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Meet the team

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Kathryn Rock – Provincial Director

Maybe you are looking into fostering for the first time or maybe you have thought about it for years and are ready to take the plunge – either way, fostering is a very personal decision and one that will change your life forever whenever the time is right for you. You probably have a lot of questions about the process and how it all works. Hopefully we can answer some of them for you here. This will be your journey – an exciting journey and our team will be there to support you every step of the way.

Lori Stanley

Lori Stanley – Operational Director

Welcome! As the Operational Director I am responsible for the day-to-day delivery of service and case management for children, youth and foster families including the implementation of the Team Parenting Model (a Therapeutic Model aimed at supporting children in care).  My goal is to make a difference in the lives of children, youth and foster families by ensuring that Key Assets excels in service delivery.

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Dave Sargeant & Susan Wagner – Fostering Advisors

It’s our job to connect with everyone who inquires about fostering by phone, email or through our website. We will answer all of your questions about fostering and ask you a few questions as well to see if fostering is a good fit for you and your family.

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Jabeen Choudhry – Recruitment Administrator

I’ll be in touch to invite you to our pre-service Journey to Foster training session. It’s my job to send you the date, time and location of the training as well as an application package. If you continue on with your journey to foster, we will work closely together during the assessment process to make sure all of the checks and references are complete and there are no delays in your approval.

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Catherine Paynter – Assessment Coordinator

My job is to make sure you are fully informed about fostering, Key Assets and what you can expect as a carer. One of the ways we do this is through our Journey to Foster training program. Over the course of the weekend, you will get to know us well and what fostering is all about.  I’ll be your guide through the assessment process. Once you have completed your training and you have submitted your application, I’ll assign one of our qualified Independent Fostering Assessors to complete your home study assessment and will oversee the process until you become an approved foster carer.

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Rumina Morris – Foster Care Manager (London)

As Foster Care Manager, I oversee our satellite office in London, Ontario.  Working closely with my colleagues, I help support our staff and carers to provide the best possible care for our children and youth.  My goal is to bring Key Assets’ vision alive by making a positive and lasting difference for children and families.

 

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Melissa Avgerinos, Samantha Campbell, Schindler Dumfeh, Jennifer Glave, Nathalie Goodchild, Sharon Parsaud, Kristin Yeo – Foster Support Workers

One of us will be your main support while you are fostering. If you have any questions or you’re unsure about something, just give us a call. We’ll visit you often and attend meetings with you once you have a foster child in your care. We’ll help you develop your skills through training and support you whenever you need it. Before your first placement, we’ll arrange to meet with you in your home and have you sign your foster care agreement. We’ll also give you lots of reading material so you can gear yourself up for the ins and outs of fostering and prepare for your first placement.

 

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Christine Carr – Training & Foster Care Reviewing Officer

Hello, my name is Christine and I have a number of different responsibilities at Key Assets, mainly in the approval and reviewing process.  We will likely first meet during the initial stage of your fostering journey when you attend the two-day, pre-service training.  I may also be your Assessor if you move forward with the approval process.  Over the years I have been honoured to see so many amazing families open their hearts and their homes to foster children.  Watching the children achieve their potential with the support of their foster families has been energizing and motivates me to do whatever I can to support potential foster carers and encourage them to realize they have what it takes to make a difference.

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Laura Petrenko – Foster Care Reviewing Officer

Each of our foster carers participates in an annual review, where we look at your progress over the past year and create goals for the year to come. This ensures that you receive the specific training and supports you require to care for your foster children and develop as a carer. My role is to oversee the review process, and ensure that your needs as a carer and those of your foster children are well-supported.

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Jennifer Nickel – Recruitment & Placement Manager

We want everyone’s journey, from your initial enquiry about fostering for Key Assets, to approval as a foster parent, to be positive and exciting.  I supervise the Recruitment & Placement team.  The Recruitment team will respond to your very first contact with us, when you are beginning your journey to become a foster parent, and we will stay with you all the way through to our Journey to Foster training, and into the assessment phase.  I will sign you on as a “foster carer” and welcome you to our Key Assets family! Once you are approved, I will ensure that the CAS is aware you are approved to foster, then the Placement Worker and myself will look at referrals and ensure we look for the best placement match for you and your family.  We will be calling before you know it, to place a new young person in your home.  I am always available to answer questions, so whether you are going through your foster home assessment or are an approved foster carer, please feel free to pass by and visit!

Kathy Lowe

Kathy Lowe – Placement Worker

Once you’re approved, I will let the Children’s Aid Societies know you are available to foster and they will contact us to discuss possible children that would be a good match for your family. I know that matching is crucial to a successful placement so I will make sure to find out as much as we need to know about your family as well as the foster child so we know when the fit is right. I will then contact you and we can discuss the details of the child or children that we feel would match your family well. If you agree to a placement, I will let the Children’s Aid worker know and they will make the final decision to place the child in your care. There will be a lot of communication and I will keep you updated every step of the way. Once a placement is confirmed, I will work with the Children’s Aid Society to make the arrangements. You will then become an active foster carer – congratulations! Of course that doesn’t mean your journey ends here – it has only just begun.

Cassi Mancini

Cassi Mancini – Child & Youth Care Manager

It is my job to support the Child and Youth Counsellors and ensure that they are able to provide the best support possible to our young people. In doing so I assist our CYC staff in developing different programming for the young people (individual/group based), creating goals for our young people and overall ensuring that our youth are succeeding in their placements. In addition to this I facilitate our Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training. This is a crisis prevention training that is mandatory for all carers/staff to have. This training will help you deal with the difficult situations that we encounter when working with hard to serve youth. It will help with the things such as how to verbally deescalate physically/verbally aggressive children, how to effectively communicate with an explosive child, how to appropriately consequence and much more. This training will be offered to you within the first few months of your approval and then will be completed on an annual basis thereafter.

Celina Gillis

Celina Gillis – Child & Youth Care Coordinator

My role is to provide direct support to the CYC Manager and the ISA Coordinator, helping oversee day to day tasks to ensure things run smoothly.  This role consists of many different responsibilities, mainly administrative, such as recruitment and training of new Child and Youth Worker relief staff, creating staff schedules and reviewing plan of care reports.  By assisting with these tasks, it opens up time for our Child and Youth Work Team to better support the youth in our care.  You may see me around the office, or I may pop into your home to cover a plan of care or visit a youth! I also work alongside the Child and Youth Work team analysing the needs of the young people in our care to come up with new and innovative programming.  We run life skills groups, social skills groups, drop ins, camp, independence retreats and much more! I am available to answer any questions you may have about the support we offer, programs we run, or how you can get involved!

Gail Bursey

Gail Bursey – Individual Service Agreement Coordinator

I am responsible for the development and implementation of the programming for the ISA homes.  The programs for each ISA home are developed specifically around each child’s needs and are tailored to provide both the foster carer and the child with the supports required to set and achieve measureable goals.

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Samantha Correia, Hayley Dew, Leah Liang, Janice Mcmurray, Brady Morrison, Jenna Nicoloff, Carleigh Orme, Paul Randhawa – Child & Youth Counsellors

Our role is to support the foster child directly. This is done in many different ways. Sometimes we will spend time with them in your home developing a skill or we may take them out to an event in the community. We may even help them find a part-time job or just be a shoulder to cry on when they need it. One thing is for sure – you will see a lot of us!

Jay Kyle

Jay Kyle – Educational Liaison Officer

My role is to help parents navigate their way through the school system. As a retired school Principal with experience in both secondary and elementary systems, I have the experience and connections to assist with school registrations, advise on new student transition plans, attend student Special Education Reviews and meetings, provide advice to carers and students on course selections/college and university pathway programming and work with our CYW team to attend any school case conferences to ensure our students have their needs represented. As well, I can oversee the assignment of tutors for students who may require some additional educational supports.

Elaine Ash

Elaine Ash – Therapist

The children in our care have complex issues that often necessitate our parenting team’s (foster carers, child and youth workers and foster support workers) understanding of the impact of trauma and abuse, separation and loss and multiple moves on the lives, needs and behaviours of these kids.  That’s where I come in.  with over 30 years’ experience in children’s mental health, all members of the parenting team can consult with me about the children in our care, how best to meet their needs and how best to ensure the health and well-being of the foster child, foster carers and their families. I also provide agency wide training on a number of key issues and subjects to enhance the knowledge and experience of each member of the parenting team.

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Vimal Vyas – Financial Controller

My role is to maintain the integrity of our financial processes by ensuring that all transactions are accurately recorded and reported. This enables us to effectively allocate our resources in supporting you, our carers, and the children in your care while meeting our team’s operational needs. I look forward to working with you in the near future!

Dawn Brown

Dawn Brown – Business Support Manager

My role is to help our staff with the day to day operations, finances and organisation of the company.  With my support, the staff is able to stay focused on our youth and carer needs.  I am always available to lend a helping hand and I’m happy to support you any way I can.

Tinda Sendek

Tinda Sendek – Bookkeeper

My role is to support the Business Support Manager in the processing of day-to-day and month-to-month financial transactions.  Together with our Financial Controller, we ensure the most efficient and timely allocation of our resources in a way most benefiting the children in our care.

Lolly Chin

Lolly Chin – Office Administrator/Receptionist

My role is to maintain the switchboard and greet our carers and other guests as the enter the office. I also perform administrative functions for the office and service team. I will help you with any questions or concerns you may have or find the appropriate person that can.

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