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Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, currently comprised of:
Adam Jones (Chair), John Johnson (Vice Chair), Tiffany Harding (Co-Treasurer), Patricia Doyle (Co-Treasurer), Maide Yazar, Lauren Bates, Jacqueline Ward, Gilles Fontaine, and Laura Tamblyn Watts.
Adam has been a Registered Nurse since 1997. His nursing experience includes geriatrics, general and forensic psychiatry, and telenursing.
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.
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.
Tiffany Harding, a Financial Planner by profession, has over 20 years of experience helping individuals identify and achieve their financial goals and objectives. Tiffany is passionate about financial literacy, financial empowerment and giving back to the community. Tiffany has experience in strategic planning, governance, advocacy, cultural diversity, risk management, mentoring and leadership.
Patricia Doyle is a results-oriented business development professional with expertise in financial services. Self-motivated, treasury risk-management problem solver. Her passion to communicate objectively and effectively leveraged opportunities to personally advocate for elderly family within private care, hospital care, LHIN Home care and Long-Term Care. Education and action for older persons translates into a community with compassion, care and dignity for seniors.
A lawyer by training, Lauren Bates’s career has centered on public policy and law reform. She has held senior roles at the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Law Commission of Ontario, and Wellesley Institute. She has particular expertise in human rights and equity issues related to aging, disability and family caregiving.
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.
Jacqueline Ward holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, relevant to policy development, social research, change management and analytical research methods. Her passion for working with vulnerable groups to achieve improved outcomes in health, socio-economic status and education is exemplified in community driven work that she has undertaken with mental health associations, corrections, health advisory councils and community health centres. She has demonstrated ability in policy development and strategic planning as a Community Impact Advisor with the United Way and as a member of the Central East Local LHIN Governance Advisory Council, as a Board member. She is experienced in developing innovative solutions, providing recommendations to address policy and operational issues for community agencies as a Grant Reviewer with the Youth Success Strategy Initiative of the UW. Her project management experience was achieved through planning, assessing, developing,implementing and monitoring Committee work plans as a Board Chair to meet recruitment needs. She has worked as a Social Services Caseworker – Toronto Employment and Social Services . She has been working in grants administration over the last six years with the UW. She has extensive experience in collaborating with agencies in the areas of mental health, diversity, youth, employment, advising and consulting on the impact of programs. She is committed to continuous learning and improvement and enjoys the challenge of mastering new fields of knowledge.
Gilles Fontaine was raised in the Niagara Region. He graduated from École Secondaire Confédération in Welland, and he attended the universities Bishop and Brock before obtaining an MBA from Athabasca University.
Throughout his career, he worked closely with many organizations in different capacities, either as a government funder, executive director or consultant. He understands first-hand the challenges of managing a non-profit community organization, and he has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of health, social services, and organizational, economic and community development. He has supported many strategic planning sessions with key players in those sectors.
When he worked in government, he development numerous propositions, and negotiated service agreements with community organizations, municipal and provincial governments, colleges, universities and Councils of First Nations.
As French language services coordinator for the Ministry of Community and Social Services, he advised the minister on a number of files and their implementation. He had the opportunity, on behalf of the ministry, to develop and create the Centre de santé Communautaire de Hamilton-Niagara, a community health and social centre supporting the region. As a consultant, he currently is the Executive Director of the Fédération des aînés et retraités francophones de l’Ontario, a provincial francophone organization representing the Ontario francophones that are 50 years +.
Laura Tamblyn Watts is a lawyer, advocate, researcher and media commentator. Her work focuses on law, aging, abuse, accessibility, law reform, governance and knowledge mobilization. She has previously served as Chief Public Policy Officer at CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons) for the past two years and National Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law. She currently teaches at the University of Toronto, where she is also a Fellow of the Institute for Lifecourse and Aging.
She is a past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Elder Law section, where she sits as a current Executive member. Laura is a Board member of the National Initiative for Care of the Elderly (NICE) network and facilitates the section on Law and Aging issues. She is a Board member of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) and a member of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada’s (IFIC) committee on Seniors and Vulnerable Investors (IFIC). She is one of two Canadian representatives on the North American Securities Administrators Association (NAASA) committee on Vulnerable Investors and a continuing member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Taskforce on Seniors. Laura is also a Board member of PACE Independent Living, a housing and services non-profit which provides attendant care to persons with physical differences. Laura created and oversaw CARP’s research portfolio and is actively involved with a number of National Centres of Excellence and a wide variety of current research initiatives, including the NICE Network, AGE-WELL and the Canadian Fraility Network. She helped to co-found Canada’s second low income seniors’ legal services centre, SeniorsFirst BC, located in Vancouver. She received her undergraduate honours degree in Political Science from Queen’s University and her law degree from the University of Victoria. She was called to the BC Bar in 1999.