E: General Inquiries
Susan Clark retired from the Ontario government after 30 years with the Ministry of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services. She held numerous positions at the senior management level including Deputy Chief Provincial Bailiff; Manager, Inmate Classification and Transfer; and Regional Program Coordinator. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts from York University and a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts (Journalism) from the University of Western Ontario. She was appointed to Council as a public member in 2005.
Greg Clarke, RSSW, has worked in community mental health and addictions for over 25 years. Greg holds the position of Past President of the Crisis Workers Society of Ontario. He currently works for the Gerstein Crisis Centre in Toronto and is the Mental Health Case Manager for the Scarborough Academic Family Health Team. Greg also provides training sessions, seminars and workshops for various agencies and organizations. He was elected to Council in May 2008.
Gary Cockman has been in the social service worker field for 16 years and is currently employed by Brainworks. Inc., a client-centred company serving the brain injured population. Gary has previously served on Council from October 2003 to September 2004 and has had the pleasure to remain serving on each of the committees from 2001 to this day. Gary looks forward to participating on Council for a new 3 year term, and to be involved in the challenges facing Council in the future.
Irene Comfort has been a Child and Adolescent Crisis Counsellor with Pathstone Mental Health for 18 years. She was a Member-at-Large on the board of the Crisis Workers Society of Ontario for two years and served as Treasurer for seven years. Irene is a graduate of the Social Service Worker program at Niagara College and was elected to Council in May 2009.
Linda Danson holds a Masters of Social Work from McGill University and she has been a social worker for over 30 years. She originally lived in Montreal where she worked in family services and child protection. She supervised social work students from McGill University, taught courses at Concordia and McGill Universities, and she has had a private practice. Linda currently works part-time for Champlain Community Care Access as a staff therapist, providing social work services to adults who are ill at home and with palliative clients. She is a guest lecturer at Algonquin College. Linda is a mother of two adult sons, Vice-President of the Renfrew and District Food Bank and lives in the Ottawa Valley with her husband.
Rose-Marie Fraser is a social worker who is currently a Practice Leader at The University Health Network. She is the Research Chair for the Ontario Caregiver Coalition. She has diverse experience in research, forensics, mental health, family resources, community and policy at the Ministry of Community and Social Services. She is cross appointed with Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto and prides herself on remaining involved with many grass roots organizations to advocate for social justice. Rose-Marie was first elected to Council in 2011.
Judy Gardner graduated with honors from the Social Service Worker program at Centennial College and is currently working as an instructor in a Addictions and Community Service Work diploma program, where she plans, prepares and delivers classroom lectures based on the community service work curricula. In 2013, Judy completed two living crisis protocols for the City of Toronto Community Crisis Response Program. These were for the Dorset Park and Malvern areas in Scarborough, Ontario. Judy has over ten years of front-line professional experience supporting adults with developmental disabilities. Group-facilitation is her specialty and her social service work passions are community development and conflict mediation.
David Hodgson has worked with a number of associations and regulatory bodies including health regulatory colleges in the areas of strategic planning, governance, organization restructuring, government relations and self-management. David was the Registrar and CEO of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) for 10 years. He was President of the Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario and the Canadian Alliance of Regulators of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Prior to this he was Registrar and CEO of the Ontario Architects Association, the regulatory body for architects. He came to the regulatory field after holding several senior positions in the Ontario Civil Service. David holds a degree in economics from the University of Western Ontario and is a member of the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation.
Thomas Horn is currently employed as a criminologist in a forensic psychiatry program and maintains a part-time private practice. He is a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) through NASW. He holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology, a Master’s degree in social work, and presently he is working on the dissertation requirement for the degree Master of Science in criminology and criminal justice. With several publications to his name, Tom is an Assistant Professor (p/t) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, and an academic instructor in the School of Social Work at the University of Windsor.
Thamo Hurly graduated from Sheridan College’s Social Service Worker program in 2005. Since that time she has spent her career primarily working with at-risk children, youth and their families. Her work has varied from youth employment to residential treatment for youth, and supervised access to community recreation. Thamo currently provides case management services in the Employment and Income Support Program in Waterloo Region. She was elected to the College Council in 2010.
Carole is currently employed as a Health Care Facilitator with the Eastern Community Network of Specialized Care based out of Ongwanada in Kingston. Carole has over 25 years of experience supporting people with developmental disabilities and mental health issues. She sits on a number of committees geared towards training and education, aging and developmental disabilities and addictions. She is a co-author of an abuse prevention and personal safety workbook titled Project S.A.R.A.H. (Survivors Are Resilient Adults Healing) which was launched in 2004. Carole is a strong advocate of community partnerships and believes that it takes a community to improve health, and well-being of all individuals who have a developmental disability.
Norman William MacLeod is a graduate of the University of Manitoba. He joined Household Financial Corporation and spent 38 years with the company, working in Western Canada and in Toronto as Vice-President, Administration. He has previously served on the boards of Scarborough Grace Hospital, the Ontario Hospital Association (Regional Executive), the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, the Psychology Foundation of Canada and the Better Business Bureau of Canada (National President). Norman was appointed to Council in June 2005.
Prior to becoming a member of the Canada Immigration and Refugee Board, Dr. Lily Oddie was Coordinator of Employee Services at Orlick Industries, Hamilton, an elected member of the Ontario Provincial Legislature, Executive Director with YWCA of St. Catharines, Manager of Direct Services with the Hamilton-Wentworth John Howard Society, Director of McMaster University’s Centre for Continuing Education and Coordinator, Institutional Research and Evaluation, Athabasca University. She earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dalhousie University and her Master's and Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta. Lily was appointed to Council in September 2008.
John Pretty is a social worker with more than 40 years’ experience in the London Community. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto. John has extensive experience in health care planning and administration, teaching, as well as the development of social policy.
John is currently employed part-time as a counsellor at London Interfaith Counselling Centre. He also conducts capacity assessments in the southwestern region of the province. He has served on the boards of several community agencies and professional associations, including the Ontario Association of Social Workers and was previously elected to the College Council. John Pretti was re-elected in May 2013.
Sylvia Pusey has been an educator for 37 years and is retired from the Toronto District School Board. Her extensive community involvement includes serving on the Ontario Chiropractic Board/College as Secretary-Treasurer, as Board Member and Chair of the Community Advisory Committee of the Scarborough Grace Hospital, Co-Chair of the Scarborough Youth Justice Committee, Coordinator of a Youth Mentoring and Leadership Program, Member of the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough and Member of the Toronto Grant Review Team of Ontario Trillium Foundation. She has been the recipient of several awards for her contributions to Canadians and their communities, and was most recently honoured with Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Sylvia is married and the mother of three grown sons.
Sophia Ruddock was called to the Ontario bar in 1995 and has over 18 years of experience appearing before various administrative tribunals and agencies. She has practised in the areas of human rights, administrative law, health law, and labour law. Currently, she acts as in-house counsel for an association, focusing on professional regulation.
Déirdre Smith - Public Member
Déirdre Smith is the Manager of the Standards of Practice and Education unit of the Ontario College of Teachers where she has led the collaborative development of the Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession and the Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession. Smith has also coordinated the policy development of over 350 Additional Qualification (AQ) course guidelines and programs for teacher and leadership education. Smith has presented nationally and internationally on many topics including educational leadership, ethical practice, ethical standards, and standards of practice. She has been published in the areas of cases, teacher education, leadership, inclusive education and ethics. Her experience as a professional facilitator, school principal, education consultant, special education administrator, teacher educator, youth counselor and classroom teacher inform her work in policy development, teacher education, leadership formation, professional learning and organizational development
Bob Thompson is a social worker with more than 40 years’ experience in the North Region and in Eastern Ontario. He holds a MSW degree from the University of Toronto. His private practice, Thompson Management Support Services, is based in Thunder Bay and specializes in management and organizational development. Prior to retirement from full-time employment, Bob worked extensively in the fields of youth justice and child welfare, and taught in the Social Service Worker Program at Confederation College. Bob is involved in community organizations, with a favorite being the Children’s Aid Foundation of the District of Thunder Bay. Bob was elected to Council from District 1 in May 2010 and May 2013.
Beatrice Traub-Werner was Director of Education at TAPE for 12 years, a position from which she resigned in the summer of 2012. Currently, she is Dean of Continuing Studies at the Adler Professional School and the Academic Instructor for the Bridge Training Program for Internationally Trained Psychologists and Allied Mental Health Professionals, a CIC funded program provided by the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto. Upon completion of her Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto, Beatrice worked as a Clinical Social Worker before becoming Admissions Coordinator and Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. Beatrice was elected to Council in May 2008.
Angella Yenssen is a social worker in the Veterans Care Program at the Parkwood Hospital site of St. Joseph’s Health Care London. She is also a trainer of volunteers for the Community Torchlight agency in Guelph and provides statistical analysis and policy development consultation for the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington. Angela obtained a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Public Policy, Administration, and Law degree at York University. Angela was initially elected to Council in May 2009 and was re-elected in May 2012.
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March 6, 2015
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