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

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.

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.