Board of Directors


Ray Walt- President 

In his roles as the former Head of Special Education at St. Peter’s Secondary School and as the former Volunteer Chair of the Program Advisory Committee of the Community Integration through Co-operative Education ( CICE) program at Fleming College, Ray has had extensive experience working with students with developmental and intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and brain injury. He is recently retired after 4 years as the Employment Liaison at Fleming College, with the CICE Program.  With a B.A. from Trent University and a B.Ed. from Queens’s, he possesses over 31 years teaching experience.  He has been actively involved with Peterborough Special Olympics for 35 years and also sits on the Board of Tri County.


Ben Weir- Vice President 

In his role as a financial advisor since 2005 and currently working for Sun Life financial, Ben has had extensive experience in reviewing and advising on financial plans. After earning his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor in the year 2000, Ben moved to Toronto and worked in the home and auto insurance industry. When he moved to Peterborough in 2002 he worked as a fitness advisor for Goodlife Fitness, a collection agent, and then began a career in the finance industry.


Mark Reesor- Director

Mark is a Detective Constable with Peterborough Police Services. He is currently working in the Criminal Investigations Unit in the Major Crime Unit. Prior to that, Mark worked in the Sex Offenses Unit. Mark is also responsible for the Elder Abuse files. Mark’s values align closely with those of Alternatives and he brings broad experiences in working with vulnerable citizens through the Police Services to our Board of Directors.


Colleen Carruthers- Director

Colleen is a senior consultant and executive coach with The T-R Group Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in advancing the human side of business.  Colleen works with leaders and their organizations to improve the way they learn, work, and communicate. Colleen’s board experience includes Ontario Society for Training and Development, Caroline Cooperative Homes, YES Shelter, Women’s Business Network (Strategic Planning Director) and Alternatives Community Programs, as well as Alternatives Fund Raising Committee and HR Committee at YES.


Pat Peeling-  Treasurer

Pat has lived in the Peterborough area for most of her life, working in retail for Eaton’s and Sears.  Pat recently retired from Community Futures Peterborough after 18 years of service. Although she held many positions, the last eight years she was the Administrator of the Eastern Ontario Development Program.  Pat was one of the recipients to receive the Peterborough-Kawartha Women’s Leadership Award in 2018. Pat started volunteering for Alternatives Fundraising Committee in 2018 and joined the Board in 2019.


Carrie Wakeford- Director

Carrie Wakeford has worked as a project manager, counsellor, trainer and researcher in a career spanning over 30 years.  Her experience has included leadership roles where she managed a team of counsellors, facilitators and case managers.  Carrie has managed her own consulting business, as well as non-profit and government funded career and training centres and a private computer training organization. Carrie has held various roles on boards and committees, including Director of Communications, Project Manager and Business Mentor with the Women’s Business Network. Carrie recently joined Alternatives Board of Directors, Fall 2020.


Anne Driscoll- Director 

Anne brings over 40 years of experience in the not for profit sector supporting families and caregivers, fundraising and community outreach with organizations in the communities of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Northumberland. Anne is an active member of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Peterborough’s Women’s Business Network, Peterborough Area Fundraisers Network and Ennismore Horticultural Society. Volunteer experience includes Coordinator of Ennismore Community Food Hamper, Victim Crisis and Referral Service, Special Olympics, Canadian Cancer Society – Relay for Life and Peer to Peer Support, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Easter Seals Festival of Trees, Victim Services Board of Directors Peterborough and Northumberland.  Anne recently joined Alternatives Board of Directors, Fall 2020.