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Jody Chapman: Director (Child Care Representative)


Jody is a mother and grandmother. She is a Registered Early Childhood Educator, and currently the  Executive Director of integrated child care

centres in Durham Region. Jody’s numerous years of experience have benefited the early childhood community. Jody joined the Board of

Directors in 1995 and served as Vice-President from 1998-2005. She assumed the position of Secretary-Treasurer effective September 2005

and became President in 2007. Jody is a member of the Audit Committee, the Communication Committee, and the Human Resources Committee.

Jennifer Cooke: Director (Community Representative)


As a Child Youth Worker for over 20 years, Jennifer has extensive experience working for non-profit and charitable organizations across the GTA.

Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work with young people in day-treatment, facilitating educational workshops, building

relationships with stakeholders and volunteering her time in the community. Currently, Jennifer works to help connect those with low mood to

moderate depression with therapeutic services as a Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Specialist for the Canadian Mental Health

Association - Ontario’s BounceBack program. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports, hiking and camping.

Danica Cross: Director (Community Representative)


Danica holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University and a post graduate diploma in communication disorders. Currently she is the

Manager of Intake and Service Coordination at Surrey Place in Toronto. Danica has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over 20

years and brings with her a deep understanding of the developmental system with many years of clinical experience. Previous roles include

Service Coordinator, Communicative Disorders Assistant, and Infant Hearing Screener. In her spare time Danica loves to embrace her

entrepreneurial  spirit owning and operating several small businesses. She also enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and two dogs.



Greg Dionne: Director (Community Representative)


Greg is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is a Director of Inspections with Canadian Public Accountability Board.  He holds a Bachelor of

Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Outside of work and volunteering, Greg enjoys travelling,

canoeing throughout Durham Region, and relaxing with family and friends at his family cottage. Greg joined the Board of Directors in 2014 and

is a member of the Human Resource and Audit Committees.


Anne Joyce: Director (Community Representative) 


Anne is the Financial Services Marketing Director at CGI, with a deep background in marketing strategy and execution, writing and editing. A new

member to the board, she is eager to contribute her unique skill set to the Communication Committee. As mom to a son on the spectrum and two

adopted daughters, Anne is passionate about autism advocacy, inclusion and diversity, and mentorship. She spends her spare time running,

hiking and staying fit, and her love for the outdoors and nature is only matched by her love of reading and coffee.


Paul Keppen: Vice-President (Community Representative)  


Paul is a Senior Commercial Account Manager with RBC Royal Bank and services clients throughout the Durham Region. He has over 20 years

of experience in the banking industry, and is able to utilize those skills on our Board. Paul is a graduate of the Honours Economics Program at the

University of Western Ontario. In his spare time, Paul enjoys playing hockey and golf. Paul joined the Board of Directors in 2009, and is a member

of the Human Resources Committee.


Sheryl Lamkey: President (Parent Representative) 


Sheryl is a Child and Youth Worker with the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. Sheryl has a daughter with special needs and has played an active

role in advocating for exceptional children. In her spare time, Sheryl enjoys reading, doing crafts, walking, and running. Sheryl joined the

Board of Directors in  2005 and is the current chair of the Communication Committee. She is also a member of the Audit Committee.



James Shiels: Director (Parent Representative)



James began his career in Healthcare 12 years ago as a Customer Service Representative and currently leads a strong team in distribution. He

has also been a volunteer with the Scarborough Blizzard Soccer Club. James enjoys running and playing soccer in his spare time. His number

one goal is helping his young son overcome challenges he may face as a child with Down Syndrome and cheering him on with each success.

James joined the Board of Directors in 2013. He is a member of the Human Resources and Audit Committee. 



Selladurai Jeyakumaran: Director (Community Representative)


Selladurai Jeyakumaran is the Director of Finance and Strategic Planning, he is responsible for finance and strategic planning, reporting, analysis,

day to day administration and registration activities, contract review and administration, administer the university partners account activities, direct

and manage the procurement activities, strategic pricing and infrastructure direction in new international business set up, and managing

information technology initiatives. Born in Sri Lanka, Jeyakumaran has international experience living and working in the United Kingdom.

While in the United Kingdom, Jack worked as an Assistant Management Accountant at the Bloomsbury Health Authority and at the United Friendly

Insurance PLC, in the areas of strategic planning, financial analysis and planning. Following his experience in the U.K, Jeyakumaran worked over

eighteen years Financial Planning, Analysis functions with leading Canadian retail companies. He worked for Dylex Ltd.,T.Eaton’s Co., Club

Monaco, Hudson Bay Co., HDS Retail North America, Fairweather Group and at present with Schulich School of Business for the past 14 years.   

Jeyakumaran is a Chartered Management Accountant and an Industrial Engineer. He is a “Fellow Member” of the U.K's prestigious Chartered

Institute of Management Accountants and was a “Senior Member” of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers.



Dear families, colleagues, and community members

I am writing today to update you regarding the services and supports offered by Resources for Exceptional Children and Youth – Durham Region (RFECY). These are times not previously experienced by the RFECY team. In an effort to contribute to the wellbeing of our community and staff, effective immediately, all RFECY staff are working remotely and the office building is closed.

To the RFECY staff, thank you for your engagement in planning for the continuation of support to our community while ensuring the health and wellbeing of our community, colleagues and your families.

To our early learning partners, the ELI staff are responding to your voicemails and emails while also working on projects to enhance our work with you. For those centres with Enhanced Staffing, we know that your invoicing may be delayed and that you will have questions about payment of Enhanced Staffing hours during closures. Rest assured, we will continue our support to you and are available to answer any specific questions you may have.

To our children, youth and families, your staff person is checking voicemail and email regularly. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Staff are also initiating contact with families; don’t hesitate to speak to your staff person about anything we can do to support you. In addition, our Access Line (x504) remains active and calls are being responded to by our Access Coordinator.  If you are submitting for worker hours, rest assured that we will continue to do our best to ensure these are paid in a timely manner.  

To our community colleagues, if we can continue our work together via teleconference or email, we are happy to do so.

I will continue to monitor updates and to provide updates on service delivery as the situation evolves.  To those who are actively caring for others in our community during this time, THANK YOU. To all, stay safe and well.

Denise Cashley