Who We Are
Juanita has over 20 years of leadership experience in business, sales and marketing. As Executive Director of CADDAC Juanita is committed to CADDAC’s vision of improving the lives of individuals affected by ADHD through Awareness, Advocacy, and Education. Juanita has worked with CADDAC since 2016 and holds a Master of Art, Health Policy degree from York University. Juanita is passionate about advocating for individuals and families affected by mental illness. Juanita is also a caregiver to a child with ADHD.
Wendy Hayes is a Digital Marketing Specialist whose career has been largely spent in non-profit organizations. Wendy is passionate about applying her skills in a way that impacts positive change and much of her work has been spent creating positive change for young people in Ontario. This includes being part of the Our Voice Our Turn initiative at the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, working at Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth and co-founding the Ontario Children’s Advocacy Coalition. Wendy brings an anti-oppressive lens to her work and is experienced working in communities where it takes a nuanced approached to understanding the issues and challenges as hand. Mental health is at the intersection of many of the communities she has worked with and is something she is deeply passionate about. Wendy also freelances, providing digital marketing services to small business with a positive social impact in addition to her part-time work at the Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada.
Board of Directors
Katherine is the mother of a son who was diagnosed with ADHD and ODD at an early age. As a result, Katherine’s time over recent years has been spent researching ADHD and ODD and successfully advocating for her son’s needs with both the Catholic and public school boards. She has provided advice in this regard to numerous parents of children who have been diagnosed with ADHD and who have encountered issues within the school system. In addition, Katherine has been practising law for 19 years, and is currently the Vice President, Legal & Compliance, Woodbine Entertainment Group. Katherine brings to CADDAC a wealth of advocacy experience and legal expertise, and her primary focus is on addressing the educational and social needs of children with ADHD.
Cheryl is personally and professionally familiar with ADHD and the effects it has on children and adolescents with respect to achievement and success in school and life. Cheryl has a Masters of Education in Special Education (U of T) and was a Principal for 12 years in Toronto District School Board. Cheryl has been a Special Education consultant, has chaired IPRCs and has been an advocate on behalf of children and adolescents with ADHD to principals, teachers and parents. As a principal, Cheryl and her staff won many national (Canada’s Outstanding Principal, Prime Minister’s Award, National Technology Awards), provincial (Premier’s Awards for Teaching Excellence) as well as TDSB Awards for Teaching Excellence.
Karen has a PhD in Counselling Psychology and has been a Registered Psychologist in Alberta since 2003. She has been a sessional instructor at Mount Royal University, Athabasca University, and the University of Calgary. She is currently the Co-Executive Director of Foothills Academy Society, which provides a Designated Special Education School in Calgary, as well as a large Community Services which provides a wide range of direct services for individuals with LD and ADHD (such as psycho-educational assessments, recreational programming, counselling, and one-to-one remedial instruction), as well as educating families and relevant professionals. Karen has two daughters, one of whom has been diagnosed with ADHD.
Faelyne is a passionate advocate for inclusion and accessibility, and the mother of a neuro-diverse son currently in high school. Faelyne’s experience with her son’s accommodations in the education system has galvanized her to join CADDAC and work with parents, students and ADHD allies across Canada to help de-stigmatize neuro-diversity, and ensure that all children’s learning needs can be effectively met in school. With a professional background of over 20 years in adult learning and development, accessibility and project management, Faelyne’s focus is on providing information and support to parents and children on the same journey, and to help key stakeholders take steps to provide real solutions in the classroom that will help students and teachers alike.