- Kelly Simpson, Executive Director
- Jeff Carter, Director of Quality Improvement
- Gordon Saylor, Director of Finance & Administration
- Kathryn Lambert, Director of Clinical Services
- Sherri Simms, Executive Assistant
Board of Directors
Jean-Marc Boisvenue, Board Chair
Jean-Marc Boisvenue of London has more than 30 years of non-profit experience. He began his career working at the Ministry of Community and Social Services before he became Executive Director of the SD&G Developmental Services Centre, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those with developmental and physical challenges in Cornwall and surrounding area. He recently retired from his position as a Planning Officer at the Erie St. Clair/South West French Language Planning Entity. Jean-Marc holds a Social Work Diploma from Algonquin College. He has previously sat on boards for a number of organizations including South West Local Health Integration Network, Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre, Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities, Centre York Centre, Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers, and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.
Loretta Hillier, Co-Vice Chair
Loretta Hillier has been an independent research and evaluation consultant since 1999, specializing in health services research and evaluation, and in particular health services for older adults. She has a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and is a Credentialed Evaluator with the Canadian Evaluation Society. In addition to her independent practice, she provides research and evaluation support to a number of initiatives of the Geriatric Education and Research In Aging Sciences (GERAS) Centre, Centre for Family Medicine, Kitchener, and the Central Regional Geriatric Program, and is the Project Manager for the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy in Long-Term Care. Previously, she provided research and evaluation support to Specialized Geriatric Services, St. Joseph’s Health Care London. Loretta previously sat on the Board of Directors for the London Interfaith Counselling Centre, now known as the Daya Counseling Centre.
Sandra Datars Bere, Co-Vice Chair
Sandra is the Managing Director, Housing, Social Services and Dearness Home, at the City of London. Sandra’s responsibilities include oversight of all social and affordable housing programs, the delivery of social assistance, employment, immigration and poverty related programs and services as well as the oversight of the City’s long term care facility, the Dearness Home. Sandra is one of ten members of the City’s Senior Leadership team, working with the City Manager and elected officials to oversee all municipal service provision throughout the city.
Sandra previously worked at the Province of Ontario as a Regional Director for the Ministries of Community and Social Services, Children and Youth and Municipal Affairs and Housing and also worked with the City of St. Thomas where she oversaw all social service programs. Sandra has extensive experience in strategic social service program development and implementation at both the provincial and municipal levels and is committed to ensuring that necessary supports and services are provided to those in need across all communities.
A double graduate of Western University in London, Sandra holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Honours Psychology and a Master in Public Administration. Sandra is active in her community, serving on Western University’s Senate and its Alumni Association as well as on the Foundation at Huron University College, Western’s founding college. Sandra has been a Board member of Vanier Children’s Services since 2017 and currently serves as the Co-Vice Chair of Vanier’s Board of Directors.
Brendan grew up in Southwestern Ontario and now lives in London with his young family of five. Brendan practices business law as an associate at Siskinds LLP. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Ottawa and a J.D. from Western University. Brendan was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2019. Before attending law school, Brendan supported the reintegration of men on federal parole into the community in his roles as case counsellor and frontline worker in a not-for-profit community-based residential facility. Prior to that, Brendan developed experience as a child and youth worker, providing support to adolescents living in residential programs. He and his wife also spent some time as foster parents in staff-supported home. Brendan is passionate about improving the lives of children in our community, and understands many of the challenges faced by families and children accessing supportive services and by the people providing those services.
Tara Sanders of London has a long history of accessing community resources for her son, so she is very excited to bring a parent’s perspective to the Board at Vanier. She holds a business degree as well as different Insurance designations. She began her career in Personal Insurance, working as a Senior Underwriter and later teaching for the Insurance Institute of Canada. Tara now devotes her time to assisting families advocate for their own children that struggle with mental health.
Paul Levac of London has nearly 30 years of experience in the Education Sector. He presently works as a Planning Officer for the French Language Health Planning Entity Erie St. Clair\Sud-Ouest.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Justice, a diploma in Public Administration including a Teaching Certificate from Laurentian University and a Master’s degree in Arts, Political Science and Judicial Administration from Brock University.
Born and raised in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, he has been living in London since 1991.
Paul has held various positions such as Teacher, Principal and as Superintendent of Education for over 10 years with the Providence Catholic School Board.
Paul brings to the Board his knowledge of the school environment, his understanding of special needs including rehabilitation and mental health and wellness.
Thomas moved to London with his young family in 2014. He practices insurance defence litigation at Foster Townsend LLP. Thomas was called to the Ontario Bar in 2008, after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario, and his LL.B at the University of Windsor. He volunteered with Community Legal Aid and Lawyers Feed the Hungry.
Chris Magowan is originally from Mississauga and now lives in London with his wife and son. Chris has been acutely involved in the education and advocacy of many unique learners for over 15 years. He earned his Bachelor of Education in 2008 from Western University and has a specialization in Special Education. He has worked as the Assistant Director of Kids CAN Charity which advocated for the needs of children on the autism spectrum as well as the Assistant Director or Oakwood Academy in Mississauga, a private school that supported children with developmental exceptionalities, primarily on the autism spectrum. Currently, Chris continues to work with young learners in London, supporting them through his private tutoring practice. He also supports adults and children in the role of a Rehabilitation Therapist / Vocational Counselor at DMA Rehability.
Meredith McEwan is an Executive Assistant at Libro Credit Union, where she has worked since 2015. Her experience here has expanded her desire to help the community and allowed her to develop an understanding of strategic thinking while working closely with Libro’s executive team. Meredith is also a part time student at the University of Western Ontario in their Applied Health Sciences program and hopes to continue her career in the health field. In 2017, she graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Life Sciences, minoring in Psychology. Growing up in Goderich Ontario, she volunteered in multiple capacities in Public Health and from this and other experiences built a passion for mental health awareness and health promotion. Through her continuous learning and leadership aspirations she hopes to create a positive impact on the community she serves.
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