Our 2018 / 2019 Board of Directors


Volunteer Board of Directors

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Elizabeth Jamischak, President

Elizabeth has served on several Not-For-Profit boards within Durham Region and joined CDCD’s board in 2019. She is a dynamic, intuitive and proactive leader with outstanding credentials in administrative management, governance and strategic planning and is known as a results driven professional who is an expert at building relationships, gaining credibility and developing strong ties with internal and external stakeholders.

Elizabeth has spent the last 14 years working with organizations within the government, manufacturing, healthcare, IT, financial services and energy sectors to establish a culture of Continuous Improvement within their organizations and is thereby quite passionate about ensuring a level of excellence is achieved in any initiative she participates in.  Through her company CHORD Designs, she has helped new businesses establish themselves though branding, strategic planning and organizational development. In her spare she plays the saxophone and both designs and builds furniture.

Michelle Davis, Vice President

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, 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.

Roger Ramkissoon, Treasurer

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.

Audette James, Secretary

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.

Portia Daisy, Director

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.


Board Meeting Minutes

January 2019

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018