Kids Need Families and Families Need Support

Adoption Myth #1

"It takes seven years or more to adopt a child in Ontario."

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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:

Lisette Gelinas - Vice Chair

Lisette is a marketing strategist with 25 years experience working with businesses ranging from small new businesses to global brands such as Kraft, IBM and Ford. She has extensive experience helping organizations develop long term customer relationships, new product launches, customer acquisition, retention and win back strategies.  For the past 5 years, she has also been teaching an online marketing course for the Canadian Marketing Association. 

Lisette is currently working on the development of an economic development model for how to leverage impact investing in small and rural communities to attract outside investment and help create an entrepreneurial environment that supports risk taking and encourages innovative business growth.
 
Lisette has been on the board of directors of the Open Arms Children’s Foundation for 10 years and is currently serving as chair. Open Arms works with volunteers, government, and institutions to help abandoned and orphaned Chinese babies and children to improve their prospects through education and health.
 
She is looking forward to contributing and helping the ACO with their important work in helping children find their forever family.
 

» Lily Yang - Treasurer

» Sherri Kinch - Secretary

» Nancy Dale

» Valerie D'Paiva

» Hilary Partner

» Harry Gousopoulos

» Jhonel Morvan

» Justin Gaurav Murgai

» Peter D. von Schilling