Volunteer Board of Directors

Volunteer Board of Directors


President  (2022 )

Education Director, Doula Training Canada
Lead Instructor
Infant and Pregnancy Loss Coordinator

Sondra’s background in family therapy and mental health work drives her to create an environment for her clients and students that is both supportive and challenging of bias and assumptions. Teaching and development of curriculum drives her to continue to grow.

Sondra is a certified Labour and Birth Doula & CBE 

Sondra is a mama to two curious and bright little girls and 2 fur babies. She loves hiking and camping and tv with equal fervor!

Mélissa Cowl  (she/her)

Interim Vice President (2022 term)

Mélissa brings a wealth of personal experience combined with a professional background of childbirth-related training to all her classes and clients.

Mélissa’s commitment and dedication to serving families are apparent through her community work. She has been a member of a variety of committees and action groups dedicated to improving maternity care for parents and children. She is a founding member of the one of the grassroots groups that came to be what we now know as the AOD.

Mélissa spent two years working with all levels of hospital staff including board members, doctors, nurses, prominent community citizens, government representatives and Ministry of Health officials to reopen the birthing unit in her area. Her experience collaborating on a university-led research group looking into the crisis in sustaining primary maternity care workers in Ontario has been an asset to the reopening project in Alliston.

Andrea Paul (she/her)

SECRETARY (2020 – 2022 term)

Andrea has been a practicing doula for nearly a decade and is very passionate about helping families. She creates a calm atmosphere and helps families to navigate their new family dynamic. She loves the variety that birth support offers and how unique each person’s preferences are. Whatever your birth preferences are, Andrea looks forward to supporting your choices. Andrea started her career as a birth doula when she saw a gap in support. As her love for supporting families grew she became a postpartum doula to help families manage and grow their confidence with their new baby(ies). She then became an infant sleep coach when she saw the need for holistic sleep support. Helping families reach their goals is incredibly rewarding.

When Andrea is not busy being a doula she enjoys playing with her daughters and husband. She loves swimming, spending time outdoors, reading, and watching movies!

NADINE ROSS (she/her)

TREASURER (2020 – 2022 term)

Nadine is a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula with Doula Training Canada, as well as a certified Dancing for Birth Instructor and proud member of Evidence Based Birth. After fifteen years working in childcare, and her experience raising her own four daughters, she decided to bring her passion and knowledge…

Education Director


Public Relations Director(2021-2023 term)

Membership Director    (2021-2023 Term)

Equity & Inclusion Director (2021-2023 term)