The Upper Canada Champions for Kids Foundation is proud to announce the new president and executive committee, as elected for 2019. Champion for Kids is a registered charity, serving students and families within the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB). Through fundraising efforts each year, the foundation supports students by helping them to subsidize the costs of sporting activities, swimming lessons, and such essentials like prescription eye glasses or winter clothing – all of which may not be accessible to them due to extreme financial hardships.
Casey Nelson has been elected as the new president of the non‑for‑profit organization. Nelson has been involved with Champions for Kids for six years, sitting in various roles on the executive committee. He not only brings his prior experience with the foundation to this role, but 15 years as a teacher and administrator with the UCDSB.
“My role within the school board has really let me see, first hand, how this foundation makes a difference for students and families,” said Nelson. “I’m proud to lead this very important organization and build on the work of Past‑President David Morrison. I look forward to working with this committee to help even more families.”
David Morrison has served as President of Champions for Kids since 2016 and has been involved with the foundation since its inception in 2008. Morrison’s work as president and in other roles within the foundation has been instrumental to the foundation’s success.
The other members of the Executive Committee are as follows:
1st Vice President ‑ Laura Oliver 2nd Vice President ‑ Carol Casselman Secretary ‑ Lisa Workman Treasurer ‑ Robert Backstrom Director of Disbursements ‑ Terry Gardiner Directors of Fundraising ‑ Christie Reitsma and Tracy Staples Director of Communications ‑ April Scott‑Clarke Director of Marketing & Community Outreach – Vacancy