Meet our Board Members

Distress and Crisis Ontario is governed by a Board of Directors, each elected to a 3-year term. The Board consists of Executive Directors of member organizations along with community members.

Meet our Board of Directors!


Peter Donnelly – Board of Directors

IT Executive

Peter has been involved with Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region for 15 years with roles that included Board President and various committees. After losing a close family member to suicide, he actively sought opportunities to help others and has been involved in several charitable activities for more than 20 years. He brings experience in financial management, information and call centre technology as well as organizational and program development.

Ron Dunn – Vice Chair, Board of Directors

Executive Director, The Downtown Mission of Windsor

Ron’s strength is leadership and he possesses years of marketing, brand-building, and public relations experience. He brings skills in community development & advocacy, financial management, human resources, as well as organizational and program development. His decision-making is always premised on the idea of “what is in the best interest of those I serve.”

Colleen Gallagher – Chair, Board of Directors

Principal, RLB LPP

Colleen is a life-long resident of Kitchener-Waterloo, a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, and a CPA, CA. She enjoys giving back to the community, having served as the treasurer for DCO for many years as well as for United Way Kitchener-Waterloo & Area. She is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, is a practice inspector of professional accounting firms as well as the auditor for many not-for-profit and charitable organizations. She is an avid hockey fan, recreational reader and enjoys travelling, preferably to a sunny tropical locale.

Janice Gardner-Spiece – Board of Directors

Executive Director, Distress Centre Halton

Janice comes from a background in non-profit, for-profit, and government positions. She has experience in developing partnerships and collaborations, as well as community support and outreach. She brings with her experience in adult education, community development & advocacy, human resources, as well as organizational and program development.

Glen Katsnelson – Board of Directors

Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Health, York University

Glen has many skills he brings to his position that have been cultivated through his education, his service to his community and his extra-curricular activities. He believes in the powerful and meaningful impact DCO has on the communities it serves. He believes that advocating for food security, better living conditions and secure employment can help improve mental health, and that looking at the root cause of mental distress can help maintain overall personal wellbeing.

Shri (Shrinivasan) Kalyanasundaram – Board of Directors

Head of Digital Identity Solutions, Telus Communications

Shri brings skills and experience that include partnership agreements, commercial negotiations, call centre technology, and public relations. Coming from a society where mental health issues were taboo, Shri wants to contribute to changing that. Past volunteer experiences with mentoring new immigrant professionals showed that the most important issue to newcomers to Canada is loneliness and having someone to talk to. Becoming a new parent was the catalyst to wanting to set a good example by making a difference in society.

Jade Surgeoner, CPA, CA, CIA – Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Directors

Manager, Financial Reporting and Accounting, City of Guelph

Jade has an understanding of risk management and brings proven analytical organizational and project management skills. She has a strong background in finance, financial reporting, and system controls, as well as marketing. She is able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups, and is an experienced board member with a strong understanding of governance roles.

Stacy Terry – Board of Directors

Executive Director, Distress Centre Niagara

Stacy has been involved with Distress Centre Niagara for over 18 years and moved to the role of Executive Director in 2011. She has been involved in many initiatives in the Niagara area and sat on the advisory group that lead to a successful partnering with 15 community agencies to develop a Coordinated Access Line for the Niagara region that is managed by Distress Centre Niagara. She is a team player and has experience working in collective and collaborative environments. She has knowledge of the mental health systems and has community connections to Mental Health and Addictions as well as suicide awareness and prevention programs.

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How can you be involved?

Distress and Crisis Ontario is currently seeking leaders to join its Board of Directors.  Who are we looking for?  If you have a strong commitment to helping in issues of mental health and suicide, and have proven leadership or organizational experience, you can apply for a position on the board.  All board members are volunteers, and the time commitment is approximately four hours a month.

Your application and current resume should be received by October 10th for consideration by the Nominations Committee prior to the Annual General Meeting held in late October of each year. However, please submit your application at any time during the year and it will be considered for the next nomination round.

For a copy of the Call for Board Members, click here.

For an application form, click here.