Cassie Bell is the proud mother of four children whose achievements and challenges motivate her passionate advocacy for an equitable and well-resourced public education system for all children. Cassie currently works with the Toronto District School Board's Inner City Advisory Committee as the group's co-ordinator, having earlier assisted with the production of the Model Schools for Inner Cities Task Force Report (May 2005), which saw the launch of a major program in the TDSB to support equitable outcomes for students in inner city communities across Toronto. Cassie formerly worked as a secondary school teacher and is currently attending the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto part-time to complete a Masters Degree in Urban Education.
Catherine Biernis - Catherine has worked in the financial industry for over 20 years. Her latest position was at an investment management firm focusing on servicing clients and sales for corporate clients. While there, Catherine served as a member and was promoted to chair of the Philanthropy committee. As Chair, she coordinated the effort to determine the prioritization criteria for deciding which organizations should be supported and led the development of the governance policies for the Committee. As Chair, she also helped establish an ongoing dialogue amongst the charities supported to determine where joint programs could be considered to maximize the value of dollars to the community.
Pat Davidson is a founding director, of Camp Oochigeas, a summer camp for children affected by cancer located in Muskoka. At Camp Oochigeas Ms. Davidson was the board chair, and also a camp counsellor. For 15 years, Mrs. Davidson was an information and referral volunteer with New Directions, an agency that helps newly single women rebuild their lives. Ms. Davidson is the Executive Producer and an adult facilitator with Kids Care (2005) and was the Executive Producer of How Can We Love You? (2001). She has also trained as a nurse at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.
Scott Douglas has been a volunteer at SkyWorks for years originally through his mother Mary Sue Douglas who was featured in and worked with the documentary How Can We Love You? He was also part of Kids Care. Scott has worked at TELUS for ten years and is currently a business consultant to TELUS sales channels with a focus on training and developing national programs. He has also worked in sports marketing and played for the Hamilton Tiger Cats in the CFL. He is married to Alyssa and has two children and is a true outdoorsman.
Lyn Gaetz is a recently retired principal with the Toronto District School Board. As well as administrating a school and developing strong relationships with students, staff and parents, Lyn mentored new administrators, developed support for beginning teachers and worked in the areas of Equitable and Safe and Caring Schools. Lyn serves on the Board at Trinity- St. Paul's United Church and chairs the committee that is spearheading the development of the Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts at Trinity-St. Paul's. Lyn is studying to complete her Masters of Theological Studies degree at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto. Lyn has 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren. She is building a house in Haliburton with Greg, her husband of 43 years. They plan to split their time between downtown Toronto and Haliburton, enjoying the best of both worlds.