Steve McIntosh - Chairperson, Southeast Chapter
Nadine Methe - Past Chair, North Chapter
Gilles Goulard - Secretary, North Chapter
LauraLee Edmiston - Treasurer, Central Chapter
Dasha Choitova - Central Chapter
Mansoora Qazi - Central Chapter
Melinda Nethercott - Membership, Southwest Chapter
Lori Hoelscher - Southwest Chapter
Jessica Jantzi - Southwest Chapter
Rachel Hirstwood Judd - Southeast Chapter
Danielle Quenneville - Southeast Chapter
Will Wycherley – Web –Southwest Chapter (Ex-officio)
The Northern Chapter encompasses a large geographical area that runs from the Quebec border to the Manitoba border and, from the Muskoka’s to Hudson’s Bay. Due to our immense area and travel constraints we are limited to a Spring Meeting and then meet again at the Annual APSAO Fall Conference. The Spring Meeting is usually held in Sudbury for those who can attend in person and the rest of our chapter members are teleconferenced. Although APSWs are housed in a variety of agencies [ACLs, Generic Services, Children Services and Mental Health agencies] we all offer the same services.
Le Chapitre du Nord entoure un grand secteur géographique qui court de la frontière Québécoise à l'est, à la frontière de Manitoba et, de Muskoka à la Baie d'Hudson. En raison de notre secteur immense et contraintes de voyage nous sommes limités à une Réunion Printanière et nous rencontrons de nouveau à la Conférence d’Autonne d'APSAO Annuelle. Les réunions sont d’ordinaire tenues a Sudbury pour ceux qui peuvent être présents en personne et le reste de nos membres de chapitre par teleconference. Bien que les Intervenants en Protection des Adults [IPA] soient logés dans une variété d'agences [d'ACLs à générique aux Services d'Enfants et aux agences de Santé mentale] nous offrons tous les mêmes services.
The South East Chapter of Adult Protective Services Association is located from Oshawa in the east, to the Quebec border excluding northern areas. Renfrew and Ottawa fall within our geographic area.
We follow the Goals as set out by APSAO which are mainly:
* to provide a professional support system for APSW’s
* to provide a mechanism for advocacy on behalf of our clients by lobbying on a provincial level and liaising with other committees and associations.
Individually (within our sponsoring) agencies, we provide case management, counseling, and advocacy services for persons with a developmental disability as defined by the Ministry of Community and Social Services Guidelines. There is variation in how service are provided and program title but roles and funding are ultimately determined by MCCSS.
It is often difficult for us to connect but we do so at an annual spring conference event. This is an excellent training opportunity at little or no expense, usually open to members and non-members. We have the capacity to video conference meetings and hope to conduct a few video conference training events in 2013 -2014. Speakers will be available.
Our representatives within the area and attending the Provincial meetings are:
Rachel Hirstwood Judd
We are in need of representatives locally and who are willing to travel to Toronto 3-4 times per year and speak on behalf of the Chapter. If you are interested, please contact APSAO.
The Chapter meets at the Community Living Toronto location at 30 Birch Ave, Toronto several times a year and also host an annual learning opportunity.
Please contact Dasha for further information on the number above.
The South West Chapter of APSAO meets on a quarterly basis. Meetings are held in Woodstock at the Welkin at 912 Dundas Street. Our meetings are intended to provide a forum for networking, discussion, information sharing and planning relating to services for adults with developmental disabilities who are living independently in the community. Designated representatives from the South West Chapter bring the concerns of the Chapter to the Executive of APSAO.
There are regular meetings throughout the year. All APSW's working in the South West Region of Ontario are invited to attend.