Our 2018 / 2019 Board of Directors


Volunteer Board of Directors

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President Gina Roberts

As a bilingual Human Resources Executive with a generalist and entrepreneurial background, Gina Roberts has extensive expertise developing and implementing organizational best practices. Gina focuses on creating environments that support management in defining and successfully implementing change management processes that enhance overall organizational performance.

Gina is a strategic business leader with over 20 years’ experience achieving organizational alignment through effective assessment, development, and execution of Human Resources strategies. She has worked in a wide variety of industries including financial, entertainment, technology, travel, legal and not-for-profit sectors.

In her consulting work, Gina can be relied on to champion the needs of the employees while serving the best interests of the organization. With strengths in people strategy, organizational design, benefits and compensation, employee relations, training and development, recruitment and retention, she has an innate enthusiasm for seizing challenges and driving projects to successful completion.

Gina has an Associate of Arts in Business Administration from Cégep du Vieux Montreal and is a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) candidate.

Treasurer Roger Ramkissoon

Roger is a resident of Oshawa and a seasoned finance professional with considerable experience in the banking, health care and non-profit sectors. He has served in various leadership roles in Canada and abroad and adopts a “hands-on” approach to financial management. His experience in financial management, policy development, budgeting, corporate governance and human resource management blends well with the needs of CDCD as the organization looks to the future. Roger is involved with various boards and board committees across Durham Region and has significant experience working with diverse communities including seniors, children, newcomers and persons with food insecurity.  He has been recognized for his ability to lead multidisciplinary teams while seeing the big picture impact of financial decision making.

Roger is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA Ontario), and also holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University (Scotland), and a Bachelors of Commerce from Laurentian University (Sudbury, ON).

In his spare time, he runs, listens to music and helps those in need.

Secretary Portia Daisy

Portia has lived in the Durham Region for several years. She completed a BFA at York University and holds both a CHRL and PMP designation. Her employment background includes several years in the Financial Services Industry, Consulting Services and the Public Education sector. She currently works at Centennial College, where she is a valued Human Resources Professional with expertise in talent acquisition, employee development and change management/process improvement. She is also a certified Facilitator in Crucial Conversations.

As a first generation Canadian she has a good understanding of challenges faced by new immigrants and she is excited to provide support to CDCD and its many programs.

Portia’s volunteer work includes several years of leadership as a head coach to rep level girls basketball teams. In her spare time, she is very passionate about travel, listening to music and playing in various soccer and basketball leagues.

Director Hillary Ireland

Hillary has lived in Durham her entire life, growing up in Whitby and currently living in Ajax. She is excited to be a new board member and give back to the community she has always called home.

She graduated from UOIT with a Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting in 2012 and is a qualifying CPA.

While her professional experience has spanned both the public and private sector, she is currently a Business Manager in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry. Her passion for performance management and strategy lead her to CDCD, as she wishes to help support an organization that provides such a broad range of key services to members of the community in need.

In her spare time, Hillary is an avid runner and can be found running the many trails around Durham Region.

Director Michelle Davis

Michelle is from Whitby, Ontario. She holds a Social Work degree with a minor in Public Administration from Ryerson University in Toronto. She specializes in the field of community health and safety promotion within the Public Housing sector. With over 20 years’ experience, Michelle provides strategic guidance on matters pertaining to community safety and crime prevention through social development initiatives for at risk communities with highly vulnerable populations in Toronto.

Michelle takes an anti-oppressive, social justice approach to her work and comes with extensive experience both in Canada and the United States. She has been recognized for her expertise in community development and engagement, strategic partnerships, stakeholder relations, individual and family counseling, advocacy, board governance, and social policy. In addition to being the President and Chair of New Hope Dwellings, Michelle currently serves as a Board member with the Denise House, Durham Children’s Aid Society’s (DCAS) and most recently the Community Development Council Durham (CDCD). Michelle is highly motivated and enjoys giving back to her community in many ways. Her energy is well balanced amongst work, church, family and volunteering.

Director Mark Seneviratne

Mark is a collaborative leader that believes in applying diversity of thought to stimulate innovative ideas and solve complex problems.  He calls the Durham Region his home and is passionate about contributing to his community and CDCD’s future.

Mark is a CPA, CA and CPA (Illinois) with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto.  He has worked in various industries including retail, real estate, manufacturing, and assurance and advisory services.  As a Finance professional, Mark is experienced in risk management, corporate governance, and financial analysis.  Mark has been recognized for effectively connecting operational performance with financial results.  As an adviser to Management, he has helped develop operational and financial policies and processes that improved the control environment and achieved results.

Director Audette James

Having migrated to Canada at a young age, Audette appreciates the diverse experiences in both the ambition and disenfranchisement of immigrants, women and racialized persons. Audette values critical thinking and strategic community development, research and program evaluation. Her board experience includes being a founding member of TAIBU Community Health Centre in Scarborough and serving on various non for profits. Audette’s experience in policy analysis, performance and project management as well as governance are tools to guide her role as a board director.

Audette holds a Batchelor’s in Social Work from Ryerson University which has grounded her in Anti Oppressive practice, a Master’s in Social Work from York University and is looking forward to starting her Masters in Business Administration with a specialization in Community Economic Development. During her spare time she enjoys playing football, travelling and spending time with her family. Audette looks forward to learning and adding value to CDCD while serving as a board member.

Director Floriana Cici

Floriana is a resident of Ajax, Ontario. She is an inspirational and transformative leader who empowers others to extend their thinking and drives continuous innovation. Respected as an ethical and strategic decision maker, Floriana earns the trust and a seat at the table in every capacity. She is passionate about youth development and mentors newcomers to Canada to navigate the job market.

Floriana has extensive experience in the financial industry working with two major Canadian banks in operations, governance and control. She advanced through the ranks transitioning from a personal banking officer to Head of Governance. Floriana holds a Masters in Business Administration from Thompson Rivers University, and an Honors Bachelor of Art from the University of Toronto with a double major in Psychology and Business Administration.

Board Meeting Minutes

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