BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF
Precious Minds Board of Directors
The Precious Minds volunteer Board of Directors is entrusted with the responsibility to ensure that Precious Minds stays true to its purpose, vision and values with integrity, creativity and long-term sustainability. Involved in on-going evaluation and adjustment to keep the organization healthy, functional and impacting.
Mark Anderson, Chair
Mark joined the Board in 2013 and was appointed as Board Chair at the Annual General Meeting in June, 2014. Mark brings experience from the business sector and other charitable organizations in both Canada and the United States. In 2011 Mark was named the President/CEO and Board Member of Armtec Infrastructure Inc. - a publicly traded company with its head office located in the Greater Toronto Area. Prior to Armtec, Mark spent approximately 16 years working for Lafarge in various leadership roles in Canada, United States and Latin America. Mark has a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Mark has been on the Board of Directors for the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Detroit and has had exposure to various Down Syndrome associations and Special Olympics initiatives over the past 15 years. Mark resides with his wife, Kelly, and their five children in the Uxbridge area.
Dave Barton, Director
Dave Barton was elected Mayor of the Township of Uxbridge in 2018. He was a Ward Councillor for the previous term of Council. Dave is a lifelong resident of Uxbridge having been born at the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital. Dave plays an active role on Regional Transit and Public Works Committee. He is also an avid outdoors enthusiast, trail user and sits on the boards of the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. In his spare time Dave volunteers with the Bonner Boys and is an active member of the Durham Mountain Bike Association.
Kelly Cotton, Director
Kelly joined the Precious Mind Board in 2017. Kelly brings a wealth of experience from the business sector, specifically in the area of Human Resources best practice. She is currently employed full time with The Miller Group as the Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to Miller, Kelly worked for the past 13 years in senior human resource positions with both Armtec Infrastructure Inc., and Lafarge Canada. Kelly is passionate about fair and equitable people practices and is inspired by watching people develop to their full potential. Kelly has lived in Uxbridge for the last 11 years with her two children and husband Donnie.
Colleen Allison, Director
Colleen joined the Precious Minds Board in 2017. She is a teacher of Special Education at Uxbridge Secondary School and has been a lifelong supporter of individuals and families with exceptionalities not only through work, but primarily through personal relationships. Colleen and her husband Andrew have lived in Leaskdale for 26 years and her involvement in the community has often revolved around the extracurricular activities of her four boys who are now all in post-secondary or working in a full time capacity. Her formal education includes a BSc. and BEd. with a specialist in Special Education.
Patti Moloney, Director
Patti Moloney has been a Precious Minds Board member since 2017. Patti brings to this role her background as an elementary special education teacher, a master’s degree in counselling psychology, and her marketing expertise as entrepreneur and co-founder of Dimples Charms. She is an active volunteer and supporter of local community organizations and former Chair of the Uxbridge Loaves & Fishes Food Bank.
Precious Minds Staff Team
Our most valuable resources are our human resources! There would be no Precious Minds without the dedication of our incredible staff team that work together to fulfill our mission and bring CARE, SUPPORT & HOPE to our Precious Minds families.
Chas Harding, Executive Director
Chas joined the board in 2012 with a passion to spread the word about Precious Minds in our community and help raise funds towards the programs and support services we offer. In January 2019, Chas joined the staff team as our Executive Director. Her background working with children and adults with Acquired Brain Injury brings practical experience as we develop programs and with strategic goal setting. Chas and her husband Matt have lived in Uxbridge area for the past 18 years with their three children.
Heather Goldsmith, Administrative Coordinator & Events
Heather's journey with Precious Minds started as a volunteer position for fundraising events. Utilizing her amazing organizational skills, attention to detail and passion for helping families who have children with developmental challenges. Heather is now the face and voice of Precious Minds handling all administration and assists in all areas from Fundraising to Family Support.
Elizabeth Runnalls, Program Coordinator - Super Strikers Bowling
Elizabeth began with Precious Minds as a student volunteer. This opportunity grew her interest to be a part of our summer camp staff these past three years. Currently, Elizabeth leads the weekly Super Strikers Bowling program. She has completed the Developmental Services Worker program at Durham College and is now employed with the DDSB. We are thankful for Elizabeth’s passion, skills and energy on our team – and our clients would vouch for her leadership (and home-made baking) any day of the week!