Leadership Development Program

Designed to strengthen and develop the leadership capacity of people working in child welfare and child and family services, the Leadership Development program fosters learning relationships at the intersection of mentoring and coaching. We are especially committed to supporting and accelerating the rise and success of Indigenous, Black and racialized staff in leadership roles.

Rumina Morris

Rumina Morris is an Anti-racism, Equity and Inclusion expert providing consulting and coaching services to organizations who are committed to affecting change. She has over 15 years of leadership experience managing multi-disciplinary teams within child welfare.

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Rumina Morris

Rumina Morris is an Anti-racism, Equity and Inclusion expert providing consulting and coaching services to organizations who are committed to affecting change. She has over 15 years of leadership experience managing multi-disciplinary teams within child welfare.

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Designed Designed to strengthen and develop the leadership capacity of people working in child welfare and child and family services, the Leadership Development program fosters learning relationships at the intersection of mentoring and coaching. We are especially committed to supporting and accelerating the rise and success of Indigenous, Black and racialized staff in leadership roles.

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Beverly Keeshig-Soonias

Beverly Keeshig-Soonias, L.L.B. M.Sc., is a registered psychologist. She has unique a combination of life experience, theoretical background and personal attributes. She is an Indigenous woman, a member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation.

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George Savoury

George utilizes his knowledge and experience in social work, child welfare and executive leadership to do program and policy reviews as well training in such areas as promoting a respectful workplace and resolving workplace conflict.

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Frank Shannon

Frank Shannon of the Haida Nations, Eagle clan, currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta. He makes his way with his family, annually, to hunt, gather and maintain strong cultural connections in his community, Old Massett, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia.

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Leadership Development

Rumina Morris

Rumina Morris is an Anti-racism, Equity and Inclusion expert providing consulting and coaching services to organizations who are committed to affecting change. She has over 15 years of leadership experience managing multi-disciplinary teams within child welfare.

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Cheyanne Ratnam

Cheyanne Ratnam [She/Her] is passionate about equity and developing inclusive and accessible spaces and processes. She has dedicated much of her time/expertise in child welfare and homelessness. She is the Co-founder/Executive Lead of the Ontario Children's Advancement Coalition (OCAC).

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Kenn Richard

Both sides of Kenn Richard’s family come from the original Métis and Francophone settlements along the Red and the Assiniboine River in Manitoba. He is of the first generation in his family to be raised in an urban environment and graduate from university. He holds a Masters in Social Work, University of Manitoba, and has been practicing social work, principally within Aboriginal child welfare, since the mid-seventies.

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Program

Designed to strengthen and develop the leadership capacity of people working in child welfare and child and family services, the Leadership Development program fosters learning relationships at the intersection of mentoring and coaching. We are especially committed to supporting and accelerating the rise and success of Indigenous, Black and racialized staff in leadership roles. See our experts in residence below. The program is for CWLC members only.

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Richard Cummings

Richard Cummings retired in 2016 as Executive Director of Jewish Family and Child Service(JF&CS) of Greater Toronto, an organization that supports children, families and communities through prevention, counselling, education and advocacy services. JF&CS is designated by the Province as a CAS, providing child welfare service to the Jewish community.

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Altaf Kassam

Altaf is the Director of Information Management and Privacy at the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) of Toronto where he leads the transformation of the organization's data into information and knowledge-based insight. Altaf is responsible for the development and execution of a data analytics & data governance strategy to improve data quality and support evidence-based clinical & operational decision-making.

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Amber Crowe

Amber is a member of the Mississaugas of Rice Lake, Alderville First Nation where she has lived for nearly 30 years. She has been in the position of Executive Director of Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services for the past six and a half years developing the agency's capacity to deliver services for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.

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Dawn Flegel

Dawn Flegel has been the Executive Director of the Sarnia Lambton Children’s Aid Society since 2012. Dawn graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Social Work in 1995 and from the University of Toronto with a Master of Social Work in 1997.

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Aamer Esmail

Aamer Esmail is a seasoned equity, diversity and inclusion professional with 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. Aamer’s experience includes working as National Director, Equity, Diversity and Youth Engagement for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada as well as the lead EDI Consultant for the United Nations Association in Canada.

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Ingrid Palmer

Ingrid Palmer is theDirector of Networks and Relationships at Toronto Neighbourhood Centres,the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinatorat Macaulay Child Development Centres, as well as a Community Consultant and Co Chair of the Accessibility In Action project at the Institute for Research and Inclusion in Society.

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