Board of Directors

Christina Dawson

Board Chair

Christina is a Superintendent with York Regional Police. She believes community is a key component for individual recovery, from crisis to strength. She strives to create a safe space for clients to access multiple services in a network of support which is easily accessible through YRCCS. Christina would like to thank all the community partners for their collaboration and commitment, and to our funding donors who contribute to our vision, to build a safer community for those affected by violence.

Bernadee Koh-Bilodeau

Vice Chair

Bernadee is a Chartered board director and health executive with over 20 years of healthcare and not-for-profit experience. She is a seasoned leader experienced in organizational transformation, performance reporting, and equity, diversity, and inclusion. Bernadee’s is currently the director of the Ontario Physician Reporting Centre and provides executive oversight on reporting on physician human resources and medical trainees for Ontario. Bernadee hopes to bring her skills in governance, strategic planning, and person-centred continuity of care to support YRCCS in its mission to provide integrated, seamless, holistic access to services for those in the York Region affected by violence and abuse. 

Amit Joshi

Treasurer

Amit Joshi is an Associate Portfolio Manager at Barometer Capital Management Inc. and has spent his entire career in capital markets. Amit completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo, where he majored in Economics and specialized in Public Policy and Finance. Amit also received the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation in 2013. As Treasurer, Amit hopes to bring his years of business, accounting and capital markets expertise to provide financial management and oversight to the board. Amit is grateful for the opportunity to serve YRCCS and help support the organization in the incredibly important services they provide the York Region community.

Carley Valente

Secretary

Carley Valente is Legal Counsel for York Regional Police and a former Assistant Crown Attorney.  She completed her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Psychology and Criminology, as well as her law degree, at the University of Toronto, and was called to the Bar in 2010.  She has dedicated her academic, volunteer and professional endeavors to addressing gendered violence and violence against children, with a special focus on sexual violence.  Carley was a designated Intimate Partner Violence Crown and completed trauma-centered training in relation to Human Trafficking prosecutions.  Carley is grateful for the opportunity to support YRCCS in realizing a safer community for those affected by violence and abuse.

Melissa Kennedy

Melissa Kennedy is an accomplished and progressive labour, employment and human resources leader, with extensive experience in both the broader public sector, and private sector. She is presently the Executive Director, People, Wellness & Talent, with York Regional Police, holding a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Guelph, and a Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) from Queen’s University. Melissa brings with her previous board experience, having recently completed a term as a member of the Board of Directors with the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT); she had also been an active volunteer with the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) for a number of years. Melissa is honoured to support YRCCS’ mission to provide integrated delivery of services to community members of York Region affected by violence and abuse.

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