our board

Ralph and Bea Campbell,
Founders of Campbell Children's School

board of trustees

Our school is one of six schools located in Children’s Treatment Centres in Ontario that are mandated under Section 68 of the Education Act. Campbell Children’s School is not under the jurisdiction of any of the local district school boards, and as such, has its own trustees, appointed by the Minister of Education, who govern the operations and policies of the school.

A Campbell Children’s School Authority Trustee is a volunteer position. The Trustee is appointed by the Ministry of Education for a three year term. It is important to recognize the public trust and responsibility the collective body carries and that this trust and responsibility is honoured through determining and enforcing norms of acceptable behaviour.

our board is currently recruiting new members! please contact our school office for more details.

board improvement plan

Trustee Biographies

Kristin burditt,
chair

Kristin works for The Salvation Army Community and Family Services in Oshawa as the Thrift Store Manager. Initiating community partnership programs with CCRW, Youth The Future, Northern Light, DDSB, Durham College’s CICE program, integrating individuals with exceptionalities, experience in the workplace. She has a background in Retail Management, Business Development in Healthcare as well as Public Relations experience.

Over the last 20 years she has been an active volunteer within the Oshawa community, in the past, sitting on local school SCC and co-managed for eight years Play Café, an outreach program for caregivers and children. At present she sits as a Board member on The Salvation Army Oshawa Youth and Children’s Board, which she has been on for the past nine years.

Kristin and her husband have been married for 24 years and have 5 children; two of which have directly benefited from Grandview’s services and one having been a Campbell’s student. “I am overjoyed to be serving on the Campbell’s Board. I feel it is so important to be able to give back to the Grandview community for the years that Grandview and Campbell’s services benefited our children and our family!”

janet harper,
board secretary

Janet is presently the Principal of Campbell Children’s School. Prior to holding this position, Janet was the Liaison Teacher at Campbell Children’s School.

Janet holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ryerson University. Janet started her career in education working as an Educational Assistant with the Durham District School Board. She held this position for nine years before pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Medaille College.

While working as a Primary Teacher with the Durham District School Board, Janet completed her Intermediate Qualifications, Masters of Education at Niagara University and Principal Qualifications. Throughout Janet’s career in education she has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to learning and encouraged her colleagues to continue their education. Janet lives with her family in Oshawa.

Wayne rousell,
treasurer

Wayne works with the federal government as a tax auditor. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Accounting from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa. He is currently working toward his Chartered Professional Accountant designation from CPA Ontario.

Prior to his current position, Wayne held an accounting role auditing public and not for profit companies on behalf of KPMG, one of the four largest auditing, tax, and consulting service firms in the world.

Wayne is pleased to be part of the Grandview Children’s Centre community, as a parent since 2005 and as a member of the Campbell’s Children School Board of Trustees since 2015. He is the proud father of four, with three of his children having benefited directly from Grandview Services in the past and/or present.

Valerie nichols,
trustee

Valeria is a retired Educational Assistant from Campbell Children’s School. She has been involved with the school since 1984, driving a school bus and supplying as a classroom educational assistant for 5 years.  She was subsequently hired as a full time educational assistant at Campbell’s in 1989. 

Valerie retired in 2012 and was asked in 2015 to join the Board of Trustees to continue to help with this “wonderful school” as she describes.

Valeria has been married for 42 years. She has a daughter and a son who each have a son and daughter, and she is very involved with them.

melissa berney,
trustee

Melissa works for the Durham Regional Police Service as a front-line police officer.  Prior to policing, Melissa obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

While at university, Melissa played on the Varsity Women’s Hockey Team and volunteered with Grandview Children’s Centre and Campbell Children’s School for 3 years, continuing to volunteer after graduating.

Melissa has an extensive history of volunteering with youth in her community and looks forward to serving her community in a different light as a member of the Board.