The Steering Committee was created in the spring of 2014 to provide the leadership and cross-representational perspectives to the Program. The Steering Committee works in collaboration with the executive sponsors of the Program and provide support and expertise to project teams. This committee reports to the program sponsors, The Champlain LHIN and The Royal.
The Steering Committee is a champion of quality improvement, efficiency and effectiveness, and collaborative decision making in support of the shared interests of seamless and appropriate service delivery and recovery.
The membership of the Steering Committee reflects the diversity among the Champlain LHIN’s mental health and addiction providers and those with lived experience. Membership includes, but is not limited to representation from:
- Executive sponsors
- Community mental health
- Outside of Ottawa
- Aboriginal communities
- Front line staff
- Family members
- Program director
- Individuals with lived experience
- Addictions programs
- Clinicians in the hospital setting
- Addictions and Mental Health Network
- Clinicians in the community
- Primary care
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
Click individual member profiles below.
Raquel Beauvais-Godard (Co-Chair)
Raquel Beauvais-Godard is the Program Director at the Canadian Mental Health Association – Champlain East. She is a strong advocate of the recovery model, overseeing the mental health, addictions and concurrent disorders supportive services offered by the Branch in the communities of Stormont, Dundas, & Glengarry, Prescott-Russell, and Akwesasne. She is passionate about person-centered services that engage the client in the development of their own recovery plan, as well as working collaboratively with community services to meet the complex socio-ecological needs of the clients and families served in rural areas.
Suzanne Obiorah (Co-Chair)
Suzanne Obiorah is the Director for Primary Care and Regional Programs at Somerset West Community Health Centre. She is a strong advocate for client centered processes and passionate about advancing equitable health services. With a particular focus on client experiences of racialized groups, Suzanne hopes to advance systems that narrow the gaps in health disparities, challenge the status quo of our health care and push for non-traditional approaches in our health care delivery.
Bill Dare is a family member and social worker, working in community mental health with people living with mental illness; interest in how we can bridge Information Communication Technology, recovery & service transition practices. http://socialhealthpracticeottawa.wordpress.com
Catherine Corey is a member of the Constituency Council for CAMH in Toronto. She is the past co-chair of the AMHNC and past chair of the FAC. She has experience in both addictions and mental health. She is very interested in capacity building initiatives and has been a lead in the Rollercoaster to Recovery handbook. She has an excellent grasp of the family challenges within the system and an understanding of the challenges of those with lived experience finding pathways to recovery that meet their goals.
Chris Clapp is the Manager of Community Programs and Partnerships at Seaway Valley Community Health Care. She gets excited about collaborative work among diverse agencies, recognizing the strengths from all partners to provide enhanced care for the community. Rural health care and recognizing the need for supports closest to home is something Chris champions, from an equity lens and including those most marginalized such as those within the LGBTQ+ community. Chris believes strongly that social inclusion, peer support and wellness are also key factors to good mental health for all.
Cynthia Clark (Hons B.A.) is Chair of the Ontario Family Caregivers’ Advisory Network (OFCAN) and founding member of Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario (PLEO). She has over 14 years of experience in the delivery of programs to family members of individuals with serious mental illness and was a valued employee of the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario for 12 years. Over the past 20 years she has sat on many local, provincial and national committees and continues to be an active advocate for quality mental health care.
Deborah Andrews is the Health Services Director for The South East Ottawa Community Health Center. She has worked with a variety of populations including those characterized by mental health and addictions where she brings both lived and professional experience. She has particular expertise in working with vulnerable and marginalized populations. Deborah currently sits on the board of Geriatric Psychiatric Community Services and The Canadian Mental Health Association (Ottawa Chapter). Deborah aims to deliver high quality health services through effective teamwork, partnership, and collaboration focusing on leadership, accountability, mutual respect and compassion.
Dr. Kim Corace
Dr. Kim Corace is a clinical psychologist and Director of Clinical Programming and Research, Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders Program at the Royal. She is passionate about a mental health and addiction system that actively involves and engages individuals and families in their care plan, allows for smooth and seamless transitions between services and agencies, and ensures organizations work together to ensure coordinated, evidenced-based care for all. Much of her work has been in building partnerships, fostering system-wide collaborations, and building capacity within the system to treat concurrent disorders.
Robert Comeau is a Peer Support Worker with the Montfort ACCT and is a Registered Practical Nurse. He is a francophone and very much enjoys working in/with the francophone community. He has seen the system from many sides, as a consumer, as a provider and as a family member. Robert has witnessed the hurdles consumers face but also understands the bureaucratic issues that providers face and the too frequent disconnect between the two sides.
Kevin Barclay (Ex-officio: Champlain LHIN)
Kevin Barclay is a Sub-Region Director with the Champlain LHIN. His portfolios include telemedicine, mental health and addictions. He came to the LHIN following more than two decades of health system planning and development at the local, regional and national level and holds a Master’s degree from Carleton University.
Valerie Albert (Ex-officio: Champlain LHIN)
David Hesidence (Ex-officio: Pathways to Better Care)
Bio located here
Steering Committee Meeting Minutes
Steering Committee Member Profiles
The program team was formed in early 2014 to lead and undertake the work of Pathways. Initial work of the Program team involved developing initial frameworks/approaches for the Program, as well as, establishing the Steering Committee. The team is now focused on: maintaining the program direction; providing and identifying leadership to Pathways projects; and supporting cross-organizational and collaborative quality improvement initiatives. The program team consists of the staff members; steering committee co-chairs as well as the executive sponsors.
Each project Pathways undertakes has a project team associated with it. This team strives for the successful delivery of project outputs as outlined in the project charter. The project team should include front-line clinicians from the operational area(s) impacted by the project. The specialist expertise required for a project may include clinical, operational, financial, technical, communication, environmental, risk, procurement, contractual and legal skills. The mix of skills and experience will vary by project. In addition, the Operational Manager(s) is a key member of the project team.
The composition of the team may change as the project moves through its lifecycle. The assessment and selection of people with the requisite skills for each phase of a project is critical to overall success. The skills should be explicitly identified in the project planning process. The project team is responsible for completing tasks and activities required for delivering project outputs. They may be called on to support the Steering Committee by providing reports or information at the discretion of the Project Manager.