Become a board member
The Down Syndrome Association of Peterborough is seeking volunteers to sit on its Board of Directors who have an interest or experience in any of the following: fundraising, finance, marketing and promotion. As a board member of the Down Syndrome Association of Peterborough, you will be expected to commit to 2 – 5 hours per month and sit on one of our four committees.
If you are interested in assisting a small but growing organization in fulfilling its mandate, “To support and enrich the lives of individuals with Down syndrome so that they will reach their fullest potential.” The Down Syndrome Association of Peterborough is the place for you!
Meet the Board of Directors 2019 - 2020
Cindy Wilson - Chair
Cindy Wilson is long-standing member of the Down Syndrome Association of Peterborough, joining our agency 2 short months after her son was born, and first becoming a member of the Board of Directors in 2014. An educator of almost 25 years, she has always had a deep commitment to those in the special needs community, but those ties definitely rooted further with the birth of her son, Matthew, almost 17 years ago. Matthew is one of four children; he is brother to Emma, Ben and Abby, all of whom love their big brother and his friends at the DSP. Cindy has been a proud advocate for our Association over the years. Most recently she, her partner Brett, and the children found a new way to support the DSP, by donating to the Association through the sales of their local, natural honey. The whole family feels fortunate for all that the Down Syndrome Association has brought to their lives.
Sandra Scott - Vice-Chair
Sandra Scott is a long time resident of Peterborough. She has been working in Developmental Services for many years, in fact more than two decades. She has worked in many different roles and agencies through out her career both in front line and supervisory roles. Her specialties include crisis case management, dual diagnosis, respite and employment services. Currently, she is the manager of the Employment Assistance Resource Network for Community Living West North Umberland. She is the proud mother of two gorgeous children and the mostly content spouse of Chris. She feels very honored to be chosen as a member of this board and hopes that her enthusiasm, experience and beliefs that everyone is a valued citizen of our world, is an asset to the Down Syndrome Association of Peterborough and the individuals and families it supports.
Stephanie Landers - Treasurer
Stephanie Landers is the current Board Treasurer for DSP. She is a fully Certified Association Executive (CAE) with the Canadian Society of Association Executives and has a BSc in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences from Trent University. She is the Manager of Community Relations and Public Outreach at the Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA). Stephanie is very passionate about supporting the Peterborough community and especially DSP as her wonderful sister-in-law has Down Syndrome and Autism.
Kathy Traynor - Secretary
My name is Kathy Traynor and I am a wife, a Mom to 4 boys and a Grandma to 6 grandchildren. My youngest son, Tyler, is who brings me to the organization. I became involved in the organization in 1999 3 months after Tyler was born. I have been on the board on and off as a director for many years. I have been involved in the planning and organizing of several conferences with the provincial board. I was involved with Special Olympics Ontario school program provincial championships, done some work in the local Passport Funding office along with many other volunteer opportunities as well. I am passionate about advocating for not just my son but all people with exceptionalities. I strive to create an inclusive, equitable and diverse community.
Kim Jones - Director
Bio Coming Soon
Debbie Quinlan - Director
This is Debbie’s 2nd year on the Board of Directors.
Debbie is a retired Educational Consultant and teacher who has worked in the Education field for 35 years. She has taught in Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Dufferin Peel, Bowmanville and Peterborough. Throughout this time, Debbie consulted and taught students in Kindergarten to Grade 7, directed Children’s choirs and musicals, wrote curriculum and provided Professional Development to educators throughout Ontario. She was also a Special Educational teacher and Integrated Literacy teacher. Debbie lead many Educational workshops for educators and Autism workshops for those in the medical field. For 6 years Debbie had the wonderful opportunity to work with Sick Kids Autism research team.
After retirement, Debbie volunteered for the Mount Community Centre. She worked with a number of dedicated volunteers on the Mount Housing Committee. Debbie is now working with a group of women on housing for people with Intellectual Exceptionalities.
One of her many passions is coaching Special Olympics. She has been the Head Coach for Special Olympic swimming for over 17 years and has coached both swimming and soccer at the Community, Provincial and National level. Debbie also enjoys coaching Peterborough Challengers’ Intermediate and Senior baseball teams in the summer.
She has sung in many choirs and competed in Synchro and Speed swimming. One of her highlights was competing in the World Games. After her children finished school, Debbie returned to swimming Synchro and long distance. Her joy is spending time with her husband Bev, eldest son Jacob, daughter Kacee and visiting her son Riley and daughter-in-law Megan in Florida.
Shawna Goode - Director
My name is Shawna Goode. This is my first year as a member of the board. I am a mom of four school aged kids. My oldest, Hannah, has Down syndrome and the reason I initially made the connection with the Association more than 17 years ago. I spend most of my time transporting my busy family from place to place and enjoy the time I get to spend on the field coaching Special Olympics soccer.