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board of directors

Peter Kenney

Peter Kenney is a local business person with 20-plus years of experience serving various business and not-for-profit organizations IT needs in the Halton region. He has extensive experience in marketing and sales.

He possesses a Political Science degree and an Honours Business Administration degree to complement his business experience.

Peter has been involved in various charitable efforts over the years and has been an active participant in coaching youth sports, including hockey, football, and soccer. His children have also been active in local not-for-profit initiatives.

He hopes to bring his experience to the Compassion Society and assist its Board of Directors as they move forward.


Tony Hordowick

Tony accepted one of his many transfers in 1979 to help establish an office in Hamilton. He and his family settled in Burlington and 43 years later they are still here.

Tony retired in 2002 after 35 years with a large international insurer. He and his wife traveled extensively during the early years of retirement. Eventually, he decided to become much more involved in his community.

Tony has spent much of his retirement years volunteering with the Red Cross and the Canadian Cancer Society before deciding to devote all his time to the Compassion Society. He has been at CS for about 9 years and has seen many welcome changes in the organization. He looks forward to continuing to participate as needed with this great organization.

Katelyn Hall

Katelyn Hall is a Chartered Professional Accountant and is proud to serve as the Treasurer on the Board. After practicing public accounting for over five years at both small and large-sized firms, she now works in a managerial role within a municipal government organization. While in public accounting,


Katelyn enthusiastically serviced clients within the not-for-profit sector. She continues to have a passion for learning about the unique financial issues facing this sector. Having been an avid volunteer throughout her life, Katelyn loves the opportunity to apply her proactive mindset and problem-solving acumen to this Board. She is always up for a challenge and loves to provide value to Compassion Society wherever she can.


In her free time, you can find her experimenting with new recipes (usually desserts!) or hiking in the beautiful Niagara Region.


Vishal Acharya

Vishal is a Process Consulting / Tech Transformation professional. He possesses an MBA with a major in Marketing and has experience in Consulting, Banking, and the Social sector and he has worked in Canada, USA, India, Tanzania and Mexico.

He is currently a Director at a major Canadian bank. In his prior roles in consulting, he has managed digital transformation projects both in the implementation and AMS space and has demonstrated an ability to forge collaborative partnerships with client stakeholders to enhance service delivery and exceed customer expectations.

He is passionate in giving back to the community in every way possible and aims to bring his experience to problem solving and helping the organization achieve its goals.


Dania Thurman

Dania Thurman has been a resident of Burlington for over 17 years. Dania brings strong skills from her work in administration, non-profit program management, and client relations management.  Dania is actively involved in the Burlington community as a leader, advocating for child and youth well-being, food security and social justice. She has developed strong community relationships and partnerships within the private, public, and civil sectors.

Dania is currently studying Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Management at Ryerson University. Her educational focus is on advocacy and government relations, diversity, governance, and non-profit marketing. Dania is thrilled to apply these skills as a Board member.

When not working and volunteering, Dania keeps busy pestering her two teenage children and singing in bands.

Kourtney Shelton

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Jim Frizzle

Jim is a career Royal Banker having worked in several cities from Winnipeg to Montreal, ending in Burlington where he was manager of the Business Centre when he retired. Jim has been active in several organizations including United Way of Burlington and Great Hamilton, Summit Housing & Outreach Programs, John Howard Society of Hamilton & Burlington, Halton Heroes, and others.


He has enjoyed being part of, and contributing to the Burlington community for over 20 years.

Pat DiPaolo

Pat DiPaolo is President of UCC Group Inc., a leading North America wide provider of integrated,specialty site work construction services.


Pat is a Burlington resident and an active volunteer in the community.


He has been involved with and supported numerous charitable organizations including the United Way, Special Olympics and various

local youth sports clubs.

Dr. Joey Edwardh

Dr. Joey Edwardh is Executive Director of Community Development Halton, a research and development organization that serves Halton’s nonprofit agencies and community organizations.Community Development Halton has a membership of 150 organizations providing human services to Halton’s approximately 501, 000 residents.

John Doyle

John Doyle is the current Chair of the Burlington Museums Foundation has been on the Foundation Board for over ten years.


He is very active in our community and is a Past Chair of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce and a Past Chair and Board Member of the Museums of Burlington operating Board.

Jeremy Heatley

Retired from an international manufacturing / engineering company after 45 years in 2013 having worked in the UK, US and Canada.


Volunteering for over the last twenty years with the Burlington Accessibility Advisory Committee, the Multiple Sclerosis Society – Halton Chapter and currently with the Compassion Society of Halton.


2004 Burlington Citizen of the Year.

David Vandenberg

David Vandenberg is a passionate community leader and speaker in the Halton Region. David has worked in both the land development and government relations industry during his tenure at McMaster University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science.


David continues to be engaged in many facets of the community, focusing specifically on charitable and political campaigns. He continues to be a strong advocate for youth and poverty relief in the Halton Region, serving on many boards and committees such as Pythons’ Pit, the Halton Industry Education Council and the Compassion Society of Halton. 

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