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Centre Board of Directors

Centennial Infant and Child Centre is a non-profit corporation governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board strives to reflect the community served by Centennial. It supports the philosophy which makes Centennial unique.

Board members are elected by members of the Centennial community and serve an annual term, renewable for up to six consecutive terms. The Board meets approximately nine times a year to make decisions and provide direction to the operation of the Centre.

Tonia Griffith

Director/Board Chair

Tonia, has 13 years of experience in the Health Care Industry. She has completed her Masters of Industrial Relations at Queens University, and holds a B.Comm. in Human Resources from Ryerson University. Tonia has a proven track record of producing results with limited resources. She is motivated to ensure that every child has the opportunity to excel through access to the program and its services.

Matthew Lee

Director/CICC Foundation Board Chair

Matt joined the CICC Foundation Board of Directors in November 2020.

With over 15 years of financial services experience, Matt is currently Director of Trading at the Canadian Securities Exchange, a stock exchange based in Toronto. At the CSE, Matt is responsible for the business development, market quality and integrity of the equity trading businesses. Prior to joining the CSE in 2023, Matt spent 4 years at Itiviti (later Broadridge Canada) leading software sales for Canada following 8 years at TMX Group (Toronto Stock Exchange) in progressively senior roles within equities trading. His career at CIBC World Markets after an education at Dalhousie University where he earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in finance.

Outside of his professional life, Matt enjoys spending time with his family and travelling, while finding time to play golf, squash, curling & baseball. He was born and raised in Toronto and currently lives there with his wife and two young children.

Jessica Behnke


Jessica joined the CICC Board of Directors in September 2019, and chairs the government relations committee of the board.

Jessica is the Director of Strategic Relations and Communications with Children’s Mental Health Ontario, representing the province’s publicly funded child and youth mental health centres, supporting 120,000 children, youth and their families. She brings expertise in advocacy, issues management, strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and public policy to the CICC Board. A skilled collaborator, Jessica has worked in health and social policy both outside and in government through the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme.

Jessica had an uncle with severe autism who was in institutional care from the time he was a toddler. She believes strongly in the importance of early intervention and of programs like those offered by CICC that improve outcomes and support kids and families together in the community. Jessica lives in Toronto with her spouse and their cat, Oscar.

Barbara Brown


Barb has been working in the early learning and family support sector for 35 years. She is the Executive Director of Connections Early Years Family Centre in Windsor, Ontario. Connections is a non-profit agency which provides integrated support, learning and early identification and intervention services to advance the healthy development of children. Programs offered at the Centre include the Talk 2 Me program, the local preschool speech and language program for Windsor-Essex assisting children to be the best communicator they can be, the Infant Hearing Program which provides universal newborn hearing screening and the Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program which provides services for children who are blind or have low vision and their families in day to day living.

Barb has 10 years’ experience sitting on two other Boards of Directors in the family support and early learning sector and recognizes the accountability she has to the public and the families she serves.

Kathy Catsiliras


Kathy is the VP for Consulting at Equifax Canada and has been with the organization for over 15 years. She leads a national team of Analytic and Fraud Consultants that provide data, analytics and strategic expertise across both Consumer and Commercial business lines. Her passion as a leader stems from providing guidance, the right attitude and perseverance to achieve results. Kathy joined the board in September 2020 and brings with her expertise in strategic planning.

Kathy holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo and an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Toronto in Chemistry and Economics.

Apart from a busy career, Kathy is an active mother of three children who lives in Toronto with her husband.

Usman Paracha

Director/ Co-Treasurer

Usman joined the CICC Board of Directors in September 2020.

Usman is a Senior Manager at Hilborn LLP. He services assurance and advisory needs of a variety of medium to large clients including a number of not-for-profit clients.

Usman holds many designations including Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner

With his experience he brings knowledge of related audit and accounting issues, particularly with reference to operational and strategic matters.

Colleen Vandeyck, CHRP, PMP. MBA


Colleen joined the CICC Board of Directors in August 2020, and chairs the Nominating & Board Development Committee of the board.

Colleen is the Manager of Human Resources, IT and Admin with Houselink Community Homes. This organization provides housing and support to people living with persistent mental health issues. With a long career in the not-for-profit sector, Colleen takes her knowledge and experience from organization to organization, always building on it and refining her practice. She combines a deep professional experience with strong strategic planning skills, bringing significant improvement and change within the systems and practices of diverse organizations. Her understanding of good board governance and the importance of board self-evaluation, benchmarking, training, and development of members have made her an invaluable asset to these organizations.

Colleen has Cerebral palsy and understands that the early interventions that CCIC offers are invaluable to the children and the families we support.

Heather McGhee Peggs


Heather is an ombuds, lawyer, and author. Since 2022 she has led the early resolution team at Patient Ombudsman, responding to complaints from patients and caregivers about health care experiences in Ontario and promoting fairness in the health sector. Heather has more than 20 years of experience across a wide range of dispute resolution processes, including litigation, mediation, restorative processes and ombuds complaints handling, and she authored Supervising Conflict: A Guide for Faculty (UTP, 2023).

She lives in Toronto, ON with her husband and two teenage boys (both loved being at the Centennial Infant and Child Centre!).

Chirag Sharma


Chirag joined the CICC Board of Directors in 2023.

Chirag is a senior manager at Big Four. He has experience dealing with large public audits and has overseen a number of complex transactions in the consulting space. Chirag is a CPA and with his experience he brings knowledge of related audit and accounting issues.

Outside of professional life, Chirag enjoys spending time with family and enjoys the spirituality experience which includes meditation.

Tamar Meyer


Tamar Meyer joined the CICC Board of Directors in 2023.

Tamar is a Director at the Abiona Centre for Infant and Early Mental Health and Provincial Coordinator for the Ontario Association of Young Parent Agencies. She has worked extensively in the health and social service sectors and across the lifespan, overseeing and supporting the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of small to large system-level community health and mental health and addictions projects. She has commitment to inclusion and health equity and is passionate about health promotion, prevention, early intervention and child development.

Tamar holds a Master’s of Sociology from York University.

Matthew Cox


Matt is the Head of Finance & Strategy at DoorDash Canada, with experience at Deloitte, Amazon and Sobeys. Matt is a Chartered Accountant from the UK, with over 15 years professional experience in Finance, Strategy and General Management roles. Matt joined the board in 2023 and brings expertise in Finance, Operations and Strategic Planning.

Matt moved from the UK to Canada in 2017, and now calls Toronto home. Apart from a busy workload, Matt is a keen fitness enthusiast, and regularly plays Squash and Tennis.


Every board member sits on one or more of these board committees:

Standing Committees:
Human Resources & Governance
Strategic Planning

Special Committee:
Building (joint with the Centennial Infant & Child Centre Foundation)

Each committee, except for Nominating, meets at least three to four times per year. The Nominating Committee and Building Committee meets as needed.

Strategies and Plans