April 22, 2010
Media Release

York Region appoints Human Services Planning Board of York Region

New planning body poised and ready to help strengthen York Region communities
NEWMARKET - York Regional Council is bringing together leaders and community members from various sectors to collaborate on strategies for improving human services in York Region following today’s appointment of the Human Services Planning Board of York Region (HSPB-YR).
 
“York Region residents use a wide range of human services on a daily basis through all stages of life,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.   “This collaboration of leaders represents a proactive approach to responding to the unique and changing needs of our current and future residents.  The board will also be an influential and united voice for meeting York Region’s human services needs.” 
 
The demand for existing and new human services in York Region continues to grow at unprecedented rates.  Factors include continued population growth, increasing ethno-cultural and socio-economic diversity and demographic shifts such as a rapidly expanding senior’s population.
 
“The HSPB-YR will serve as a force for positive change for human services in York Region,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio, Co-Chair of the Human Services Planning Board.  “This new board will serve to facilitate the formation of strategic partnerships and linkages between human service stakeholders, promoting a more comprehensive and integrated approach to addressing issues and meeting the needs of our residents.”
 
The HSPB-YR is comprised of 24 members that include leaders and decision-makers from the Region’s hospitals, school boards and police department, as well as a cross-section of individuals from other human service organizations and networks, community leaders and senior levels of government.  The inaugural board members will retain their appointment until November 2014, coinciding with the next term of York Regional Council.
 
“Human services are those services that support safe, healthy, accessible and inclusive communities that maintain and promote quality of life,” said Town of Markham Deputy Mayor Jack Heath, Chair of the Region’s Community and Health Services Committee.  “The creation of this board and its action-driven mandate will lead to healthier, stronger and more cohesive neighbourhoods and potentially reduce the need for costly intervention services down the road.”
 
“The HSPB-YR provides a forum for community leaders and organizations to dedicate time to sharing ideas and unique abilities with a focus on improving our communities,” said Director of Education for the York Catholic District School Board Susan LaRosa, Co-Chair of the Human Services Planning Board.  “With board members now in place, we are excited to begin developing action plans and engage the Human Services Sector.”
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 4016 / After-hours Cell: 905 716-9753
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca
 
Attachment:   Media Backgrounder Human Services Planning Board Member Biographies
 
NEWMARKET ??" York Regional Council is pleased to announce the appointment of members to the Human Services Planning Board of York Region (HSPB-YR).  Below are the individual biographies of each of the 24 members:
 
Organization Members:
 
Regional Government Sector:
 
Joyce Frustaglio, Regional Councillor, City of Vaughan and Co-Chair of the Human Services Planning Board of York Region

Councillor Frustaglio, one of the longest serving members of Regional Council has served the people of Vaughan both as Local and Regional Councillor for over 21 years.  She also served the residents of Ward 2 as a School Trustee on the York Catholic District School Board from 1982 to 1985.  For the past 17 years the residents of Vaughan have been well served by Councillor Frustaglio’s motto of always putting “People First”.  In addition to her many responsibilities as a member of numerous committees and boards, Councillor Frustaglio has served as Chair of the York Region Health and Emergency Medical Services Committee for 10 years and played a major role in bringing forward numerous new initiatives and programs. Councillor Frustaglio is currently Vice-Chair of the York Region Transportation Services Committee.
 
An active community volunteer for over 35 years, Councillor Frustaglio has raised millions of dollars for the many charitable organizations she serves including Villa Charities, York Central Hospital, Cancer Society and the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery. She has been recognized and awarded for her commitment, dedication and many contributions to the community, notably by the Ministry of Citizenship and Culture with the honour of the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award in 1999.
 
Bill Fisch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), The Regional Municipality of York
In his fourth term as the Region’s Chairman and CEO, Chairman Fisch is a results-oriented leader with a proven track record of bringing people and organizations together to address important community needs.  A team builder with an in-depth knowledge of a wide variety of services provided by all levels of government, Chairman Fisch is known for his ability to develop partnerships.  His visionary plans in the area of municipal service delivery and his ability to establish clear and concise policies have resulted in the introduction of new, innovative programs for the citizens of York Region.  While increasing service delivery levels, Chairman Fisch continues to enhance the Region’s position as one of the best places in Ontario to live, work and play.
 
Adelina Urbanski, Commissioner of Community and Health Services, The Regional Municipality of York

Adelina Urbanski is Commissioner of Community and Health Services for The Regional Municipality of York.  Adelina’s responsibilities include the administration of Family and Children’s Services, Housing Services and Social Assistance/Ontario Works, Emergency Medical Services, Long Term Care and, in partnership with the Medical Officer of Health, Public Health programs and services.  Prior to joining York Region, Adelina served as Halton Region’s Commissioner of Social and Community Services. In addition to her work, Adelina provides support and consultation to a number of organizations and community partners.

Education Sector:
 
Susan LaRosa, Director of Education, York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) and Co-Chair of the Human Services Planning Board of York Region

Susan LaRosa, Director of Education for the YCDSB is a dedicated leader in Catholic education and the community. Her previous experience includes Superintendent of Education and Human Resources with the Lanark Leeds & Grenville Roman Catholic Separate School Board, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources with the YCDSB and 20 years as a teacher and principal.  Susan serves on many councils and committees including the York Region Character Council, the York Regional Police Appreciation Committee, Director of the Youth Bocce Canada Board, founding member of the Georgina Trades & Training Inc., and is a founding partner of York Catholic/Centro Scuola Canadian Academy in Italy.
 
Susan has been honoured for her commitment to improving education and the community.  Her awards include the "York Region Woman of Distinction Award" in recognition of her leadership in Education Administration; Niagara University's  “Administrator of the Year” Award in recognition of enriching the lives of North American children.  In addition, The Learning Partnership recognized her as the "2009 Champion of Public Education" for her commitment in making the Canadian public education system one of the best in the world.
 
Ken Thurston, Director of Education, York Region District School Board (YRDSB)

Ken brings expertise in education as Director of Education for the YRDSB and past experience serving as Senior Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Education.  Prior to working for the province, Ken held positions as Superintendent for the YRDSB, President of the Ontario Public Supervisory Officials’ Association and Director of Policy and Research with the Ontario Education Improvement Commission.  He has been named a Fellow of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and has received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Ontario Directors of Education and Superintendents
 
Hospital-based Healthcare Sector:
 
David Cox, Director, Human Resources and Occupational Health and Safety, Southlake Regional Health Centre

David Cox was nominated by the three York Region Hospitals: Southlake Regional Health Centre, Markham-Stouffville Hospital and York Central Hospital to represent their shared membership at the Human Services Planning Board table.  In his position at Southlake Regional Health Centre, David has supported a number of key initiatives such as the establishment of a Wellness Committee, a Diversity and Inclusivity Committee and has assisted in revising and creating a number of employee centered policies.  Prior to David’s work at Southlake, he held several other key positions in human resources including tenure as the Director of the Employee Relations Team at the University Health Network (UHN).  He has 11 years experience in healthcare, primarily in senior leadership roles including being the first Director of Human Resources for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in 2004. Throughout his career, a major focus of David’s work has been on improving client support and service. 

Community-based Healthcare Sector:
 
Colleen Zakoor, CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) York Region

As CEO of CMHA York Region, Colleen leads the agency to achieve its goals and objectives dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illnesses.  Prior to joining CMHA York Region, Colleen worked with LOFT Community Services and was responsible for the development and leadership of McEwan House, a psychosocial rehabilitation supportive housing, personal care and community support/outreach program for adults.
 
Isabel Araya, Executive Director, Vaughan Community Health Centre (VCHC)

Isabel has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years. Prior to joining VCHC, Isabel held positions in the field of health care as an Executive Director and a Social Worker.  Currently, she is the Executive Director of VCHC which provides social services and illness prevention programs to the City of Vaughan by helping residents’ access healthcare services and overcome barriers due to culture, language, age and chronic illness.  Priority areas for the VCHC include health needs of persons with mental health and addiction issues as well as local youth and seniors.
 
Non-Profit Community Investment Sector:
 
Daniele Zanotti, CEO, United Way of York Region

For the past three years Daniele has served as CEO of the United Way of York Region.  Committed to building strong partnerships with community leaders, business, labour and government to target critical social issues affecting quality of life, Daniele inspires and drives change by combining creativity, passion and action.  During the last 17 years Daniele has held senior positions with organizations in the charitable sector including the Rexdale Community Health Centre, York Region’s Community and Health Services Department, Family Day Care Services, Villa Charities Foundation and Safe Communities Foundation Canada. 
 
Community Safety Sector:
 
Eric Jolliffe, Deputy Chief of Administration, York Regional Police

Eric brings over 30 years experience serving in a variety of policing functions.  In his current role, Eric is responsible for Information Services, Financial Services, Staff Services, Community Services and the Courts.  He has been recognized by the Governor General for his commitment to this country and honoured for a career of exceptional service within policing in Canada.  Eric is proud of the many partnerships he has developed within the communities of York Region; he is an active member of the community and provides outstanding service to our citizens and community.
 
Children, Youth and Family Services Sector:
 
Sylvia Pivko, Executive Director, Blue Hills Child and Family Centre

As Co-Chair of the York Region Planning Forum for Children, Youth and Families, Sylvia represents the 57 Planning Forum member organizations at the Human Services Planning Board table.  The York Region Planning Forum for Children, Youth and Families creates linkages and opportunities among organizations and other stakeholders to build resiliency within the families and communities of York Region.  Sylvia’s work experience includes children’s mental health, child welfare, young offenders and violence against women.  Sylvia has a strong commitment to children, youth and the need for partnerships, collaboration and integrated planning.
 
Seniors/Healthy Aging Sector:
 
Wyn Chivers, Executive Director, Community Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS)

Through CHATS, Wyn supports the health and well-being of seniors and caregivers in York Region with in-home and community supports, prevention and wellness programs.  Wyn brings extensive experience in the areas of strategic planning, fundraising, organizational and community development.  She has participated in many collaborative initiatives in York Region and was a founding member of the former Human Services Planning Coalition.
 
Training-Education / Labour Market / Business Community Sector:

Tina DiSimone, Dean, Faculty of Applied Arts and Health Sciences, Principal of King Campus, Seneca College

Tina has a proven track record in educational leadership including senior positions with progressive levels of responsibility. During her time in the Ontario College system, Tina has worked in a variety of areas including health sciences, community studies, technology and apprenticeship training.  Tina has also had extensive experience working closely with boards of education, government, and business in the area of program development.
 
Deborah Bonk Greenwood, President and CEO, Vaughan Chamber of Commerce

The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce represents a cross-section of approximately 1000 member companies with over 1300 representatives. Through Deborah’s leadership, the Chamber provides a strong, proactive voice for Vaughan businesses within all levels of government.  Deborah sits on or chairs several committees and has been awarded for her work in both business and the community. She brings a varied and extensive background in personnel and organizational management.
 
Newcomer/Immigrant Support Services Sector:
 
Elizabeth McIsaac, Executive Director, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)

Established in 2003 by the Maytree Foundation, TRIEC has focused on creating and championing solutions to better integrate skilled immigrants in the labour market.  This work has focused particularly on working with employers to address the challenges they face and to build their capacity to include and integrate immigrants in their workplaces.  Elizabeth has also held various positions at the Maytree Foundation, most recently as the Director of Policy.
 
Patricia Cousins, Chief Executive Officer, Social Enterprise for Canada (SEC)

Pat currently serves as the Chairperson for the Welcome Centre Immigrant Services Governance Council. At the Human Services Planning Board table Pat represents the five Welcome Centre Immigrant Services lead organizations including; Social Enterprise for Canada, COSTI Immigrant Services, Catholic Community Services of York Region, Centre for Information and Community Services and Job Skills.  The Welcome Centre is a one-stop multi-stakeholder service hub designed to guide and support immigrants through the complexities of information and resources in York Region.
As CEO of Social Enterprise for Canada, Pat developed, structured and launched SEC, the first blended business and benevolent service organization in Canada.  SEC is committed and focused toward public good and the provision of social services within the context of culture, community and family.  She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Workforce Planning Board.
 
Community and Social Support-Based Services Sector:
 
Kirsten Eastwood, Executive Director, Women’s Centre of York Region

Kirsten has 25 years of consulting, marketing, project management and human resource experience in not-for-profit and private sector organizations.  She specializes in business development for women, curriculum design and delivery, writing and editing for business and researching innovative business policies and practices.  Kirsten has also served on the York Region Small Business Enterprise Centre Advisory Committee for five years.
 

Community Leader Members
 
Housing and Community Planning Sector:
 
Jim Baird, Commissioner of Development Services, Town of Markham

Jim brings 29 years experience in urban planning and municipal administration with the Town of Markham. In his current work as Commissioner of Development Services Jim’s portfolio includes Planning & Urban Design, Engineering, Building Services and Economic Development.  Markham has come to be known as a leading municipality in such areas as new urbanism, environmental protection, heritage preservation, community planning, and the quality of the built environment.
 
Community Development Sector:
 
Bill Hogarth
 
After 16 years in the role of Director of Education for the YRDSB, Bill retired in December 2009.  Bill has dedicated his working life to the teaching profession and is committed to the principal of life long learning.  He has held positions as teacher, principal, university instructor, education administrator, faculty advisor and member of the Senate at York University.  He was the past Co-chair and founding member of the former Human Services Planning Coalition.  Bill is passionate about the importance of community capacity in all facets of social service.
 
Homelessness Sector:
 
Stephen Gaetz, Associate Dean, Research and Field Development, Faculty of Education, York University

Stephen has committed his research to social justice and makes research relevant to policy and program development.  His research interests include homelessness, youth culture, criminal victimization and community development with a focus on economic strategies, health, education and legal and justice issues.  He led Canada’s first national homelessness research conference in 2005 and is the Director of the Canadian Homeless Research Network and the Homeless Hub-a clearing house for homelessness research.
 
Faith and Homelessness Sector:
 
Rehana Sumar, Executive Director (Acting), Mosaic Interfaith Out of the Cold (MIOTC)

MIOTC is a non-profit organization that provides emergency overnight shelter to the homeless throughout southern York Region by providing shelter and meal programs to those in need.  Rehana has an extensive background in social services and development both nationally and internationally.  She has worked overseas in war affected areas with human rights organizations, refugee camps and think-tanks involved in conflict resolution and government negotiations.  Rehana has also volunteered in many capacities in York Region and has served on several boards.
 

Government Advisor and Resource Members (providing advice on funding opportunities and policy developments from the offices and ministries they represent):
 
Sandy McMillan, Service Delivery Manager, Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities
 
Victoria van Hemert , Senior Director, Central Local Health Integration Network
 
Catherine Campbell, Regional Advisor, Ministry of Culture, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion (Sport and Recreation Branch)
 

 

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