Lynda Tilley – Executive Director
416-466-9987 Ext. 308
Lynda Tilley brought over 16 years of experience working with children and youth at risk to her position of Camp Director of Moorelands Camp when she joined Moorelands Kids in 2000. In 2015, Lynda became Moorelands Kids’ Executive Director. Prior to joining the Moorelands Kids staff team, Lynda was the Residential Centre Manager of Our Place Peel, a long-term residence for disadvantaged and homeless youth in Peel Region. Lynda sees camp as a place to provide opportunities for children to develop positive relationships with adults and peers and to learn core values of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Lynda is a graduate of the American Camping Association’s Camp Director Course.
Min Lin – Controller
416-466-9987 Ext. 310
Prior to joining Moorelands Kids staff team in 2009, Min Lin worked in the not-for-profit sector for five years. Her experience includes planning, development
Colette Halferty – Director of Development & Communications
416-466-9987 Ext. 307
Colette originally hails from England but has made her home in Canada since 1987. Her career choices have always led her to take on roles with organizations where she has felt she can make the most impact in transforming lives for people who might otherwise be marginalized in society. While Colette’s background is in Business Administration, she has been working in fund development for the past 15 years. Having worked with L’Arche, Colette has an affinity for people with developmental disabilities. In fact, she met her husband in L’Arche and chose to raise their two children while staying connected to L’Arche communities in Vancouver and Toronto. Her passion is for the outdoors, staying active and as it happens, camping is very much part of their family lifestyle. Having a professional presence, with strong organizational and time management skills, Colette also possesses a great sense of humour as a people person. In this role, she hopes to explore opportunities for growth that can augment the long history of Moorelands Kids in raising awareness, build on relationships and develop new pathways for funding so as to expand our reach and impact for kids and youth in need around the GTA.
David Borsook – Moorelands Camp Director
416-466-9987 Ext. 306
David comes to Moorelands Kids with over 10 years’ experience working in outdoor education and camps. After graduating from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science he completed his Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia with a major in Elementary General Education and a specialization in Early Childhood Education. David put his skills to work in a variety of camp and educational environments, including as the Assistant Director – Programs and Operation, at Camp McGovern. David is also a former teacher for the Waterloo Region District School Board where he taught a variety of grades and worked with children from wide ranging backgrounds and needs. He has a passion for empowering youth of all ages, to realize their potential and become the independent, positive leaders of tomorrow.
Jodi Thompson – City Programs Manager
416-466-9987 Ext. 305
In January of 2016, Jodi joined Moorelands Kids‘ city programs as City Programs Manager. Jodi first became involved with Moorelands Kids in 2012, as a Section Head at Moorelands Camp and continues to spend summer vacations helping at camp. Jodi has a rich history in supportive child programming. In 2015 Jodi joined the Peel District School Board as a Teaching Assistant, integrating children with special needs into mainstream classrooms. At the YMCA, Jodi programmed for children and youth in both camp and drop-in program settings for over 5 years. During her schooling at Seneca College for Child and Youth Work, Jodi completed two international placements serving children in local communities. Jodi strongly believes in the leadership potential of all children. She is devoted to helping children build upon their own strengths, so they can become leaders within their own communities.
Bonnie Thai – Programs Coordinator
416-466-9987 Ext. 317
Bonnie joined Moorelands Kids’ city programs as the Program Coordinator in October 2022. Since 2016, she has worked with children of diverse backgrounds in after-school programs, day camps, and volunteer experiences. Bonnie graduated from York University with an Honors Bachelor of Social Work. She has a passion for working with children and believes that when they are given the right tools and opportunities their ability to be leaders and teach us is wondrous. Bonnie is committed to the mental health of children and youth, and works with a holistic approach – she strives to continue to make a difference in the lives of children and youth even if it is a small difference!
Deema Hiram – Communications & Stewardship Manager
416-466-9987 Ext. 312
Deema Hiram just joined Mooreland’s family as a Communications and Stewardship Manager in October 2022. She has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and has more than 9 years of working experience in Program and Project Management in different sectors including Education, Young Leadership Development, Women Empowerment, and Child Protection. For her work regarding education with a focus on women’s and children’s rights, she was named an Education Champion.
Originally from Afghanistan, Deema is happy to have joined the Fund Development team, and in this role looks forward to developing new partnerships to elevate the visibility of Moorelands Kids in the wider community.
Jane Ekuban- Stewardship & Database Coordinator
416-466-9987 ext. 314
Jane Ekuban joined Moorelands Kids as a Stewardship Database Coordinator in January 2023. Having worked as an administrative professional for over 18 years, she has strong organizational, process and time management skills. Jane is a Certified Raiser’s Edge Professional and has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 4 years. She believes that given the right exposure and opportunities, all kids have the potential of becoming great leaders and productive members of society. Jane is looking forward to using her skills and experience to enhance stewardship activities and data quality for Moorelands Kids.
Khushbu Shakyawar – Marketing & Digital Communications Coordinator
416-466-9987 ext. 315
Khushbu Shakyawar joined the Moorelands Kids’ team as Marketing and Digital Communications Coordinator in August 2023. She began her journey in Mumbai, India, where she pursued a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in mass media, immersing herself in the world of media studies, journalism and communication theory. She continued her education in Toronto, pursuing a post-graduate diploma in corporate communications and public relations/advertising. Khush is excited to join Moorelands Kids and contribute towards its mission because she believes every child deserves an equal opportunity.