The 2015-16 CDECA National Board of Directors

2014-15 CDECA Board

National Directors & Officers

Joanne Jakab

Chair

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Jakab is a well known award winning local designer specialising in residential interiors. She helps busy professionals and their families to design and renovate their home so they can live the life they truly desire. Clients who had initially felt overwhelmed truly appreciated her proven track record for sorting through the myriad of options and creating a cohesive design plan. Identifying the key elements that will take them from standard design to extraordinary concept on time and on budget since 1999. Joanne Jakab resides with her family in Burlington, Ontario.

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Andria Cowan-Molyneaux

Vice Chair (Chair of Marketing & Communications)

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Andria Cowan Molyneaux is the principal designer and owner of  ACM Designs and a certified aging in place specialist with NAHB.  ACM Designs specializes in cottage or lakeside homes interior designs and operates in Toronto and Highlands East in  Haliburton County.  As well as serving as the vice chair on the board of CDECA, Andria is the vice president of MTCC 1130, an adjudicator on the Anti Doping Committee with the Ontario Hockey League and was recently appointed to the Haliburton Highlands Health Services board of directors. 

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Michelle Mackenzie

Treasurer

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Michelle owns and operates Sanctuary Spaces, an interior decorating firm that serves the GTA residential market.  She studied interior decorating at George Brown College and interior design at Ryerson University.  Prior to launching Sanctuary Spaces, she owned one of Canada’s most successful integrated government relations and public relations agencies.  Michelle holds an MBA from Queen’s University, a Certificate in Human Resources from the University of Toronto and an undergraduate honours degree from York University.

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Wanda Vuignier

Past Chair

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Wanda Vuignier is the owner/Principal of Designing Spaces MB in the city of Winnipeg. She has been an accredited member for 9 years and has sat on the local board for 8 of those nine as Director of Education, Treasurer and President and has also spent 2 years on the National board with one year as Communications Director and one as Chair.
Her primary focus is residential interior decorating and has a passion doing kitchen and bathrooms, and the use of fabrics and colour.

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Pamela deVries

Director (Chair of Membership)

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After successfully graduating with honours from the Mohawk College Interior Decorating program, Pamela opened her own decorating business “Pamela deVries Designs”.  

A busy wife, mother and grandmother she also supports her community hosting networking/fundraising events.  She wrote a local design column for four years, hosted a small radio program and now teaches several classes for Mohawk College’s Interior Decorating program.  Pam has been CDECA’s Ethics chair, Membership chair and Ambassador Program co-ordinator for several years and is looking forward to another upcoming term.

Pam is living proof that a mid-life career change can be extremely rewarding. 

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Mary Dancey

Director (Chair of Events)

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Mary Dancey, owner and principle of Mary Dancey Interiors, is a graduate, with honours, from Humber College’s Interior Decorating program, and a graduate, with honours, from Georgian Colleges’ Post-Graduate Kitchen and Design program.

A proud accredited member of CDECA Mary has been a national board member for CDECA since November 2010 serving both as Chair of Membership and Chair of Events.  She is a two time CDECA Awards winner having the pleasure to work with many wonderful clients throughout the GTA and surrounding areas.

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Elvia Goodenough

Director (Chair of Affiliates)

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Lana McIver

Director (Chair of Education)

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Pamela Harrod

Director (Chair 2015 CDECA Awards and Design Competition, Governance)

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Pamela Harrod is the owner of DistinctiveHome and has been an accredited member of CDECA since 2010. She first joined CDECA has a student member at the end of 2009 and immediately became involved on the Executive of the NCR Chapter of CDECA and on the National Board of CDECA as the Chair of Education.  Pamela also served as Chair of the National Board of CDECA for 3 years and currently Chairs the CDECA Design and Decorating Awards Committee.  A lawyer by profession, Pamela specializes in corporate commercial matters, including governance.  She has practiced law within the Federal government as well as in the education and private sectors.

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Linda Kafka

Director

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Edward Phiilips

Director (Chair of Ethics)

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Edward Phillips is the president of Rooker Phillips Interiors, Ltd. He is a certified interior decorator and an accredited member of the Canadian Decorators’ Association who is active in Toronto and the Greater Toronto West area. He is currently the president of the Greater Toronto West chapter of CDECA and has served as co-chair of the marketing committee of CDECA’s board of directors and co-ordinator of its ad hoc sub-committee for the development of a marketing plan. He brings to the career of interior decorating organizational and communications skills developed through several decades of university teaching and administration.

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Chapter Representatives

  • Central Prairie Chapter President: Carol Standil
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  • Toronto Chapter President: Nita McCown
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  • National Capital Region Chapter President: Deb Casey
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  • GTA West Chapter President: Edward Phillips
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  • Alberta Chapter President: Ana Cummings
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