Board of Directors
The DRCC’s Board of Directors is composed of a group of dedicated professionals that span a diverse array of professional backgrounds and personal life experiences relating to the needs of the agency and its clients.
The 2020/2021 Board of Directors for the Durham Rape Crisis Centre includes the following individuals:
President — Olga Marques
Olga Marques, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Ontario Tech University (University of Ontario Institute of Technology) in the Criminology and Justice program. Her teaching and research focus on the intersections of sex, gender, sexuality, and race, with justice, regulation, and criminalization/victimization. She has previous employment experience in the criminal justice field, including victim support worker, program assistant in a social housing community, and as a behavior counselor in a women’s federal correctional facility. Olga is currently the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Student Sexual Violence Prevention and Support at Ontario Tech University. Olga joined the DRCC Board of Directors in February 2013.
Past President — Lindsay Wyers
Lindsay has been the President of the DRCC for 10.5 years. Prior to her experience on the Board, she was a crisis line volunteer for 2.5 years. Lindsay has an under graduate degree is Medical Anthropology and Health Studies and a Masters in Health Sciences, with a focus on Community Health. Lindsay has a wide variety of healthcare experiences, specifically in project management, data analysis, accountability and performance metrics. She is currently the Director of IT, Decision Support, Health Information and Privacy for Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Lindsay joined the DRCC Board of Directors in March 2010.
Vice President – Stephanie Ehret
Stephanie Ehret, Ph.D., has taught courses in criminology at Ryerson University and in sociology at Trent University. Prior to working in academia, Stephanie spent time in community justice, first as a diversion counsellor and then as a resource developer and volunteer coordinator at an agency focused on violence against women issues. Stephanie also has experience working in the financial industry. Her research focuses on meanings of justice and she is interested in a range of social and institutional modalities for doing justice, particularly in relation to gendered violence, race and disability. Stephanie joined the Board in July 2016.
Treasurer – Chelsea Desrochers
Chelsea has her undergraduate degree from Trent University in Political Studies and is completing her Masters in Political Science at the University of Waterloo. She is a Continuous Improvement Analyst with experience in data analytics, project management, various programming languages, and Six Sigma. She has been involved with other non-profit institutions focused on social justice research and restorative justice initiatives. Chelsea joined the DRCC Board of Directors in September of 2020.
Secretary – Adryan Bergstrom-Borins
Adryan (she/her) is a white settler with mixed Euro/Scandinavian and Anishnaabe/Ojibway ancestry. She holds a Master’s of Public Policy and Sexual Diversity Studies from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing a Social Services Worker Diploma at Durham College. Adryan is a Senior Program Advisor for Ontario’s Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy (IHWS) in the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. In her role, she works closely with Indigenous communities and organizations across Ontario to implement a continuum of culturally-appropriate Indigenous designed and delivered healing, health and wellness programs. Adryan is passionate about social justice issues and supporting the healing of survivors of violence.
Director — Chanelle La-Fleur
Chanelle La-Fleur is a Womens Transitional House Coordinator and Personal Support Worker. With over a decade of rewarding experience collaborating with youth and families of low income communities and diversed backgrounds. Chanelle has graduated from the Assaulted women’s and children’s counsellor/ advocate program. Chanelle is passionate about providing services and supports to women who have survived abuse and trauma. Including one on one counselling, employment & financial coaching, health care references and eviction prevention. Chanelle has volunteered and trained with several community organizations throughout her journey, focusing on violence prevention, sexual harassment, workplace health and safety and much more! Chanelle joined the DRCC board of directors in August of 2019
Director – Claudia Cammisa
Claudia Cammisa is passionate about working with vulnerable children and youth. She has worked within the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services for 3 years. During this time, Claudia’s roles have included provincially assessing the safety, permanency and wellbeing of children in extended society care, as well as, inspecting foster and group homes to assess quality of care and legislative compliance. Claudia’s previous experience at the Ministry of the Attorney General has provided her a comprehensive understanding of the strengths and barriers victims of crime face navigating and engaging in the criminal justice system. Claudia joined the DRCC Board of Directors in September 2019.
Director – Denise Williams
Denise is a corporate lawyer with over 10 years of experience. She completed her undergraduate, law and graduate school studies at York University, Osgoode Hall Law School and University of Toronto respectively. Denise has a wide variety of experience as a board member for various other charitable organizations. Denise joined the DRCC board of directors in September of 2020.
The DRCC is not currently accepting applications for new board members. If you are interested in learning more about future applications and investing your skills and time to this rewarding cause please submit your resume to Executive Director, Gemma Broderick at firstname.lastname@example.org.