Fivel Flavour PhD
Executive Director

With fifteen years of experience in the non-for-profit sector providing operational support in areas of information management, program evaluation, and project management, Fivel has been Manager of Operations at CFS since December 2018, previously serving at CFS as Team Leader, Support. Previous career stops include the University Health Network and the Royal Conservatory of Music, both in Toronto.

Fivel’s volunteerism is focused on local community building in Hamilton, including the Stinson Neighbourhood Action Plan and St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church Community Repurposing Project.

Fivel has a Bachelor’s of Arts from Brock University, St. Catherines, and Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Philosophy, with a specialty in logic, from Emory University, Atlanta.

Janis Giftopoulos
Director of Client Services

Janis brings a wealth of experience to CFS previously working in a National non-profit organization for over 30 years in a Management capacity overseeing Rehabilitation Specialists in a Regional Program. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with such a talented experienced team, which she continually learns from each day.

Afifah Ali

Team Leader
Human Resources

Afifah Ali has been a Human Resources Professional for over 20 years and has varied experience in not-for-profit, health care, education, and unionized environments. She has extensive employee and labour relations experiences negotiating collective agreements, resolving grievances and arbitrations. Afifah has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History form University of Toronto and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Seneca College. She holds a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation from Human Resources Professional Association.

Kathy Holmes
Team Leader
Young Parent Program

Lina Winship

Team Leader
Developmental Services Program

Lina has over twenty years of experience and knowledge within the developmental services sector. Lina has worked closely with community partners representing and advocating for persons with developmental disabilities.

Values - C A R E S



We treat one another with sensitivity, empathy, and kindness, and provide non-judgmental support without prejudice


We fulfill our commitments and take responsibility for
our actions


We treat one another with dignity, honesty, understanding, support, equality, inclusion, and


We provide exemplary services through innovation, teamwork, best practice, and quality improvement


Our service is timely, relevant and meaningful to the person served