Our Board of Directors
Samantha Kutowy, President
Samantha Kutowy is the co-founder of The Ontario Parenting Connection. Samantha currently stays at home raising her 3 fantastic and fun children when not doing work for OPC. Samantha moved to Kemptville 8 years ago, when she and her husband were expecting their first child. Samantha’s education includes a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Law and a Minor in Psychology as well as a diploma in Correctional Worker. Between finishing university and becoming a parent she worked primarily in the not-for-profit industry in the anti-violence against women sector with a specialization in sexual violence and exploitation. While doing so Samantha actively participated in the development of several not-for-profit organizations. Samantha also volunteers for her children’s school council, loves the outdoors, yoga and baking.
Anita McCleery, Vice President
Anita is a mother of 3 beautiful children, and has resided in Kemptville for 8 years. She feels that being a parent is one of the most important and most difficult job one can have. Anita has a strong belief in fostering and maintaining a strong support system, through family, friends, and community. When family and friends are busy or far away, community support is essential for providing advocacy, connection, resources and often much needed empathy. Anita presently works in Mental Health, and has been in the field of human service for many years. She holds a B.A. in Psychology, and is also a certified Doula. Anita continues to be a strong advocate for Informed Choice, and has a passionate interest in childbirth, and postpartum mental health.
Stephanie Sheeler, Secretary
Stephanie Sheeler lives in Kemptville with her partner and 4 children aged 14, 12, 9 & 7. She has a degree in Psychology and is currently completing her Bachelor of Social Work. She has worked in a variety of settings, including mental health and education, supporting children and youth.
Nicole Zywicki- Treasurer
Nicole and her family moved to Kemptville 4 years ago to benefit from the small town community lifestyle while staying close to family and friends in Ottawa. She has two children, ages 6 and 7, both enjoying all the outdoor learning offered at the new french public school on the Kemptville College grounds. Nicole is a Chartered Accountant and has been working in finance for the past 12 years.
Annette Wallace- Social Media
Annette and her family now call Kemptville home and have done so for the past three and half years. Annette is the proud mother of two very active boys’ ages four and six. Annette is a Certified Level II Dental Assistant who has graduated from Algonquin College with Honors. She is also a member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association in which she remains active in her continuing education. Annette is passionate about her dental assisting role in a Pediatric Dental office located in Ottawa. The office specializes in providing excellent care for children of many different abilities, medical conditions, and teens. While not in the dental setting or at home with her two boys, Annette loves spending time outdoors exploring the nature trails, parks, or swimming. Annette is also the current Secretary at the Parent Counsel for French Public school where her two boys attend.
Kristen Strackerjan, Member
Kristin Strackerjan has worked for the Canadian Armed Forces as a member of the Royal
Canadian Air Force for 23 years. During that time, she has seen and done a lot, in many different places. She has her BSc in Physics, a Diploma in Meteorology, and a MSc in Imaging Science with a focus on Remote Sensing. The many new places that she has lived in and worked in have taught her the importance of gaining and maintaining a connection to her community. Since moving to Kemptville 7+ years ago with her husband and three kids, Kristin has been actively engaged in many community-oriented events and committees. She is the current school council vice-president at Rivière Rideau French public school in Kemptville and the co-race director of the ‘Goode Run which supports O-YA, the Osgoode Youth Association. In addition to spending time with her family, Kristin loves to be active, go for runs and believes in a greener tomorrow.
Our goal at The Ontario Parenting Connection is to give parents and parents-to-be a place where they can search information about parenting, express their opinions regarding current issues, and find local services.
We aim to create connections and assist people and groups with the opportunity to work together and help more parents. We will bring together like-minded persons and groups to enhance communication and address the existing gaps in services and care in Ontario. Think of us as holding a town meeting and providing a soapbox for people to allow their stories, thoughts and opinions to be shared to the greater audience.