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Board of Directors

Canopy Support Services is an incorporated, non-profit agency governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Its programs and services are funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and are free of charge to individuals, families, and agencies.  New members of the Board of Directors are appointed and elected at our Annual General Meeting. 


Catherine Pink – Board Chair

Board Chair, Catherine Pink

Catherine has over 30 year of experience working in management and senior management roles with developmental service agencies. Her passion for capacity development in people and organizations can be infectious! As a quality assurance specialist, she is always looking for opportunities to build upon efficiencies and enhance effectiveness anywhere she goes. In 2014, Catherine accepted the position of Director of Support Service at Community Care Peterborough.




Colleen Carruthers – Vice President

Colleen is a senior consultant and executive coach with The T-R Group Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in advancing the human side of business.  Colleen works with leaders and their organizations to improve the way they learn, work, and communicate. Colleen is known for her ability to listen and ask great questions so that individuals become more engaged and organizations can solve more complex problems.  She is an accomplished facilitator and an Action Learning coach.  For more than 25 years, she has worked with senior leaders, in a variety of business sectors, including not for profit, manufacturing, government, education, healthcare, retail, financial services and professional services. For the past five years, Colleen has been an instructor and the business coach in the Peak Leadership program at Fleming College, a program for local business people who want to increase their management and leadership skills.  Finally, she is a Registered Psychotherapist with a private practice in Peterborough where she works with individuals and couples who struggle with relationship problems and a variety of other mental health challenges.

John McNutt(On Leave of Absence) – Director

John McNutt is currently President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Northern and Eastern Ontario.  John has made a positive impact on our region, our country, and on the global stage. Today, John is Chair, The Council for Persons with Disabilities , but John’s passion for volunteering can be seen throughout his career.  John was a longstanding member of Rotary International, and he has received some of Rotary International’s highest honors in recognition of his work. In addition to his vast volunteer work, John and his wife Sheryl owned and operated Bridgenorth Pharmacy for 27 years. In John’s role at JANEO  he helps to ensure that students receive access to financial literacy, entrepreneurial, and work readiness education to provide them with the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed in school, business, and life.


Amanda English – Director

Amanda English, DirectorAmanda English is a seasoned senior leader with strong non-profit and public-sector management and human resources experience. She has led human resources projects with Ministries and countless not for profits across Ontario, project managed large, multi-stakeholder engagement processes, and provided personal counsel to EDs and CEOs during times of crisis and transition. Amanda has a versatile background that includes project management, human resources, governance, risk management, stakeholder engagement, and communications. 

Amanda is currently the Director of Operations at the YWCA Peterborough Haliburton. She has also held roles at a Regional Health Authority, a collective bargaining unit, several Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) funded programs, and national association. She has also participated on two Boards, a national Board as well as a municipal Board.


Kim Randell – Director

Kim Randell, Director

Kim recently retired, after acting as Senior Counsel for Kawartha-Haliburton CAS. In that professional role she dedicated the past 16+ years to ensuring the protection of vulnerable children and youth. In addition, Kim has volunteered over the past 27 years for a number of organizations that support and provide services to developmentally challenged children, abused women and children, and youth and families facing housing instability. She is excited about using her skills, knowledge and experience in her new role as a Director on the Board. Kim and her husband live in Peterborough, and are avid participants in outdoor activities. 



Chris Elliott – Director

Chris is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 5 years of public accounting experience serving a mix of private and public sector, for-profit and not-for-profit clients. Chris brings his personal brand statement into all aspects of his life and work “Honest, Ethical, Always”. Hailing from Keene Ontario, Chris went to Ontario Tech University, and has returned to and settled in the Peterborough area.

He is a Manager with Baker Tilly KDN in Peterborough. Chris joined the Board of Directors in 2021.



Tina Thornton – Director

      Tina is a Certified Associate in Project Management specializing in Agile and Lean methodologies and has worked in the telecommunications sector for over 15 years.  She is currently part of a team that oversees infrastructure expansion projects for Nexicom Inc., a small but mighty Telecom company operating out of Millbrook. 

She is committed to giving back to the Community through volunteering and has supplemented her employment experience through over 25 years continuous service in the non profit sector.  She most recently served as Director and Past President on the Board of Directors for the YWCA Peterborough Haliburton.