Empower Simcoe
2020-2021 Annual Report

Be • Belong • Thrive

(From left to right) President Deborah Wall-Armstrong, Doug Mein, Brian Young, Craig Lilley, Vice President Valerie Scott, CEO Claudine Cousins, Jacob McNamara, Past President Jim McNamara, Annie St. Louis and Roma Czech. (Absent, Treasurer Tim Berry, Carla Kostiak and Miriam Villamil-Pallister)

Vision

We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to live a self-fulfilling life.

Vision

We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to live a self-fulfilling life.

Mission

Empowering people to lead a meaningful and inclusive life.

Mission

Empowering people to lead a meaningful and inclusive life.

Claudine Cousins, CEO

My message to you these past two years has been centered around continuing to evolve, to anticipate and respond to the changes in our community. This has never been more evident than this past year.

The solid foundation of our Vision, Mission and Values continued to guide us as we moved forward through these unprecedented times. As restrictions were implemented, lifted, then re-implemented, we persevered through three waves of the pandemic. Empower Simcoe responded to every challenge so that the people and families we support, and our employees, remained safe and healthy. This was no small feat. It required the dedication, support and teamwork of all our employees and they rose and soared to the challenge.

Claudine Cousins
Jim McNamara

Deborah Wall-Armstrong, President

Hello, I am Deborah Wall-Armstrong, President of the Empower Simcoe Board of Directors. This past year has been a challenging one for everyone, full of uncertainties, and ups and downs. On behalf of my fellow Board members, we offer our profound thanks to CEO Claudine Cousins, the senior leadership team, and all Empower Simcoe employees for their unwavering dedication and commitment to the agency, especially during these trying times.

Empower Simcoe’s priority throughout the pandemic has been first and foremost, the safety, health and emotional well-being of its staff and the people and families it supports. 

Driven

In the year before COVID-19, there were over 58,000 visits to the Empower Simcoe EarlyON Child and Family Centers and satellites. With the reality of limited in-person access to information and programs on child development, learning, parenting, community supports, and referrals to specialty services, EarlyON Child and Family Centre facilitators quickly and creatively pivoted to launch the EarlyON Child and Family Centre YouTube Channel, bringing virtual interactive programming to families in our community.

Six days a week, new videos are posted featuring engaging content like virtual circle time, boredom busters, activity inspirations, family challenges, literacy information, parenting supports, and more. Virtual programming like Getting Ready for Kindergarten is available for school-aged children to prepare little ones and parents for school. Life with Baby and Triple P Parenting are other courses offered via Zoom technology.

It's the same informative, and engaging programming parents, caregivers, and children have come to love from the EarlyON Child and Family Centre. Now, it's delivered in new and innovative ways by Empower Simcoe and its employees to provide parents and caregivers the support needed to ensure their child and family have the necessary resources to raise healthy, thriving, resilient children.

Program Facilitator Judy Hubert edits the latest video for viewing on the EarlyON Child and Family Centre YouTube channel

Since June 2020, EarlyON Child and Family Centre Youtube videos have been viewed over times.

Accountable

Jordan Downing and Kelly Docherty, Empower Simcoe Accommodations Support Worker

Empower Simcoe’s journey of organizational transformation through accreditation is nothing new for its employees, volunteers and the people and families it supports. Empower Simcoe has achieved consecutive terms of Accreditation from The Council on Quality and Leadership since 2007. For over a decade, Empower Simcoe has been using accreditation to identify and celebrate areas of success and address opportunities for improvement.

“The achievement of another four years of Accreditation is a powerful motivator that the work we do, has impact. It shows we really are helping people to Be, Belong and Thrive,” says Empower Simcoe CEO, Claudine Cousins.

When Empower Simcoe first partnered with CQL to pursue accreditation, it undertook a rigorous process to review and improve supports and services. The efforts of Empower Simcoe were focused on empowering the people who receive supports to pursue what really matters in their lives, and achieve their personally-defined outcomes.

CQL Accreditation signifies that Empower Simcoe is committed to the principles of person-centered services, and acknowledges the work is not finished. Empower Simcoe looks forward to this ongoing journey to person-centered excellence to improve the quality of life for people and families receiving services.

Respect

At his Empower Simcoe supported living home, David Carder shows us the pure joy of visiting and sharing a few laughs with his sister and brother-in-law and their dog Chester in British Columbia. Despite geography and the challenges of physical and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, technology, such as email, video conferencing, and social media, has been an essential tool in assisting people in staying connected to other people in their lives.

Respecting these “ties that bind” are links to the greater world that create a blanket of security in the lives of people supported by Empower Simcoe.

Respect is more than the absence of negative comments or actions. It's demonstrating how we interact with people. It means listening and responding to peoples' needs with the same promptness and urgency that anyone would expect, especially in the ever-changing world of COVID-19: supporting people to be safe and still connected to people who are important to them.

At Empower Simcoe, we have listened, understood, and responded respectfully to what people are experiencing in these uncertain times.

Items purchased using Passport funds

  • Laptops 57
  • Android Tablets 53
  • Apple iPads 82
  • Home Phones 8
  • Mobile Phones 19
  • Desktop PCs 3

These numbers do not include items purchased by SIL staff, supervisors or directly by the Family Home program staff

Community

In 2020, Empower Simcoe’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council (EDIAC) was identified as a priority goal in its Strategic Plan: Building the Capacity to Serve. Comprised of employees, community stakeholders, self-advocates and the people and families supported by Empower Simcoe, EDIAC was formed to provide advice, comments and recommendations on issues affecting diversity at Empower Simcoe and to facilitate opportunities to educate and celebrate the different aspects of diverse cultures and traditions.

“The Board of Directors of Empower Simcoe is pleased to see the creation and implementation of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council in support of our efforts to look at how we can expand our capacity to serve in more positive ways,” says Empower Simcoe President Deborah Wall-Armstrong.

Actively working to ensure Empower Simcoe improves its reflection of the cultural diversity of the communities it serves, EDIAC is focusing on all areas of diversity, ensuring Empower Simcoe will be reflective of its communities and vision into the future.

The employees of Empower Simcoe created this flag mosaic representative of our agency’s diverse ancestry and heritage.

Driven

Program Facilitator Judy Hubert edits the latest video for viewing on the EarlyON Child and Family Centre youtube channel

In the year before COVID-19, there were over 58,000 visits to the Empower Simcoe EarlyON Child and Family Centers and satellites. With the reality of limited in-person access to information and programs on child development, learning, parenting, community supports, and referrals to specialty services, EarlyON Child and Family Centre facilitators quickly and creatively pivoted to launch the EarlyON Child and Family Centre YouTube Channel, bringing virtual interactive programming to families in our community.

Accountable

Jordan Downing and Kelly Docherty, Empower Simcoe Accommodations Support Worker

Empower Simcoe’s journey of organizational transformation through accreditation is nothing new for its employees, volunteers and the people and families it supports. Empower Simcoe has achieved consecutive terms of Accreditation from The Council on Quality and Leadership since 2007. For over a decade, Empower Simcoe has been using accreditation to identify and celebrate areas of success and address opportunities for improvement.

Respect

At his Empower Simcoe supported living home, David Carder shows us the pure joy of visiting and sharing a few laughs with his sister and brother-in-law and their dog Chester in British Columbia. Despite geography and the challenges of physical and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, technology, such as email, video conferencing, and social media, has been an essential tool in assisting people in staying connected to other people in their lives.

Community

In 2020, Empower Simcoe’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council (EDIAC) was identified as a priority goal in its Strategic Plan: Building the Capacity to Serve. Comprised of employees, community stakeholders, self-advocates and the people and families supported by Empower Simcoe, EDIAC was formed to provide advice, comments and recommendations on issues affecting diversity at Empower Simcoe and to facilitate opportunities to educate and celebrate the different aspects of diverse cultures and traditions.

Where We're At

As we complete the third year of our strategic plan, we finally began to see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel as restrictions gradually started to lift. While the pandemic obviously had an impact on some areas of our strategic plan, we were still able to move forward and make some significant gains in our three priority areas.

As of the end of March 2021, we have achieved an 80% completion rate on Outcome #1 People Receive Excellent Services. The move to offering some virtual services for members who attend Community Support Services proved to be a success with many participants. We got creative with our EarlyON program and created a YouTube channel to keep children and families engaged. The pre-construction details of the new supported group living home, now known as Lakeshore Ridge, have all been completed and construction is moving forward, with an anticipated opening date of August 2022. The Social Housing Initiatives and Partnerships Committee completed its work to pursue and research social housing initiatives and partnerships.

We are moving well ahead on Outcome #2 People Experience Services as an Extension of Our Community Reach and Connections with an overall 95% completion rate. The tasks around rebranding, new name and tagline is 100% complete. Great work has been done to increase the agency’s social media presence. Much work has also been done to develop a multi-generational focused Communication Plan through the hosting of Town Halls, use of media outlets, and connecting and sharing through targeted newsletters.

The restrictions caused by the pandemic created barriers but also allowed some of the tasks to move forward more quickly, contributing to a 75% overall completion rate for Outcome #3: People Experience Services as a Result of Building Our Capacities to Serve. A scorecard has been created which will provide the Board with a high-level overview of the health of the agency. We have been busy preparing for re-accreditation that is to occur May 2021. With the restrictions on in-person training, we moved to train managers and supervisors to equip them in leading their teams remotely, as well as holding virtual recruitment fairs and interviews. New Scheduling templates were created and trialed and are being evaluated. Ongoing employee engagement activities have been taking place as well as the sharing of employee wellness, and financial planning information and resources.

The Empower Simcoe Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council had their first meeting in January 2021 and have created Terms of Reference and a workplan. We continually get requests from outside organizations interested in learning about our processes and tools and are being recognized as leaders on this front.

We have achieved so much in this turbulent year and I cannot express enough how proud I am of the dedicated employees of Empower Simcoe who rose to the challenges of providing supports and services through an entire year of lock down, physical distancing, PPE and the many other impacts this pandemic threw at us. Thank you for everything you have done to help get through this.

– Claudine Cousins, Empower Simcoe CEO

2020/2021 Update

Core Competencies

% of employees are trained.

Lakeshore Ridge

Work continues on the development of a new supported living home.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council

began meeting early in 2021, drafting their Terms of Reference and creating a workplan.

COVID-19 Response

Continue to pivot to ensure the safety of our employees, people supported and community members.

Direct Community
Participation

CSS trialled new models in the community, pairing people with similar likes and dislikes through a cohort model, peer mentoring.

Scorecard

Created for the Board of Directors to provide a high level overview of the health of the agency.

Surge

New e-learning platform purchased.

Scheduling Templates

New scheduling templates rolled out.

Risks Identification

Impactful Results

Stories of Success

Celebrate with Robert and the simple joy of blowing bubbles

Number of individuals currently receiving support in the Empower Simcoe Family Home Program:

For more information on how to become an Empower Simcoe Family Home provider, contact Supports and Services Manager Michele Kapteyn at mkapteyn@empowersimcoe.ca.

Children & Families

Dreaming Big to His Own Beat

Hip Hop artist Jimmy Saengone has been dropping a beat almost all of his life. Supported by the Empower Simcoe Family Home Program, Jimmy originally began taking music therapy to help with some speech challenges. By the age of 12, he was writing his own songs. Strong friendships made through his musical community in high school further galvanized Jimmy’s passion for creating music.

Inspired by artists like Drake and Eminem, he learned how to rap by spending countless hours researching and emulating his hip hop heroes.

How serious is Jimmy about his musical craft? Thanks to a recent passport funding purchase, Jimmy’s new Rode NT1 Cardioid Condenser microphone is the latest addition to a home studio already equipped with soundproofing acoustic panels that enhance the production environment needed to make these cool sounds possible. Once he records a new track, Jimmy uploads his music on the Distrokid distribution platform to stream his music onto Spotify, iTunes, TikTok, YouTube, and more. By watching what other music producers are posting on social media, Jimmy can stay on top of the latest hip hop trends while producing his own original tracks like Came From Nothing - Give It To Me (have a listen here).

Jimmy’s advice to new artists who want to follow in his footsteps? “Don’t give up too easily. Be resilient and never give up!” Sounds like Jimmy has his next song and album title.

Meaningful Employment

Milestones Go The Extra Mile

There's not much that Daniel Bertrand doesn't love about his job as a Prep-cook and Hobart at Milestones in Barrie. Supported by Empower Simcoe's Employment Support Services Program, Daniel is always eager to learn and embrace new work responsibilities. He enjoys the hustle and bustle of a busy kitchen at the height of lunch and dinner hour. He also takes great pride in knowing countless customers have enjoyed yet another delicious Milestones meal hot off the grill. However, what brings Daniel the most satisfaction at work is being a part of a committed and caring team and the sense of camaraderie that takes place every day on the job. For Daniel's Milestones' colleagues, the feeling is mutual.

"At Milestones, we have a work family, and Daniel is an important part of it. It's been a tough year for everyone, but when I heard Daniel couldn't go home to see his family over the holidays due to COVID-19 restrictions, I knew we had to do something," says Milestones General Manager Sandra Wadsworth.

That "something" came in the form of Milestones' elves delivering gift hampers, Christmas stockings, and treats for not only Daniel but also for his housemates at his supported living home. In addition, a delicious meal with dessert was prepared by the Milestones team for everyone, including Empower Simcoe support staff. Yes, every Milestones employee contributed to a Christmas that Daniel will never forget.

Thank you, Milestones. We're grateful to this exceptional community partner and inclusive employer, and their collaboration with the Empower Simcoe Employment Support Services Program for almost ten years.

This is meaningful employment from a team that cares.

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There were housing calls over the last year to the Empower Simcoe Regional Housing Support Services program.

Empower Simcoe provided case management support to 374 people through Housing Resource Centres, and another 152 people through the Regional Housing First program.

Where We Call Home

A Place of His Own

Meet Leslie and his story of a year of homelessness in our community. Without a roof over his head and a place to call home, soup kitchens and Food Banks provided his only sustenance, while shelter was found at construction sites and park pavilions. When the weather turned nasty, he slept in cardboard recycling containers. While staying at the Guesthouse Shelter, Leslie first connected with the Empower Simcoe Housing Resource Centre. With support from an Empower Simcoe Housing First Case Manager, Leslie began his search and journey to finding affordable and available housing that would meet his needs.

Recently, with ongoing support from his Housing First Case Manager, Leslie finally moved into his apartment. A place that he could call his own. In addition, applications were made to the Housing Retention Fund to assist with rent payments, while the Ontario Electricity Support Program helped with the monthly hydro bill. A budget was created to pay off debts, and optometry and dental appointments were made so Leslie could receive new glasses and dentures.

“Empower Simcoe’s Regional Housing Support Services program has made a big improvement in my life,” says Leslie. “They helped me find my home.”

Empower Simcoe

Foundation

Raising funds to improve the quality of life for people of all abilities and foster an inclusive society.

A special thank you from Ariella and her family for her new Rifton Activity Chair through funding from the Empower Simcoe Foundation

Foundation Board of Trustees

Victoria Ptasiuk,
President

Randy Craig,
Trustee

Karl Cadera,
Trustee

Ron Ptasiuk,
Trustee

Valerie Scott,
Trustee

Sherry Smith-Ross,
Trustee

Mike Taylor,
Trustee

Miriam Villamil-Pallister,
Trustee

Dr. Mitch Whyne,
Trustee

A Donor's Story

My name is Rose Mary. My husband, Tom, and I were connected with Empower Simcoe after our first son was born 8 weeks premature at 3 1/2 lbs. in 1978. Both our first and third sons were born prematurely and diagnosed as having intellectual disabilities prior to starting school. They have both been involved in many of Empower Simcoe’s programs from their early years to adulthood. Our eldest son now lives with his girlfriend in subsidized housing and he is able to access an Empower Simcoe support worker when needed, while our third son is on the waitlist for subsidized housing and currently lives at home.

Our donations to the Empower Simcoe Foundation are dedicated to our second son Todd, who passed away at 6 months old in 1985 from pneumonia caused by the RSV virus. Our granddaughter, whom we adopted when she was 15 months old, also has intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was involved as a baby until she entered school. She enjoyed having the Family Relief funding for the annual Summer Day Camp the last few years. She is eagerly waiting to experience the Empower Simcoe program in a couple of years.

Christopher's Next Steps

Rose Mary and Tom, with their granddaughter

We first knew the agency as BDAPSN, then as Simcoe Community Services, and now as Empower Simcoe. Throughout their history, they have maintained service excellence with their highly dedicated and experienced staff. They have played an integral part in our family’s life over a very long time. Our children have thrived from these interactions, activities, and support.

We have made monthly donations through our bank for years. We also named the Empower Simcoe Foundation in our wills, because we know our children will still be accessing services for years to come, and we also hope to help others. We could never repay the gratitude we have for what Empower Simcoe has done for us, but we have made these gifts so that their services can continue forever.

Even though our second son, Todd passed away before he was able to use any of the supports in place, he is still part of the community agency that would have supported his ongoing development. Because of that, we have added “In memory of Todd” on the plaque we received that is now on the wall in the lobby of Empower Simcoe. We now have our family together through the ongoing spirit that lives in Empower Simcoe.

Sincerely,
Rose Mary, Tom, and our family

Empower Simcoe Foundation

An Enduring Legacy

Ask Ron Ptasiuk what he's most proud of after close to 30 years of dedicated fundraising for the Empower Simcoe Foundation, and his answer is unwavering. "Being able to channel funds wherever I could for needed supports and services is something I'm very proud of," says Ron. "I always put Empower Simcoe's name first and tried to pull as many levers as I could to channel funds to the Foundation."

Over the years, all that channeling and pulling levers from one of our Foundation's most prominent champions and cheerleaders has totaled more than one million dollars, making so many dreams come true for people and families supported by Empower Simcoe.

As Investment and Wealth Advisor of Ptasiuk Private Wealth Management Group, Ron's enduring commitment has ensured the RBC Wealth Management and Dominion Securities name is synonymous as presenting sponsor of Empower Simcoe's Annual Fashion Show and Golf Tournaments. "Helping grow Empower Simcoe's signature events, knowing those funds raised have assisted people and families with respite, summer campership for youth, and the purchase of needed accessibility equipment is something extraordinary," reflects Ron.

As Ron steps away from the Empower Simcoe Foundation Board of Directors, he will continue to remain close to Empower Simcoe. "I had no idea how much my time at Empower Simcoe would give back to me personally," says Ron. "It's just been an honour and a pleasure to have worked over the years alongside Empower Simcoe's employees, volunteers, and the people we support."

The honour has been all ours. Thank you Ron Ptasiuk.

Gift of the Heart Award

For giving selflessly to improve the quality of life for people supported by Empower Simcoe, please join us in congratulating the 2020 Gift of the Heart Award recipients.

Donors & Sponsors

  • A Helping Hand Always Inc.
  • Greg Allen
  • Rita Allen
  • Karen Andrews
  • Arner and Nancy Armstrong
  • Lea Babcock
  • Russell Bailey
  • Jeff Battaglia
  • Colleen Bennett
  • Tim Berry
  • Dave Blow
  • BMO Global Asset Management
  • John and Pam Bobbette
  • Roger Brassard
  • Karl Cadera
  • CanadaHelps COVID-19 Community Care Fund
  • Clare Chabot
  • Peter Chimenti
  • Bonnie Cleverley
  • Doug Cleverley
  • Compu-SOLVE Technologies Inc.
  • Ayn Cooney
  • Brandon and Ashley Cordua
  • Doug Coughlin
  • Claudine Cousins
  • Cowan Insurance Group
  • Dama Construction
  • James S. Deitch
  • Devonleigh Homes
  • Jim Dickie
  • Danielle Doyle
  • Darryl Bossence Chiropractic Professional Corporation
  • Sarah Davis
  • Vanessa Doering
  • David and Julia Elliott
  • Jamie Ellis
  • Richard Ellis
  • Kelly Erb
  • F.K. Morrow Foundation
  • Muriel Flynn
  • Carol Forget
  • Linda Forrest
  • Juliet Fotheringham
  • Beth and Barry Fryer
  • William Gower
  • Mike Greer
  • Guys That Give
  • Tamara Hannon
  • Harold E. Ballard Foundation
  • Ruth Harrington
  • Sandra Hart
  • Charles Hofley
  • William Hood
  • Tamara Hopkins
  • Houston Marine Systems
  • IBEW Local 636
  • Intact Insurance
  • IODE West Gwillimbury Chapter
  • John Jiang
  • Joe's No Frills
  • Just Junk
  • Elizabeth & Brian Keatley
  • Margaret Kerby
  • Kiwanis Club of Barrie
  • Kiwanis Club of Orillia - Community Trust
  • Wendy Lang
  • Robyn Latchman
  • Earl Law
  • Rhonda LeBoeuf
  • Joseph Libralesso
  • Pam Libralesso
  • Lunch Bunch
  • Amanda MacArthur
  • Kathy Malinowski
  • Kim Mantello
  • Samir Maredia
  • Donald Matheson
  • Lorri McCabe
  • Juli McCully
  • Celina McLeod
  • Michael E. Reed Professional Corporation
  • Alvin and Anne Moore
  • Beverly Moore
  • Colette Moores
  • Virginia Morrow
  • R. Jason Murray
  • Maureen Oliver
  • Optimist Club of Barrie
  • Lorne Papernick
  • Evita Pastorska
  • PayPal Giving Fund Canada
  • Don and Judy Peacock
  • Kathy and Rick Pike
  • Diana and Angelo Radica
  • RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities
  • Linda Reid
  • Retired Teachers of Ontario District 17
  • John Ritchie
  • RMF Vending Services Inc.
  • Karlin Roat
  • Brad Robinson
  • Roderick H. Young Architect
  • Sandra Rodrigues
  • Royal Canadian Legion - Barrie Branch 147
  • Royal LePage First Contact Realty
  • Valerie Scott
  • Sheila Skinner
  • Theresa Skinner
  • Sherry Smith
  • Michael Speers
  • Wendy Stephens
  • Victoria Stevenson
  • Surelock Homes
  • Kim Taitt-Meikle
  • Mike Taylor
  • Robert and Johanna Taylor
  • The D.H. Gordon Foundation
  • The McLean Foundation
  • The Outcome Network
  • Lothar and Brigitte Thiemann
  • Julia Thomas
  • Helen Thompson
  • Tom Richardson Electric (Stroud) Ltd.
  • Cathy Torella
  • Turtleback Canada Inc.
  • United Way Simcoe Muskoka
  • Caroline Urbach
  • Ian Urbach
  • Joan Urbach
  • Arnold Veen
  • Victoria Village Manor
  • Peeranut Visetsuth
  • Deborah Wall-Armstrong
  • Wall-Armstrong & Green
  • Cameron Watson
  • Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
  • Ashley White
  • Angie Wilkinson
  • Winmar Barrie and Orillia
  • Cari Whyne
  • Gilda Ann Whyne
  • Mitch and Lilian Whyne
  • Gordon and Barbara Woodrow
  • Marg Woods
  • Yorkton Contracting Ltd.


Champions Club of Recurring Donors

  • Andrea Dickins
  • Empower Simcoe Employees
  • Kelly Houston
  • Daniel and Ann Johnston
  • Rose Mary and Thomas King
  • Chuck and Dorothy McIlravey
  • Ron Ptasiuk
  • Victoria Ptasiuk
  • Gale Reynolds

Milestones

Jerry Johnson Supported Independent Living Worker 35 years
Susan Tamblyn Community Support Worker 35 years
Lyndell Oldfield Accommodations Support Worker 35 years
Stephanie Boyes Accommodations Support Worker 30 years
Donna Penton Quality and Innovation Resource Advisor 30 years
Tania Cole Community Support Worker 30 years
Angela Carter Community Participation Support Worker 30 years
Inka Rossow-Imbeault Community Support Worker 30 years
Debbie Osborn Employment Support and Services Coordinator 30 years
Kim Breske Community Support Worker 25 years
Lynn Stewart Community Support Worker 25 years
Virginia Evers Community Support Worker 25 years
Ken Bannister Community Support Worker 25 years
Tammy Gagne Community Support Worker 20 years
Laurie Straughan Supports and Services Manager 20 years
Terri Rodda Accommodations Support Worker 20 years
Laura Stevens EarlyON Child and Family Centre Program Facilitator 20 years
Tami Holt-Burman Accommodations Support Worker 20 years
Laura Stock Supported Independent Living Worker 20 years
Melissa Ellis Community Support Worker 20 years
Kelly Docherty Accommodations Support Worker 15 years
Amy Angus Accommodations Support Worker 15 years
Kim Marion EarlyON Child and Family Centre Program Facilitator 15 years
Lindsey Clements Accommodations Support Worker 15 years
Debra Vidito Accommodations Support Worker 15 years
Nina Klimov-Horkins Accommodations Support Worker 15 years
Bernadette Kaczmarczyk Accommodations Support Worker 15 years
Angela Thompson Accommodations Support Worker 15 years
Mandy Moniz Community Support Worker 15 years
Barb MacDougall Community Support Worker 15 years
Julie Gillanders Supported Independent Living Worker 15 years
Hannah Mizen Accommodations Support Worker 15 years
Mary Ann Ramos Accommodations Support Worker 15 years
Leah Desormeaux Infant and Child Development Worker 10 years
Tina Billings Accommodations Support Worker 10 years
Michelle Bernier Supported Independent Living Worker 10 years
Dayna Tremblay Accommodations Support Worker 10 years
Mike Nicholson Community Support Worker 10 years
Brent Dinan Accommodations Support Worker 10 years
Erica Makivirta Accommodations Support Worker 10 years
Valerie Taylor Accommodations Support Worker 10 years
Sue Wrigley Supported Independent Support Worker 10 years
Ashley Roe Accommodations Support Worker 10 years
Trish Annis Accommodations Support Worker 10 years
Jessica Miller Accommodations Support Worker 10 years
Lesley Wood Accommodations Support Worker 10 years
Nicole Hamilton-Gough Supported Independent Living Worker 10 years
Carly Fleetham Accommodations Support Worker 10 years
Melanie Linkletter Supported Independent Living Worker 5 years
Paige Johnston Accommodations Support Worker 5 years
Lindsay Anderson Accommodations Support Worker 5 years
Samantha Quartermain Community Support Worker 5 years
Nick McKinnon Accommodations Support Worker 5 years
Shona Martin Scheduling Supervisor 5 years
Caitlin Hunt Accommodations Support Worker 5 years
Michelle Rose Accommodations Support Worker 5 years
Mae Marchand Scheduling Supervisor 5 years
Christina Taibi Accommodations Support Worker 5 years
Alexandra Duncan Accommodations Support Worker 5 years
Shawna Reynolds Accommodations Support Worker 5 years
Cory Pecor Accommodations Support Worker 5 years
Candice Hill Accommodations Support Worker 5 years
Jennifer Currie Accommodations Support Worker 5 years
Amanda Archibald Accommodations Support Worker 5 years
Amber Durocher Accommodations Support Worker 5 years
Abhilash Nair Accommodations Support Worker 5 years

Our Donors

Our thanks to all of our supporters! Your donations and event sponsorship mean the Empower Simcoe Foundation is always able the help the people and families who need it most.

To read about the other impacts we’ve made on our community,
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Legacy Gift

Yvonne young

We remember our former board member, the late Yvonne Young. Her legacy gift will help ensure that Empower Simcoe endures as long as it’s needed. Our deepest gratitude to the family of Yvonne Young.

Naming the Empower Simcoe Foundation in your will is one of many thoughtful legacy gifts you could make. These include gift options that can help reduce your tax burden now. Whatever option you choose, your gift could help Simcoe County residents lead meaningful and inclusive lives for generations to come. Legacy gifts also provide seed funding for innovative housing projects like Lakeshore Ridge. You have the flexibility when planning your estate to ensure your family is taken care of while also supporting the charities that matter to you most. Find out more at empowersimcoe.ca/foundation/legacy-gifts. Or call our Donor Relations Coordinator, Doug Cleverley, at (705) 726-9082 ext. 2285.

Supporting Organizations