Not for Profit Housing, as well as with her children’s former school. Originally from Toronto, Sari now lives with her two young children in Ottawa. She was elected to the Caldwell Family Centre Board in February 2020.
Karen Holliday – Secretary
Karen is an experienced technology executive who has spent more than 20 years leading software teams in the Ottawa area. She has held various roles at Nortel, Avaya and Halogen Software. Currently, Karen is the Vice President of Quality and Customer Care at InGenius Software in Kanata. Karen is dedicated to community growth; in addition to various volunteer commitments, she enjoyed a past board position on the Huntley Community Association working on programs within the Carp community. Karen has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Regina. In her spare time, Karen participates in various running races and enjoys biking, skiing and spending time with her family.
Yolaine Münter – Past Chair of the Board
Yolaine’s career has spanned all aspects of the public and private educational systems: teacher, special education teacher, vice-principal and principal. For many years Yolaine continued her enthusiasm for learning in her work with student teachers at the University of Ottawa. Her volunteer activities are equally centred on learning and children. She has been a Trustee with the Kanata Public Library Board, a founding member of the Heritage Fair for students in the Ottawa region, a member of the Language of Instruction Commission of Ontario and a member of the French-language committee of the Carlington Community and Health Services Centre.
Yolaine has been involved in various capacities with the Caldwell Family Centre almost since its inception and was re-elected as Caldwell’s Chair of the Board in May 2017. She is stepping down as Chair but is looking forward to continuing as a director and will serve as past chair for the next 3-year term.
Bernard Guité – Treasurer
Bernard holds a professional CPA designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants association of Quebec. His finance career has taken him into various roles within not-for-profit and government organizations. He also has an executive masters of business administration from the Telfer School of Business and over 25 years of combined experience in the service, government and child and youth care industries. Bernard was appointed to the board of directors to fill the role of treasurer in November 2018 and has been supporting the organization to operate in a sustainable and transparent way.
Cathy Curry – Director
As Trustee and Chair of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Director on the Ottawa Carleton Education Network and the Education Foundation Board, Cathy’s interest in serving the public has given her considerable experience in community building. She currently sits on the CHEO-Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre Board, is a member of the CHEO Audit and Finance Committee and chairs the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Children and Youth Mental Health. Cathy is a member of the Grants Committee for the Community Foundation of Ottawa and is Vice President of Governance on the Ottawa Fusion Volleyball Club Executive. She was a member of the Best Start Planning Table for Kanata, Stittsville , Goulbourn and West Carleton. She is a member of the College of Teachers and still teaches occasionally. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature and a Masters of Science in Education. She has travelled extensively, is the mother of four and plays French Horn in the Concert Band of Kanata.
Diane Obam Dallaire – Director
Diane Obam Dallaire is a trusted leader in organizational change and corporate relationships. Executive teams at national Crown corporations rely on her for direction on people engagement, stakeholder collaboration, risk mitigation and much more during transformational and complex projects. Diane currently works as an Organizational Change Management Specialist at the Bank of Canada’s Cyber Security Division.
Diane’s reach even extends beyond Canada. In hands-on and strategic ways, she has influenced and advanced organizations like SOCAP International, the Corporate Council on Africa, and the Information Technology Association of America.
As an avid volunteer, she advocates for economic and cultural empowerment. Organizations like the National Arts Centre, The Caldwell Family Centre, the Rideau Club and businesses have benefitted from having Diane lead or serve on their boards of directors and committees. In 2017 she was the sole national recipient of the Arnold Edinborough Award, which recognized Diane as a business professional, under age 40, who demonstrated exemplary leadership and volunteerism in Canada’s arts scene.
Diane holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Ottawa: a Master of Arts in Public and International Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences. She is also a certified project manager and change management expert, who is fluently bilingual in French and English.
To re-energize herself outside the workplace and not-for-profit boardrooms, Diane plays tennis, powerwalks along Ottawa’s beautiful Rideau Canal, enjoys discovering new local restaurants, bakes madeleines and tests her vocabulary through the New York Times app Spelling Bee. She also aspires to tour Canada in its entirety, primarily via train.
Learn more about Diane’s industry experience and community roles by visiting: www.linkedin.com/in/dianeobamdallaire/
Jordan Snel – Director
Jordan is an Ottawa-based lawyer with extensive experience advising the government, education, and non-profit sectors. His legal career has taken him all across the country and to the Supreme Court of Canada. Jordan currently works as in-house legal counsel to Carleton University, practicing primarily intellectual property and corporate/commercial law. He lives in the Carlington area and is committed to giving back to his community.
Renée Stewart – Director
Renée has been with Ottawa Police Services since 2007 and currently works as a detective/constable in the Partner Assault Unit. Renée has a particular interest in serving the community and constantly presents a positive image of police to people in the community. She has worked on patrol in the east, west and rural areas of the city. She also has worked as a “Group Home Liaison Officer”, fostering a positive relationship with the often troubled youths at group homes in the city.
Marilyn Matheson – Executive Director
Marilyn has a wealth of experience in senior positions with multi-service national, regional and local charitable organizations such as: an animal shelter; art gallery; performing arts theatre; poverty relief and health agencies; in both staff and volunteer positions. Born and raised in Ottawa, she has lived and worked in Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Windsor, St. Thomas and London Ontario. She is looking forward to working with the dedicated team of staff and volunteers at Caldwell Family Centre, to meet the challenges of the future. Her son Ian lives in Ottawa, while daughter Laureen, son-in-law Matt and granddaughters Rose and Margaret live in London Ontario.