Kids Need Families and Families Need Support

Adoption Myth #6

"There are no more international adoptions."

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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:

Karen Serblowski - Chair

Karen joined the board in September 2016. She has her Masters of Business Administration (MBA), with a focus on board governance and corporate social responsibility, and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP). Karen is currently the Health, Safety and Organizational Development Manager for the Electrical Safety Authority where she enthusiastically works towards creating and sustaining a psychologically healthy and safe workplace. Over the last several years she has led the building and execution of the Leadership Development programs, and chairing the Centre of Excellence team tasked with embedding Change Management practices.

As an adoptee, she is passionate about ensuring every child and youth not only finds their “Forever Family”, but that families and adoptees have ongoing support systems. Karen’s supportive husband and two energetic children inspire her to be grateful for every day and live her life’s purpose.

» Lisette Gelinas - Vice Chair

» Lily Yang - Treasurer

» Sherri Kinch - Secretary

» Breann Kirincich

» Mike Dawson

Nancy Dale

Nancy holds a Masters of Social Work and a Masters of Arts in Public Policy and Administration.  She worked in the field of child welfare in Ontario for over 35 years retiring from the position of Director of Service of the Children's Aid Society of Toronto in 2016. Throughout her career, Nancy has been dedicated to the development and oversight of child welfare services designed to ensure the best interests, protection and well being of children and youth. Nancy is passionate about the need to achieve permanency through adoption for children and youth who become permanent wards of the state and throughout her career has been involved in many initiatives designed to support this goal. 

» Valerie D'Paiva

» Hilary Partner

» Michelle Kisluk