Board of Directors

On behalf of the Board of Directors I wish to welcome you to the Banyan website. Our organization has a deep and rich history serving some of the most vulnerable populations in our City.

We are dedicated to providing our community with high quality, accessible and safe programs and services. Working together with our staff of dedicated personnel, Banyan is focused on improving the experiences and outcomes of the people we serve through the delivery of our services. While many exciting projects are in progress in our organization, we are most gratified when we can offer our clients effective, safe and considerate care.

Banyan has been providing programs and services since 1978. In that time, we have acquired a diverse range of knowledge and expertise to assist children and young people in need of support and advocacy throughout the Niagara, Hamilton, Simcoe, Haldimand and Brant regions. We are known for our quick response to emerging needs and innovative approach to service.

I look forward to working with all of our partners to improve the quality of service we provide.

Jacqueline Barrett

Jacqueline Barrett joined the Board of Directors in 2015. Jackie is a Nurse Leader with a strong history of commitment to social issues related to children and youth and was a member of the Healthy Birth Weights Coalition of Hamilton for over 5 years. Jackie has worked as an administrator at many hospitals across the province of Ontario and was a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Jackie holds a clinical appointment with McMaster University in the School of Nursing. Jackie also has a strong foundation in agriculture, she is a member of the Ontario Wine Society – Niagara Chapter (not-for-profit organization) and a member of their executive team.

Glenn Cooke

Glenn Cooke is a career educator and currently the Principal of System Programs for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board.  His portfolio includes direct oversight for:  System Alternative Education, SAL (Supervised Alternative Learning), Care, Treatment, Custody & Corrections Programs, and Gateway (Expulsion & Long Term Suspension), and includes Administrative Liaison for:  ArtSmart, HWDSB Audition Based Program of the Arts, Strings, and International Baccalaureate programs.

Donnaa Fredrick

Donnaa joined Banyan’s Board of Directors in 2019. She has an Honours Degree in Psychology from York University and Certification in Physical, Mental and Developmental Rehabilitation from Seneca College. Her internship with Correctional Service Canada; authoring recommendations to the Parole Board of Canada propelled an interest in the legal field, to advocate for individuals in conflict with the law. She currently works as a Compliance and Quality Assurance Specialist within the private education sector. Donnaa hopes to service vulnerable populations, advance social justice, community empowerment and reintegration efforts.

Jennifer Gibson

Jennifer Gibson, CPA, CGA joined the Banyan Board of Directors in 2019. Jennifer is the Director of Finance for Homewood Health Centre and is a member in good standing of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. Jennifer’s previous roles span private and public sectors, as well as charitable organizations. A member of CFUW Guelph, Jennifer sits on the advocacy committee, and is a past volunteer for the City of Hamilton Homelessness Point in Time Count.

Jill McKenzie

Called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1994, Jill has a Master of Laws degree specializing in criminal law.  Since March 2015 Jill has been an Assistant Crown Counsel (Hamilton and Cayuga).  Her achievements include the Reuben Wells Leonard Prize in Sentencing from Queen’s University and the Sher Singh Award in Civil Liberties from the University of Western Ontario.   She is an Advisory Committee member of the Lawyer’s Legacy for Children and Fund and past volunteer of Welcome Inn’s Children’s After School Nutrition Program.

Angela Morgan

Angela has a passion for community service and giving back to her community. A leader in municipal government with over 30 years of experience, Angela’s strengths are in strategic thinking, building relationships and leadership. Angela’s volunteer activities include her current role as President of the Board of Directors for the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers (AMCTO).

Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer is a Staff Sergeant with Hamilton Police Services and joined the Banyan Board of Directors in 2016.A recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration and Clasp (28 years to date), Mike’s volunteer experiences includes Hamilton Highland Games, Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer, Ontario Rep Hockey League, Mount Hamilton Minor Hockey Association, Argyll andSutherland Highlanders of Canada (Pipes and Drums).

D'Arcy Wilson

D’Arcy Wilson has been a licensed Barrister and Solicitor with the Law Society of Upper Canada since June of 2013. His area of expertise is solely in Criminal Litigation and Procedure, specifically with the Crown Attorney’s Office of Hamilton as an Assistant Crown Attorney. D’Arcy credits his experience dealing with youth through the courts for the knowledge and passion necessary to further contribute to his community as a member of the Board of Directors.

Donna Zan

Donna Zan joined the Banyan Board of Directors in 2014 and is currently the Chair of the Quality and Risk Committee and Chair of the Board. Donna is the Director of Service at the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton.


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