Board & Staff
Bringing people and resources together for over 40 years.
Flamborough Connects is proud of the great people who make up the board and staff team. Passionate about community, every individual brings enthusiasm, professional expertise and genuine joy in helping others. Get to know our team.
Amelia Steinbring – Executive Director
Katie Burnett – Information, Communication and Events Coordinator
Jan MacVinnie – Seniors Programs Coordinator
Hilary Szwalek – Youth Programs Coordinator
Donna Czukar, Chair
Donna joined Flamborough Connects in 2017, after working in senior leadership roles in the community health and information services sectors. Donna is involved with 100 Women Who Care Flamborough-Waterdown, and volunteers with the MS Society and numerous local events. Donna is passionate about highlighting the value of volunteers and developing and maintaining services that complement and integrate with our formal health and community systems. Her experience with community services and organizational development, along with her lifelong knowledge of Flamborough and her commitment to meeting the evolving needs of the community, ensure the continued growth and sustainability of Flamborough Connects.
Brenda Jefferies, Vice-Chair
Brenda joined the Flamborough Connects board in 2018. After 17 years as a community news reporter and editor with the Flamborough Review, she is now a freelance writer and editor with a focus on technical writing. Brenda is an active Rotarian and serves on the board of the Flamborough Heritage Society. Brenda is passionate about Flamborough and volunteers her writing skills and her knowledge of the local community to help raise the profile of Flamborough Connects programs and events. She enjoys helping with the annual Holiday Gift Program, the Flamborough Volunteer Appreciation Night and the Senior Volunteer Award.
David Baldarelli, Treasurer
David is a financial services professional working as the Chief Digital Officer for Concentra Bank and has a passion for volunteering. For more than 25 years he has worked with large banks such as BMO and credit unions such as Meridian and Coast Capital. He joined the Flamborough Connects Board in 2020 and stepped up when the Treasurer position became vacant soon after. In addition to outdoor activities such as hiking with his wife, daughters and dog, David enjoys music and cheering on the Canadiens, the Blue Jays and the LA Chargers. He also volunteers with the Nelson Youth Centre and Acclaim Health. David is excited to contribute to the strategic vision of Flamborough Connects; as treasurer he will keep the board informed of our financial situation and work to ensure that we are optimizing our effectiveness and impact in the community.
Bianca Stella, Secretary
Bianca is a lawyer, working as Legal Counsel for Colas Canada, a subsidiary of Colas Group of Companies, a world leader in road construction. Bianca started her career as a corporate and commercial litigator in Halton and accepted her current position after obtaining her Master of Law in Business Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. Since joining FC in 2019, Bianca provides the board with input and direction on legal matters, serves as board secretary, and participates in initiatives such as the online auction and the Holiday Gift Program. In addition to her FC role, Bianca participates in fundraisers for the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. She is passionate about Flamborough and is committed to assisting FC in making a positive impact and meeting the evolving needs of the community.
Natalie Walker, Director
Natalie joined the Flamborough Connects board in 2014. She brings a unique combination of financial expertise and enthusiasm for the community to her role. She is a risk-management specialist with RBC, where she has worked for 20 years. Natalie’s passion for giving back has led her to participate in numerous RBC fundraising initiatives, Joseph Brant Hospital’s Elder for Life program, 100 Women Who Care-Flamborough/Waterdown, and, along with her family, the Roots of Empathy program at Guy B. Brown Public School. She is passionate about her family and friends and loves to play the piano. Natalie has successfully secured funding for Flamborough Connects through RBC and 100 Women Who Care and works as part of our HR committee to strengthen engagement with staff and volunteers.
Wayne Stickley, Director
With a professional background in law enforcement, consumer and commercial banking, and automotive finance, Wayne brings a deep wealth of experience to Flamborough Connects. He has served on boards of community organizations, including the Toronto Housing Company and East Wellington Community Services, for more than three decades. Wayne moved to Flamborough in 2015 and joined the Flamborough Connects board in 2019, where he takes the lead on governance and policy issues and rules of order. He also serves as Secretary on the board of Friends of Alexander Place. Wayne is passionate about advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves and assisting those in need and works to ensure funding is allocated to programs and resources that serve those who need them most.
Lucy Keelan, Director
Since joining the Flamborough Connects board in 2018, Lucy has volunteered her time and considerable skills to raise the online profile of our organization. Lucy has more than 15 years of experience in digital communications, and currently works as a digital project manager for Magdex. An avid gardener who loves spending time with her family, Lucy also provides the board with the perspective of a parent raising a young family in Flamborough. She is excited about the programs and services offered by Flamborough Connects and works to ensure they are accessible to everyone in our community. She provides guidance and works closely with the board and staff to update our website and has taken the lead on sourcing our digital services support.
Shantal Woolsey, Director
Shantal brings a passion for teaching, inclusion, and community to the Flamborough Connects board. Currently a communications professor and curriculum development specialist at Mohawk College, she also draws on experience working in finance and at Queen’s Park. She volunteers as a career coach with several industry associations, as a judge in the annual BASEF competition, and as a member of the Mohawk College Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, among others. Shantal is also certified in mental health first aid and Safe-Talk. She is committed to helping others find their passion and is excited to take on a leadership role for youth initiatives in the community, such as the Youth Job Fair and the Youth Volunteer Fair.
Ed Steel, Director
Ed brings extensive experience in government, politics, and public affairs to his role as director on the FC board. He has served as Executive Director at the Mortgage and Title Insurance Industry Association of Canada (MTIIAC) since 2018, and previously worked in various capacities with the Ontario government, including as Director of Policy to the Minister of Government and Consumer Services. Ed is dedicated to the Flamborough community and has a passion for public service. Since joining our board in 2020, Ed’s focus is providing input and direction on communications, policy, and strategic planning initiatives. He is excited about working to shape the way we provide services and resources to Flamborough residents.
Victor Ajileye, Director
Victor is a banking professional who joined our board in 2020. He volunteers his expertise in financial services and business management to assist Flamborough Connects’ efforts to enhance quality of life in the community by identifying unmet needs and facilitating social services. Victor is passionate about innovation, strategy, and transformation that drive positive engagement and value for stakeholders. Through his role on the board, he hopes to use his experience in performance management to create an engaging experience for staff and volunteers, and ultimately improve Flamborough Connects’ overall business performance and operational efficiency while managing risk.
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