Tri-County Community Support Services (TCCSS) is an incorporated, non-profit agency governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Its programs and services are funded by the Ministry of Children Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and are free of charge to individuals, families, and agencies. New members of the Board of Directors are appointed and elected at our Annual General Meeting.
Catherine Pink – President
Catherine has over 30 year of experience working in management and senior management roles with developmental service agencies. Her passion for capacity development in people and organizations can be infectious! As a quality assurance specialist, she is always looking for opportunities to build upon efficiencies and enhance effectiveness anywhere she goes. In 2014, Catherine accepted the position of Director of Support Service at Community Care Peterborough.
Colleen Carruthers – Vice President
Colleen is a senior consultant and executive coach with The T-R Group Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in advancing the human side of business. Colleen works with leaders and their organizations to improve the way they learn, work, and communicate. Colleen is known for her ability to listen and ask great questions so that individuals become more engaged and organizations can solve more complex problems. She is an accomplished facilitator and an Action Learning coach. For more than 25 years, she has worked with senior leaders, in a variety of business sectors, including not for profit, manufacturing, government, education, healthcare, retail, financial services and professional services. For the past five years, Colleen has been an instructor and the business coach in the Peak Leadership program at Fleming College, a program for local business people who want to increase their management and leadership skills. Finally, she is a Registered Psychotherapist with a private practice in Peterborough where she works with individuals and couples who struggle with relationship problems and a variety of other mental health challenges.
Diane D’Alessandro – Past President
Born and raised in Peterborough, Diane comes from the Commercial Insurance industry and obtained two insurance designations. Along with her husband Mario, Diane has two beautiful daughters, Michelle and Allison. Allison is married to Jordan and they have graced her with two fabulous grandsons!
Veronica Mason – Treasurer
Veronica is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 15 years of public accounting experience serving public sector and not-for-profit clients. She is a Manager with Baker Tilly KDN LLP in Peterborough. Veronica joined the Board of Directors in 2015.
John Poch – Director
John has been a long standing member of the Board of Directors, and was also a member of the APSW Board for several years before the amalgamation in 1998. He retired from the Ministry of Community and Social Services in 1996 where he managed a number of community programs. He and his staff were deeply involved with the Developmental Services field and they worked extensively to close facilities and assist in the placement of individuals in community settings. He has been married to Patricia for 50 years and his daughter Kim is a Teacher’s Aid and a relief worker at Community Living in Peterborough. His daughter Cathy has presented John and Patricia with their two greatest joys Simon and Savanna.
Ray Walt – Director
In his roles as the former Head of Special Education at St. Peter’s Secondary School and as the former Volunteer Chair of the Program Advisory Committee of the Community Integration through Co-operative Education (CICE) program at Fleming College, Ray has had extensive experience working with students with developmental and intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and brain injury. Currently he is employed with Fleming College as a staff member within the CICE program. With a B.A. from Trent University and a B.Ed. from Queen’s, he possesses over 31 years teaching experience. He has been actively involved with Peterborough Special Olympics and also sits on the Board of Alternatives. Ray lives in Peterborough with his family.
Siam Grobler – Director
Siam and his wife, Kayleigh, moved to Peterborough, from Red Deer, Alberta, in August 2017 and have since fallen in love with this community. Siam wanted to do his part in making it better. He comes from a medical family and views his involvement with TCCSS as his non-medical way of contributing to the well-being of individuals and families but it is also how he has chosen to improve this incredible community. He is truly grateful for this opportunity. Siam holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology and is currently finishing his Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development. Currently, Siam is employed by the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce. Siam and his wife welcomed their first-born, Annika, on September 13, 2018. Effective October 2019, Siam will be on a leave from the Board until March 2020.
John McNutt – Director
John McNutt is currently President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Peterborough, Lakeland and Muskoka. John has made a positive impact on our region, our country, and on the global stage. Today, John is Chair, The Council for Persons with Disabilities , but John’s passion for volunteering can be seen throughout his career. John was a longstanding member of Rotary International, and he has received some of Rotary International’s highest honors in recognition of his work. In addition to his vast volunteer work, John and his wife Sheryl owned and operated Bridgenorth Pharmacy for 27 years. In John’s role at JA PLM, he helps to ensure that students receive access to financial literacy, entrepreneurial, and work readiness education to provide them with the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed in school, business, and life.
Amanda English – Director
Amanda English is a seasoned senior leader with strong non-profit and public-sector management and human resources experience. She has led human resources projects with Ministries and countless not for profits across Ontario, project managed large, multi-stakeholder engagement processes, and provided personal counsel to EDs and CEOs during times of crisis and transition. Amanda has a versatile background that includes project management, human resources, governance, risk management, stakeholder engagement, and communications.
Amanda is currently the Director of Operations at the YWCA Peterborough Haliburton. She has also held roles at a Regional Health Authority, a collective bargaining unit, several Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) funded programs, and national association. She has also participated on two Boards, a national Board as well as a municipal Board.