Yolaine Münter – 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. She continues 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 was re-elected as Caldwell’s Chair of the Board in May 2017 for the next 3 years.
Paula Klein – Vice 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.
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.
Eileen McGregor – Secretary
Eileen has extensive experience in the governance of non-profit and charitable organizations including serving as a Board member and Chair of a non-profit school, experience in strategic planning, Bylaw revision and policy development. Eileen holds a BSc (in Agriculture) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. In her working career she has held positions in an agri-food industry association, the Federal Government Agriculture department, a business incubator facility and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and has provided consulting services to small companies and independent inventors in both the agriculture and biopharmaceutical sectors.
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
Organizations trust Diane Obam Dallaire to strengthen their stakeholder relations, improve customer engagement and manage change initiatives. They also depend on her to spot ways to avoid unnecessary costs and risks in the face of major changes and complex projects. Diane recently joined the Bank of Canada and was previously with Canada Post.
As an avid volunteer, she advocates for economic and cultural empowerment. Organizations like the National Arts Centre, the Rideau Club and Business/Arts have benefitted from having Diane lead or serve on their boards of directors and committees. For those efforts, she earned the 2017 Arnold Edinborough Award. Diane was recognized as a business professional, under age 40, who demonstrated exemplary leadership and volunteerism in Canada’s arts scene.
Throughout her career, she has intuitively brought together the right mix of people and skills so that large and small organizations can realize their visions. Diane leverages her strategic communications and interpersonal skills to get cross-functional teams to buy into and align with both corporate visions and project-level objectives, and mentor and motivate those teams to get desired results. Diane’s professional reach extends beyond Canada. In hands-on and strategic ways, she has helped organizations like SOCAP International, the Corporate Council on Africa, Verizon Communications and the Information Technology Association of America.
Diane holds a Master of Arts in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the University of Carleton’s Sprott School of Business. She is a certified ProSci change management professional and is fluent in French and English.
Karen Holliday – Director
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.
Brian Kells, Director
Brian is a lawyer who practices corporate and securities law with a prominent Ottawa firm. After finishing his undergraduate studies in international development, Brian spent a year in Tanzania and Malawi working for health care organisations. Brian served as a reservist with the Canadian Army for over 14 years, including a deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan from 2008 to 2009. Brian is passionate about serving the Ottawa community through volunteer work. He served on the board of directors of the Ottawa-Carleton Ultimate Association from 2013 to 2018, including 3 years as Board Chair and President, and currently serves as the Vice-President of the Parent Resource Centre in Sandy Hill.
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.