Who We Are
Heidi is the mother of three young men with ADHD. She has a background in psychiatric nursing, was the Executive Director of the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA), a national not-for-profit organization of the leading clinicians and researchers in ADHD and is the founder of CADDAC. Heidi is currently the President and Executive Director of the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC). In the past 24 years Heidi has helped build ADHD awareness; educate parents, educators, medical professionals, industry, the public and government about ADHD through her presentations, conferences, and media interviews; and has taken a leadership role in advocating for ADHD with governments.
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.