About Us

The Community Development Council of Quinte is a non-profit, charitable organization and our work encompasses all of Hastings & Prince Edward Counties. The goal of our food security programs is that everyone would have access to an adequate supply of safe, affordable and nutritious food without social or economic barriers. The goal of our social planning work is to heighten awareness, increase understanding and work with all sectors to find solutions for the urgent and emerging social issues in our community.

Mission and Mandate

Mandate:  To conduct social planning and community development within the context of social justice.

Mission: To reduce poverty and improve the quality of life and health of everyone in our community through research, alliances, programs and services


Social Responsibility – Leading by example in the efforts to address the well-being of individuals, the environment and the social issues impacting our community

Advocacy – Acting as the voice to support individuals and issues in our community

Volunteerism – Contributing to the community through collaborative service that is performed without expectation of gain

Equity and Fairness – Treating everyone equally and fairly, regardless of circumstance, while also recognizing and respecting individual differences

Board of Directors

Jacob Conkin

Jacob Conkin is a Child & Youth Care Practitioner who graduated from Loyalist College in June 2018.  Jacob has been awarded the 2018 Ontario Association of Child & Youth Care Award for demonstrating outstanding child and youth care skills while on field placement. He is currently a member of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC) and has worked directly with their board of directors on bringing student and faculty opinions and issues to the board.

Jacob has worked with the federal government as a member of the Bay of Quinte Youth Council to promote and advocate for community development in the Bay of Quinte from 2016 to 2018. He has a strong passion for ensuring every child and youth has a voice in their community and advocates to MPPs across Ontario for the regulation of Child & Youth Care Practitioners.

Jacob decided to join this Board of Directors when he saw the growing success of the Good Food Box and how community developments such as this were helping families across the region. He wants to continue the success of these initiatives and bring youth specific issues that will help younger families.

Mark Stones

Mark Stones is an accomplished, multi-disciplinary Human Resources leader with over 30 years human resources specialty experience. He has successfully conducted and participated in over 1,500 appeal hearings, and conducted in excess of 1,000 workplace investigations, covering issues from workplace harassment and bullying to discrimination.

Mark has held a number of senior Human Resources professional roles, most recently as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Pathways to Independence and previously as the Director of Human Resources, Canada, for AvisBudget Group.  In these roles Mark was responsible to provide the complete Human Resources function to company’s entire regional and Canadian operations – about 400 Pathways employees and 3,000 AvisBudget employees. He has developed and delivered Anti-Harassment/Anti-Discrimination workshops and leadership training across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico.

Mark was a certified Mediator with the ADR Institute of Ontario and currently is a CHRL holder.  He has earned his Master’s Degree in Adult Learning, and two Bachelor of Arts Degrees majoring in Labour Studies, Economics and Political Science.  Mark has also earned his basic and advanced certificates in Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques from the University of Windsor and is certified to teach Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Effective People, Leading at the Speed of Trust and Targeted Selection and Implementing Teams from DDI.

Sue Talsma

Sue received a degree in Management Economics from Guelph University and pursued a career in Finance working in manufacturing for 20 years. For the past 12 years Sue has been operating her own business providing Bookkeeping services to a variety of businesses from small non-profits to large Corporations.

Sue became familiar with CDC of Quinte through her business and was impressed by the programs offered and the benefit being provided to the community. When the opportunity to join the Board of Directors as Treasurer came about she was happy to join such a committed team and use her financial skills to support current and future programs

Erica Baker-Tinsley

Erica Baker-Tinsley  is a Professor and Coordinator of the Developmental Services Worker Program at Loyalist College.  Before moving to Belleville, Erica worked for 15  years as a Family Support Coordinator for a non-profit organization supporting people with intellectual  disabilities and their families.  Erica has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Disability  Studies from Ryerson University and a  Master of Arts Degree in Community Development from the University of Victoria.

She is a Board  Director of the Southern Ontario Training Group, and a member  of the SRV Development, Training  &  Safeguarding  Council. Erica is passionate about asset based community development approaches that build strong communities where all members are welcomed and supported.

Allison Phillips

Allison Hails from Nova Scotia where she graduated from St. Francis Xavier university in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition.  She then went on to complete her dietetic internship program at Capital Health in Halifax to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).  Allison began her nutrition career here in Belleville in 2002 working in public health where she had the privilege to work with many community agencies including local school boards, municipalities, childcare centers and non-profit organizations including the Community Development Council of Quinte (CDC).

Allison continues to work as a Registered Dietitian in the Quinte area supporting patients and families both in homecare and private practice.  Allison’s background in nutrition, passion to help people reduce barriers to improve health, along with her extensive experience working with the local community make her an excellent fit for the board of directors at the CDC.  Allison joined the board in June of 2016 and moved into the role of board chair in June of 2018.

Simon Khodkar

Originally a collegiate fencer and student of Economics, Politics, & Philosophy at Western University, Simon pivoted from there to take advantage of opportunities in music, competitive powerlifting, and international volunteering. Upon returning to post-secondary education, Simon completed his Diploma in Fitness & Health Promotion, his Hons. BSc. in Sports Studies, and his Graduate Diploma in Business, from Humber College, UWE Bristol (U.K.), and Queen’s University respectively, in 7 consecutive semesters; finishing at or near the top in all three programs.

Simon feels fortunate that his passions for economic empowerment and emergency medicine have been consistently realized through leadership positions he’s held and opportunities he’s had with organizations such as Israel’s Red Star of David, Humber’s Campus Emergency Response Team, Humber College’s Firefighter Exam Training Program, and Ve’ahavta (poverty alleviation organization).Simon believes that he will be able to leverage his multi-disciplinarian background to the benefit of CDC Quinte and is grateful for the opportunity to join its Board of Directors to listen and learn from both fellow board members and stakeholders alike, so that we may better serve the needs of the greater Quinte community.

Joy Goodman

Joy is Child & Family Therapist and has worked for Children’s Mental Health Services for 24 years. She is a registered psychotherapist and registered play therapist. She previously served on the Board of Directors with Adult Mental Health Services.

Amy Hallaran

Amy Hallaran is a registered nurse and is currently a Senior Manager with the Victorian Order of Nurses. Amy brings a diverse background in healthcare to her role on the board; with experience working in the community, hospitals, regulations, and academia.

Amy completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Ottawa and a doctoral degree at Queen’s University in 2017.

Sulaika Mazhar


My name is Sulaika Mazhar and I am a recent graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University where I specialized in Communications and Social Entrepreneurship. 

From my volunteer and internship experiences in community development locally and abroad, I discovered that I have a passion for becoming an active and engaged member of communities that are in need of social change. Currently, I am completing a Social Service Worker diploma from Loyalist College with the goal of pursuing a Masters of Social Work and Public Policy in the future.

My goal is to discover innovative ways to deal with complex social issues and improve our current policies and services within the realm of social services. Ultimately, my life mission is to utilize my education to advocate for those people in social communities that are voiceless and provide them with the empowerment and liberation they deserve.