Board of Directors
The ONESTEP Board of Directors consists of up to 10 members composed of four (4) Regional Directors, each of whom shall be elected by the voting members of their respective regions, six (6) Directors at Large, each of whom shall be elected by the voting members as a whole. There are Ex-officio Non-voting Directors including the Past President of the Corporation and up to five (5) individuals recruited for thier specific expertise, deemed to be able and willing to contribute to the Vision and Mission of this organization. These individuals are recruited by the elected Board members, at their discretion,
John Griffiths has served the employment sector for more than 20 years. During this period, he has supported people with cognitive disabilities as an employment and job coach, worked with WSIB recipients to develop and implement labour market re-entry plans, facilitated workshops, counselled clients, supervised teams and held managerial positions. Currently John is the Director of Workforce Development, Employment Services and Training with Goodwill Ontario Great Lakes.
As an employment sector expert, John devoted to program development and holds seats on the Steering Committee of the Employment Sector Council London/Middlesex (ESCLM), the Mission Leadership Team of Goodwill Ontario Great Lakes, the Program Advisory Committee of Conestoga College's Career Development Practitioner Program, and the Steering Committee of the Impact of Job Loss on Families Project in London/Middlesex. John is also a founding member of the London chapter of the Ontario Alliance of Career Development Practitioners (OACDP).
With 28 years not-for-profit experience, Christina Barrow is the Director of Employment, Training and Housing Services at the John Howard Society of Durham Region. She has extensive experience working with marginalized adults and youth in the areas of addictions, employment, literacy, housing, counselling, mental health, mediation and conflict resolution.
She has been involved in many regional and community programs, such as the development of an upgrading program that met the unique needs of displaced workers at a local Action Centre, the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences WLES Partnership, ES and LBS Partners Service Planning committees, the Durham Region Rapid Reemployment Team (a group of stakeholders dedicated to ensuring the community develops an action plan and is responsive during mass layoffs in the manufacturing sector of the Region), and the Durham Region Employment Ontario Implementation Committee, which was formed to ensure effective implementation of ES in the Durham Region. Additionally, Christina sits on the board of Rideau Social Enterprises, an organization that provides training and wages for individuals at risk of or involved with the criminal justice system.
Passionate about the career and employment sector, Sue Watts takes pride in being a respected and motivated human service professional. Currently serving as the Director at the Employment and Education Centre (EEC) in Brockville, Sue has 19 years of experience within the employment sector, with over 12 years of managerial experience in the non-profit and private sector. She also possesses a strong acumen for fund raising and has secured over $2.5 million for EEC.
Recognizing the strength and empowerment of a collective voice, Sue has served in a Board of Directors capacities as President, Executive, Chair of Working Groups, Fundraising, Director at Large, and is currently on the National Board for Credit Counselling Canada. She is also actively involved as a member of the Lead Table for the Community Planning Coalition, the Advisory Board for Impact on Poverty on the youth provincial project, the Leeds and Grenville Immigration Partnership. Sue is also co-founder of the Leeds and Grenville Economic Development Partnership.
Central Region Director
Nimo Abdulkadir is currently the Director of Tropicana Employment Centre, a division of Tropicana Community Services. With over 20 years of experience in career and employment services, Nimo has worked with a diverse client population over the years. She has managed a number of school to work transition initiatives, as well as employment programs for at-risk youth, newcomers and internationally trained professions. She has worked in partnership with organizations in addressing the needs of youth in priority neighbourhoods, including pre-apprenticeship training program in collaboration with Centennial College. As the Director of Tropicana Employment Centre, Nimo has successfully managed the implementation of a continuous improvement performance measurement framework. As part of the implementation, Nimo led the development of systems and processes in order to effectively manage and guide service delivery. As a member of the Tropicana Employment Centre advisory and Tropicana Employment Centre pre-apprenticeship committee, Nimo develops strategies to improve and enhance programs. She facilitates visioning and strategic planning sessions with staff and leads development and employee engagement initiatives in her role. She uses a number of assessment tools in her work with individuals and teams, including Personality Dimensions, and CareerCycles Method of Practice.
Nimo has a BA with a Major in Sociology from York University and Certificate in Career Development Practitioner from George Brown College. Nimo has a wealth of knowledge on employment trends and issues affecting at risk youth, she is passionate and committed in making a difference in the lives of the clients we serve.
Northern Region Director
Karol is the Executive Director for the Sault Community Career Centre and has worked for over 17 years in the Employment Assistance Service industry as front line staff and management. Karol values all cultures and the gifts they bring to ther community abd brings a keen perspective from the North. As her agency is also an interim Welcome Centre, a CIC Settlement Agency, Targeted Initiative for Older Workers and an agency working closely with individuals who need a high level of support, she believes the strategies used to integrate all these services could be of value to others. Karol's agency also participates and offers several workshops with their Aboriginal partners. She believes their centre is sought out to partner with and as a trainer because of the diverse culture at the office and openness to work within the traditions of the Aboriginal Community.
Karol thoughtfully reflects on ONESTEP's vision through the following: "Today, I see ONESTEP's vision and values are as my own. There is only time for transparency, integrity, cooperation and feeling a sense of community and that is what I think and feel of the members of ONESTEP. Sharing of training, education, information and support is what I receive from ONESTEP and I hope I can do the same for others.".
Western Region Director
There is currently a call for nominations to fill this position.
Eastern Region Director
Rhonda Beauregard has been working in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years. She has worked extensively in the areas of homelessness, addictions, mental health, and employment. For the majority of her career, Rhonda is well versed in program development and management and has implemented many employment programs including social enterprises and supported employment programs for persons with disabilities. For the past 10 years, she has worked with Pinecrest Queensway Community Health Centre in Ottawa where she is currently the Manager of Employment Services.
Rhonda specializes in systems and process development and improvement strategies and shares her knowledge with the employment community. She participates in a number of city wide coalitions and groups including the Employment Ontario Ottawa Network (EOON), the Partners for Success in Youth Employment, the Health Working Group with Hire Immigrants Ottawa, and chairs the EOON Job Developer Meetings.
Karen Makela is currently the General Manager of Employment Services and Newcomer Services at the YMCA Sudbury. With a Bachelor of Political Science/Public Administration Program from Laurentian University and a Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services from Humber College Karen is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of Municipal Government experience. She has practical knowledge in the field of the public sector, resource, and facility management with emphasis on policy development, economic diversification, revenue generation and long term strategic planning.
Being at the Senior Management level for the last 8 years has given Karen hands-on analytical/problem solving experience in community development facilitation, as well as extensive event planning and logistics management expertise. Her thorough knowledge of employer human resource practices has given her familiarity in staff and volunteer recruitment, training, retention, deployment and recognition.
Through her role on the ONESTEP Board of Directors Karen hopes to provide innovative and forward-thinking community services management that focuses on building healthy communities with strong local economies, quality customer service outcomes and exceptional programming opportunities for ONESTEP members. Additionally through her role Karen plans to ensure that product quality, client service excellence, and corporate integrity are upheld as primary objectives of ONESTEP.
Executive Director, Durham Workforce Authority
Karen Wilson is currently the Executive Director at Employment Planning and Counselling Peterborough. She has over 25 years of experience in the career and employment service field, with expertise in organizational management, human resources, training, community development board governance, finances and policy development. With a history as an instructor/ vocational evaluator, Karen is a skilled facilitator, trainer and public speaker.
Karen’s community development experience includes: Member of Planning Committee, Coordinator of Hiring Committee and Co-Chair of Employment and Training Committee for Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network; Member of Board and community investment panel, Vice-Chair Community Impact Committee and Chair-Facilities for United way of Peterborough and Area; Original member and Co-Chair for Community Employment Resource Partnership (CERP); and Member of Service Planning Working Group for Workforce Development Board – Local Employment Planning Committee (LEPC).
Through her role on the ONESTEP Board of Directors Karen hopes to uphold ONESTEP, its network and Executive Director by contributing toward the overall good of the career training and employment industry. Also by supporting effective training and development for front line workers.
Carol Timlin is the founding Executive Director of Victoria County Career Services in Lindsay. With over 25 years of management experience in the employment sector, Carol has built a dedicated and vibrant employment counselling agency with a strong reputation in the community. An active and lifelong volunteer, she continues to be actively involved in various organizations and fundraising activities in her community.
Mohamed Bhamani is the Executive Director, Global Human and Social Services, and is a Director in KPMG’s Management Consulting practice in Toronto, Ontario. He has a wide range of experiences over a 10 year consulting career in the public sectors in Canada and Australia, with specialization in human and social services, central agencies, municipalities, and National Defence. He has developed professional skills in strategy development, executive facilitation, risk management, operational reviews stakeholder management, financial analysis, program development and evaluation, and business planning. Mohamed has helped Ministries, Departments, and Agencies review their current state and, with clear sightlines on the future, develop outcomes-based solutions. He is a bridge-builder, who understands the need to bring stakeholders and clients together along the journey, while bringing discipline and focus to the team for achieving greater return for constituents on the programs and services they invest in and rely on. In this role as Executive Director of KPMG’s Global Human and Social Services Practice, Mohamed works to support transformations for governments around internationally, through the development of innovative thought leadership and methodologies that puts outcomes first, ensuring the needs of the most vulnerable are front and centre. Mohamed holds a Master of Business Administration degree, is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and is also a Director of the Board at the Canadian Mothercraft Society.
Sherree Mahood has 34 years of public service experience in both the federal and provincial governments. Recently retired from the position of Director, Western Region for the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities, she oversaw the design, development and implementation of the Employment Ontario network. Previous to that Sherree has had successive senior positions in government in the areas of delivery, management, innovation, program design and strategic policy development. Of particular interest to Sherree are governance structures, client-centered service delivery systems and ensuring all Ontarians have access to appropriate services.
A tireless proponent of the benefits of collaboration both within and external to government, Sherree has always been a supporter of ONESTEP and its network. As an ex-officio board member Sherree can assist with the development of strategic input to government and navigating the best ways to make ONESTEP’s voice heard.