Meet our Board Members

Distress and Crisis Ontario is governed by a board of directors, each elected to a three year term.  Board members may be selected for an at-large position or represent one of the four regions:  Western Ontario, Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario and the GTA.

Meet some of our Board Members and hear what they have to say below!


Colleen Gallagher - Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Directors

Senior Manager, RLB LPP
A graduate of Wilfred Laurier University, Colleen has been a CA since 2005 and a CPA since 2011. As a member of the Institute for Chartered Accountants of Ontario she has been practice inspector of professional accounting firms, insuring compliance with the CICA handbook, GAAP, and CICA quality assurance standards. Colleen brings with her 10 years experience in Finance and Accounting, has been an auditor for not-for-profit organizations, and is a Guelph Chamber of Commerce Finance Committee member.

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Linda Gerger - Board of Directors

Community Member
Since her graduation from the University of Guelph, Linda served as Executive Director of the Guelph Distress Centre for 5 years, and Executive Director of Distress Centre Peel for 30 years. Her board experience includes past president of Distress and Crisis Ontario and committee work to develop the first accreditation standards and computerized common data tools for Ontario centres. She is past president, Zonta Club of Mississauga, a service club for professional women.

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Victoria Kehoe - Past Chair, Board of Directors

Executive Director, Distress Centre Durham
Since 1994 Victoria has served the Durham community as a member of Distress Centre Durham. Joining the centre as a telephone helpline volunteer, she has served as Executive Director for the last two years. A graduate of the Volunteer Management program at Humber College and the Human Services Counselling program at Durham College, Victoria is also an Adult Education Specialist. She supports the DCO membership as an ASIST suicide intervention trainer and has served on the DCO Board since 2007.

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Alison Caird - Board of Directors

Executive Director, Spectra Community Support
Alison has dedicated her career to the non-profit and public sectors beginning her career as a literacy coordinator with the North York Public Library and the Children’s Aid Society, and then held progressively senior positions in volunteer management with University Health Network (i.e. Toronto General, Toronto Western, and Toronto Rehab hospitals). In her last position she was Executive Director of Serve, a charity that worked with marginalized youth from the priority neighbourhoods of Toronto.

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Karen Letofsky - Chair, Board of Directors

Executive Director, Distress Centres Toronto
With a Masters in Sociology and experience working for the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in grief counselling before going to Distress Centres Toronto, Karen is a 30 year distress line movement veteran. In 2003 she became Executive Director of Distress Centres Toronto and has since developed and delivered innovative programs and published a number of articles on related topics. Karen sits on several community boards and networks, she has received the National Service Award from CASP and has been recognized by the Mayor’s Office and the City of Toronto for her work. In 2007 she was named as a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2012 she received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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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.