Compassionate, dedicated and experienced staff and volunteers are at the heart of the success of ErinoakKids.
Our Board of Directors and Leadership Team provide accountable governance, and skilled and responsive stewardship that is key to the ongoing effectiveness, innovation and success of our organization in its service to the children and families of Peel, Halton and Dufferin County.
Bridget is a results-driven professional with extensive experience in health-care management, and a solid background in business. Regarded for her integrity, vision and consultative-style, she has become a trusted partner in the community-based health-care sector to lead delivery of integrated programming and services to children and youth with disabilities and special needs, with a focus on accountability, organizational performance and change management.
Bridget holds undergraduate degrees in clinical social work and political science, and a Master’s degree in public policy and policy analysis. She was also among the first graduates of the Advanced Health Leadership Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and is a member in good standing of the Canadian Council of Health Leaders (CCHL).
Bridget’s longstanding relationship with ErinoakKids began as a health care consultant in 1996, after achieving successes in the business sector, and while pursuing her master’s degree. She formally joined the organization in 1999, as its inaugural Coordinator of Continuous Quality Improvement, Risk and Utilization Management.
In the years to follow, during a period of rapid organizational growth, Bridget assumed roles of increasing breadth and complexity, working as an integral part of its leadership team to provide vision and organization-wide leadership. Her extensive portfolio included business development, implementation of new programs, development of strategy and the creation of frameworks for change and innovation.
In 2006, Bridget was named Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Pursuant to a national search to replace the incumbent (retiring) Senior Executive, she assumed the position of President and CEO in 2008.
Under Bridget’s stewardship, ErinoakKids has grown to become Ontario’s largest CTC, serving over 17,000 children and families each year, with an operating budget of over $100M. Her advocacy was instrumental to garnering approval for its Redevelopment Project to build three (3) new sites to better meet the needs of children and youth with disabilities, and Bridget and her team have spent the past 5 years bringing these purpose-built facilities to fruition. Concurrently, during these busy years, the organization has deconstructed and reconstructed its service delivery model and management structure to remove barriers, streamline efficiencies and ensure availability of a fully integrated continuum of services to its growing client base.
Bridget is deeply passionate about the organization she leads, and the children and families ErinoakKids is privileged to serve. An active volunteer in her community, she is known as a consensus builder who is committed to enhancing community partnerships and collaborative efforts in the pursuit of best outcomes for current and future generations of children and youth with disabilities and special needs, and their families.
Patty joined the ErinoakKids team in 2018 as Business Operations Manager for the Brampton Regional Respite Centre. She was eager to join ErinoakKids and return to her roots, managing community service operations. In 2020 Patty became Vice President, Clinical Services (Interim).
Patty began her career in social services more than 40 years ago working for Community Living Toronto and Family Services of Peel. In 2005, Patty was hired by the Ministry of Community and Social Services to be a part of the Facilities Initiative Team and repatriated individuals living in government institutions with their communities. Over the years, she held a variety of positions in the Ontario Public Service, including Special Needs Manager, Program Supervisor, and Project Manager.
Patty has a diploma from Humber College in Recreation Leadership. She was inspired to pursue a career in social services after her involvement with the Special Olympics as a student.
Alison joined ErinoakKids in 2018 to provide leadership for the Information Systems portfolio, with responsibility for strategic and operational management of the organization’s information technology. In 2019 she added Corporate Support Services to her portfolio.
Alison has more than 18 years of experience with, and knowledge of, integrated systems, data quality, and health information systems. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has completed courses in LEAN methodology with the Institute for Health Care Improvement. Recognized for her strategic aptitude, passion for excellence and strong team-building skills, Alison seeks to create authentic partnerships to support the delivery of integrated systems in advancing client care at ErinoakKids.
Prior to joining ErinoakKids, Alison worked at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital managing their clinical information systems, where she helped implement a fully electronic patient record
Pauline began her career with ErinoakKids in 2002, as the first Training Specialist in Ontario approved to support the Autism Initiative for Central West Region. Since then, Pauline has taken on a number of progressively senior roles including Education Coordinator and Director, Autism Services.
In July 2013, Pauline was appointed to the newly created role of Vice President, Autism Services. In this role, Pauline oversees all Autism Services streams, and provides leadership to the Central West Regional Autism Services Program in Ontario.
Pauline has strategically led Autism Services to the comprehensive range it is comprised of today. She is a forward thinking collaborator, advancing ErinoakKids partnerships and enhancing services to children exponentially.
Prior to joining ErinoakKids, Pauline worked as a Learning and Development Consultant with the Ministry of Community and Social Services. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Education from University of Toronto. She has also completed a Certificate in Clinical Leadership from Schulich School of Business at York University.
Nicole began her career at ErinoakKids in 2011 as Human Resources Manager, became Director, Human Resources in 2020, and was promoted to Vice President, Human Resources in 2021. Nicole provides strategic direction and leadership to Human Resources, Payroll, Learning and Development, the Longo’s Family Resource Centres, and Health, Safety and Disability Management.
Nicole has more than twenty years of Human Resources experience across the healthcare, not-for-profit, and retail sectors. Prior to joining ErinoakKids, Nicole worked as the Director of Human Resources for the Tim Horton Foundation Camps. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph, a Masters of Education degree from Brock University with a specialization in adult education, and a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation from the Human Resources Professionals Association.
Outside of ErinoakKids, Nicole is an avid distance runner and dedicated to healthy, active living. Nicole has been a yoga and Pilates teacher for many years, and has recently expanded her practice to include mindfulness meditation. The lessons learned from this work have shaped Nicole’s calm and focused leadership style.
Danny Sirmis joined ErinoakKids in January of 2017 to lead the Finance department. He is a seasoned Chartered Accountant who has more than twenty years of experience providing financial and administrative leadership for organizations in both the public and the private sectors.
Prior to joining ErinoakKids, Danny held many senior level positions such as Business Manager & Comptroller, Manager of Operations, Senior Fiscal Policy & Planning Consultant, and Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, Danny was the Director of Finance at Peel Children’s Aid Society.
Danny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commerce from the University of Toronto, and has acquired his professional designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant/Chartered Accountant. He values a strategic and creative approach to financial services through relentless execution of strategy, innovation and continuous improvement of business processes and investing in the development of employees leading to extraordinary results.
Jennifer joined ErinoakKids in 2018 to lead the communications team. She is an award-winning senior communications professional with experience in all facets of external, internal, and digital communication/social media. She has devoted more than half of her 20 year career to providing strategic communications and marketing expertise to health care sector organizations.
Jennifer holds the designation of Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) through the International Association of Business Communicators and is an active member of IABC/Toronto. Her educational achievements include an M.A. in Communication Studies and a B.A. (Honours) in Economics and Communication Studies, both from the University of Windsor, along with a Certificate in Spanish Language and a Certificate in Horticulture Science from Humber College.
Jessica joined ErinoakKids in 2021 as the Director of Finance, managing the finance department’s operations, strategic direction, and continuous improvement efforts. She is passionate about working for an organization that is deeply rooted in the community and has a positive impact on the lives of children and families served.
Prior to joining ErinoakKids, Jessica worked as the Director of Finance at a community-based healthcare agency and has more than 10 years experience in both external and internal audit in the not-for-profit sector. She possesses strong business acumen with experience in leadership, strategic planning, performance measurement, and budgeting.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, where she graduated with honours. She also holds both a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
Karen’s relationship with ErinoakKids began in 2008. For seven years she provided professional leadership and management consulting services to the organization, drawing on 20 years of experience in academic, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. In 2015 she formally joined ErinoakKids as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives focused on supporting the planning and coordination of ErinoakKids’ three new facilities and the transition into our new space. As the Director of Organizational and Leadership Development, Karen’s efforts now focus on initiatives related to leadership development, change management and workplace culture.
Prior to joining ErinoakKids, Karen held a variety of leadership positions, including Executive Director of the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre, Director at Healthtech Consultants, and Director of Organizational Development at Grand River Hospital. In each of these roles Karen has drawn on her experience, skills and numerous qualifications and certifications to assist her colleagues and/or clients in leveraging their strengths in support of achieving their strategic goals and objectives.
Karen is extremely proud to be a member of the ErinoakKids family and to have the honour of working with a compassionate, curious and courageous team of leaders in support of a truly meaningful mandate.
Bridget joined ErinoakKids in 2005 as a Speech Language Pathologist and served in various supervisory roles until becoming Clinical Operations Manager for Autism Services in 2013, Manager of Business Development in 2019, and Director, Autism Services in 2020.
Bridget obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English and later graduated from the University of Buffalo with a Master of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences.
As Clinical Operations Manager for Autism Services, Bridget led the Early Intervention Demonstration at ErinoakKids, along with other projects and initiatives. Bridget also helped develop and launch ErinoakKids fee-for-service Autism Services.
Don joined ErinoakKids in 2004 as Facilities Supervisor and Facilities Manager before becoming Director, Facilities in 2020 to lead the facilities department and manage facility operations.
With more than 25 years of experience in facilities management, Don has provided his expertise to many strategic initiatives at ErinoakKids, most recently overseeing various phases of the construction of ErinoakKids three new buildings. His passion for ErinoakKids’ values is evident to all who encounter him.
Don holds a Maintenance Management designation from the Building Owners and Managers Institute and a Facilities Maintenance Mechanics certification from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Kristi joined the ErinoakKids family in 1996 as a Speech-Language Pathologist and supported the implementation of the Preschool Speech and Language Program. Over the years, Kristi has taken on a number of leadership roles at ErinoakKids and has been at the forefront of collaborative initiatives with school boards, hospitals, and regional providers. In 2020, Kristi was promoted to Director, Clinical Services.
Kristi is a passionate leader who inspires her team as they implement inter-professional, evidence-based services that have meaningful outcomes for the clients and families ErinoakKids serves. Kristi has a Masters degree in Clinical Science, S-LP, from Western University and has been recognized for her award winning, community based, integrated models of care. Her broad knowledge, which spans neonatal follow-up to transition to adult services has made her a valuable contributor to countless initiatives and projects
Kristi is committed to supporting the best possible outcomes for children and youth, and looks forward to continuing her journey in clinical innovation at ErinoakKids.