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 2018/2019 Board of Directors for the Durham Rape Crisis Centre includes the following individuals:

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 — 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.

Treasurer — Lola Chiappetta

Lola Chiappetta is a finance professional with over ten years of experience. Respected as an ethical and strategic decision maker, she earns the trust and a seat at the table in every capacity. Lola is passionate about improving the lives of women and children in need. Lola is a Chartered Professional Accountant/ Certified General Accountant, and also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Laurentian University, and a Bachelors of Commerce from University of Toronto. Lola joined the DRCC Board of Directors in July 2018.

Secretary — Stephanie Ehret

Stephanie Ehret, Ph.D., is a Course Instructor at Trent University and Ryerson University.  Stephanie has worked in the financial industry in Toronto, and she has diverse experience in justice work including working as a diversion counsellor and as a resource developer and volunteer coordinator at an agency focused on violence against women issues. Her research focuses on 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 DRCC Board of Directors in July 2016.

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.

The DRCC is currently accepting applications for new board members. If you are interested in investing your skills and time to this rewarding cause please complete the application form and send it via mail or fax to the attention of the president of the board of directors or email it to gemma@drcc.ca.

For more information you may contact Gemma Broderick, Executive Director at 905-444-9672 ext: 24.