Juliet Jackson, President
Juliet Jackson is the Director of Culture and Inclusion at the Region of Peel and has held many leadership positions during her 27-year career, which has contributed to her becoming an accomplished strategic leader, coach and influencer in the public sector. As a resident of Peel Region since 1977, Juliet has formed deep roots in this community which is her motivation for investing her time and energy in opportunities that contribute to the health, safety and success of children, youth and families. Juliet has been the President of Peel Children’s Aid's Board since 2017 but has served on the board since 2013. She also sits on several advisory boards and committees in the GTA focused on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility for Ontarians.
Sandeep Aujla, Vice President
Sandeep Aujla is a Human Resources and change strategist who works with organizations that want to make change easy and meaningful for people at all levels. She does that as the President of Multilevel Leadership Consulting Inc., a boutique consulting firm she founded to serve clients through consulting, coaching, and training. Inspired by the contributions of the late Bhagat Puran Singh – a revolutionary humanitarian – she's committed to helping the children and youth in the region of Peel and is completing her second term on the Board of Directors for Peel's Children Aid. She serves as the Secretary for the Board and the Youth Liaison to facilitate a dynamic relationship and flow of information between the Youth Council and the Board of Directors. Her vision is to see all the children thrive to their fullest potential.
Sundeep Bhatia, Treasurer
Sundeep Bhatia is a Director within the Financial Services industry and has diverse experience in finance, treasury, operations, and risk management with global multi-billion dollar organizations. He is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and holds Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. Sundeep believes in supporting the community he lives in having co-founded the Seva Food Bank which serves over 2,000 diverse clients a month across multiple locations in Mississauga. With Peel CAS, Sundeep sits on the Board and has been appointed as the Treasurer for the organization.
Matthew McCutcheon, Secretary
Matt McCutcheon is a Superintendent of Education with the Peel District School Board. He has spent over 20 years supporting children and families across all three municipalities in Peel Region – Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon. Matt holds a Master’s of Education from Brock University and a Master’s of Science in Education from Niagara University. Matt is committed to working with community partners to establish positive and caring relationships with families. Matt and his wife have three teenage children.
Carol Kotacka, Member at Large
As Managing Partner of Ryelle Strategy Group, Carol has had the privilege of driving external strategy and co-creating system wide solutions with residents, employees, government entities as well as first responders, supporting organizations in North America, Europe and, most recently, the Middle East. On the personal side, Carol and her family have lived in Peel for over 25 years and have made a collective commitment to community contribution. Carol's volunteer experience has included the Peel Children and Youth Initiative, United Way of Peel Region, Mississauga-Halton Palliative Executive Committee as well as the Mississauga Board of Trade and Humber College Management Advisory.
Veronica Hall, Member
Veronica Hall has been actively involved throughout her career in international and community development. She lived in Australia for over 10 years and worked throughout Asia, the South Pacific and Africa in humanitarian aid and development work, including micro finance and working with asylum seekers. She is currently a Supervisor of Community Engagement at the Region of Peel. Veronica holds her MBA, Master of Leadership (Change Management), Post Graduate Certificate in International and Community Development, Graduate Certificate in Project Management and PMP designation. She is dedicated to building strong communities and lives with her husband and three children in Caledon.
Todd Christie, Member
Todd Christie has served the Region of Peel as a police officer for over 20 years. He has been assigned to a variety of units including Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Forensic Identification Services. As a Detective, Todd was assigned to the Special Victims Unit where he investigated child protection concerns in partnership with CAS child protection workers. Currently, Todd holds the rank of Inspector and is assigned to the Duty Inspector’s Office. Todd holds a Masters of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from U of T and has served as a past board member of a Toronto area non-profit childcare centre, a Toronto youth soccer organization and the Peel Police Association Amateur Athletic Association.
Kareen Waugh-Derby, Member
Kareen Waugh-Derby is passionate about helping children to be the best that they can be and takes great pride giving back to her community. Kareen has over 10 years working in the non-profit sector, with a focus in strategic planning. Kareen also has a thirst for knowledge, so to compliment her completed MBA and Project Manager certification, she is currently pursuing studies in Child Welfare and Forensic Practice.
Lemmy Maingi, Member
Lemmy Maingi is Senior Manager at TD Bank, in the bank's Enterprise Data and Analytics delivery organization. He previously held roles in Project Finance, performing controllership and portfolio management responsibilities. He has also worked in Auto Finance and Merchant Card Solutions, with a career spanning over 16 years in the corporate sector. Lemmy believes strongly in investing in community, providing a solid foundation for every child, youth and their families, giving each a fair chance to excel and prosper. He and his lovely wife are blessed with three beautiful daughters. He hopes to continue strengthening the safety, well-being of children and families through Peel Children's Aid.
New Board members (photos coming soon):
Silvia Devlin, Member
Silvia Devlin is a retired Director of Software Development with over 30 years experience as an IT Development leader in healthcare, telco, and insurance. She has a strong balance of financial acumen and software development expertise in managing multiple and simultaneous large scale multi-stakeholder development projects. Silvia is a strategic IT leader who built strong relationships, supported diverse global teams, and developed and executed IT strategy / roadmaps from both a strategic and operational perspective. Silvia has now entered the world of entrepreneurship and has started her own small company focusing on Design and Home Staging. Silvia has been a resident of Peel for over 25 years and has always been interested in supporting families, children and youth. She has been involved in many volunteer programs, giving back to the community, including sitting on the Board of Directors for BridgeWay Family Centres, Avanti Women and as a Therapy Dog Volunteer with her dog Baxter at St. John Ambulance.
Maqbool Walji, Member
Maqbool Walji is an entrepreneur, a strong advocate for Youth engagement, Mental Health Awareness, Affordable Housing, Crime Prevention Awareness and Public Safety. He is actively involved with the Peel District School Board’s Faith Forward committee, interfaith Council of Peel and food banks. Over the past few years, Maqbool has worked with newcomers and refugee families to help them with settlement in Peel. Maqbool has also been engaged within political and civic engagement and has worked diligently to ensure all voices are heard and all people are at the table when it comes to decisions made about them. Maqbool is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Safe City Mississauga.
Dr. Ammar Bookwala, Member
Ammar Bookwala is a community family physician in Mississauga who also works at Trillium Health Partners. Ammar grew up within the Region of Peel and has always appreciated the diversity and sense of community within the region. His interest in volunteering with the CAS arose from experiences during his medical training advocating for vulnerable populations. He hopes to work with the other board members to create a robust program for at risk children and youth within the Region of Peel. In his spare time, Ammar enjoys cooking, spending time with his wife and family and playing sports. Go Raptors Go.