Kids Need Families and Families Need Support

Adoption Myth #5

"Older children can't be or don't want to be adopted."

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Board of Directors

Our organization is led by a dedicated, volunteer Board of Directors, all of whom have a direct adoption connection. The Board includes adoptive parents, adoptees, social workers, lawyers, business owners, and corporate executives. Their vision and passion for adoption propels the organization forward.


The ACO has board committees that support planning:

  • Fund Development Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Governance Committee

Click on the name to learn more about each member:

Grace Li - Chair

Grace is a management consultant with Monitor Deloitte focused on strategy consulting. Grace has worked with clients across a number of different industries, including financial services, telecommunications, energy and chemicals, and public sector. One of her favourite projects was a wealth creation strategy project with the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation (this Deloitte project was publically known). Prior to her career at Deloitte, Grace worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in both the audit and tax practice.
 
Grace wants to spread more understanding and compassion in the world and her volunteer commitment to the ACO is one of the ways she is doing to bring about more positivity to the world. Although prior to joining the ACO Board she had no personal connection to adoption, adoption is a cause that is very dear and near to Grace’s heart. Being the only child, Grace is grateful to have two loving parents growing up and cannot imagine who she would be without them. Therefore, she firmly believes that all children deserving a loving family.
 
Grace graduated from University of Waterloo with a Honours Bachelor Mathematics and a Master of Accounting.

» Karen Serblowski - Vice Chair

» Amy Diaz - Secretary

» Marino Felice - Treasurer

» Lisette Gelinas

» Sherri Baine

» Sheryl Ederman

» Kim Stevens

» Breann Kirincich

» Susan Watt

Barbara Wallner

Barbara joined the ACO board in 2013.  As an adoptive parent, Barbara is very passionate about adoption, and recognizes the need and importance of better communication between all the groups working to provide forever families.

Barbara holds a Master’s degree in international business, and has over 20 years of experience in real estate, with a focus on investor relations/communications.

In the past, Barbara has volunteered at CultureLink, an organization that helps newcomers to Canada to settle, and with HIS Home For Children, a Haitian orphanage that her family has adopted from

» Nancy Dale

» Sherri Kinch