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Board of Directors

ROCK is governed by a community Board of Directors. The membership of the Board is drawn from citizens either living or working in the community. The board strives to reflect a broad cross-section of the community and a diverse number of viewpoints and experiences. Efforts are made to ensure that there is a balanced, equitable representation from business, professional, ethno-racial and other groups located in the community and served by the agency.

Roger Wilkie – Board Chair

Deputy Chief Roger Wilkie began his career with the Halton Regional Police Service in 1996 and currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Regional Operations. Throughout his career, he has served in uniform operations in Milton, Halton Hills, Burlington, and Oakville. He has also worked in the Drug Unit, Mobile Surveillance Unit, Homicide Unit, Criminal Investigations Bureau, Domestic Violence Unit and as the Executive Officer to the Deputy Chief.

He has also led several areas as the Operations Commander for Milton and Halton Hills, District Commander for Oakville, Critical Incident Commander for major public safety incidents and recently as the Commander of Emergency Services, Training, and Human Resource Services.

Deputy Chief Wilkie believes that community safety and well-being is a shared responsibility and is committed to mobilizing and engaging the community and key stakeholders to ensure that the Halton Region is as safe tomorrow as it is today. He believes in the importance of collaborative and coordinated service delivery and was instrumental in the development of the Halton Region’s Situation Table Strategy and Community Safety and Well-being Plan.

Deputy Chief Wilkie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Criminology from Brock University and is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Program from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

As a proud resident of the Halton Region, Deputy Chief Wilkie is committed to his community through various volunteer activities. Over the years he has sat on a number of victim-based committees to enhance service delivery and he currently volunteers as the Chair of the Executive Board of Directors for the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK).

Zamal Whyte ~ Treasurer

Zamal has worked for RBC since 1997 and is currently a well known Financial Planner. Zamal is very active in the Oakville and Burlington communities and has served on the ROCK Foundation Board of Directors and is now the Treasurer for the ROCK Corporate Board of Directors.

Neil Oliver 

Neil Oliver, former associate publisher of Metroland’s Halton/Niagara division — which includes community newspapers in Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Flamborough, and Niagara — is now Vice President and Regional Publisher of Metroland, Halton/Niagara, including the Formula Media Group and Premier Publications and Shows. Neil joined the ROCK Board of Directors in 2014 when ROCK was working to merge with Danielle’s Place, of which Neil served on the Board of Directors.

Rosemary Fisher

Rosemary is the managing partner at Simpson Wigle Law’s Burlington firm. She practices commercial and estate litigation and is an experienced trial lawyer. Rosemary was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1991. She joined the ROCK Board of Directors in 2013.

Audra August

Audra is the Head of People & Culture at St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School in Oakville. She specializes in working with Not for Profit Boards to facilitate board effectiveness and strategy development. Audra is a passionate advocate for children’s mental health and has been a member of the ROCK Board since 2014.

Scott Luzzi

Scott is the most recent member of the ROCK Board of Directors joining in November 2016. Scott is the Vice President of Finance for the Power Generation Services Division of Siemens Canada Limited. Scott has served on multiple philanthropic boards of directors and has now focused his attention on the governance of children and youth mental health services as we continue our journey as the lead agency for Halton.

Chris Carter – Leave of Absence

A husband and father of two, Chris Carter is as passionate and motivated in his professional life as he is with his family & friends— with a personal philosophy to never sacrifice on positive intent and to always go beyond his comfort zone to reach new goals. His thirst to learn, generosity, and leadership are evident in his investment for the well-being of the people he values. As the founder and COO of Funding Innovation, Chris has established a solution to help others lend support to charitable foundations, working to better the healthcare & quality of life for millions of people across Canada.

Starting his career by mentoring under VP of McDonald’s global branding Peter Beresford, Chris quickly developed the skills and motivation which lead him to work with BMW, Boating Ontario, and other organizations— eventually becoming a founding member and VP for MicroMarketing which offers highly targeted behaviour insights on customer demographics. Before his work with Funding Innovation, Chris was a partner at Beresford, Gardner & Co., and ClientSide Marketing. Currently, Chris is active as Partner and head of logistics for Evercy Homes, a tailored build and renovation service targeted at the newest generation of homeowners.

Consistently working on multiple projects simultaneously, Chris has focused his career around positive intent and generating the most impact on his clients, the organizations he works with, and ultimately the community surrounding them. Holding the success of those around him as important as his own, Chris has transitioned from a traditional business & marketing role to one of pedagogical mentorship and enjoys increasing his knowledge while giving back to the community. Being directly involved with 100+ charities including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Support Our Troops and the Children’s Miracle Network; Chris is a staple within his community and sits as chairman of the board for the Nelson Youth Centres, and Board Member of ROCK in 2019.

Senior Leadership

Kirsten Dougherty
​Chief Executive Officer

​Joanna Matthews, CYW, BPA
Vice President, ​Strategic Development

Rashaad Vahed, MSW, RSW
Vice President, ​Clinical Services

Merideth van Oene
Vice President, IM/IT, Quality & Risk

Aretha Perkins
Vice President, Operations & Finance