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Keystone Child, Youth & Family Services Board of Directors 2016-2017

Catherine Williams, Chair

Catherine WilliamsCatherine Williams lives in Port Elgin. She is a retired communications and health services manager with over 30 years experience in the public and private electricity generation industry.

She is passionate about promoting and supporting mental health services to build better and more hopeful futures for children, youth and families.

Rosanne Gallinger, Vice-Chair

Rosanne GallingerRosanne is a long time resident of Georgian Bluffs.  She is a retired teacher and principal in Bluewater and the former Grey County Board of Education who worked as a teacher in Owen Sound and Georgian Bluffs and an administrator in Thornbury, Chatsworth, Owen Sound, and Meaford.  Rosanne has been the chair of the Ontario School Nutrition Program Grey-Bruce (the former Grey Bruce Eat and Learn) for over 20 years. 

Rosanne is concerned and committed to improving the overall well-being of our children, youth, and families and our community.

Dennis Biesiada, Treasurer

George MackowskiDennis has lived in Georgian Bluffs since 2002. He is a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years experience working in the Finance departments in a variety of small to medium sized hospital corporations. He considers Grey Bruce as the best place he has ever lived and wishes to give back to the community by serving as a Board member of Keystone. Now that he is retired, he enjoys golfing and travelling.

He hopes to help maintain and improve upon the strong financial position of Keystone in order for it to continue to provide the essential services much needed by the families in our community.

George Mackowski, Secretary

George MackowskiGeorge is a long time resident of Owen Sound.  He is a former educator and principal in Grey County public schools.  George has volunteered for Children’s Aid, as well as the Keystone Board of Directors for more than 13 years.

He believes in the importance of contributing his energies and abilities to his community, its families, youth and children.

Nancy Wyonch, Director

Nancy WyonchNancy lives in Saugeen Shores where she practiced law from 1990 to 2004. During her time in practice, Nancy had many dealings with Bruce Grey Children's Services (later to become Keystone) and with Bruce and Grey Children's Aid Society's.

More recently Nancy has been involved with several Organizations including Keystone, Saugeen Shores Police Services Board, and Women's House Serving Bruce and Grey.

Ewan Porter, Director

Ewan Porter Ewan Porter lives in Owen Sound and was a Paediatrician serving the Grey and Bruce Counties for 35 years.  Over the years he worked with many children who had mental health and physical issues. 

For the last five years of his practice he worked intimately with Keystone and with Educators providing a broad based service to children and their families. 

Cathy Thomson, Director

Cathy ThomsonCathy Thomson lives in Kincardine. She is a retired secondary school teacher and principal, with 25 years of experience in education. She comes to the Keystone Board with a strong belief in the importance of strong community children’s mental health services, informed by her 16 years as a secondary administrator.

She taught at Saugeen District Secondary School, and served as principal at Kincardine District SS and Walkerton District SS.

Paul Robinson, Director

Paul Robinson Paul Robinson lives in Hanover. He is a retired elementary school principal and special education teacher with over 32 years in education. He served as a principal in Hepworth, Walkerton and Mildmay.

He continues to consult for administrators in Ontario schools on a part-time basis. 

Brandi Gowan, Director

Brandi Gowan Brandi Gowan lives in Tara, ON with her husband and four children. With a background in Marketing Communications and Public Relations, Brandi uses her experience to advocate for families as a Regional Lead with Parents for Children’s Mental Health.

She also brings family engagement into practice as a Family Engagement Trainer with the Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health.

Joanne Thompson, Director

Joanne Thompson Joanne Thompson lives at Berford Lake with her husband Brian.  They are proud parents of four sons, four daughters-in-law and grandparents of seven.  A retired educator and administrator, Joanne believes strongly in the mission of Keystone Child, Youth and Family Services, “Building Futures Together”.  Throughout her almost forty years in the field of education, she witnessed the need for and the positive impact of the support provided by Keystone. 

Joanne claims that it is an honor to be able to participate as a volunteer with an organization that makes such a difference in the lives of the families in our area. 

Alanna Kade, Director

Alanna Kade

Barbara Dobreen, Director

Barbara Dobreen Barbara Dobreen lives in Holstein, Ontario ... the southern-most gateway to Grey County.  Retired from a career in business administration, Barbara now represents the Township of Southgate on its municipal council. Her role as Councillor has immersed Barbara in her community.  She serves on several committees and Boards, is an adult ally to a Youth Action Committee, and was recently appointed as a champion to support and promote the Southeast Grey Healthy Kids Community Challenge.

Barbara says “I have seen for myself how families and communities working together can achieve great things”, and looks forward to supporting Keystone staff as they support families health and well-being in Grey and Bruce counties.

Nacole Ward, Director

Nacole WardNacole Ward grew up in Grey Bruce area; she is a status member from Scowlitz First Nation from B.C.  She has a background in Psychology with a consideration of Indigenous relations.  

She is working as a Coordinator for Anishanek Child & Youth Prevention Services for Saugeen First Nation.  Her work is directed to the safety and well being of children and families in relation to child welfare and cultural representation.

Nacole brings knowledge of local and well rounded cultural approaches as well as being a sound voice and advocate on behalf of Indigenous relations.

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