Board of Directors

The coalition operates as a charitable organization under federal legislation. The board, elected at each AGM, includes representatives of child rights organizations, individual advocates, and academic specialists on child rights.  Current board members are:

  • Hala Mreiwed, PhD, Assistant Professor at King’s University College at Western University – Co-Chair
  • Terence Hamilton, Policy Specialist, UNICEF Canada- Co-Chair
  • Emily Chan, Lawyer, Justice for Children and Youth – Treasurer
  • Tara Black, PhD, Assistant Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto – Secretary
  • Olivia Lecoufle, Child Rights and Child Protection Advisor at Save the Children Canada
  • Michael Saini, Ph.D., MSW, RSW, Professor, Factor-Inwentash Chair in Law and Social Work. University of Toronto
  • Ashley Vandermorris, MC, FRCPC, Staff Physician, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Sick Kids Hospital. Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto
  • Anamika Baijnath, Director of Experiential Learning, Quality Assurance and Strategic Initiatives, Faculty of Community Services, Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Danielle Dionne, Q. Med, Parent Practitioner
  • Prudence Caldairou-Bessette, PhD/PsyD, Clinical psychologist. Assistant professor, Department of Psychoeducation and psychology, University of Quebec in Outaouais (UQO). Adjunct professor, Department of psychology, University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). Child and family psychologist, Kahnawake Shakotiia’takehnhas Community Services.
  • Cheryl Perera, Founder and President of OneChild
  • Sharlene Weitzman, MSW, RSW, LLM