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Executive Director Announces Retirement From Leadership Role

BRANTFORD, ON – Six years after beginning her journey with Lansdowne Children’s Centre Foundation, Executive Director Angee Turnbull shared with the board of directors that she will be retiring from her leadership position.

angee turnbull with children, staff and parents from Lansdowne Children's Centre in Brantford
Lansdowne Children's Centre Foundation Executive Director Angee Turnbull has announced she will retire from her leadership role with the foundation, effective April 1, 2023.

“I am so proud of this Foundation team, and all that we have accomplished together,”

said Turnbull from her office at 39 Mount Pleasant Street in Brantford.

Her personal journey with Lansdowne began in 2017, joining the foundation as Fund Development Officer. Over time her titles and responsibilities evolved, announced as the inaugural executive director in 2021.

“When I started, our organization was very event-dependent. Over time we have developed and grown donor platforms to supplement traditional events, and I know I am leaving our team in a position of strength.”

During her leadership tenure Turnbull navigated the challenging path created by pandemic closures, a pain felt internationally by fundraisers and their causes.

“I spent so many hours in Zoom meetings with colleagues and counterparts, discussing and brainstorming creative opportunities that would allow us to engage donors, support our cause and continue our stewardship.”

The efforts of the Foundation team were rewarded with positive growth, both in funds raised and the number of donors giving to the cause.

Board Chair Laura Maddison extended sincere thanks and appreciation for all that Angee Turnbull has brought to the fundraising and development efforts at Lansdowne Children’s Centre Foundation;

“Her passion for the kids and their families has always been at the forefront of her conversations. Whether giving tours around the Centre, or speaking with members of our community, Angee has always acted as a champion in advocating for the needs of the children and youth supported by Lansdowne Children’s Centre.”

It is that same passion that will continue to motivate Angee Turnbull to support Lansdowne Foundation events and campaigns.

“I’m excited to see the Charity Motorcycle Ride reach its 20th anniversary in 2024, and to see the continued growth of the Heroes Walk and Roll event that we started in 2019. The kids at Lansdowne are close to my heart, and while I will no longer be director I will absolutely continue as a supporter and donor.”

The change in leadership will take effect April 1st at the beginning of Lansdowne’s new fiscal year. In the short-term, Senior Development Officer Candace Kingyens will be managing all inquiries and fundraising development. The board of directors has shared interest in interviewing candidates to grow the foundation team and will be conducting a review of applications as they search for the next Foundation Director.

For further information, please contact:

Candace Kingyens, senior development officer


p: 519-753-3153 ext. 245


Lansdowne Children's Centre Foundation supports special needs programs and services at Lansdowne Children's Centres in Brantford, Simcoe, Caledonia and Dunnville.

Through generous gifts and event participation, Lansdowne Foundation is able to help children and youth and their families with access to:

• Specialty equipment

• Support workers

• Community-based programs

• Centre-run programs

Recreation programs supported by Lansdowne Foundation include: Day Camps, After School Programs, Art Programs, Summer Camps and other activities that build life skills through recreation, socialization and play.

These programs supported by community grants and fund-raised dollars assist children and youth with special needs to participate fully in the lives of their families and communities by promoting participation in the least restrictive environment. These opportunities provide ways for children and youth to socialize and enjoy leisure pursuits in a safe and supported environment.

Lansdowne Children’s Centre Foundation supports inclusion, empowerment and the opportunity for children of all ages and abilities to reach their optimal potential.


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