Past President/ Strategic Advisor
Mark has been employed in the successful operation of a large transportation network since 2004. Mark has significant professional experience in sales, marketing, communications, budgets, and strategic planning. Through an enduring relationship with the French family, Mark was familiar with the Centre before it became operational in 2008. Mark is married to Karen (nee Bannister) and they have three children. Mark is proud of this opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way while working with the many committed professionals and volunteers dedicated to the Centre.
Patrick is a Real Estate Broker with McGarr Realty Corp in St.Catharines. A licensed Realtor since 2003, he has maintained an active business and family life since settling back in Niagara in 2002. With a background in music and education as well, Patrick has enjoyed a diverse and varied career over the years. Following 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Niagara Association of Realtors, Patrick was thrilled to join this important organization.
Blair is currently a Program Financial Analyst with the Niagara Region and has previous experience as an Auditor servicing clients in both the for-profit and non-for-profit sectors. In addition to her education in Health Sciences, Blair is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a MBA from Brock University. As a lifelong resident of Niagara, Blair is passionate about ensuring that everyone in Niagara has access to resources to support their development. Through her past volunteer and board experience she has seen the long-term effects that abuse as a child can have on an individual and barriers that can be faced in obtaining support. Blair looks forward to continuing to contribute to her home community and be a part of the work being done by the organization to support children and bring awareness to abuse.
Vaughn retired from the District School Board of Niagara with 31 years as an educator and administrator of elementary schools in St. Catharines, Grimsby and Lincoln. Upon retirement, He spent three years working with the John Howard Society of Niagara. This was followed by almost 10 years as a provincial appointee to the Region of Niagara Police Services Board.
Vaughn is a life long resident of St Catharines, and with his wife, Sharon, has three adult children – one in St Catharines, one in the USA and one in Australia. They also have two grandchildren in Australia.
Nicky Adamou Leach is Assistant Vice President Human Resources with Canada Life – a career in Financial Services and Human Resources spanning over 25 years, Nicky is excited to join our Board, contribute to the community and support our initiatives. Her business focus brings strengths in HR strategic planning, organization development, talent acquisition, compensation and diversity and inclusion. Nicky and her husband Andrew live in St. Catharines and have three children.
Building Committee Chair
Frank is one of the founding members of the Child Advocacy Centre model here in Niagara and was the very first Chairperson during its inception which dates back to the year 2000. He is a retired Deputy Chief of the Niagara Regional Police Services. In 2012 Frank was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to his peers and community. The list of volunteer activities are too numerous to mention but noteworthy is his recent completion of a two nine-year term on the Board of Directors for FACS Niagara. 18 years – that is dedication! Anyone who knows Frank knows his passion for the safety of children and the importance he gives to the work of the multidisciplinary team here at the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara.
Robert is currently the Director of Finance for the Meridian Centre in St Catharines. Robert is a Certified Professional Account (CPA) and holds a Master of Public Administration degree. His background includes more than 15 years working in financial management positions with various companies such as Basic Technologies; Niagara Convention Centre and White Oaks Resort and Spa. He also has more than 20 years’ experience in financial management positions with public service organizations such as Bethesda Services; St Catharines General Hospital; and Niagara Region Public Health. Through this work experience, Robert has also gained knowledge in facilities management; strategic planning; information technology and risk management. Robert has been a Rotary member; volunteered at a public school breakfast club and is currently a Board member of Wellspring Niagara. Robert has also been a member of the Niagara Men’s Chorus for over 25 years. Robert is a life-long resident of the Niagara Region and has 2 daughters and 1 grandchild. Robert looks forward to making a valuable contribution to the Board in helping guide the operations of the organization.