Board Members



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Paula Kilburn - Chair

Paula Kilburn

Paula has been involved in Advocacy for persons with vision loss for the past 26 years. She has held many leadership roles such as the Chair of the Hamilton CNIB Board of Directors and recently Chair of the ACPD Transportation Working Group for the City of Hamilton. Paula has been a user of DARTS since 1990 and knows how important an alternative reliable service is to those who are not able to use conventional transportation.



Shahan Aaron - Vice Chair

Shahan Aaron

Shahan graduated from Mohawk College, McKeil School of Business in 2017 with a Diploma in General Business and received an Accessibility Leadership Award. Shahan is part of the AODA Advisory Committee and BUILT Environment Committee at Mohawk College. He is also the V.P. Public Relations for a local Toastmasters Club. As a frequent user of DARTS and a new Board Member, Shahan hopes to be a voice for the Community with DARTS.



John Baxter - Treasurer

John Baxter

After 27 years of service, John is recently retired as the Director of Operations for Rygiel Supports for Community Living. John has considerable experience working with persons with disabilities who are significant users of the DARTS system. John’s experience working with the Ministry of Community and Social Services, as well as his financial and accounting background is very valuable to DARTS.



Bruce Craig

Bruce Craig

Having been handicapped his whole life with personal experience with wheelchairs, crutches (high school), braces, prosthetics, canes and now scooters, he is well acquainted with the challenges of transportation and freedom of movement as it relates to quality of life. His working career was with the mid and large size companies in sales and marketing followed by his own small office services business (now retired). Over the years, Bruce has had many volunteer and leadership roles in non-profit and local organizations.



Carolann Fernandes

Carolann Fernandes

A retired educator, Carolann has dedicated herself to equitable access of programs and services for youth, seniors, ethno-cultural communities and newcomers. Since retirement, she has served on numerous committees and boards benefitting seniors and newcomers at both the local and provincial level.



Kristina Haynes

Kristina Haynes

Kristina holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University. She is familiar with challenges faced by persons living with disabilities and has a great deal of experience with DARTS as a caregiver. Kristina is a volunteer helping those suffering from Dementia and the disabled.



Ram Kamath

Ram Kamath

Ram has been a member of the Rotary Club for 40+ years in Alberta and Ontario. He is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is involved in many local community organizations such as Hamilton Civic Hospital Board, United Way, Konkani Association of Ontario, Hindu Samaj Temple, and St. Joseph’s Joint Boards of Governors Committee. He is now retired having worked in both the private and public sectors in management positions. Ram also served in the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve in Hamilton for 5 years as a commissioned officer.



Peter Lesser

Peter Lesser

Peter has over 15 years of community development as well as Board and not-for-profit experience. Peter has facilitated numerous workshops and conferences on not-for-profit organizations, board management and team motivation.



Tom Manzuk

Tom Manzuk

A retired Chiropractor, Tom is a dedicated team player as evidenced by his decade-plus commitment to City Council’s Advisory Committee for Persons with Disability, service on every Sub-Committee, including Transportation and BUILT Environment. His leadership skills have previously been proven on the Executive of the Hamilton Chiropractic Society. Politically active at all three levels of government, he has a unique ability to balance advocacy and governance.



Paul McWhinnie

Paul McWhinnie

Paul is a partially retired business man who is also a DARTS user. He has run 2 companies, been a member of numerous boards and committees including the Hamilton Wentworth School Board, BAC, BAHT and SP&R. Paul’s expertise in finance is valuable to the DARTS Board.



Linda Meerveld

Linda Meerveld

Linda is a Certified Ergonomist and Registered Kinesiologist. She is working in disability management, assisting injured workers to safely return to work, and has developed injury prevention programs and procedures for employers.



Kim Nolan

Kim Nolan

Kim is a graduate of the Gerontology Program at McMaster University and is also a member of the City’s Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities. Kim is a longtime user of DARTS and brings hands on knowledge of the challenges faced by the disabled. She also has an extensive knowledge of Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act legislations.