Patti Moore Human Services Integration Award

Recognizing an OMSSA member or delegate who has displayed extraordinary leadership and made an exceptional contribution to human services.

2019 Recipient:

Keith Palmer
Former Director of Community Services
County of Dufferin

Keith's involvement in human services spans over two decades, beginning in The Region of York in 1991 where Keith began his career as a Social Assistance Case Worker, as well as an OW OMSSA Trainer back in 2004. Keith served as the Director of Community Services in Dufferin County, and managed a portfolio consisting of Ontario Works, Children Services, Emergency Management, Social Housing and Homelessness. 

Along with Keith's former responsibilities as the Director of Community Services, Keith joined the OMSSA Board in 2011 and has played a number of roles on its executive committee, including President. Keith's ongoing involvement with OMSSA spans over 20 years, ranging from piloting diversity training in the late 1990s and supporting OMSSA with provincial ACMDP training in the early 2000s to representation on numerous network and committees.

Selection Process

The recipient of this annual award is nominated by OMSSA's Awards and Nomination Committee and selected by OMSSA's Board of Directors.


Recipients are honoured each year at OMSSA's Annual Leadership Symposium.

Past Recipients

2018: Linda Mitchelson, Former Division Manager, Social Services, City of Peterborough 

2017: David Landers, Former CAO, Cochrane DSSAB

2016: Joe-Anne Priel, General Manager, City of Hamilton

2014: Nancy Dickieson, Director, Children's Services, Region of Waterloo

2013: Heather MacVicar, General Manager, Toronto Employment and Social Services, City of Toronto

2012: David Court, Former CAO, Algoma District Social Services Administration Board

2011: Patti Moore, General Manager, Health and Social Services, County of Norfolk