FSIO is all about communication and co-ordination among many fragmented ‘players’ in the field of family supports. FSIO provides a ‘voice’ for families and for ourselves.
-FSIO Board Members, reflecting in June 2016



The Board

Board members include frontline practitioners and managers working in programs across the family support sector and the province. Board activities are supported by a number of standing and ad hoc committees, such as the Communications Committee. Descriptions of standing committees are available in our bylaws.

Interested in joining a committee to support the work of FSIO, learn more about the Board, and have your voice heard? Please email admin@fsio.ca or call 416-538-0628, ext. 3, and we will be in touch to discuss your interests, skills, and availability.


2016-2017 Board

Executive Committee

Cindy Smith (Chair)

Ellie Murphy (Secretary)

Catherine Moher (Treasurer)

Regional Directors

Caroline Côté (South East)

Priscilla Dutt (Toronto)

Valerie Kenny (Toronto)

Elizabeth Moffat (Toronto)

Ellie Murphy (Toronto)

Erin O’Dacre (South West)

Nick Petten (Toronto)

Cindy Smith (Central)

Catherine Moher (Toronto)

Chanel Tsang (South Central)


Erin O’Dacre, Durham Farm and Rural Family Resources


Erin is the Executive Director of Durham Farm and Rural Family Resources in Uxbridge, a non-profit organization that delivers OEYC programs in north Durham, as well as an On-Farm childcare service. She began her career in downtown Toronto as an ECE, followed by roles as a Resource Teacher, and Childcare Consultant. Erin has more than 15 years’ experience supporting children and families in their communities and is registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators.


Catherine Moher  B.A.A., E.C.E., Ryerson University; Dip Human Services Management, George Brown College; Certificate in Child Care, Seneca College; Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University


Catherine has been the Manager of the Gerrard Resource Centre since its inception in 1982. Her current activities include the management of the drop-in centre, emergency child care program, child care information and referral services, toy lending library, and the consultation program. Catherine also holds the position of Academic Coordinator for the Family Supports and Community Engagement Course Series in the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

Catherine has been a board member of Family Supports Institute Ontario and of FRP Canada, a national organization supporting family resource programs in Canada. Catherine also participates on many local planning tables to support early childhood systems integration. Catherine has extensive experience in providing workshops and seminars to professionals working in both child care and family support programs.  Her professional interests include the inclusion of children with disabilities and the further growth and expansion of family support programs both provincially and nationally.


Valerie Kenny, Retired from Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board


Valerie is the past co-chair of FSIO and a former Manager of the Parenting and Family Literacy Centres for Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board.


Elizabeth Moffat


Elizabeth (Liz) career spans over 40 years in the fields of education, early learning, primary prevention and intervention, child poverty initiatives, and family support services. As well Liz, worked for the City of Toronto and the Ministries of Community and Social Services (MCSS) and Children and Youth Services (MCYS) for many years and has in-depth knowledge of policy and program development, policy analysis and implementation planning, direct operation and provincial and municipal government decision-making processes.


Caroline Côté, Program Coordinator – Parenting & Family Literacy Centres, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.


Caroline has worked in the Family Support field for over 15 years. She was a program coordinator for an Ontario Early Years Centre within a community health setting in Ottawa for several years. In 2007, Caroline was hired as the program coordinator, responsible for the start up of the PFLC program in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, where she currently works.


Ellie Murphy, Program Coordinator at South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre


Ellie is a Program Coordinator at South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre, where she works directly with families and shares administrative responsibilities with other members of the staff collective. Her work and volunteer experience has been focused on working with families and supporting children with disabilities. Her background is in early childhood studies. Ellie is registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators.

Ellie first joined the FSIO Board in 2014. Since then, she has used her experience in the family supports sector and her previous experience on a board to assist in such activities as planning professional learning activities for family supports professionals.


Chanel Tsang, Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board


Chanel is the Parent Worker at the Parenting and Family Literacy Centre at the Christ the King Catholic Elementary School, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. She works directly with children and their parents and caregivers in the community, partnering with the school and other community organization to connect families to services and support. As a past participant of family support programs, she understands the need and value of these programs and applies this to her work of building community, empowering families, and creating an inclusive and safe space for families to explore and enjoy together.

Chanel completed the Family Supports and Community Engagement Course Series at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University and joined FSIO’s Board of Directors in the fall of 2016.


Priscilla Dutt


Priscilla has a degree in Early Childhood Education with a Minor in Sociology (Ryerson University), a degree in Education Primary/Junior Division (OISE), and a Certificate in Infant Mental Health (York University). She has worked in multi-service community based agencies for over 10 years. Priscilla has developed a strong sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in the early years field.


Cindy Smith, Seneca College


Cindy has worked in the field with children and families for over 20 years in various roles, such as a nursery school teacher, special needs consultant, early literacy specialist and a professor at Ryerson University. Currently she is a professor at Seneca College in both the early childhood education diploma and bachelor of child development degree programs.


Nick Petten, Consultant, Petten Consulting


Nick is a researcher, consultant and evaluator with over 10 years’ experience working with culturally diverse populations in multiple roles and positions. He is primarily concerned with how to meaningfully and ethically involve children and youth in research and program design. Nick has extensive knowledge and demonstrated research ability developed through a masters-level education in early childhood studies. He regularly conducts and advises on program evaluations and research projects focusing on youth engagement, peacebuilding, play-based learning, children’s rights, health equity, and other social justice issues.

He is also dedicated to building the capacity of the organizations he works with through several volunteer and board engagements, including board membership for the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Evaluation Society and the Canadian Student Association for Children’s Rights. Nick has in-depth and front-line experience working with children and adolescents with multiple needs and capabilities through parent education programs, early childhood education centres, youth programs, adolescent treatment centres and many other community programs.



The Board’s work is supported by Executive Assistant Sara Lewicki.

Sara Lewicki, BSW


Sara’s experience in the family supports sector began in 2010 where she worked directly with families at the Gerrard Resource Centre drop-in program. Sara has also assisted in coordinating professional learning activities and events for family supports professionals and students. She is currently Communications Coordinator at the Gerrard Resource Centre, producing monthly e-newsletters for professionals, policymakers, researchers, and students on the topics of family supports and the inclusion of children with disabilities.

Sara has worked with vulnerable populations, specifically in crisis intervention, advocacy, intake and referrals. Sara had also developed and facilitated community-based programs in Toronto and York.

Sara holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) with a minor in psychology and is currently completing her second degree at Ryerson University: Politics and Governance, specializing in Family Supports and Community Practice. She is also completing a certificate in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management.