Leadership Team

 

Cindy has more than 28 years fundraising experience. Most recently, she was Director of Development at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, as well as Vice President of its Foundation. Prior to that, she was Director of Development at the Ontario Science Centre and also led the Centre’s inaugural Employee Engagement Team for two years. Previously, she was the Director of Development & Alumni Relations at OCAD University and served as Executive Director of the Ontario College of Art & Design Foundation. Cindy led the $40 million Ideas Need Space campaign that expanded the university’s campus, including the iconic Sharp Centre for Design. She’s a graduate of York University’s Voluntary Sector and Arts Management Program and an active volunteer with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Cindy has achieved the designation of Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Canadian Association of Gift Planners, and Art Museum Development Association.


Thomas Darnay is a member of the Garden River First Nation. He is a graduate of Brock University with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration. He has earned his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)/Chartered Accountant (CA) designation and Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) certification.

Tom is the Vice President of Finance and Administration for Indspire. He was previously employed as the Director of Finance for the Six Nations of the Grand River, Finance Manager for the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, and Finance Officer for the Ontario Aboriginal Housing Support Service Corporation.

He is the Treasurer of Oonuhseh Niagara Homes and Aknohsot Native Homes Inc., non-profit organizations that provide affordable, income-sensitive housing for Indigenous people. Tom is also the Independent Trustee and Treasurer for the Six Nations of the Grand River Community Development Trust Fund.

Anne Marie is a bilingual marketing and communications professional, with extensive experience in delivering integrated strategies through exceptional project management skills. She has worked in several industries, including investment banking, corporate communications, newswire services, and the non-profit sector. Prior to joining Indspire, Anne Marie was head of communications at Marketing Research and Intelligence Association; VP, Business Development at Bryan Mills Group; and VP, Sales at Canadian Corporate News. Anne Marie is a member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives and holds the designation of CAE (certified association executive). She is also a graduate of Transformational Arts in Toronto with a Psychotherapist degree.


Before joining Indspire, Sonia Prevost-Derbecker served as Director, Point Douglas Revitalization Initiative for the Manitoba Government. One of her key achievements in this role was leading the development of a model that ensures the best integration of service and educational outcomes, which is being piloted in one of the highest risk neighbourhoods and schools in the country.

Sonia developed and led an Indigenous school, as well as numerous programs that support Indigenous people. Previously, she held the position of Executive Director in a variety of organizations, including Native Women’s Transition Centre, All Nations Coordinated Responses Child and Family Services, and Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad. She was a school trustee with the Winnipeg School Division and a consultant on education portfolios to Grand Council Treaty 3.

Sonia received her Bachelor of Education degree (University of Manitoba) and Bachelor of Arts degree (University of Waterloo). She is currently working towards her Masters of Education (University of Manitoba). She has served on the boards of a large number of organizations, including the Community Education Development Association and the Métis Child and Family Authority.


Betsy Chaly is a bilingual marketing and communications professional with almost 20 years of experience in a variety of industries, including media, arts, telecom, government, and education.

Prior to joining Indspire, Betsy provided consulting support to OCAD University, Tourism Northern Ontario, Waste Diversion Ontario, AIDWYC, and Don River. Previously, she was the head of marketing and communications at SOCAN, the Canada Media Fund, and CanWest MediaWorks, and held various progressive roles at Bell.

Betsy is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators, and she serves on the boards of directors of Art Starts and Theatre Ontario. She earned her MBA in International Business from the University of New Brunswick and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Geography and Bachelor of Science in Biology, both from Queen’s University.

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