Advocacy

Meet Our Board of Directors

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Anabela Da Silva is a married mother of three children, the eldest of whom is deafblind and now 20 years old. In her professional life she has been a legal assistant, a bookkeeper and currently is the manager of a ServiceMaster Clean franchise in the Toronto area. Anabela is very involved in various school councils including W. Ross Macdonald’s parent council, which she has chaired for 10 years. She is also involved with different charity organizations and has received several volunteer recognition awards over the years. Previously, Anabela served as president of the CDBA Ontario Board of Directors from 2015 to 2018.

 


Elizabeth Fennelly resides in Ottawa and is the parent of an elementary school-aged child who lives with deafblindness. Elizabeth brings a variety of experiences to the Sensity Board of Directors, including her work as a paralegal and also as a social worker. Elizabeth is passionate about raising awareness for the important role that Intervenors and Intervenor Services play in ensuring that families and children living with deafblindness can do what they love and experience life to the fullest. Elizabeth is currently vice-chair of the Board and combined with her tenure on the CDBA Ontario board of directors has served five years.

 

Grant Davies is one of the newest members of the Sensity Board of Directors. Born and raised in the Brant area, Grant had the pleasure of interacting with many members of the deafblind community at a young age, as he had family that worked at W. Ross Macdonald School in Brantford. Having an interest in sports, Grant participated alongside some of the students in community running events and through goalball. Grant attended high school in Brantford, before receiving a degree in Criminology and Public Policy from the University of Guelph. Since then, Grant has received a certificate of Leadership from Dalhousie University. Grant has spent the past few years volunteering as a coach in minor baseball and hockey. He currently works for the City of Brantford.

 

Jonathan Inacio is returning to our organization, having previously served on the CDBA Ontario board of directors. He originally joined the board at the start of the Paris apartment project and remained on with the goal of helping the organization move forward into a new. Jonathan has an interesting background both professionally and in his education that brings a different viewpoint that is beneficial to the board. He stepped away from the CDBA Ontario board board last year to be with his wife as they were having their first child. Jonathan is returning recommitted to helping the organization in its new endeavours.

 

Born and raised on a tender fruit farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Liz Froese graduated from Brock University with an honours degree in Political Science.  After university she completed a diploma in French Immersion studies in Quebec then started work in Ottawa as a legislative assistant for various Members of Parliament. After a career change Liz landed at the University of Toronto’s Masters of Social Work program. When the traveling bug hit, she spent a year living in Southern Germany working for the Salvation Army and Seneca College’s satellite school on the Canadian Forces Base in Lahr. Back in Canada, Liz worked at a children’s mental health centre in Niagara in the areas of family counseling, pre-school services and day treatment programs. Again, her adventurous spirit took over, and she spent three years with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti working with refugee families and street children. Liz landed back in the Niagara area permanently working in child protective services,. She currently works for Bethesda Community Services in the field of developmental disabilities. Her experience serving on several provincial, national and international not-for profit boards. Liz has a strong interest in board governance and a desire to see organizations governed well. Liz currently serves on the boards of Bethany Community Church, Niagara Health Community Advisory Committee and Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, in addition to Sensity.

 

David  McCloy has served on the Board of Directors for Sensity since the fall of 2017, and is honoured to begin his new role as treasurer. Professionally, he has run his financial planning practice through Investors Group since 2006 and works with clients of all ages offering them his expertise in wealth management, debt restructuring, insurance analysis and tax minimization strategies. David lives in the Niagara region with his wife Stephanie and his son Simon and enjoys relaxing with friends and family, exploring new places and experiencing life to the fullest

 

Lynne Osasuyi is currently a vice principal at W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Deafblind in Brantford. She has worked in the field of special education for 32 years, including the area of deafblindness. Previously as a special education consultant and program leader for deafblind, vision, orthopedic and complex medical services, and teacher for 20 years with the Waterloo Region District School Board, Lynne has gained a deep knowledge and experience within the field of deafblindness. She currently teaches a number of courses including the additional qualification courses for teachers: Teaching Students who are Deafblind Part 1, 2 and Specialist. Lynne developed and taught the TOUCH training program for DeafBlind Ontario Services. She is also a director with the Deafblind Network of Ontario (DBNO) board and previously served on CDBA Ontario’s board.

 

Savoy Williams is a graduate student at the University of British Columbia where he is pursuing a master’s degree in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. From an early age, Savoy has been involved in the deafblind services sector as a supporter and advocate for his younger sister, who is deafblind. Now that his sister is more than capable of advocating for herself, he has made his way onto the Sensity Board of Directors, to aid in supporting all individuals who access services. As a person, Savoy lives by the sentiment, “Do what you can, and when you can’t – you can’t.” His mantra is echoed through his work ethic and dedication, to ensuring that our organization continues to do all that it can, to support deafblind communities for generations to come.

 


Sherry Campbell is a graduate of Mohawk College in accounting and has many years of experience in bookkeeping and accounting. She lives in Barrie and is co-owner of The Move Planners. She is a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers and the Institute for Chronic Disorganization. Sherry served on the CDBA Ontario board for many years, some years holding the treasurer position. She has three sons, the youngest of whom is deafblind and lives in the Sensity apartments in Paris.

 


Wilma VanStaalduinen was previously employed as program supervisor with the Ontario government. She worked with agencies supporting individuals who are deafblind, adults with developmental services, child care and children with special needs. Wilma is formerly a board member of Affiliated Services for Children and Youth.

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