New Path Youth and Family Services Board of Directors 2017-18


New Path Board of Directors – October 2016

Lyn McLeod – Chair
np brd lyn 2Lyn is a retired M.P.P. who resides in South Simcoe County.  She served sixteen years as the member of Provincial Parliament for Thunder Bay-Atikokan and was the former leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario.  Since retirement, Lyn has served as the Chair of the Ontario Health Quality Council, Ontario representative to the Health Council of Canada, Chair of the Board of Confederation College in Thunder Bay and Founding Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.  Lyn is currently a member and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Ontario Power Authority.

While Lyn’s experience is certainly on the governance side, she did work briefly as a Psychometrist/Counsellor with children and adolescents, after completing her M.A. in Psychology.  Lyn was also involved in the early development of the Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs.  She also served as a school trustee for sixteen years.

Paul Shervill – Vice Chair

np-board-paul-shervillPaul resides in South Simcoe County.  He brings more than 30 years of energy market experience to his current role as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Rodan Energy Solutions Inc.  In this capacity, he provides senior level guidance on markets, business development and other strategic matters.  His extensive career in the energy sector includes leadership roles in both public and private sectors, in the natural gas and electricity markets, and has exposed him to senior management roles in policy development, strategic marketing, channel management and business development.

Most recently he served as Vice President, Market Development and Vice President, Conservation with the Ontario Power Authority, since merged with the Independent Electricity System Operator.  Prior to that he held senior roles in marketing, business development and channel management at Union Gas Limited.

Paul also had a varied career in the Government of Ontario in the Ministries of Environment, Transportation and Energy, serving as Executive Coordinator and a member of the Ministry of Energy’s executive team in Ontario.

Paul has always been active in the small business community, serving as President of the Chatham and District Chamber of Commerce from 1996 to 1998.  He was selected to the Management Board of the Ontario Centre of Excellence in Energy, served as a member of the inaugural Ontario Smart Grid Forum, and currently represents service providers as a member of the Independent Electricity System Operator’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

Jan Wyrozub – Vice Chair
np Brd - JanJan Wyrozub was born in Barrie and moved to Stratford where she lived until her late 20’s.  Jan and Richard (late husband) moved to the Barrie area,  where she still lives today, with their  two sons, Matt and Adam.

Jan has worked at The Source for many years and had many opportunities to learn. She has  enjoyed each experience.   The bulk of her career at The Source has been in finance, working with Store inventory, fixed assets and month end reporting.  Currently, she is working in Real Estate as Real Estate Administrator for their 547 Retail locations.

Jan  enjoys doing puzzles and is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and assist in any area where she may be needed.  While Jan has no formal volunteer experience, she has organized food drives for the Elizabeth Fry group in Barrie, along with doing clothing drives for the Busby Centre.  She is also involved with the Barrie “Good Food Box” program in promoting and coordinating with the volunteers to provide this opportunity to fellow employees.

Jan is also a blood donor and is currently TRYING to grow her hair to donate for Cancer patients.

Rick McHale – Chair of Audit Committee
np board - rick 2Rick joined the New Path Youth and Family Services Board shortly after retiring in Alliston from Markham, Ontario.  He brings to the Board extensive experience with the United Way of York Region where he volunteered as chair of several Citizen review panels and served on the Board for six years.  He spent over three of those years as chair of the Community Investment Committee whose role was to review and allocate funds to their 40 member agencies.  Prior to that he had served on and chaired the Board of the Markham-Stoufville Family life center.  He retired after working in the technology industry in senior management with IBM, NCR, EDS and TELUS.

Greg Pope – Past Chair
greg-head-shot-2Greg is currently a Financial Planner working in Orangeville.   He was a Branch Manager of RBC in Barrie for 5 years previously when he joined the Boards of both New Path Youth and Family Services and New Path Foundation. He brings to the Board strong leadership and management skills from his experiences working with RBC and IBM over the last 27 years.  He joined both Boards because he has an interest in providing strong support and advocacy for Children’s Mental Health as he has children who have been impacted by different mental health issues. He hopes to bring the unique perspective of a parent dealing with Children’s Mental Health to the Board.   He has been involved in many volunteer initiatives over the years and is proud to have been a contributor to both Boards over the last 5 years.

Dale Boyle – Director
np-board-dale-boyle-2Dale is currently the Community Development Coordinator at the Gilbert Centre in Barrie. In this role, he works with various social services organizations to enhance the level of accessibility and inclusion for LGBTQ individuals and families, mostly through training workshops. This has given Dale the opportunity to work with organizations such as CMHA, YMCA, RVH, Youth Haven, and even New Path.

Previously, Dale was the Youth Programs Coordinator at the AIDS Committee of Simcoe County, where he provided support to LGBTQ youth throughout Simcoe. Additionally, Dale is a graduate from the Business Administration program at Georgian College. While this is Dale’s first formal volunteer experience, he is excited to contribute the best he can for Children’s Mental Health.

Desiree Burke – Director

Desiree Burke is currently Assistant Branch Manager at Royal Bank of Canada in Barrie.  Desiree has resided in Barrie  for the last 9 years and has held several positions within RBC in various towns throughout Simcoe County.  Desiree has a Bachelor of Arts from Laurentian University with a major in Sociology.  This is Desiree’s first posting to a volunteer Board.  She is enthusiastic about the opportunity to learn and utilize her educational background and work experience to help serve her community and make a difference in the area of children and youth mental health.  Desiree recently had her first child and is enjoying her maternity leave with her daughter.

Nickisha Hardware – Director

nickisha-hardwareNickisha is currently a Senior Accounts Payable Associate at the Source in Barrie.  Her prior job experience involves 3 years in retail ,2 years as Office Clerk/Supervisor at Canada’s Wonderland and as a Client Service Associate at State Street Financial Centre.  Nickisha loves to volunteer her time and has received the opportunity as a leader in Kid’s Ministry for children ages 3-10 through teaching Sunday school classes and summer camp for over 7 years.  Nickisha especially loved her experience as a volunteer workforce venue supervisor for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am games stationed at the Toronto International Trap and Skeet club.

Nickisha obtained her Bachelor of Administrative Studies with Specialized Honours in Accounting at York University and is currently working towards her Chartered Professional Accountant designation. She is excited to combine her passion for children and accounting to contribute the best she can to the future of children’s mental health.

Tammy McIntosh – Director

np brd - TammyTammy McIntosh has been a resident of Barrie for 12 years.  She is married with a teenage daughter and step-son.  Tammy has accessed service at New Path with her daughter while living as a single parent, and they contributed toward the Agency video.

Tammy has worked in the Social Services sector for over 20 years, including 10 years of counselling in the mental health field with adults and youth. She values inclusiveness, empowerment and a non-judgmental approach in supporting individuals with their challenges.

Her community involvement in Simcoe County has included volunteerism with the Barrie Kiwanis Club, West Bayfield Elementary School and Sparrow Lake Camp.

Currently, Tammy is contracted by the Children’s Aid Society of Simcoe County to support families and also contributes toward the family General Contracting business. She received her B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and her M.S.W. from the University of Toronto where she was elected as a Graduate Student Governor.  She has joined the New Path Board of Directors to bring a service user perspective, enhanced by her experience of working in the mental health field.

Michael Osborne – Director (on Leave)

Patricia Pommet – Director
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Patricia is our newest Board member and we are very pleased to have a representative from the Francophone community on our Board of Directors.

Patricia comes from France.   She chose to live in Ontario to gain a full understanding of the English North American culture, and she spent her first 10 years has a live in Au-pair, looking after 4 toddlers on a full time basis.  Her strong bilingual skills led her to spend the following several years teaching French language in a classroom setting to teenagers and professional adults.  She then practiced, for 7 years, her travel and tourism consultant training in creating bilingual travel advisories for travel agency customers.

Patricia moved to Simcoe County 17 years ago with her Personal Worker Certification in hand, determined to work with the seniors’ French community.   She rapidly became concerned in preserving the area’s rich culture and history.  Sensitive to cultural differences and people oriented, she acquired, over the years, a strong ability to interact with all types of people and she has gained a strong knowledge of the local French community.  Being an altruist, she is more concerned with contributing to a better world.  Her goal is to be part of building a healthy community and to improve the well-being of its members.

Patricia brings to the Board a proven knowledge in cultural diversity, as a founding Board member of Chigamik Community Health Centre, in Midland, whose primary goal is to serve the needs of our Aboriginal, French and English community members, on an equally shared ground.

Patricia has extensive experience in social service, program and service delivery, customer service, and volunteer management, from her previous career as a Bilingual Program Coordinator with the Canadian Red Cross, leading international humanitarian organization.

Patricia is a dedicated volunteer in her community.  She has volunteered on more than 10 organizations, including musical productions, women’s associations, Big Sisters Big Brothers, Chigamik Community Health Centre, la Clé d’la Baie, Town of Penetanguishene Accessibility Committee, to name a few.

Patricia is a versatile learner, open to change and she is looking forward to this new opportunity to sit on New Path Board of Directors.

Mendy Somers – Director

Mendy PictureMendy is currently a caseworker for the Ontario Works Department in the County of Simcoe.  Prior to this she was with Youth Haven, a local Barrie shelter for teens. She has been involved in social services for over 12 years.  Mendy is originally from Newfoundland.   After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Social and Cultural Studies, and Certificate in Criminology from Memorial University, she decided to move to the County of Simcoe.  She is happily married, with three beautiful children.  This is Mendy’s first position as a volunteer Board member.  She is very excited to contribute to the best of her ability and help make a difference in moving forward on children and youth mental health.  For Mendy, this is the thrilling start of a long journey towards giving back to her community.

New Path Foundation Board of Directors 2017-18

Bill Macdonald – Chair
Bill is a Real Estate Sales Representative with Exit First North Realty in Barrie, serving clients throughout Simcoe County.  He is also President and owner of P G Bell Porcelain Inc. This company provides steel porcelain panels for architectural projects and steel porcelain
signs to clients, both government and private, throughout North America.  During his long business career and before coming to Barrie in 2010, Bill was President of a number of companies in Canada and the United States.  During those years he served as a Director on many corporate, industry and government boards.  Bill strongly believes in giving back to the community, and especially helping those in need. In addition to being a Director on the New Path Foundation Board, he is also a member of the Rotary Club of Barrie.

Paul Pratt – Treasurer
npboard-paulPaul Pratt has been in the Banking business for 30 years, with extensive experience in Commercial Lending. He has held numerous management positions and is recently retired from Scotiabank as a Manager of Commercial Banking. Paul has lived and worked in Barrie since 1996. He is married with two children. In addition to his volunteer work with New Path Foundation, Paul also sits on the Board of Directors of New Path Youth and Family Services and is an active member of the Barrie Rotary Club.

Lori Aylwin LLB – Director
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Lori is a family law lawyer practicing in Barrie as an Associate Lawyer at HGR Graham Partners LLP. Lori has been a respected member on the Personal Rights Panel at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) since 2003, representing both children and minor parents in custody and access matters, child protection proceedings, openness applications and adoptions.

Lori is an active and engaged member of the Barrie community. She has been involved with Girl Guides of Canada as a leader, she has lead parent groups dealing with school board issues and she volunteered with the Out of the Cold Program for many years. Currently, Lori is a member of the Lawyer’s Feed the Hungry Committee for Barrie and she is on the Board of Directors for the New Path Foundation which manages philanthropic investment and mobilizes community support to meet the mental health needs of children, youth and families in Simcoe County.

Lori is actively involved in the Simcoe County Family Law Lawyers Association and she is on the Domestic Violence, Child Protection, Family Law and Mediation Advice Panels for Legal Aid Ontario.

Teresa Snelgrove – Director

Teresa joined the Board as a Liaison between New Path Services and New Path Foundation Board.  She was appointed to New Path Foundation  Board in October 2012.

Teresa Snelgrove is currently President of ProFitHR, an early stage company that sells a suite of screening tools for assessing candidates for professions and professional schools.  She also sits on the Board of ProFitHR.

Teresa previously was a Managing Director for Boyden International in their Toronto office. Prior to joining Boyden, Teresa spent 12 years as a Partner with Snelgrove Associates  where the focus of the practice was management recruiting within the venture capital community and their portfolio companies, primarily in the technology, healthcare, life science and biotechnology sectors. Teresa’s work has been closely associated with entrepreneurial endeavours beginning with the co-founding of Timothy’s Coffees of the World in 1975 a specialty coffee chain now owned by the US firm Green Mountain Coffee, Chapters Bookstore Café and General Wellbeing a small chain of wellness stores in hospitals.

Before co-founding Snelgrove Associates, Teresa spent 10 years teaching at various Ontario Universities including the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario.

Teresa received a B.A. from McGill University, a M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.  In 2000, she also completed a Masters in Education in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto.

James Thomson – President & CEO

James Thomson brings over 25 years of relevant social services experience working with disadvantaged children, youth and families. Most of James’ work-related experience has been in the charitable not-for-profit sector and areas of expertise include program/service development, strategic planning, community development, fundraising and advocacy. He has led many training and development initiatives including organizational management projects. James is an accomplished leader with a passion for making a difference and most recently served as Executive Director of Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka. James shares his busy life in Barrie with his wife Kim and two children Ceilidh and Kieran.

Glen Newby – Ex-Officio (Past President and CEO)

Glen has close to forty years of human service delivery experience in Ontario, Canada, twenty-five of which have been at the executive level. Glen has served on numerous community-based advisory groups and non-profit Boards that include service agencies, community planning organizations, ratepayer groups, and cottage associations. Glen serves on a number of advisory committees related to social entrepreneurship and social investment, and is the thought leader behind a variety of social tourism initiatives. Glen is a founding member of the unique, cross sector Coalition of Children, Youth and Family Services in Simcoe County. He has served as President on the Board of Directors of Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) .

Glen is currently CEO of New Path Youth & Family Services, a multi service children’s mental health centre that serves the central east region of Ontario. Glen also serves as Past President and CEO of New Path Foundation, an organization which develops and manages various investments.  Glen has led the Common Roof™ model development since inception in 1995, and has provided leadership in creating sustainable multi-tenant facilities for non-profit organizations in Ontario and elsewhere.

Glen is a long standing member of both SEAlliance and the NonProfitCenters Network.