How We Are Governed:

Peel Children’s Centre (PCC) and Nexus Youth Services (NYS) are separate, not-for-profit corporations.


Since 1996, PCC and NYS have operated within a mutually beneficial Strategic Alliance. Together, PCC and NYS provide continuity of service for youth as they make the transition from childhood to adulthood. Both agencies achieve cost savings by combining Board governance and administrative services, while NYS benefits from PCC's larger infrastructure, including centralized intake, multi-disciplinary consultations, program evaluation and professional training.


PCC and NYS are governed by a Board of Directors. The Directors are community volunteers who are elected at the Annual General Meetings of PCC and NYS. The Board of Directors for 2018/19 is as follows.

  • Mr. Rudy Riske is a retired teacher serving his third 3-year term. As Past President, Rudy brings a diversity of experience garnered through his career in education, complemented by volunteer experience in related sectors, including child welfare.
  • An entrepreneur with roots in Industrial Sales, Mr. David Herzstein owns and operates a Canadian manufacturing company. As President of the Board, David is currently serving his third 3-year term. 
  • Educated in the United Kingdom, Ms. Guneet Hansrani is a Senior Human Resources Professional focussed on supporting Technology and Operations Groups within the banking industry. Guneet is serving her third 3-year term and is the Board's Vice-President. 
  • A Sergeant with Peel Regional Police, Ms. Jessica Roselli joined the Board of Directors following her experience as a Peel Children’s Centre volunteer, supporting clients and the agency’s fundraising objectives. Jessica is serving her second 3-year term and is the Board's Secretary/Treasurer. 
  • Currently Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness with the Central LHIN, Ms. Karen Adams has a strong background in human resources and organizational development. Karen is currently serving her first 3-year term on the Board of Directors. 
  • Mr. Nainesh Kotak is a disability and personal injury lawyer in Brampton, where he is the proprietor of the Kotak Law practice. He has represented clients and appeared in trials at the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice, and the Federal Court level. Nainesh is currently serving his first 3-year term.
  • Ms. Cathy Kwiatkoski is retired, having worked as a teacher, vice-principal and principal with the Brantford Catholic District School Board and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. A resident of Mississauga, Cathy is serving her first 3-year term with the Board. 
  • Having worked for the Ministry of the Attorney General in various capacities since 1991, today Mr. David Maylor serves as the Crown Attorney for Peel. David is currently serving his first 3-year term.
  • With over 40 years of experience in the field of retail management, including several years as the owner of Kids Can Do, a children’s toy store in Brampton, Ms. Susan Mohos joined the Board in 2017 for her first 3-year term. Now retired, Susan lives in Caledon.
  • A resident of Brampton, Mr. Gopala Narayanan is the Vice President for Retail Banking Role Strategy with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Gopala also serves as Co-Chair of Mosaic, an employee resource group within RBC that seeks to foster inclusion and diversity by enabling the success of visible minorities and newcomers to Canada. Gopala is currently serving his first 3-year term.
  • Ms. Wendy Peyer is a retired Peel District School Board teacher and principal. In the past she has volunteered with the Hugh MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre, Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO), and the Caledon division of the Community Designated Drivers Association. Wendy lives in Caledon and is currently serving her first 3-year term with the Board. 
  • Ms. Sue Prouse is a retired special education teacher and vice-principal from the Peel District School Board. A resident of Brampton, Sue is serving her first 3-year term.  

PCC and NYS are charities that meet the requirements of the Canada Revenue Agency, which administers federal tax laws for the Government of Canada. (


The charitable business number for PCC is 11908 7807 RR0001. PCC's Registered Charity Information Return is available for viewing on the Canada Revenue Agency website.


The charitable business number for NYS is 13039 7631 RR0001. NYS' Registered Charity Information Return is available for viewing on the Canada Revenue Agency website.


PCC and NYS are officially recognized, or accredited, children’s mental health centres. Both agencies meet 100% of the requirements of the Canadian Centre for Accreditation, an independent, Canadian not-for-profit organization offering accreditation specifically tailored to community-based health and social service organizations across Canada.


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