**Rotiskennenketi – She Who Carries the Burden of Peace**
Since fall 2014, Kelly has been Executive Director then President and CEO of Families Canada (and prior FRP Canada). During this time, Kelly has been laser-focused on organizational transformation. Under her leadership this beloved, recently rebranded charity is now modernized and financially stable, allowing Kelly and her team to intensify service excellence on behalf of members across Canada. Kelly’s efforts were recognized in her nomination as a Finalist for the National Capital Region’s 2017 Businesswoman of the Year Awards.
During her long Government of Canada career, Kelly had responsibility for child and youth research, public policy and community-level programming. She benefited from a three-year executive interchange to the Child Welfare League of Canada where she explored mental health, child welfare, and private/public partnerships. Kelly’s extensive international work also advanced child rights-based legislative and public policy frameworks tied with practical in-country, in-community implementation strategies particularly in Mexico, Central and South America.
Kelly serves as a Board Director or Advisory Committee member for several organizations and initiatives in Canada and the United States; all are devoted to improving the lives of children and their families. Kelly and her husband Robert have a family of five which, together with partners and now grandchildren, makes life both busy and wonderful. In her spare minutes, Kelly and Robert grab their carry-ons and travel the world.
**Mohawk name bestowed by Elijah Harper, former Manitoba Legislature member, Chief, and human rights activist, in recognition of work on behalf of indigenous children (2005)