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CANADIAN GOVERNING BOARD

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.

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. 

Bauravee (Baira) Ranjith is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and is currently a Senior Manager, Internal Audit, TD Bank, contributing to the leadership of the Global Finance and Corporate Functions Audit team.  Prior to that, Baira worked as both an external and regulatory auditor, with a focus on clientele within the Financial Institutions industry.  Outside of work, Baira is actively engaged in mentorship and coaching initiatives, and is passionate about causes supporting children's learning and development.

HONORARY GOVERNING BOARD, CANADA

Douglas John Camero
n, 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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