Our Board of Directors are committed to our mission and vision and to a sustainable Abilities Centre.
Christine Elliott M.P.P. – Interim Chair
Christine and her husband, Jim Flaherty, live in Whitby with their sons John, Galen and Quinn. Prior to entering politics, Christine was a founding member and partner of Flaherty Dow Elliott & McCarthy, a law firm with offices in Whitby, Toronto and Ottawa, where she practised real estate, corporate and estate law. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Christine was called to the Ontario Bar in 1980. She is currently Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and Critic for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Citizenship and Immigration, and Mental Health Reform. Christine is also a past Director and Chair of Grandview Children's Centre, a past Director of the Lakeridge Health Whitby Foundation, a past Director and Board President of Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS), and has been a Director of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Warren Hurren – Treasurer
Warren C. Hurren has been a resident of Durham Region since 1978. Married with three children, he is also a proud grandfather to four grandchildren and enjoys spending time at the cottage. Warren was a past President of the Ajax Rotary Club and served as Treasurer of Rotary District 7070. He is also a founding partner of Hurren Sinclair MacIntyre. Warren has sat on numerous boards, such as Abilities Centre, Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Ajax/Pickering Hospital and Ajax/Pickering Board of Trade.
Ron Halliday – Director
Ron Halliday has been involved in the development industry for 50 years. After seeing first-hand the passion of parents caring for children with challenges and the courage of their children, Ron became interested in supporting and promoting the development of Abilities Centre. Ron is honoured to serve as a Board Member of this great community venture, which is the most rewarding project he has ever joined.
Tom Holden – Director
Tom Holden joined Abilities Centre in 2011 as the Vice President of Operations and joined the Board of Directors in 2012. Tom is a highly qualified senior administrator who has worked for thirty years in many senior positions including roles as Vice President of Planning and Hospitality Services at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Chief Administrative Officer for National Defence Medical Centre and as the Senior Health Care Administrator for the Canadian Navy. As a complement to Tom’s work experience he is presently serving in a volunteer capacity as the Board Chair for Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Service. Tom is a strong advocate for improving lives through physical activity, arts and leisure.
Douglas Allingham is the Executive Vice President of AECOM, Canada East Region, and is functionally responsible for all corporate activities within this region. He has more than 35 years of extensive expertise in the public and private sector, and has served on a number of boards and organizations relating directly to his professional work. Douglas' extensive involvement in community work has led to a recent appointment to the Abilities Centre Foundation Board. In 2012, Douglas was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the community.
Pat McNeil – Director
Patrick McNeil is President of Barra Strategies Incorporated — an independent management consulting firm providing strategic planning, risk management and corporate development support to medium and large Corporations. Currently the Chair of Whitby Hydro Energy Corporation’s Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Trustees for Lakeridge Health, Patrick is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management’s Institute of Corporate Governance Program and was awarded the ICD.D designation in February 2012. He also completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in May 2005 and Cambridge University’s Prince of Wales Business and Environment Program in May 2003. Patrick was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in October 2012 and the Howard Sokolowski Award for his contribution to the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation in September 2009.
Susan McGovern – Director
Susan McGovern is Vice-President, External Relations and Advancement, for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Ontario. She has held many senior level positions over the last 30 years in both the federal and provincial governments, and in the private and not-for-profit sectors. Susan forged important relationships and maintained key linkages within the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and with community, business and association leaders across the GTA and Ontario. Her expertise includes corporate development, government and stakeholder relations, advancement, corporate governance, public and media relations, strategic communications and issues management. Susan is also a Board Member for Pacific and Western Bank of Canada, and lives in Gormley with her husband, John, and their three sons.