Board of Directors

Our Team…

Debbie Reimer, Chairperson

Debbie joined the board in 2016 and during her first year stepped up to fill the position of Vice Chairperson. Debbie is the Executive Director of Kids Action Program. She is a tireless advocate for many in our community who face the stigma of poverty and low income struggles. Debbie sits on the board of Kings Mental Health Association.  

David Paterson, Vice Chairperson

David is an educator with a passion for helping others through entrepreneurship. David is on the employment team at Autism Nova Scotia and works with job seekers and entrepreneurs to help them achieve their vision of success. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, David moved to Nova Scotia in 2007 where he attended Acadia University for 6 years. During this time he was the President of Enactus Acadia, volunteered with SMILE, and obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Education degrees. David is currently living in Halifax and pursuing his Masters of Arts in Education at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Mary Fox, Secretary

Mary joined the board in 2016 and has been part of our Policy Development Committee. Mary is the Executive Director of Community INC – for which part of their programming is one of the new Nova Scotia Works employment services centres. Mary has an Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management from NSCC and a BA from Acadia. Mary has also worked and volunteered in a variety of social service settings including crisis counselling at a shelter for abused women and their children, offering support to parents in custody disputes with the department of justice, supportive counselling / life skills training in a small option home for persons living with mental illness and / or intellectual disabilities and for the past 10 years providing employment related services – with a special focus on persons with disabilities. Mary believes that an inclusive, equitable and accessible community benefits everyone.

Kathleen Purdy, Treasurer

Kathleen joined the board in 2017. She is a parent of a CAPRE supported Entrepreneur. Kathleen is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Alexander Society for Inclusive Arts (2001), which offers integrated arts-based programs in inclusive settings for people with intellectual challenges. She has a background in public school teaching, Modern Dance training, including performance, teaching and choreography. Since 2000, Kathleen has been a facilitator of Creative Arts programs for children and adults with challenges. She offers workshops for teachers, parents, early childhood educators, social workers, education students and others who are interested in developing inclusive arts-based programs and learning about unique ways of working with people who have academic, social or developmental challenges. CAPRE has been the best option for my son who is naturally gregarious; he thrives socially, developmentally and cognitively and enjoys going to work everyday

Judy VanAmerongen, Founding Mother

Judy is the founding mother of CAPRE and Light for Learning Committee and parent of a CAPRE supported Entrepreneur. Facilitator of Light for Learning Committee. Judy has been married for 48 years to husband Rene, is mother to 2 sons (Lee and Shawn) and      grandmother of 2.

Joy Murphy, Founding Mother

Joy is a founding mother of CAPRE, mother of 2 (Mike and Debbie), grandmother of one. Joy’s hobbies include reading, crocheting, and socializing with family and friends.  Joy is parent of a CAPRE Supported Entrepreneur.

 Jennifer Boersma, Member of Light for Learning Committee

Jennifer works at CAPRE cleaning the office twice a month. Jennifer has been a board member for many years. Jennifer is an Aunt to 2, lives in Canning and hopes to become an Entrepreneur at CAPRE.

 Tracy Sheffield, Member of Light for Learning Committee

Tracy works at Flowercart. Tracy has volunteered at SPCA for a number of years. Tracy enjoys shopping at the mall, listening to music and spending time with friends. Tracy has been a board member for many years.

Marc Charrier

Marc joined CAPRE board in 2017. Marc is a lawyer with Muttart’s law firm in Kentville, specializing in family law, human rights and immigration. He is involved with many organizations in the area including the Red Door, Refugee Groups and Open Arms. 

Amanda Croft

Amanda joined CAPRE board in 2017. Amanda has a toddler son (Isaac). Amanda lives with her family in Wolfville. Amanda has been a member of the Light for Learning Committee       for 3 years.

Kate Trevors, Executive Director

Kate was hired by CAPRE in September 2016. Kate’s education includes Business Administration diploma and has 25 years of experience in retail management.  Kate enjoys serving her community and is a member of 100 Women Who Care and has experience working with and volunteering for Non-Profit board of directors including Big Brothers, Amateur Radio, Army Navy Airforce Veterans Club, Boys and Girls Club. Kate is married and               lives in Coldbrook.