Board of Directors 2017–2018

Alycia Middleton

President
Member since: 2013

After years spent working as a Paralegal in a corporate law firm focused on entrepreneurs, Alycia made the move to working inside the legal department of a local, long-standing start-up, ProSlide Technologies Inc. In her current role as Legal Coordinator, Alycia is helping ProSlide with the management of its contracts, intellectual property and processes as the company continues its growth in the waterslide industry to all corners of the globe.

Alycia joined the Board of Directors of PRC in October 2013 and currently serves as the President of the Board and Chair of the Board Development Committee. Alycia is also President of the NCSSM and volunteers annually for the CHEO BBQ. Though she no longer works in the childcare sector, Alycia uses her volunteer experiences, including at PRC, as an alternative means to helping with the development and success of children and their families. Alycia is also able to use her wide range of experiences, both personal and professional, to assist with the evolvement of PRC as it continues to expand and refine the many services it offers.

Wendy Appelbaum

Director
Board member since: 2018

In 1995, Wendy graduated from Concordia University with a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology, specializing in educational media. She moved to Ottawa and gained employment with a government funded program and eventually worked in the hi tech sector for many years before moving into the public sector. She currently works for the Government of Canada in the area of performance measurement and lives in Ottawa with her husband and daughter.

Wendy has participated in PRC-led activities and has also gained an appreciation for the support it provides to the community. She hopes to be able to apply her knowledge and skills both in her professional life and her board experience to fully support the PRC in achieving its objectives.

Paulo Batista

Treasurer
Board member since: 2016

Paulo is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and a busy father of two young children.

Paulo has been a tax practitioner for the past 20 years, starting his career in 1997 with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Since then he has held multiple positions with other local companies and crown corporations. Today, Paulo is the tax manager for an Ottawa-based engineering company.

As a parent, and also wanting to give back to the community through volunteering, Paulo hopes to apply his experience and technical abilities to allow the PRC to reach its goals and fulfill its mission.

In 1996, Paulo graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.Com, specializing in Accounting, and from there he went on to receive his designation as a Certified Management Accountant. Paulo also completed the in-depth tax courses I and II through the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Ashley Bennett

Director
Board member since: 2018

Ashley Bennett is an Ottawa native. She grew up in the west end with four siblings, most of whom still reside in the Ottawa area. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a degree in Criminology and a minor in history from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. She also holds a Law Clerk diploma from Algonquin College. In 2015, Ashley graduated from the University of Ottawa Common Law program with a Juris Doctorate. She joined Soloway Wright LLP as an Associate in 2016 after articling with the firm. She is a litigation lawyer practicing in the insurance law, medical malpractice and personal injury practice groups.

Ashley has a long history of working with children as a babysitter and as a personal support worker to children with special needs. She is passionate about making sure that all children have a happy and safe space to grow up and that they have equal opportunities to become the best person they can be.
Outside the office, Ashley spends most of her time with her family and friends playing all sorts of sports. Her favourites are softball and ice hockey but she has recently caught the mini-triathlon bug! Of course, she is also a Sens fan!

Louis Karangura

Secretary
Member since: 2015

Louis has a background in administration law and social services and worked for several years in public and private sectors. He has always considered himself a problem solver and has been deeply involved in communities where he lived as a volunteer, organizer and team leader. He has been a Board member with various organizations over the years where he dedicated himself to being part of their success and development.

Louis chose to become involved with PRC because he was extremely impressed with what the centre does in Ottawa and the surrounding areas to improve the future of families and ultimately society. He is convinced that with the collaboration of other Board Members, staff and partners of PRC, it will be easier to reach the organization’s goals and continue to fulfil the mission.

Louis, is a parent, and he and his family always want to be part of a great number of willing people who donate time, talents and skills to create and support programs that respond to the needs of parents, children and families.

Brian Kells

Director
Member since: 2017

Brian is a lawyer who practices corporate and securities law with a prominent Ottawa firm. After finishing his undergraduate studies in international development, Brian spent a year in Tanzania and Malawi working for health care organisations. Brian served as a reservist with the Canadian Army for over 14 years, including a deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan from 2008 to 2009. Brian is passionate about serving the Ottawa community through volunteer work. He served on the board of directors of the Ottawa-Carleton Ultimate Association from 2013 to 2018, including 3 years as Board Chair and President.

Miyoung Shin

Director
Member since: 2016

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce with Accounting from University of Ottawa, Miyoung has spent the past seven years working as an accounting and finance professional in various sectors including five years in the Non-For-Profit sector. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and currently working at Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.

Prior to her current employment, Miyoung held a management position on the Finance team at the RA Centre working closely with the team that promoted sports and activities for youth. She is fluent in all aspects of financial reports, budget processing, and external audit.

Miyoung has used the services of PRC and really enjoyed the programs. She attended a few years ago with her son, Sam and truly believes that other families would also benefit from PRC. Now she brings her expertise to PRC to support the organization and its programs.

Deborah Lehmann

Executive Director
Board member since: 2013

Deborah Lehmann is a resourceful community leader with a proven track record of leading change in the non-profit charitable sector. Deborah joined the Ottawa based Parent Resource Centre (PRC) with a passion for the organization’s vital mission and a strong understanding of the community’s need for the services it provides. With a focus on child development, parent support, training and research, the PRC has a lasting impact on the well-being of children. Deborah’s vision for the organization is to create communities where all children discover and develop skills to live the best life possible. In her role as Executive Director, Deborah encourages a culture of creativity and innovation and ensures PRC continues to provide best practices to support each child’s unique processes and circumstances.

Prior to her arrival at PRC, Deborah spent 10 years focused on end-of-life services in British Columbia. In 2009, Deborah had the vision for a leading edge campus of care and large scale partnership in Abbotsford. She was one of the founding members of an integrated health-care development; a single location with a range of services and support networks for children, youth, adults and families. During her career, she worked diligently to change the paradigm that hospice care is only for seniors and advocate for more funds to be allocated to children and families for grief and loss support services. Deborah is an exceptionally engaging public speaker on topics including; family dynamics at end of life, children and grief, grief in the workplace and adjusting to life after loss.

In British Columbia, Deborah was a Rotarian and her other community contributions included membership on the Abbotsford Police Board and the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Of particular interest to Deborah was her involvement with the Social Development Advisory Committee that provided advice to City Council on social issues, to help guide the City’s social planning, including its most vulnerable and marginalized citizens.

In Ottawa, her many volunteer roles have included service as a member of the Adoption Council of Canada’s Board of Directors, a member of Habitat for Humanity’s Family Partnering Committee, and a member of the Ottawa Association of Fundraising Professionals Board of Directors. More recently, Deborah joined the Bruyere Continuing Care Board of Directors, and the Bruyère Quality Management Committee that recommends policy direction and action in the areas of quality and risk management, program evaluation, research and education. She is also part of the Promotions Committee for Leadercast, a one-day conference focused on progressive management and leadership practices.