1 OMSSA Board of Directors Nominee Profiles Elaine Baxter-Trahair General Manager, Children s Services City of Toronto Elaine Baxter-Trahair has served as the General Manager of Toronto Children's Services since December Prior to that, she was Waterfront Project Director with the City of Toronto. Elaine has also served as Executive Director of a Toronto-based arts marketing organization and held progressively responsible positions in the municipalities of North York and Metropolitan Toronto. In all of these capacities, Elaine has demonstrated her leadership skills. She is a senior-level professional skilled in strategic planning; business planning; financial, project and general management; government, community and corporate relations, policy, partnership and economic development. She is especially adept at working with elected officials and senior staff at all orders of government and in the private, institutional and non-profit sectors. As General Manager of Children's Services, Elaine is responsible for Toronto's $402 million Children's Services operating budget, service contracts with over 650 service providers and almost 25,000 child care fee subsidies which are cost shared with the Province. She directs the activities of Toronto's Children's Services division, providing strategic, financial and policy direction to Canada's second largest child care system and to the City's 51 directly operated child care centres and home child care agency. As Service System Manager for children's services in Toronto's, Elaine oversees a diversity of programs and services for children (0-12 years) and their families. Current priorities include developing a new child care funding formula 1
2 and the next Children's Services five-year service plan, and advancing implementation of an integrated system of early learning and care services for Toronto's children and their families. Greg Bishop Director of Children and Community Services County of Simcoe As the Director of Children and Community Services with the County of Simcoe, my responsibilities include oversight of Children s Services, Homelessness Prevention, Poverty Reduction initiatives and the Local Immigration Partnership. I manage this diverse portfolio with an integrated systems thinking perspective. With over 23 years of municipal experience working in the human services field, I have held various front line and management positions in Ontario Works, Homelessness Prevention and Children s Services. My progression through these positions has provided me with a broad perspective that supports cross-divisional strategic planning and fosters Human Services Integration. In addition to my systems perspective, I have experience articulating the complex issues surrounding growth-related service pressures. As well, I promote integration activities at a local community level, where I provide support and leadership to collaborative planning bodies that cross multiple sectors which support families and vulnerable residents. OMSSA s role in informing key stakeholders and in supporting members in their planning, managing and delivery of high quality integrated human services is critical, as is articulating the role of the CMSM / DSSAB as System Managers. This is especially so during a time of program change and potential change management within the political spectrum - both municipal and potentially provincially. 2
3 Over the years, I have participated in various OMSSA committees and networks, and more recently, I am a current board member and actively participate on provincial - municipal working and reference groups that help inform the Province of system challenges and opportunities. I have enjoyed my first term on the OMSSA board and look forward to the opportunity to continue to contribute. As in any new role, there is a learning curve when becoming a new member of a board and if I am successful in returning as a board member for the term I would look forward to utilizing the context and experience gained in my first term. I value and respect OMSSA s efforts to influence public policy and its commitment to supporting its members through professional development. As a board nominee, I bring experience and a commitment to strengthening OMSSA s capacity to support its members through strategic planning and leadership. I also bring the perspective of a mid-sized CMSM that has a mix of urban and rural communities across a large geography, and includes 16 member municipalities (including 3 with French Language Services designation), 2 partner cities and 2 First Nations. Dan McCormick CAO District of Rainy River Social Services and Administration Board Dan McCormick has been employed as the CAO of the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board since February The RRDSSAB delivers Social Housing, Children s Services, Ontario Works and Land Ambulance across the Rainy River District. He also continues to serve as the Chief of Emergency Medical Services for Rainy River District EMS. He has been 3
4 in this position since Prior to that, Dan was the Ambulance Service Manager and a Primary Care Paramedic for the Atikokan General Hospital. He previously worked for Ontario Power Generation as a Health & Safety Officer and Industrial Millwright/Machinist/Welder. Prior to his fifteen years with Ontario Power Generation, he worked as a Civil Technician with Acres-Shawinigan Ltd. Dan has conducted extensive training of professionals in various capacities, Health & Safety officer, MoHLTC Regional & Service Instructor and as a First Aid/CPR Instructor Trainer. He is certified as a Basic Acute Care, Long Term Care & EMS Sector Specialist, under WSIB and holds a Long Term Care Facility Administrator certification. Dan has always been very involved in the community on local, district, and provincial levels, serving on several boards and committees. Currently he is the Secretary of the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs (OAPC), formerly served as the Vice President of the Association for 3 years, Member of the Enhancing Emergency Services in Ontario (EESO) Working Group, past Sub-committee chair with the Provincial Land Ambulance Committee, Member of the Northern EMS directors Group, past Clinical Coordinator for the Rainy River District Critical Incident Stress Management Team, past chair of the Atikokan Non-Profit Daycare Corporation and past Vice Chair of the Northwest Chapter of the Ontario Paramedic Association. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Governor General s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal. Anne Comtois-Lalonde Administrator, Social Services Counties (U/C) Prescott & Russell Native of Eastern Ontario (United Counties of Prescott & Russell) 4
5 Attended primary and secondary school in Hawkesbury and post-secondary education at Ottawa University Lived close to a year in Newfoundland Teaching career from Lived in the province of Quebec for 10 years Moved back in Prescott-Russell in 1987 Worked for Human Resources Canada, Employment Councilor Now working for the United Counties of Prescott & Russell (Social Services Department) since 1992 Administrator of the Social Services Department since 2003, responsible for Ontario Works, Child Care Services Ontario Early Years Center and Housing Services. Sit / sat on several provincial municipal working groups: Best Start, French Language Working Group (provincial) Provincial Municipal Child Care Reference Group Provincial Municipal Child Care Funding Working Group, MEd MCI Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration COIA, municipal representative AFMO (Association française des municipalités de l Ontario), part of the Language Training Working Group HSISC Human Services Integration Steering Committee, inter-ministerial (MCSS, MCYS, MMAH, MOHLTC, MTCU, MEd) Ontario Works Funding Principles Working Group, MCSS Employment Working Group, MCSS DARG Eastern representative, MCSS OMSSA s Northern, Rural and Remote Communities Working Group, AMO representative Provincial Municipal Social Assistance and Employment Committee, MCSS Board of Directors: 10.5 years on Board of Directors at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital Valor Institute, a training and consulting institute offering innovative expertise in the psychosocial and management fields Valoris for Children and Adults of Prescott-Russell, servicing vulnerable persons in Prescott-Russell by supporting them and their families & by facilitating their integration in the community. Le Phénix, non-profit organization, partner with the government of Ontario, representation of people with disabilities. 5
6 Victims Services of Prescott and Russell Board of Directors, OMSSA, since 2012 Anne Comtois-Lalonde -French Biography Originaire de l Est de l Ontario (Comtés unis de Prescott et Russell) Études primaires et secondaires à Hawkesbury et études post-secondaires à l Université d Ottawa Domiciliée à Terre-Neuve près d un an Carrière dans l enseignement de 1976 à 1983 Domiciliée dans la province de Québec pendant 10 ans Retour dans Prescott et Russell en 1987 Conseillère à l emploi - Ressources humaines Canada À l emploi des Comtés unis de Prescott et Russell (Département des Services sociaux) depuis 1992 Administrateure du département des Services sociaux depuis 2003 responsable de l Ontario au travail, Services de garde, Centre de la petite enfance et les Services de logement. Siège / siégé sur divers groupes de travail provinciaux et municipaux: Groupe de travail provincial, Meilleur Départ, affaires francophones, Ministère de l éducation. Groupe de travail provincial - municipal sur les services de garde Ministère de l éducation. Groupe de travail provincial principes de financement pour les services de garde, ministère de l Éducation MACI Ministère des Affaires civiques et Ministère de l Immigration (ACOI), représentante municipale de l AFMO. J ai aussi fait partie du sous-groupe de travail sur la formation linguistique CDISH Comité directeur de l intégration des services humains, interministérielle (MSSC, MSEJ, MAML, MSSLDO, MFCU, MEO) Groupe de travail - Principes de financement Ontario au travail, MSSC Groupe de travail à l emploi, MSSC Représentante de l Est Groupe de référence des Administrateurs Ontario au travail, MSSC Groupe de travail et représentante de l AMO - Collectivités du Nord, rurales et éloignées ASSMO Groupe de travail «Provincial-Municipal Social Assistance and Employment Committee 6
7 Conseils d administration: Divers conseils d administration 10.5 ans au conseil d administration de l Hôpital Général de Hawkesbury & District Institut Valor, un institut de formation et de consultation offrant une expertise novatrice dans les domaines psychosociaux et de la gestion Valoris pour enfants et adultes de Prescott-Russell services aux personnes vulnérables et leur famille, facilitant leur intégration dans la communauté. Le Phénix organisme à but non lucratif, en partenariat avec le gouvernement de l Ontario - représentation des personnes avec des handicapées. Services aux victimes de Prescott-Russell. Membre du conseil d admisinistration de l ASSMO depuis 2012 Louise Stevens Director, Municipal Housing City of London Louise Stevens is the Director of Housing for the City of London Housing Division, under its Housing, Social Services & Dearness Home Service Area. Louise brings thirty-three plus years experience in the housing sector. Ms. Stevens is responsible for managing the activities of the City of London Housing Division, including the administration of social housing and the development of various affordable housing programs and homelessness initiatives. She is also a member of the Child & Youth Network and of the Age Friendly London Network. 7
8 Born in Timmins and raised in Iroquois Falls, Louise s favourite role is Nana to three wonderful grandsons. Prior to coming to work at the City, Louise was the General Manager & CEO of the London & Middlesex Housing Corporation. Before coming to London, she was the Housing Manager of the Nipissing & Parry Sound Districts Housing Authority in North Bay ON and the Housing Manager of the Timiskaming District Housing Authority in Englehart ON. Her housing career began at the South Cochrane District Housing Authority. She also managed the Parry Sound Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation and was a member of the Homes Unlimited (London) Inc. Board and the Odell Jalna Residences of London Board. Eddie Alton Social Services Administrator County of Wellington I have been working in municipal government for approximately 30 years and during that time have seen many changes occur in the delivery of the social services. This includes such things as Who Does What, the download of social housing and other services to the local municipalities, and the creation of the 47 CMSM and DSSAB s just to mention a few. My experience includes working for the County of Wellington as the Social Services Administrator responsible for the delivery of Child Care, Ontario Works and Housing. The County as Consolidated Municipal Services Manager covers a wide geographic area providing service for seven local municipalities and the City of Guelph. This includes the delivery of services in both urban and rural areas, where the challenges and opportunities differ from one area to another. 8
9 Previously, I was the Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Timiskaming Social Services Administration Board with responsibility for the same three services as above plus Emergency Medical Services. Providing these services in Northern Ontario adds a different perspective and challenges to service delivery and required a great deal of communication and negotiation with the various ministries and municipalities. Prior to working for the DTSSAB I worked for the Region of Niagara. My experience has provided me the opportunity to work in various communities and experience different ways in delivery the services to our clients. We have all realized that our services are critical to the marginalized and vulnerable populations that we serve and goes far beyond just what we provide but impacts so many other services and Ministries. This illustrates even more how important working collaboratively with other service managers and the various ministries and organizations such as OMSSA, AMO and FCM is in order to ensure that we provide the best service possible and have the opportunity to influence policy and decisions. My interest in becoming a Board Member at OMSSA is based on that I really like the direction OMSSA has taken over the last several years and the strategy developed for moving forward. Having the opportunity to sit on the Urban Commissioners Group, the 47 Leadership table as well as providing information to Board members of FCM and AMO, illustrates the importance of letting the other levels of government know the issues we are facing and that we are partners in delivering these services. I would like to offer my experience and knowledge in working with the other Board Members and service managers to help achieve the goals of OMSSA. 9
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