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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-538-0628, ext. 3, and we will be in touch to discuss your interests, skills, and availability.
Priscilla Dutt (Toronto)
Erin O’Dacre (Central)
Cindy Smith (Central)
Catherine Moher (Toronto)
Chanel Tsang (South Central)
Cecilia Nisell (Toronto)
Barb Brown (Windsor)
Terry Kelly (North York)
Valerie Kenny (Toronto)
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 family support 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 – Manager Gerrard Resource Centre – 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, information and referral services, toy lending library, and the consultation program. Catherine also holds the position of Academic Coordinator for the Course Series in Family Support and Community Engagement at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.
Catherine is a current board member of Family Supports Institute Ontario and a past board member of FRP Canada, an organization supporting family support programs in Ontario and 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 early learning 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.
Chanel Tsang – Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board
Chanel is the Parent Worker at the EarlyON Centre at 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 organizations 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 – Coordinator, Early Childhood Education Programs, Parents for Better Beginnings
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.
Cecilia Nisell, Manager Heart Beatz Family Resource Centre
Cecilia holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Economics (University of Stockholm, Sweden), a Diploma in Food and Nutrition Management (Centennial College) and a Family Supports Certificate (Ryerson University).
Cecilia has been working with diverse families in a variety of community settings for more than 20 years. For the last 14 years, she has been the Family Resource Services Manager at Heart Beatz Family Resource Centre in Scarborough. Cecilia is passionate about her job, serving immigrant families with young children. She is especially sensitive to the families’ needs as she herself came to Canada as a young mother and knows some of the issues they struggle with.
Barb Brown – Executive Director, Connections Early Years Family Centre
Barb Brown has worked in the Family Support Field for over 30 years. Her family support experience began in a parent-child cooperative program. For the past 30 years, Barb has been employed with Connections Early Years Family Centre and has held several positions including Drop-In coordinator, Community Developer, Parent Education Facilitator, Program Manager, and most recently Executive Director. Barb’s Educational background includes a degree in education and a diploma in Early Childhood Education. Barb has previously served on the Council for the College of Early Childhood Educators for seven years and has been a part time instructor in the Early Childhood Education at St. Clair College for 20 years.
Terry Kelly – Seneca College
Terry Kelly works at Senaca Coll
ege, as a Children and Family Yoga Instructor, and as an Early Childhood Education consultant. Here career includes 9 years supporting families as an Early Literacy Specialist and has served 8 years as an FSIO Board Member.
Valerie Kenny – Instructor, Ryerson University
Valerie Kenny came to Family Support first as a participant and went on to work in the field in varying capacities for over 35 years, most recently as Manager of the Parenting and Family Literacy Centres at Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board. She is presently an instructor in the course series in Family Supports and Community Engagement at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. She has a B.A., and Masters in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University.