About Us

The Children’s Foundation (TCF) has been helping children and youth in Hastings County since 1991. In 2015 we expanded to include Northumberland and Prince Edward Counties.


The Children’s Foundation is an autonomous organization governed by its own Board of Directors and is the charitable arm of Highland Shores Children’s Aid (HSCA).  TCF also supports families who have no affiliation to HSCA with funding and access to resources in their local communities.

Our Mission

We strive to improve the quality of life for children and youth in need by providing educational opportunities, inspiring activities, engaging experiences, and resources, that empower children and youth for future success, in the communities of Hastings, Northumberland and Prince Edward Counties.

Our Vision

No child or youth will do without positive experiences and equal opportunities to help them realize their potential.

Our Values

In pursuit of our Vision and Mission and in our work with each other and other community partners, we are committed to:

A Focus on the Child & Family

We will focus on children, youth, and the needs of their family. We strive to understand the needs of children in our community and to remember that family means different things to different people.


Integrity & Accountability

The staff and Board will be accountable to our stakeholders for the effective and efficient management of The Children’s Foundation. It is vital that the community is confident in the transparency and integrity of the decisions made and the people who make them.

Compassion & Inspiration

Respect, confidentiality, compassion, and a non-judgmental attitude guide all our actions. The Children’s Foundation will always promote hope and the belief that change can and does happen. Inspiring children and youth to realize their potential.

Our community

We are committed to the children and families in our community and will work to improve the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children and youth through prevention, enrichment, and educational programming.

Leaders & Partners

We recognize that our community is best served by organizations working together toward achievement of common goals

Meet the Team

Board of Directors

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Liz Lehtinen


Occasional Teacher, Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board

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Cassandra Bonn

2nd Vice-Chair

Account Executive, Quinte Broadcasting Ltd - Mix 97, Rock 107, 800 CJBQ,

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Jack Miller


Sports Director, Quinte Broadcasting Ltd., Mix 97, Rock 107, 800 CJBQ,

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Tami Callahan


Executive Director, Highland Shores Children's Aid

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Sarah Rozema-Seaton


Founder and CEO of Big Red Bow Digital Marketing

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Sheri Thompson
Past Chair

Partner, Pretsell Davies Thompson Benton LLP Lawyers

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Cynthya Schmidt


Owner/Operator, McDonald's Quinte West & Brighton

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Suzanne Hunt


Partner, Templeman Menninga LLP

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Allyson Williams


Chief Operations Officer, Williams Hotel

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Mike Callaghan

1st Vice-Chair

Chief, Belleville Police Services

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Rick Phillips


Reeve of Tyendinaga Township and Warden of Hastings County

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Leslie Pallant


Clinic Manager

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Alyssa Parks


Shopify Coordinator

 TCF Staff


Executive Director


Manager of Finance & Administration

Jackie Foster

Jackie Foster graduated from the accounting program at Loyalist college and is very excited to strengthen her experience as the Financial Coordinator with The Children’s Foundation. Jackie brings her love of finance and experience in various types of industry to the role. She loves being involved in the community and helping those in need. Jackie feels inspired by working with others who share the same affection with community involvement.


Special Events Coordinator

Zoey Jouwstra

Born and raised in Brighton Zoey is enthusiastic and eager to help local children in our community thrive.

Zoey studied radio broadcasting at Loyalist college and has since worked in event promotion, as well as advertising and marketing. In these roles her focus has been on promoting local events and businesses in our community.

Zoey is committed to building a strong community together and is thrilled to do just that with The Children’s Foundation.


Programs & Marketing Coordinator

Kaitlyn Saseniuk-Foreman

Kaitlyn has extensive history with The Children’s Foundation as a youth. She benefited from the support she received when she was younger and made it her mission to offer the same support to children and youth in need now. She attributes her success with The Children’s Foundation being able to offer her the skills and knowledge as a youth that has benefited her throughout her personal and professional career.

Kaitlyn studied Public Relations and Event Management at Loyalist College and is consistently excited to bring new ideas and energy to the programs and events that children and youth in the local community already know and love.