BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Brent Rolfe
President

Brent was re-elected to his third term on our Board of Directors on September 20, 2016 and has been our President since 2011. He is an Accounting and Finance graduate of Nottingham Trent University and has a Certified Financial Planner designation. Brent is president of Niagara Peninsula Benefit Brokers/Rolfe Financial Group, a firm specializing in Group Benefit Plans and Financial Planning for small, owner-managed companies and their employees in the Niagara Peninsula. Brent and his wife Louise immigrated from England in 1980 and settled in Niagara Falls in 1986. They have two adult children; their daughter Courtney receives service from Niagara Support Services. Brent’s leadership as President has served us well and we appreciate his hard work and dedication in this position.

 

Daniell F. Bartley
1st Vice President

Daniell began his third term on our Board of Directors in 2014,  and is our current 1st Vice President. He received his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at Brock University in 1998, obtained his LLB at the University of Ottawa in 2001, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002. Daniell is in-house solicitor for the City of Hamilton where he represents the municipality in various types of litigation with a specialty in trial work. Daniell has been greatly influenced by his mother who has worked with adults with developmental disabilities for over 25 years. Daniell's legal expertise has served us well, and we are fortunate to have him on our Board.

 

Claudia Valle
2nd Vice President

Claudia was re-elected to her fourth and final term on our Board of Directors on September 20, 2016. She has served as 1st Vice President and is our current 2nd Vice President. Claudia is a facilitator of leadership and teambuilding training programs, and has designed and delivered a variety of experiential learning programs for both adults and youth throughout Canada and the United States. Claudia currently works as the Program Director at Summit Team Building, a company based in Niagara. She is a concerned community partner who currently volunteers her time at Hospice Niagara helping with their fundraising efforts, and was most recently involved in fundraising efforts for the new First Ontario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines as a member of the Fundraising Cabinet. We thank Claudia for her continued involvement and contributions on our Board.

 

 

 

Ralph Sutton
Secretary-Treasurer

Ralph was elected to his second term on the NSS Board at the 2014 Annual General Meeting and is our current Secretary-Treasurer. He is also currently a member of the NTEC Board of Trustees, and recently retired from the Niagara Employment Agency Board of Directors after serving on this board for 10 years. Ralph retired from a career as a Professional Engineer. He spent most of his working life living with his family in Africa and Asia, managing the design and construction of hydroelectric projects, where he experienced first hand the needs required by the local people to improve their quality of life. Ralph now applies his unique experience to his responsibilities as a board member for Niagara Support Services. He and his wife Jean live in Wellan and continue to enjoy their retirement while spending time traveling and with the families of his two children who live in Niagara Falls. Ralph's life experiences bring a valued perspective to our Board.

 

Todd Crawford
Director

Todd was re-elected to his second term on the Board in 2015. He has over 20 years of experience in real estate sales, appraisal and consulting. Todd is currently a broker and managing director at Colliers International Niagara Ltd. Brokerage. Todd received his B.A. in Economics from Brock University, is an Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) through the Appraisal Institute of Canada, and a Canadian Residential Appraiser (CRA). Todd is also a qualified expert witness with the Ontario Superior Court. Todd's professional experience is a valuable asset to our Board.

 

Jessica Friesen
Director

Jessica was re-elected to her second term on the Board in 2015. A Niagara native, Jessica is the third generation CEO of Gale's Gas Bars, Gales Fuels, and Bob's Fast & Fresh Convenience. She serves on the Niagara Community Foundation Board of Directors, and their Grant Assessment Committee. Previously, Jessica was a founding member of the FORE Ladies Only Charity Golf Tournament, a founding member of the Bob Gale Recreation Fund, and a member of Niagara Business Group. Jessica has been the recipient of several awards, including Business Link 40 Under 40 2012, Fueling Change 2014 from the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, Excellence in Business 51+ Employees 2015 from the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, and the first ever Independent Hall of Fame inductee with Convenience U CARWACS in 2016. Jessica has her BScN from the University of Western Ontario. Her business experience continues to be a valuable asset to our Board.

 

Judy Reid
Director

Judy is a returning board member, having retired in 2014 when she reached the end of her term of service. She was first elected in 1999 and served as our President from 2002 to 2004. Judy also served as President of OASIS (Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs) from 2010 to 2012. In this capacity she interacted with government on behalf of member organizations to assist in maintaining and improving services for individuals with developmental disabilities. She is also a past member of the NTEC Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of Niagara Employment Agency. Judy always served on our Board with distinction and we are very fortunate that she will be bringing her knowledge and expertise back to Niagara Support Services.

 

Ray Robitaille
Director

Ray was elected to his first term on the Board in 2015. He is a recent graduate of the Master's of Applied Disability Studies program at Brock University, has recently upgraded his computer skills, and completed an InDesign publishing course. Ray is passionate about many things, including arts and entertainment, and has helped organize and perform in many fundraisers for organizations such as Positive Living and the LGBTQ community. He is adamant about advocating for those who are potentially marginalized and hopes to continue his efforts in this area. Ray has a range of experiences in the special needs field from group home worker, accessibility issues, and recreation therapy, to grant applications. Ray's background brings an important perspective to the Board and we continue to value his contributions.

 

Chris Russell
Director

Chris was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board of Directors at  the November 24, 2015 board meeting. This appointment was ratified by the membership at the Annual General Meeting on September 20, 2016. Chris has been working at Niagara Falls Transit since 1977, and continues to be the "Face of the Transit" by helping the community and various organizations. Chris has known the people using our services for many years, and was instrumental in working with the Circle of Friends self advocates group to make some of their suggested changes to the bus routes in Niagara Falls. Chris was the recipient of our 2014 Friend of NSS Award, and we are fortunate to have him serve on our Board.

 

Michael Sproule
Director

Michael was elected to his first term on the Board of Directors on September 20, 2016. He has been on NTEC's Board of Trustees since June 28, 2012, and was elected Chair of the NTEC Board on June 26, 2014. Michael has been employed as Treasurer at Washington Mills Electro Minerals Corporation in Niagara Falls for the past 37 years. He resides in Chippawa with his wife Cherrie and has two lovely daughters, Dana in Halifax, and Jodi in St. Catharines. Prior to joining the NTEC Board, Michael was also a very active member of Stamford Kiwanis for many years. We look forward to Michael's contributions to the NSS Board.

 

Lindsay Tychynski
Director

Lindsay was elected to her second term on the Board in 2015. A lifelong Niagara resident, she brings with her a passion to assist individuals with disabilities in our community. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Public Health (Honours) degree from Brock University where she is on the Dean's List. She is also a graduate of the Master's Program of Applied Disability Studies at Brock University, the scope of which is to contribute to the betterment of the lives of persons with disabilities by providing quality, multidisciplinary postgraduate education to the next generation of professionals, researchers and educators. Lindsay's passion and education serve her well in her responsibilities as a board member of Niagara Support Services.