Meet our Board of Directors 2017-2018
Lyn 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 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 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
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Rick 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 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 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 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 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 has been a resident of Barrie since 2002. She joined the New Path Board of Directors in 2014 to bring a service user perspective.
Accessing services at New Path has been a privilege for Tammy and her daughter. They are grateful for the values of inclusiveness, empowerment and a non-judgmental approach in being supported with challenges. The counselling experience has brought them closer together through tough times.
Currently, Tammy’s community involvement in Simcoe County has included volunteerism as a Parent Advocate at the Royal Victoria Hospital, a Board Member of the Huron Highlands Branch of the OASW and The Barrie Music Festival. She has a private practice as a Registered Social Worker which includes work with trauma, grief and critical incident counselling in both her office and organizations.
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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 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.