Meet Our Board

Join our Board of Directors

Are you looking for an opportunity to use your exceptional skills and leadership to make a difference in the lives of children youth and their families?

If so, New Path Youth & Family Services invites you to apply as a volunteer Director of the Board.

Our volunteer board is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about leadership and governance and wants to contribute to building better futures for children, youth and families in Simcoe County with mental health needs. Last year alone, we saw over 2400 clients access vital mental health services in our community. Board members have an opportunity to be community champions and to make a real difference in lives of children, youth and their families.

New Path’s Vision of Supportive Communities and Better Futures includes everyone. As part of our commitment to inclusivity, diversity, equity and inclusion, our goal is a governance structure that reflects the communities we serve. We invite all qualified applicants to apply including individuals with disabilities, those who identify as Black, Indigenous or Persons of Colour, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, those with lived experience as a family member of a child or youth with mental health concerns.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Community minded individuals from across Simcoe County
  • All knowledge, skill and experience levels are welcomed, respected and valued


  • 5 year term of office
  • Encouraged to participate on one of three committees (Audit and Finance, Board Development, Youth & Family Engagement)
  • Share your leadership, expertise and governance experience at the board level

More Information:

In addition to the standard roles and responsibilities, board and community members are advocates and ambassadors for the organization. Serving on the Board of New Path is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about leadership and governance and wants to contribute to building better futures for children, youth and families in Simcoe County with mental health needs.

Curious and want to learn more?
Please contact Maureen Armstrong, Executive Assistant and Board Liaison, email or 705-733-2654 x2228

About New Path Youth & Family Services
New Path Youth & Family Services of Simcoe County is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization. We are an accredited children’s mental health agency providing a range of innovative and timely services for children, youth and their families. We are the Lead Agency for children’s mental health in Simcoe with the goal of enhancing the experience and outcomes of children, youth and their families seeking assistance with mental health and wellness.

New Path is currently offering call-in, in-person and virtual mental health services for children, youth and their families in Simcoe County. A range of free mental health services are offered by professional counsellors. Families can access a range of free counselling and therapy services by calling or emailing New Path at 705-725-7656,

To learn more about New Path Youth and Family Services, to donate, or get involved please visit, follow us on social media Facebook: New Path Youth & Family Services Twitter: @NewPathYFS or sign up for our quarterly TrailSigns Newsletter

Meet our Board of Directors 2021-2022


Dale Boyle

Board Chair

Dale is currently the Safer Spaces Program Manager 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.

Dale has been on the New Path Board since September 2016 and has held numerous positions including Chair of the Board Development Committee, Vice Chair, and now Board Chair. 

Board Member Desiree

Desiree Burke

Vice-Chair, Board Development Chair

Desiree Burke is currently Branch Manager at Royal Bank of Canada in Wasaga Beach and Stayner. 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 being a working mother.

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Rick McHale
Chair Audit Committee

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.

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Paul Shervill

Past Chair

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.

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Nickisha Alleyne

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.

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Courtney Campbell

Courtney works for the Simcoe County Board of Education as an elementary school teacher. Courtney’s experiences as a teacher have shaped her unique perspective in children’s mental health challenges and needs. Courtney has become passionate in pursuing opportunities to work toward building collaborative relationships within the community to continue to best support the needs of all our children and youth.

Courtney volunteered for Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Centre in Toronto for 3 years. It was here that Courtney developed her passion for giving back to her community and supporting youth in a variety of capacities. While being a part of a governance board will be her first volunteer experience of its kind, she looks forward to contributing to the collaborative table and the betterment of children and youth’s mental health.

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Chrissy Deckers

Chrissy has a background in human services, working with various agencies over the years to support mental health in children and youth.

During her time in the field, Chrissy has furthered her education; she has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Advanced Diploma in Behavioural Science, Master of Arts in Child and Youth Studies, and is currently completing her Doctorate in Social Justice Education.

Chrissy has been employed as a Part-time Professor with both Humber College and Georgian College. Bridging her work in the field of human services to support young adults to reach their academic goals, she has worked as a Learning Strategist Counsellor and as an Advisor with Georgian College.

Residing in Simcoe County with her family, Chrissy is committed to giving back to her community through volunteer work.

Meghan HS

Meghan Gray

Meghan brings with her more than 15 years of experience in mental health, and worked throughout her university career as a respite worker for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Health from Laurentian University/Université Laurentienne. Meghan has been employed in various health settings as a psychometrist for a number of years, including cancer care, private practice, and currently in her role with Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care.

This is Meghan’s first posting to a volunteer board. She is passionate about improving children’s mental health, supporting families, and changing outcomes for communities. She has been pleased to utilize her educational background and professional experience to help serve her community and make a different in the lives of local children and families.
Meghan resides in Simcoe County in Midland, having relocated to the area four years ago from Sudbury. She is committed to improving the lives of those in her new home and continues to give back to her community through varied volunteer opportunities. She is bilingual, and speaks both English and French.

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Tim Gronfors

Tim is a practicing lawyer in Simcoe County with Barriston LLP, where he focuses primarily on family law. Prior to his call to the bar in 2016, Tim attended law school at the University of Kent in England and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in political science at Queen’s University. Through his practice, Tim’s firsthand experience with the consequences of separation and divorce gives him a unique perspective on a common circumstance that accompanies many child and youth related mental health issues.

Born and raised in Barrie, Tim is enthusiastic about expanding his connection to the community through his first volunteer Board position here at New Path Youth and Family Services.

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Laura Kloosterman

We are very pleased to have Laura as a representative from the Law Enforcement community on our Board of Directors.

Laura has been residing in Simcoe County since 1998. She is a full-time police officer with 29 years of exemplary service in a variety of areas including uniform patrol, undercover investigations and a number of special services. She has extensive experience and knowledge of issues faced by members of the community and is a court declared expert in young people. She has a wealth of knowledge in mental health challenges faced by young people, police officers and first responders.

Laura spent 10 years working in the three Orillia high schools as a youth officer helping young adults with various issues including physical and mental health, relationships, counseling, drug and substance abuse, while enforcing the laws and making sure all students experienced a safe learning environment.

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Lori-Ann Seward Director

We are very pleased to have Lori-Ann on our Board of Directors. Lori-Ann is a bilignual Francophone with roots in Northern Ontario. She mas made Barrie her home since 2002. She has a passion for not-for-profits and has been a senior level volunteer at various organizations such as Community Living, Children’s Aid, Barrie Out of the Cold, and various Francophone organizations. Lori-Ann is a Sales Representative with Remax Hallmark Chay in Barrie.