Tinda Holland, Ex-Officio Executive Director, having devoted more than 30 years to the charitable sector, and 70 years young, has decided that retirement is in the cards. She has navigated The Concerned Kids (TCK) through some challenging times these past five years. With her dedication and tenacity, the charity has grown by leaps and bounds operationally, financially and with its Interactive Educational Programs, which saw TCK grow from three programs to 13 programs. Under Tinda’s direction, TCK went from 82 performances in 2014 to 505 performances during the 2017-18 school year, witnessed by 17,265 students.
Her 49 year career has evolved around dance, theatre, special events and the charitable sector, garnering her much success and accolades from her peers as a serious fund development officer. Her own inexhaustible commitment to volunteering is a model for others to do the same. She has held such titles as: Founder & President, Artistic Director & Dance Educator of her own Dance Studio/Touring Company/Summer Theatre Dance Camp; Manager, National Corporate Sponsorship/Special Events – Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada; Director of Development – Reach for the Rainbow, a children’s charity; Research & Special Event Consultant – CNIB, Heart & Stroke Foundation
Daven Seebarran, Executive Director. After a wide search, The Concerned Kids, is pleased to welcome Daven as its new Executive Director. Daven comes to us with great credentials and a heartwarming enthusiasm for our cause. Tinda sees a fantastic future with Daven at the helm. She has agreed to remain as Ex-Officio ED to ensure a smooth transition. Tinda and Daven’s combined efforts over the next few months will focus on supporting the charity’s fundraising efforts.
Daven Seebarran, has worked extensively in the non-profit sector throughout Canada for the past 15 years. He has over a decade of experience as an Executive Director with specific expertise in non-profit management, organizational development, fund development, and leadership coaching.
Douglas Hurst, Program Director, Performing Puppeteer / Trainer / Script Writer, has a 22 year history working with children and youth, as resident artist for Art Starts’ after school programming/workshop inter-city camps; remains the resident drama teacher at Windermere Kids and Green Apple Kids preschool using his puppetry skills.
Courtney Lamanna, Resident Puppeteer / Trainer / Script Writer, has been with The Concerned Kids for the last 2 years. A graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, specializing in acting / singing / dancing. Courtney believes theatre and puppetry can be life-changing for young minds.
Douglas and Courtney are the backbone of the organization and both know 23 scripts, plus train new puppeteer recruits.