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children and youth

Rainbows 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.

Ken Clarke

Born and educated in Toronto, Ken started his career in the mid 70’s with Canada Permanent Trust, the lead organization to the current TD/Canada Trust Group, then progressed on to the national banking entity of Laurentian Bank of Canada for an extended time before moving into the Credit Union fraternity with both DUCA Financial Services and Meridian Credit Union holding various senior roles within these corporations.  In June 2018 Ken joined his current employer, Toronto United Church Council as Director of Property Services and Capital Loans, having served on the Board of Directors as a volunteer for the previous 7 years.  Financial services and helping those in need of financing has been a passion for years.  Ken has been involved in other volunteer organizations, including AMICI, a charity that sponsors less fortunate youth to have the unique experience and opportunity of summer camp.  He brings his considerable experience and skills to the Rainbows Governing Board.

Brian Galbraith

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.

Wayne Koblynik

Wayne Koblynik obtained his Finance Diploma from Fanshawe College, London, in 1987.  Wayne is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) with experience in mortgage, lending and investments with National Trust, London Life and currently, Freedom 55 Financial,  and holds a Certified Health Specialist Designation (CHS).  He is a member of the Financial Advisers Association of Canada.  Wayne has been an active member in the Kinsmen Clubs of Canada for 10 years as has been the Stewardship Chairman for Westminster Presbyterian Church.  He has been a caring, committed volunteer for Rainbows for many years.

Bairavee (Baira) Ranjith

Bairavee (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.

Rainbows Canadian Governing Board

Douglas John Cameron

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

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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