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Elder Abuse Ontario, is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, currently comprised of:
Geoff Quirt (Chair), Rosanna Thoms (Vice Chair), Helen Leung (Treasurer), Vince Dumond, Adam Jones, John Johnson and Maide Yazar.
Geoff retired to Peterborough after a 32 year career with the Ontario Public Service. On his retirement, he received the Province’s Amethyst Award for his work in building productive community partnerships.
As Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat, Geoff had the privilege of working closely with Ontario’s major seniors’ organizations.
As head of the Ministry of Health’s Long Term Care Division, he oversaw the major reform and expansion of the province’s community and facility based Long Term Care services. Geoff and his staff were responsible for the development of Ontario’s Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and related Dementias, and Ontario’s Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse.
Currently, Geoff serves on the Boards of Community Care Peterborough and Kingston General Hospital. He also volunteers as an advisor to various not-for-profit community agencies.
Rosanna has spent over 20 years as Executive Director with Information Niagara. She has extensive experience in the not for profit sector with well-developed expertise in strategic planning, financial management and team building. Rosanna is a certified Standards Program Coach with Imagine Canada. She has a strong commitment to the community and volunteer sector and has been President of many community boards, including ECE Development Centre, Fort Erie Refugee Reception Centre, InformCanada, etc.. She believes in the mission of EAO to create an Ontario free from abuse for all seniors and welcomes the opportunity to lend her leadership and skills to this worthwhile mission.
Helen, has a Master of Social Work and has been the Chief Executive Officer of Carefirst’s group of organizations since 1994. Carefirst provides comprehensive community-based support services, primary health care and health education programs to the fast growing aging population in the Greater Toronto Area and York region.
Vince has been actively aware of hidden injustices in our communities, through his work as a Justice of the Peace, founder of the Youth Justice Program for alternative justice programs and as a high school and elementary school principal in northern Canada and northern Ontario.
Vince’s past and current connections to other seniors serving community organizations include establishing seniors’ committees in order to fundraise for accessibility for those who find architectural barriers. Past involvement included consultation with elders groups on First Nation communities in order to establish school policies and guidance for school administration.
John is a Partner at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP. His areas of professional practice as an Ontario lawyer include Wills and Estates Law, Elder Law, Family Law and Litigation.
John has vast experience regarding the Ontario legal system and hands-on experience regarding the impact of legal matters on family issues. He is currently the head of the practice group for Wills and Estates with Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP. John is a Graduate from the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law and he is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
He has worked in several roles during his 14 years with Sykes Assistance Services’ Telehealth division, including front line Telehealth Ontario nurse, nursing management, workforce management in addition to his current roles of director, client relations and privacy officer. He has also launched several virtual health care programs on behalf of the Ontario government.
Having worked in several areas of the province as a health care provider and family caregiver has reinforced Adam’s belief in the need for advocacy and support in addressing abuse of seniors in this province.
Maide is best known as a strategist in the areas of Strategic Facilitation and Strategy Formulation, Change Management, Governance, Accountability and Communication/Stakeholder Engagement, successfully developing projects in the business context within which the organization(s) is / are operating.
Maide is passionately committed a respectful and inclusive response to the needs of our aging population in Ontario, believing that how our society treats its elderly should be a benchmark of social justice. She lives in Toronto and has travelled widely in Ontario, making her familiar with its diverse geography, people and seniors services delivery environments.