Ottawa, Ontario

Board of Directors


Parent Resource Centre
Board of Directors and Management


Alycia Niles
Member Since: 2013


After years spent working as a Paralegal in a corporate law firm focused on entrepreneurs, Alycia made the move to working inside the legal department of a local, long-standing start-up, ProSlide Technologies Inc. In her current role as Legal Coordinator, Alycia is helping ProSlide with the management of its contracts, intellectual property and processes as the company continues its growth in the waterslide industry to all corners of the globe.

Alycia joined the Board of Directors of PRC in October 2013 and currently serves as the President of the Board and Chair of the Board Development Committee.   Alycia is also President of the NCSSM and  volunteers  annually for the CHEO BBQ. Though she no longer works in the childcare sector, Alycia uses her volunteer experiences, including at PRC, as an alternative means to
helping with the development and success of children and their families. Alycia is also able to use her wide range of experiences, both personal and professional, to assist with the evolvement of PRC as it continues to expand and refine the many services it offers.



Tracy Murray

Vice President

Board member since: 2016


Tracy has spent the last 6 years working at CANARIE, a non-profit organization.  In her role as their Director of Finance she focuses on financial processes and systems that enable efficient and transparent deployment of funds.  She also takes a lead role in the organization’s human resources management.


Prior to joining CANARIE, she held a variety of senior financial positions in Ottawa’s high technology sector.  Tracy is a designated accountant, CPA, CGA. She has a passion for life-long learning, currently undertaking the study of human resources management.


In her personal life, when she is not enjoying the great outdoors you will likely find her creating something delicious in the kitchen. Tracy is a proud mother and step-mother to three grown children. While raising her family in Ottawa she benefited greatly from the communities’ early childhood services and programs. She believes that these programs enrich the lives of all members of the family.


As a member of the Board, she contributes both her business expertise and personal experience.



Paulo Batista
Board member since: 2016


Paulo is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and a busy father of two young children. 

Paulo has been a tax practitioner for the past 19 years, starting his career in 1997 with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).  Since then he has held multiple positions with other local companies and crown corporations.  Today, Paulo works as a tax principal for a large US multi-national with operations in Canada.


As a parent, and also wanting to give back to the community through volunteering, Paulo hopes to apply his experience and technical abilities to allow the PRC to reach its goals and fulfill its mission.


In 1996, Paulo graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.Com, specializing in Accounting, and from there he went on to receive his designation as a Certified Management Accountant.  Paulo also completed the in-depth tax courses I and II through the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.



Louis Karangura
Member Since: 2015


Louis has a background in administration law and social services and worked for several years in public and private sectors. He has always considered himself a problem solver and has been deeply involved in communities where he lived as a volunteer, organizer and team leader.  He has been a Board member with various organizations over the years where he dedicated himself to being part of their success and development.


Louis chose to become involved with PRC because he was extremely impressed with what the centre does in Ottawa and the surrounding areas to improve the future of families and ultimately society. He is convinced that with the collaboration of other Board Members, staff and partners of PRC, it will be easier to reach the organization’s goals and continue to fulfil the mission.


Louis, is a parent, and he and his family always want to be part of a great number of willing people who donate time, talents and skills to create and support programs that respond to the needs of parents, children and families.



Stefania Maggi

Member Since: 2015


Stefania is originally from Italy and immigrated to Canada in 1994 to complete her graduate studies. She has a Master’s degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia. Since 2007, Stefania has held a faculty position Carleton University in the Department of Psychology and the Child Studies Program. Her teaching and research are in the areas of children’s rights, social determinants, early childhood education, community resilience, and research methods.


Stefania is passionate about the empowerment of children and youth and about giving them the tools they need to become active and engaged citizens. In her work, she supports organizations in the development and evaluation of evidence based programs and services that promote early childhood education and wellbeing of children. Everything she does is informed by a child rights approach.


Stefania is also an author of sci-fi novels for young adults and has recently published the first novel of her series titled The Layers. 



Erin Junker

Member Since: 2016


Erin Junker moved to Ottawa in 2001 to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism at Carleton University. Following completion of her degree, Erin gained employment with Health Canada's Communications Branch, working for the Department while also completing a Master's Degree in Communications at the University of Ottawa.


Erin has more than 10 years' experience in the field of health communications, and is a Certified Infant & Toddler Sleep Consultant, now running WeeSleep Ottawa, through which she helps tired parents help their children gain restful, healthy sleep. Erin and her husband, Steve, live in Ottawa, raising their beautiful daughter, Myla. 


Amy Venasse

Member Since: 2016


A graduate from the Bachelor of Social Work Honours program with Carleton University, Amy has several years’ experience working within policy driven environments in which she was dedicated to improving the lives of children, families and vulnerable populations.  She started her professional career as a Caseworker with the Ontario Works Program with the City of London, transitioned to The Ontario Disability Support Program in Ottawa as a Caseworker, and now holds the role of Special Agreements Officer with The Ministry of Children and Youth Services where her focus is on providing support and funding to children with disabilities.  


She brings along with her, experience with program delivery, policy interpretation and development, and leadership accomplishments within the child and youth government sector.  She has a passion for improving the lives of Children and families and strives to be involved in initiatives that can make a true difference and have lasting impacts on children's development. 



Miyoung Shin


Board member since 2016


Since graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce with Accounting from University of Ottawa, Miyoung has spent the past seven years working as an accounting and finance professional in various sectors including five years in the Non-For-Profit sector.  She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and currently working at Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.


Prior to her current employment, Miyoung held a management position on the Finance team at the RA Centre working closely with the team that promoted sports and activities for youth. She is fluent in all aspects of financial reports, budget processing, and external audit.


Miyoung has used the services of PRC and really enjoyed the programs. She attended a few years ago with her son, Sam and truly believes that other families would also benefit from PRC. Now she brings her expertise to PRC to support the organization and its programs.




Gary Trundell

Board member since 2016


Gary recently relocated to Ottawa from the UK to become the Director of Safe Scouting for Scouts Canada, he is responsible for the safety and protection of 64,000 children served by more than 20,00 volunteers across Canada. Previously Gary was the Head of Safeguarding for the UK’s leading maritime charity; protecting children in 400 locations across the UK, Bermuda and Malta. Prior to this Gary worked for the UK Scout Association in the areas of youth protection, program development and diversity (working with Islamic communities to establish Scouting programs).


Gary has more than 20 years of experience of volunteering and working in youth facing organizations, in both the frontline delivery of programs to children and, more recently on the board of governors at Edinburgh Primary School. Edinburgh is located in a deprived borough of London; the pupils speak over 50 languages and many have additional learning needs. Gary chaired the Resources sub-committee of the board and was the designated Safeguarding Governor.



Tip of the Day
Instead of saying "Don't touch anything!" when taking young children on an outing, say "Look with your eyes" and teach them the One Finger Rule. By touching with one finger, they can satisfy some of their natural curiosity without being able to pick up anything.
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