Karen Candy
Executive Director

Karen is a seasoned leader with a Masters degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University and a reputation for results. Karen has a diverse background with achievements that include success in team and organizational development, strategic planning, visionary leadership, and change management. Karen thrives in organizations that are value based, innovative, and collaborative. As an innovative and compassionate leader, she values opportunities to help shape the future in a community and inspires others through her actions, positive attitude, and energy.

Fivel Flavour PhD
Manager of Operations

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.

Sherri Brown
Team Leader
Early Learning and Care Program

Sherri is a Registered Early Childhood Educator who graduated from Mohawk College in 1999. In addition to her diploma in Early Childhood Education, Sherri earned a BA in Psychology with a focus on child development and behaviour from the University of Western Ontario in 1997.  Sherri has worked in early years programs for the past 22 years.  She has worked with children from infancy to school-age and has a passion for supporting children with special needs and working with families who are considered vulnerable due to social and emotional needs or other life challenges. 

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.

Anna Worifah
Team Leader

Anna holds a Master of Social Work degree, is a registered Clinical Counsellor and Authorized Child Protection worker, with more than 6 years of experience providing counselling support to individuals, families and groups. Her career spans more than 20 years of involvement in social work and community capacity building, working with diverse populations in Africa and the UK.

Anna is passionate about supporting individuals who are impacted by trauma, focusing on helping them build sustainable resilience. In her clinical counselling role, she has provided support to dozens of male survivors of childhood sexual assault as well as victims of domestic abuse, providing them with tools to develop skills to enable them regain control of their lives.

As team leader, Anna’s focus is to support the counselling team to perform at their best: using their ability to build excellent therapeutic relationships with clients, develop individualized comprehensive treatment plans and help clients select goals which maximize motivation, capacity and opportunity. She works from a strengths-based, feminist and anti oppressive framework, advocating for an empowerment-centred change process which she believes is necessary to dismantle and deal with the effects of oppression, trauma and intersectional violence in clients’ lives.

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