Catherine Turl – Chair
Catherine Turl joined the FCO Board in 2015, and is the current Chair. She is a retired public health practitioner. Her work included public health policy development, particularly in the areas of community capacity building and homelessness; research on best practices for working with people experiencing homelessness and on models for infirmary care for vulnerable populations; and staff training and development in issues related to homelessness, diversity, and access and equity.
For many years, Catherine also taught in community health nursing and health policy programs, in both undergraduate and graduate levels.
Catherine Adams – Director and Treasurer
Ms. Adams is a retired financial services executive with over thirty years' experience in business strategy, product management, marketing, distribution and finance. Her executive roles have been both domestic and international. Ms. Adams has served on both private sector and community based boards. Currently, in addition to Family Councils of Ontario, Ms. Adams serves on the Board of Directors of the Ombudsmen for Banking Services and Investments where she is also a member of the Governance Committee.
Denise Craine – Director
Denise is the President and Executive Director of Secretariat Central, a not-for-profit association management company. Denise has been working with the Canadian Geriatrics Society, the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry, and the Canadian Coalition of Seniors’ Mental Health for many years. Denise also sits on the Family Council of the Streetsville Care Community where her Mom currently resides.
Nancy Edwards is a Professor Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor in the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa. Nancy has worked in the field of community health in Canada and internationally for over 40 years. Preventing falls among seniors, both in long-term care and community settings, has been an issue of particular interest. Nancy has undertaken many research projects and worked with various clinical and policy-making partners on this topic. She currently serves on several provincial and international health-related boards and advisory committees.
Neil Gross- Director
Neil Gross is a senior capital markets policy consultant. Through his firm Component Strategies, Neil provides guidance on investor protection, financial industry professionalism, client complaint resolution and organizational governance issues.Neil currently serves as Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Investor Advisory Panel. He’s also a director of portfolio management firm R. N. Croft Financial Group Inc. and a member of the independent review committee for Alignvest Capital Management Inc. Previously, Neil enjoyed a 30-year career as a lawyer litigating investor loss claims and regulatory enforcement cases. He then served as executive director of the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights (FAIR Canada) while concurrently appointed to the OSC’s Exempt Market Advisory Committee and Seniors Expert Advisory Committee.
In the volunteer sector, Neil is a director of Family Councils Ontario – a public charity dedicated to supporting family advocacy for residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the province. He also sits on the Vulnerable Investor Task Force convened by the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, and the selection panel for the Portfolio Management Association of Canada annual award of excellence in investment journalism.
David Harvey has worked in the fields of service to the aged and people with disabilities for many years, in government and with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario. He has worked to create opportunities for people to influence how services are delivered and also to help providers learn how to provide quality, person-centred care. Today, David is a free-lance podcaster with a program, Dementia Dialogue that captures the voice of people living with dementia.
Raza Mirza- Director
Raza M. Mirza, PhD, recently completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto's Institute for Life Course & Aging and is currently the Network Manager for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE; www.nicenet.ca), a knowledge transfer network in the field of aging.
Dr. Mirza received his MSc and PhD degrees from the Graduate department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toronto's Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. His areas of research and teaching interest include the socio-behavioral determinants of health in persons aging with a chronic illness, and factors influencing late-life social, mental and physical well-being.
Heather Mountford – Vice Chair
Heather is a Tax and Estate Planner with TD Wealth. In her role, she provides clients with holistic estate and tax planning support. She collaborates with the entire Private Wealth Executive Services team and with external advisors to help the clients, and their families, develop a plan to preserve and transfer their wealth to future generations. Prior to joining TD Wealth, Heather was in private practice at a boutique law firm in downtown Toronto, specializing in estate planning, estate administration and estate litigation. She has experience advising on strategic estate planning, including charitable giving, cross-border planning, family law planning, tax planning, probate planning, and planning for beneficiaries with special needs.
Heather was admitted to the bar in Ontario in 2009, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from York University ,and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School. She has also obtained a Certificate in Elder Law, and am currently progressing towards her Trust and Estate Practitioner designation with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) .In addition to her role with TD Wealth, she volunteers as an executive member of the Ontario Bar Association's Elder Law Section.
Peter Munavish – Director
Peter is Chairperson for the Cooksville Care Centre Family Council. He has held this volunteer position for four years with a focus to ensure family engagement and advocacy maintaining and improving a caring supportive long-term care environment. He brings twenty-five years of experience in the health care field as an RPN on an admission ward in a Psychiatric Hospital then as a Charge Technologist in the Department of Pathology at a large acute care teaching hospital.
Concurrently Peter volunteered at a local Child Care Centre as Treasurer then Chair for the Board of Directors and Building Committee helping to guide this group through financial challenges and planning the new build which was government licenced for 50 children from infant to preschool age. Peter then moved into the business sector working 15 yrs. for a large international IT Services Provider as Quality Systems Coordinator and Internal Auditor maintaining and improving the Quality System in the GTA office to meet the ISO 9001 Certification standard. Now retired, Peter continues to attend classes and seminars to improve his skills.
Sarah Pettersen- Director
Sarah Pettersen is a MEd candidate at the University of Toronto with a Collaborative Specialization in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care across the Life Course. She has served on two Family Councils in Toronto and considers the active engagement and advocacy of family members, friends and caregivers to play an important role in ensuring a positive long term care experience. Sarah’s professional career in the non-profit sector has centred on strategic initiatives and communications.
Kathryn Pilkington - Director
Kathryn Pilkington, a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Brock University and Niagara College, is a lawyer with significant expertise in policy development, government relations and long-term care.
Most recently, as the Director of the Special Projects Branch in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Kathryn and her team led the ministry’s response to the Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes system, which considered the effect of policies, procedures, practices, and accountability and oversight mechanisms.
Prior to this, Kathryn worked closely with long-term care providers as the Director of Professional Services and Health Policy at AdvantAge Ontario, an association representing not for profit providers of long-term care, housing and senior services. Kathryn led the analysis and development of public health policy with a dedicated focus on resident care issues, legislative and regulatory matters, quality and performance, compliance, and risk management.
Kathryn began her career in social services and community based mental health and credits that work for inspiring her desire to be an advocate for seniors’ issues. She has been involved in numerous provincial law reform, policy and seniors’ initiatives and has sat as an expert on several provincial tables, steering committees and advisories to advance the interests of older adults, generally, and long-term care home residents, specifically.
Linda Strome – Director
Linda Strome has been actively involved with Family Councils for over 10 years. She encourages family members to join the Family Council to connect with other family members and persons of importance. She has found that family members appreciate having the opportunity to discuss their feelings with others who are on the same journey. Family Council meetings provide a safe environment to receive and give support to each other