Announcing OMSSA's 2021-2022 Board of Directors

OMSSA voting members participated in a secure online election to fill six vacancies on OMSSA's Board of Directors directly following our 2021 Virtual Annual General Meeting. We are pleased to announce that the following individuals will serve on OMSSA's Board of Directors and lead the strategic direction of our Association over the 2021-2022 year:

Executive Officers


President
Cathy Cousins
Director of Homelessness and Community Engagement, Community Services
Region of Niagara
 

Vice-President
Henry Wall

Chief Administrative Officer
Kenora District Services Board
 

Treasurer
Mike Nadeau
Chief Executive Officer
District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administrative Board
 

Secretary
Heidy Van Dyk

Director, Social Services & Housing
Norfolk County
 

Past-President
Dan McCormick

Chief Administrative Officer
Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board

Members at Large

 

Jacqueline Johnson
Director, Community Access
Regional Municipality of Peel


Sutha Balasingham
Head, Strategic Initiatives, Community and Health Services
Regional Municipality of York


James Lapierre
Director, Employment and Social Services
City of Toronto


Polly Smith
Director of Employment and Social Services
Municipality of Chatham-Kent


Stuart Beumer
Director of Ontario Works
County of Wellington



OMSSA thanks all candidates who put their names forward to serve on our Board of Directors.


About Our Newest Board Members

OMSSA is pleased to welcome Mike Nadeau, Chief Executive Officer of the District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administrative Board, as the newest member of OMSSA's Board of Directors. In his current position, Mike has transformed the organization into a stand alone corporation and accountable for all areas of service delivery (Ontario Works, Early Years, Housing/Homelessness and land ambulance Emergency Medical Services). Previous to his DSSAB experience, Mike was Executive Director for the Ontario Native Welfare Administrators' Association (ONWAA). ONWAA represents the interests of 108 culturally diverse First Nation communities and social service managers from both a program advocacy perspective and professional development perspective. Since 2015, Mike has volunteered as a member of the Board of Governors for Algoma University (AU).

OMSSA is pleased to welcome Jacqueline Johnson, Director, Community Access with the Regional Municipality of Peel, as the newest member of OMSSA's Board of Directors. In her current position, Jacqueline is spearheading implementation of the Province's Vision for Social Assistance in Peel; leading and championing the Employment Services Transformation, Life Stabilization and Centralized Intake prototypes as well as other critical modernization and recovery initiatives. Jacqueline is a leader in municipal government with over 16 years of experience. She has successfully led operational teams in the areas of Ontario Works, Early Years and Childcare and Integrated Business Support and managed high profile projects through Strategic Initiatives; having championed and managed the successful development and implementation of a variety of programs and services including technology for Housing Services (HTI).

OMSSA is pleased to welcome Sutha Balasingham, Head, Strategic Initiatives, Community and Health Services with the Regional Municipality of York, as the newest member of OMSSA's Board of Directors. In her current position, Sutha has over 20 years of experience in the human services sector working with municipal governments and NGOs. Sutha led the development of an Integrated Human Services Plan for Community and Health Services, which has 2,500+ staff delivering programs such as Housing, Homelessness, Paramedics Services, Long-Term Care, Social Assistance, and Public Health. She has overseen advance planning as Planning Chief for Department Emergency Operations Centre for COVID-19 Pandemic to address emerging human services issues as well as recovery planning. 

OMSSA is pleased to welcome Polly Smith, Director of Employment and Social Services with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, as the newest member of OMSSA's Board of Directors. In her current position, Polly oversees numerous programs including income maintenance and homelessness prevention funded by five provincial ministries and the municipality. She has a passion for high impact employment programming toward fighting homelessness using client-centered and Housing First methodologies. Polly continues to invest time and energy into both formal and informal learning opportunities recognizing that only new innovations will create new results. She advocates for system change and creative solutions that support poverty reduction and better lives for the vulnerable. 

OMSSA is pleased to welcome Stuart Beumer, Director of Ontario Works with the County of Wellington, as the newest member of OMSSA's Board of Directors. In his current position, Stuart has over 20 years of experience in government and human services, 15 of these years in progressively more senior management roles at the federal and provincial levels. He has been a champion of change and innovation locally, working closely with the province and the local community to innovate service delivery. This has included being pilot locations and early adopters of modernization projects such as the Reloadable Payment Card, Electronic Document Management and MyBenefits 2-way messaging.


OMSSA Thanks Our Outgoing Board Members

OMSSA's Board and staff extend their thanks to outgoing Board Members Luisa Artuso, Elaine Baxter-Trahair, Kevin Dickins, Jonathan Dixon and Grace Mater for their leadership and dedication, as well as all candidates who put their names forward to serve on our Board of Directors.