Board of Directors
Board of Directors

Kristy Hook ~ Board Chair
Kristy’s association with Five Counties Children’s Centre began in 2005 when her eldest daughter was born with a cleft palate. FCCC provided assistance in the early days with infant feeding and later with extensive speech therapy.

The early part of Kristy’s career was as a financial planner with TD Canada Trust. Later as a practicing midwife, Kristy was a founding partner of Community Care Midwives. With the start of her family, Kristy chose to leave her midwifery practice due to the extensive on-call hours related to the profession and joined Lett Architects in the capacity of Administrative Principal.

Kristy has participated in a wide range of community volunteer opportunities earning a Port Hope Civic Award in 2013. Professionally, Kristy sat for several years on the Executive Committee of the Association of Ontario Midwives both as Treasurer and Vice President. She spent two years as a Community Member and one year as a Director of the Board for Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg finishing in June 2017.

Julie Davis ~ Vice-Chair and Chair of the Executive Committee
Julie Davis joined the Five Counties Children’s Centre Board in 2016 and is Chair of the Executive Committee and a member of the Communications and Government Relations Committee.  Julie’s career has spanned the for-profit, public and charitable sectors. Currently, as Vice President External Relations and Advancement at Trent University, she is responsible for philanthropy, advancement services, community relations, indigenous relations, alumni affairs, and the campus master plan. Prior to Trent she was President and CEO of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation where she led two major fundraising campaigns. Her work in the charitable sector was preceded by a career in marketing and senior leadership in the packaged goods sector at Quaker Oats and Unilever Canada.

Andrew Smith ~ Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee
Andrew Smith is the Director of Finance and Administration for the Alan Stewart Homes Ltd., a company providing residential care for medically fragile children and young adults with complex care needs. Previously he was the Chief Financial Officer of the Boyden Global Executive Search Ottawa Inc. Andrew is a CPA, CA and holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Prior to joining the Five Counties Children’s Centre Board of Directors, Andrew had served on the Five Counties Children’s Centre Foundation Board of Trustees as Treasurer for over a year.

Galen Eagle ~ Secretary and Vice-Chair of the Communication and Government Relations Committee
Galen Eagle joined the Five Counties Children’s Centre Board in 2020 and is a member of the Executive Committee and Vice Chair of the Communications and Government Relations Committee. In his day job, Galen is Communications Manager at the PVNC Catholic District School Board, a position he has held since 2015. Before his move to school public relations, Galen was the Communications Manager for the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and prior to that he was a multi-media journalist for nearly 10 years. Galen has a journalism degree from Carleton University.

In addition to serving Five Counties, Galen is an active volunteer. He is currently vice-president of the Canadian Association of Communicators in Education (CACE) and has served communication roles on local election campaigns at both the federal and municipal level.

Tony Doyle ~ Chair of the Communications and Government Relations Committee
Tony Doyle was introduced to Five Counties Children’s Centre in 2014, shortly after his son was born with a range of challenges. He is forever thankful for the professional and compassionate care that the Five Counties team provided to his son, who is now thriving, and family.

Tony is a highly successful post-secondary education leader with extensive background in academic program delivery, communications, and community and government relations, including helping to secure millions of dollars in funding for priority projects. Currently, he is Executive Dean of the Durham College Faculty of Science, Engineering and Information Technology.

Finally, Tony feels fortunate to have served on a number of different community boards and committees over the course of his career.

Adam White ~ Chair of the Program and Services Advisory Committee
Adam White is a Learning Consultant responsible for French as a Second Language, English Language Learners and the New Teacher Induction Program with the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic School Board. Providing support to teachers in classrooms from Kindergarten to Grade 12, he enjoys the opportunity to learn with and from teachers and students and appreciates the opportunity to help teachers deliver the best experience possible to their students. In his previous position as a Grade 4 French immersion teacher at St. Catherine Catholic Elementary School, Adam has the privilege of spending each day helping children to learn and discover the world around them.

Adam’s connection to Five Counties started in December 1978 when, at the age of 9 months, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Adam benefitted from many of the Centre’s services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and recreation programs. Since his days as a client, he has continued his relationship with Five Counties as a volunteer and committee member.

Judith Anne Armstrong Binette ~ Director

Judith is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Medicine and Family Medicine Programs. She achieved fellowship in the College of Family Medicine in 2005. Judith has served on various boards and committees including the St. Peter’s Secondary School Parent Teacher Council, French Immersion Committee for the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board and the Kawartha Youth Orchestra. She also served as Primary Care Lead for Peterborough City and County of the Central East Local Health Integration Network. She served as chair of The Peterborough Clinic Executive, co-chair and founder of the Primary Care Focus Group and a member of the Governance Committee for the Peterborough Ontario Health Team. Judith is a strong believer in cultural sensitivity and gender sensitivity haven taken part in Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity Training, a Blanket Ceremony and Gender Sensitivity Training.

She retired from her Primary Care Practice in 2020 and has since worked with Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Peterborough Public Health for Covid-19 vaccination. She enjoys helping out with her 7 grandchildren. She was drawn to Five Counties Children’s Centre as an Aunt of a gifted young man with special needs and the Nana of premature twins who use the services of Five Counties.

Anne Marie Duncan ~ Director
Anne Marie Duncan (pronouns she/her) is currently the Superintendent of Education responsible for Special Education, Safe and Caring Schools, and Mental Health and Well-being with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPRDSB). She identifies as a white settler, privileged to work and live on the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg.

Anne Marie has a PhD in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning. Prior to becoming a superintendent in 2015, she held the roles of classroom teacher, curriculum consultant, department head, vice principal and principal at the elementary and secondary school levels in two school boards. She also interrupted her leadership career to work at the Canadian Medical Association in non-clinical professional development for Canada’s physicians.

Anne Marie’s previous connection to Five Counties is in partnership to serve students, through her role as Superintendent of Special Education, both when she was at the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board, and currently in KPRDSB. Anne Marie is excited to join the Board of Directors to further the work of this very important organization

Isabelle Keeley ~ Director
Isabelle joined the Five Counties Children’s Centre Board in 2021 and is a member of the Program, Service and Advisory Committee.

Isabelle is a graduate from Cornwall General Hospital with a Nursing Diploma and management experience in the nursing arena and has an education background in clinical research as a Clinical Research Professional with 12 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, responsible for overseeing assigned clinical trials and to identify and report fraud and misconduct at all levels.

Isabelle has worked locally in Peterborough, parts of Ontario, and the United States and held a volunteer position as a Registered Nurse with Canadian International Development Association Jamaica Self-Help Development (Establishment of Outpatient Clinics in Jamaica).

Kevin Kirkpatrick ~ Director

Kevin Kirkpatrick is an executive and physician recruiting professional that has worked with the Peterborough Regional Health Centre and now with the City and County.  His focus is on building health care teams to meet community needs.  As a former Five Counties board membe,r this is an opportunity for him to return to an organization he holds in high regard.  As a parent of two daughters, Kevin volunteers his time towards causes that affect children.

Rennie Lowes ~ Director
Rennie has been a realtor in Peterborough since 2003 and is the Past President of the Peterborough and Kawartha Association of Realtors (PKAR). During his time at PKAR, Rennie held the position of Chair of Finance, Technology, Professional Standards, and was a member of several other committees. He has vast experience setting budgets and in strategic planning.

Prior to being a realtor, Rennie was a Project Manager for software companies with clients that ranged from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. In his professional work, Rennie has excelled at dealing with varied clientele with a wide range of needs and concerns and believes that his ability to listen to others will serve him well on the Board of Five Counties.

He enjoys being involved in organizations such as Five Counties that provide services and benefits to their stakeholders and clients. His desire is to serve, contribute his expertise and to leave the Board of Directors in good shape for his successor.

Sacha Lai-Svirk ~ Director
Sacha joined the Five Counties Children’s Centre Board in 2022 and is a member of the Communications and Government Relations Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.

Sacha is Partner and VP of People & Technology at Outpost379, one of the country’s most accomplished and respected health and wellness advertising agency. Sacha draws from more than 30 years of experience in healthcare and digital advertising. As an agency partner and member of the senior leadership team Sacha is a key contributor in helping shape agency strategy, talent integration and organizational culture.

In addition to serving Five Counties, Sacha also serves on the board of directors for the Downtown Business Improvement Area, acting Chair for the DBIA Marketing Committee, Fleming’s Program Advisory Committee and often volunteers for The Peterborough Humane Society fostering kittens. Born in Jamaica, Sacha has also called Indiana and Kitchener-Waterloo home. In the summer you will find her paddle boarding along the beautiful shores of Chemong Lake.

Hugh Parker ~ Director
Hugh is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Trinity College), Yale University and Western University and he settled in Port Hope to practice law. He practiced general law until joining the staff of the Northumberland Children’s Aid Society as in-house Legal Counsel. Hugh retired in 2007 and has significant experience as a volunteer on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations including Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, Northumberland Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Port Hope and District Hospital, Community Living West Northumberland.

Ziyad Sidawi ~ Director and Vice-Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee
Ziyad is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate of Concordia University’s John Molson School. He is a Senior Financial Analyst with Part Time CFO Services. He brings a passion for results and a work ethic second to none.

Cynthia Weaver ~ Director

Cynthia Weaver (MSW, RSW) is the Chief Operating Office, VP Programs and Services with Kinark Child and Family Services. Cynthia is a social worker by training and has over 30 years’ experience in the field of human and child and youth services, both within community and hospital settings. Cynthia is drawn to organizations whose vision is to provide leadership to system change and development that removes barriers and improves positive outcomes for clients.  Prior to Kinark, Cynthia was the Administrative Director for the Provincial adolescent programs at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.  Cynthia’s passion for children, youth and their families has been evident throughout her career.

Board Committee Community Members

Julia Anderson ~ Program and Services Advisory Committee

Sandra Arroyo ~ Finance and Personnel Committee

Almut Brenne-Davies ~ Program and Services Advisory Committee

Sandy Robinson ~ Program and Services Advisory Committee

Alyssa Rowe ~ Finance and Personnel Committee