Heather Crawford

Executive Assistant


Heather has run her own consulting business since 1993, providing a range of services that includes contributing to the efficiency of the organization, supporting the governance framework, and implementing decisions made by the Board of Directors and management. Heather draws on her experience from both non-profit and for-profit corporations to increase the productivity and effectiveness of the team.

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Melanie Doucet

Senior Researcher & Project Manager


Dr. Doucet has been working to improve the lives of youth in care for over 15 years. She is a former youth in care, holds a PhD in Social Work, and is a member of the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF).  Her doctoral research, titled Relationships Matter for Youth ‘Aging Out’ of Care, provided a platform for youth from care to develop child welfare research, policy and practice recommendations based on their lived experience expertise. She is the co-founder of the Montreal Youth in Care Alumni Student Association (MYCASA), a peer support group.  She continues to work as part of the provincial and national youth in care advocacy community on child protection policy reform initiatives, and is currently leading the Equitable Transitions to Adulthood and a Just Pandemic Recovery for Youth in Care project alongside the National Council of Youth in Care Advocates.

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Meet The Team

Mary Ballantyne

Interim Executive Director


Mary is not a stranger to CWLC.  She was on the Board for several years and recently conducted national research for the League on youth leaving care and family preservation programs.  Mary retired 2.5 years ago from the position as the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS), a position she held for nine years. Before her work at the Association, Mary was the Executive Director of the Simcoe County Children’s Aid Society and held various other positions in child welfare including secondments with government to improve the child welfare system.  She also spent time working in Delhi India at an NGO for homeless children. She is currently providing consulting services to with the Métis Nation of Ontario assisting them in developing Métis specific child welfare services.

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Camille Breton Skagen

Project Manager


Camille holds a Master in Sociology from the University of British Columbia and has completed a wide array of professional development training, with a focus on effective leadership, conflict resolution and communication. An experienced project manager for a diverse range of startups and community based projects, Camille most recently served as project manager for a large scale clinical checklist initiative. Run in association with the Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect, the project responded to the needs of child welfare-involved families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Camillle is known for her innovative vision, her leadership skills and her facility in building strong working relationships.

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