CANADIAN GOVERNING BOARD
Suzy Yehl Marta, Founder, began Rainbows in 1983. Since then, Rainbows has helped more than 2.5 million youth in 17 countries around the world. Suzy has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2002 Mercedes Mentor Award, a 2001 Jefferson Award from NBC-TV in Chicago, and has written a book titled Healing the Hurt, Restoring the Hope.
Thelma Cockburn, Founding National Director introduced RAINBOWS into the Simcoe County District School Board and the Barrie area in 1991. She trained as a Rainbows Registered Director in 1992 and helped to train and designate more that 40 school and community sites in her area. After retiring from teaching in 1995, she served as the first National Director in Canada. For her service and efforts with children and youth, Thelma has received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Barrie Rotary Club, a Certificate of Merit from District 17, Simcoe Central Unit, of the Superannuated Teachers of Ontario, a Community Achievement Award from the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce and a Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Anniversary medal. She is a member of the Canadian Governing Board. At present she is the Director of Finance at the National Office.
Kimberly Thomson, National Director, comes to us with many years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector where she directed a broad range of programs, including early learning and development programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, programs for newcomer families and programs that support youth pediatric cancer patients and their siblings. She brings compassion and dedication to helping children and families.
Carol Bertram, Chair, is a member of the National Registered Director Training Team, is a retired Elementary School principal who piloted one of the first Rainbows sites in the Simcoe County District School Board in Ontario. After becoming a Registered Director in 1993, she helped to train over 60 school and community sites in the area. Carol received an Honorary Lifetime Membership in the Elementary Teacher's Federation of Ontario in 2001 for her work on behalf of the teachers in the province. Carol served as the National Director of Rainbows Canada from 2004 - 2009.
Brian Galbraith is the owner of Galbraith Family Law Professional Corporation in Barrie, Ontario, a firm of five lawyers all focusing on family law.
Brian attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario from 1983 through 1989, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and his Law degree. He then returned to his western roots and articled at a large legal firm in Calgary, becoming a member of the Alberta bar in 1990. Brian has been practicing Family Law ever since.
Brian is a founding member of The Mediation Centre of Simcoe County Inc., which introduced family mediation to Simcoe County. It was awarded the contract to conduct all mediations for Family Court in both Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka.
Recently, Brian was instrumental in bringing Collaborative Practice to Ontario and was recognized for his efforts with the Founder’s Medallion by the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation. Brian was the founding president of Collaborative Practice Simcoe County and presently serves on the Public Information Committee of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Brian teaches Collaborative Team Practice to lawyers and other professionals through The Divorce Team.
Jonathan Pearce is a Senior Vice President with the real estate investment division of a major Canadian Pension Fund. Jonathan brings considerable expertise in Marketing, Leasing, Governance and Compliance. He is very dedicated to supporting Rainbows in helping children and families who have experienced life-altering losses.
Suzanne Poole, Secretary is an active member of the National Registered DirectorTraining Team. Received her training as a Registered Director for Rainbows in 1993. She retired from teaching as a French Immersion teacher in 2000. Suzanne has helped train and support many sites in the Durham District School Board. Suzanne is the francophone liaison between the National office and the francophone sites.
Jackie Ramler is a Chartered Financial Planner (CFP), Financial Management Advisor (FMA) and holds her Masters in Business Administration (MBA). She is a dedicated, passionate and highly-respected Financial Advisor. Jackie assists families through the complex financial issues of divorce and is also on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Family Mediators and Collaborative Practice Simcoe County. With the contribution of 52 divorce professionals from around Ontario.
Nathan Reeve, Treasurer, is a dynamic finance leader who holds a chartered accountancy designation in both Canada and the UK. Nathan currently holds the position of Vice President, Corporate Controller at Enerflex, a global oil and gas services company with headquarters in Calgary, Alberta. Nathan also holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Nathan brings his financial expertise to the Board along with a strong interest in helping children through life altering losses and challenges in their families. Nathan has been a Board member for almost eight years, and has acted as the Treasurer for seven years.
Chris Hiller, who is based in Ontario, Canada is a Certified Business Mentor. Chris works internationally with the owners of small and medium sized businesses, professionals, entrepreneurs and individuals to help them dramatically increase their profits through the power of Joint Ventures, and has spent his entire professional career in sales, marketing, customer service and client retention.In addition, Mr Hiller has been involved with Barter and Trade for over 10 years and has written a barter industry specific book titled "Live like a King or Queen for Pennies on the Dollar." In his capacity as a Entrepreneur, Business Coach/Mentor, and Motivational Speaker, Chris has shared his messages with crowds ranging from 500+ to small intimate focus groups. He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Les Brown, Greg Reid and LuAnn Mitchell.
Amanda Lewis is a senior manager at Vibrant Ideation & Marketing, Toronto, where she advises some of Canada’s top brands on integrated marketing strategy. She brings her expertise in marketing to the Governing Board.
She chose Rainbows since she believes in the Rainbows’ mission and has had years of experience working in recreation with grieving children at a YWCA Women’s Shelter. She is also a filmmaker hobbyist.
HONORARY GOVERNING BOARD, CANADA
Douglas John Cameron, a Juno 2000 nominee, has been entertaining children and their families across Canada for more than 10 years as a composer, singer and children’s entertainer. His show, ‘Ants in Your pants” is a staple of Treehouse TV and introduces young listeners to a wide spectrum of musical styles. Douglas’ composing credits include theme music for several Home and Garden TV shows. To honour the 20 th anniversary of Rainbows programming in Canada, Douglas composed and recorded the song, “I Need a Rainbow”. His earlier CD, “Rainbows”, is used with preschoolers in the Rainbows program.
Craig Kielburger, is the Founder and Chair of Free The Children, a unique organization which has built more than 500 schools throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America, providing daily education to more than 50,000 children. Since its founding in 1995, when Craig was only 12 years old, Free The Children has become the world's leading youth-driven charity.
He is author of Free the Children and the co-author of national bestsellers Take Action!: A Guide to Active Citizenship, Take More Action, the New York Times best seller Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World and the recently released book 'The World Needs Your Kid'. Together with his brother Marc Kielburger, Craig is a syndicated columnist carried by the Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun and Huffington Post, as well as for Canada's most widely-read women's magazine, Canadian Living.
Craig has been awarded many National and International awards for his work, including The Roosevelt Freedom Medal, The World Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child (known as the Children's Nobel Prize) and he is one of the youngest recipients of The Order of Canada. Craig's work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show (he will be on the show May 26, CNN, 60 Minutes and The Today Show and in People, Time and The Economist.
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