Samantha (Sam) and is passionate about helping people and groups achieve their goals. In her 13 years with Family Councils Ontario (formerly Family Councils’ Program) she has supported thousands of family members and long-term care home staff improve their work to achieve the best possible outcomes and meaningful impacts. In her role as Executive Director, she focuses on building and maintaining relationships with funders, stakeholders, and interconnected organizations to carry out activities that support FCO's mission & developing strategies that enable the organization to create positive change within the long-term care sector.
Samantha holds an Honours B.A. from York University. A dedicated lifelong learner, she also holds Advanced Client-Directed Case Management and Volunteer Management post-graduate certificates from Humber College, Project Management Certificate from the University of Toronto, a Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development from the Schulich Executive Education Centre, and is currently working on a Voluntary Sector Management Certificate from Ryerson University.
In her spare time, Samantha is an avid athlete, reader, volunteer, and sci-fi fan. Fun fact: she has 3 cats!
Cathleen Edwards is excited to join the Family Councils Ontario team. Her passion to support families and advocate for inclusion draw inspiration from her work as a Recreation Professional in Long-Term Care.
Cathleen holds an Honours Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor and a Master of Arts in Health & Physical Education from Brock University. While at Brock University, she completed the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) and earned her Graduate Teaching Assistant Practicum Certificate from the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Educational Technology. She is an experienced instructor, facilitating courses in Physical Education, Recreation and Gerontology at Brock University, the University of Alberta, Seneca College and Durham College.
Prior to commencing her new role with Family Councils Ontario, Cathleen was the Work package 1 Coordinator for AGEWELL based out of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and a Professor in the Activation Coordination in Gerontology Program at Durham College.
In her spare time she enjoys swimming, singing, playing her Alto Saxophone and keeping up with her active toddler.
Natacha Dupuis is a Registered Social Service Worker and has been involved with older adults in Northern Ontario since 2001. She was heavily involved with falls prevention for 12 years and co-chaired for 6 of those years. She started her career in the retirement home atmosphere and transitioned to not-for-profit work in 2007 as the Northern Ontario Area Manager for Osteoporosis Canada. Natacha knows and understands the North and what each committee has to offer in both official languages. In 2015, Natacha joined the Alzheimer’s Society of Sudbury and Manitoulin Island where she was the First Link coordinator and Family Counsellor where she went through extensive training to understand and help people and families deal with Dementia.
In her spare time she is a hockey mom to her young son and enjoys spending time with her family and aging grandmother.
Client Services & Communications Manager
Tiffany Fearon is passionate about making valuable contributions to the community through knowledge sharing and impactful dialogue on equitable access to supports and resources. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and obtained a Post Graduate Certificate with Honours from Humber College. Her areas of study included Gender Studies, Sociology, Criminology, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Tiffany is the lead of the organization's Conflict Navigation and Diversity Inclusion portfolios and looks forward to connecting with Family Councils and sector partners across the province on these topics. Tiffany is currently working on completing a Public Policy & Administration certificate from the University of Guelph.
Tiffany has one daughter and is an avid dance and soccer mom. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching netflix series, and spending time with family and friends.