Our Team

Richard Anderson
Secretary

Richard has been a licensed funeral director for 43 years and is honoured and blessed to have walked with bereaved families in Haldimand, New Credit & Six Nations Communities. He supported an 18 year homeschool program for his 6 daughters, a local cooperative pre-school and as a coach for local youth sports. He has been involved for many years and is the current president of the Board of Haldimand Norfolk New Credit Victim Services and the Norfolk Poultry, Pigeon & Pet Stock Association. He enjoys his exhibition poultry, dogs, and quarter horses. His own personal experiences have helped with an understanding of care and compassion to those he meets.

Christina Walton
President

Christina has been a licensed Funeral Director since 1988 and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist since 2005. As part of the community, Christina works alongside the children's grief agencies who share her desire and passion to help grieving children and their families.  She is called upon frequently as a guest speaker to share her insights and understanding of grief, and the grieving experience, from the mourner's perspective.  Christina is a devoted mother to 3 adult children, and knows first hand how important it is to support children, to help them grieve and grow and live their best lives.

Teri Crockford
Chair

Teri Crockford is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care and has been practising in this community for over 40 years. As the mother of five, she is passionate about the care that she provides to her patients and their families and the support of children whose parents are dying. She is drawn to this work as there is unfortunately, a void in the support and consistency  of available resources.

Ken Singh
Treasurer

Ken Singh was born in Guyana and had lost his mother at a young age, it became a challenge for him growing up. With support and friendships in a giving culture, Ken was able to flourish. Ken would like to ensure support for children is available, and not one gets lost within the gaps of our society.

Dr. Marissa Slaven
Chair

Dr. Slaven has been a palliative care physician for over twenty years, first in Boston, Massachusetts and then in Hamilton, Ontario. She has had the privilege of caring for thousands of patients and their families and has been profoundly moved by their journeys. As a mother of three herself she is always deeply troubled by the grief of children losing loved ones and by her inability to offer them solace. She is inspired every day by her patients, their families and their communities and she hopes that as a board member of Children's Grief Foundation she will be able to give something back to those most vulnerable in our society.

Amelia Manera
Vice President

Amelia is the owner and sole practitioner of Shanti Estate Law – a boutique Wills and Estates law firm. Shanti means “peace,” which is what Amelia strives to bring to each of her clients. Amelia has encountered children’s grief in both her work and personal life, and is honoured to work alongside likeminded individuals to ensure that grieving children and their families get the support they need.