The Carion Fenn Foundation Board of Directors are accountable for governance of the organization. 

Alex Blair 

Director At Large 

Ajax On Canada

Nicole specializes in land use planning and environmental regulatory compliance for long-range planning process. Nicole holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and is well versed in meeting provincial and municipal regulations of environmental compliance.


Nicole retains extensive knowledge of provincial legislation for planning and development systems and processes; Provincial Policy Statement, Ontario Planning Act, Ontario Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, The Big Move (Metrolinx), Metrolinx Five Year Strategy 2015-2020, Indian Lands Act, Ontario Heritage Act, Environmental Assessment Act, Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act and the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act. Nicole's land use planning experience includes obtaining development approvals by demonstrating the ability to review, analyze, evaluate, manage and process complex development applications; official plan amendments, zoning by-law amendments, minor variances, site plans, architectural plans, archaeological plans and land use planning needs for First Nation communities. To date, Nicole has processed more than 8, 800 development applications for municipal, private, public and Aboriginal land owners. Skillfully, Nicole is experienced in regulating and managing development application complaints from members of the public, and conducts site visits regarding disputed applications appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) for adjudication. Nicole N. Hanson has been a long-standing advocate of building healthy communities as an urban planner and visionary. As a recent cancer survivor who was misdiagnosed for a number of years, Nicole understands the importance of building capacity and awareness on issues of chronic illnesses in the public interest.

 

Melike Ceylan-Leamen

Director of Funding 

Brooklyn, On Canada

Nicole specializes in land use planning and environmental regulatory compliance for long-range planning process. Nicole holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and is well versed in meeting provincial and municipal regulations of environmental compliance.

Victor is a caring, dedicated advocate and passionate advocate helping to support others. He has been by Carion's side helping communities since 2008. He's apart of the event team and work in the Contruction Industry. Hard working and dedicate to helping to make a difference for others. 

​​Carion Fenn is an award winning advocate receiving the Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCI-ON) & University Health Network (UHN) Patti Dawson Award, Ajax Civic Award from Town of Ajax (the Town's highest honour), Advocacy Award from Abilities Awards and the Accessibility Community Award from the Town of Ajax. She's currently serving her 2nd term on the Town of Ajax Accessibility Advisory Committee and a Member of the Rotary Club of Pickering. 

Alex is a crisis councillor for the City of Toronto. A resident of Town of Ajax, he has a tremendous amount of experience working as a social worker. He has a bachelors degree in social work and been helping familys for over 40 years. 

Carion Fenn, Chair (Ajax, ON Canada​​)

Since my early teens, I have been passionate about working with non-profit organizations in various fields. My father introduced me to fund raising for an ethnic non-profit at an early age and I helped him register a new non-profit youth association. 

Board Members

Ken Anderson was born, raised and lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, and much of that time has been spent living with disability. Ken survived a spinal cord injury occurring as a result of a motor vehicle accident when he was just a teenager. Ken having suffered a devastating life setback chose to value the gift of life and drive forward productively and energetically. Ken participated in rehabilitation at the G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre. Ken has also continued to pursue athletics,  participating in an array of wheelchair athletic venues. Most notably Ken was part of the Sports Hall of Fame inducted Vancouver Cable Cars Wheelchair basketball team. Ken has also worked for the British Columbia Paraplegic Association. After High School Ken attended the British Columbia Institute of Technology BCIT as well as Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Having been a person living with disability since his teenage years, Ken has seen the need for advocacy in support of the rights and freedoms of the disabled, and has for much of his life, both worked and volunteered in support of his peers. Ken has now taken on the challenge of awareness, advocacy and support of those living with Syringomyelia and Chiari Malformation. 

​2018 Meeting Schedule


Carion Fenn Foundation Board meets at our head office and via Skype. Meetings held at 7pm on the following dates:

January 2018 & June 2018. 


The public is always welcome to join our Board meetings vis Skype. To request attendance please email smcm@carionfenn.org. 

Meeting Minutes

Carion Fenn Foundation Board minutes will be posted upon approval.  For minutes outside of this listing, please make a request.


June 2015 Minutes, November 2015, June 2016, May 2017 & August 2017



Ken Anderson

Director At Large

North Vancouver, BC Canada

Diane Bateman

Secretary & Director of Administration

Oshawa, On Canada

Victor Hyman

Director At Large 

Brampton, On Canada

Nicole N. Hanson, MES (Pl.)

Director of Advocacy

Mississauga, ON Canada

Diane is a wife and mother of 4 children and recently became a first-time Grandmother. In 2014, after 6 years of looking for an answer to the pain she was suffering, she was finally diagnosed with Syringomyelia. For the Carion Fenn Foundation, Diane volunteers her time helping with our monthly support group meetings, is a member of our Executive Team, and works closely with the volunteers as Administrative Director. She also sits on the Board of Directors.  

Through my University career at University of Alberta and York University, I continued to volunteer in various on and off campus associations. After I completed my Masters degree in Psychology, I joined IBM as a Diversity Officer specializing in educating girls about Science, Math and Technology while also working with Wellsizing the Workplace for employees with disabilities. My career progressed in various Sales roles within IBM, SAP and currently as a Sales Executive at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. As part of my various career roles, I have consistently stayed active in initiatives like Women in Technology. My extracurricular focus changed in recent years when my 4 year old son, Aydin, was diagnosed with Intractable Epilepsy. My life as I knew it was altered. Between the Emergency visits, hospital stays, multiple medications, and severe side effects, I was lost not knowing who to turn to for support or information. I stumbled upon Epilepsy Durham (EDR) who provided the support and guidance I needed as well as connection to other families. I became very active with EDR, volunteering, fund raising and engaging my children as EDR Ambassadors. It is at an event where we were representing EDR that I met Carion Fenn. The passion at Carion Fenn Foundation for progressive advocacy for those that do not necessarily have the voice to demand action matches mine. I look forward to working with the organization as Carion Fenn expands into a greater role within the community and government.

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​​Carion Fenn is an award winning advocate receiving the Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCI-ON) & University Health Network (UHN) Patti Dawson Award, Ajax Civic Award from Town of Ajax (the Town's highest honour), Advocacy Award from Abilities Awards and the Accessibility Community Award from the Town of Ajax. She's currently serving her 2nd term on the Town of Ajax Accessibility Advisory Committee and a Member of the Rotary Club of Pickering. Carion Fenn is the Founder of the Carion Fenn Foundation & the Carion Fenn Network. She is also the architect behind Rare Disease Support Group Meetings in partnership with Ajax Public Library and the First Annual Rare Disease Expo supported by the Town of Ajax, Impact Fund. City of Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan presented the Carion Fenn Award for Bravery & Courage at the First Annual Rare Disease Expo. Educating the public, providing support and helping find solutions for so many who otherwise would be suffering in silence with nowhere to turn for help and support.