Established in 1978, Durham Association for Family Resources and Support (DAFRS) was incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization in 1982. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who are elected by a membership of families, volunteers and interested citizens.

DAFRS works in partnership with families with a member who has an intellectual disability or a child with a physical disability, providing family support (services, resources, and other types of assistance) that enhance the capacity of the whole family to care for one another and to sustain and/or enhance their valued social roles as family members and as members of the community.

Board of Directors

Chair of the Board
Christine Hewitt

Vice Chair
Narmatha Thayananthan

Lawrence Rubin

Sarah Netley


Martin Birt

Ginette Cormier Pennell

Mohamed Elghazouly

Olga Minikh

Johanne Penrose

Jane Silver

Callum Tyrrell

Reports, Bylaws & Policies

Articles from the 2018 Annual General Meeting