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Meet our Board of Directors 2022-2023

Dana Petko – Chair

Dana’s connection with Pathways goes back 40 years to when her sister first started utilizing their services. Since then, Dana has worked with Pathways professionally in various ways as both an Early Childhood Educator and a Professor in the ECE Program at Lambton College. She has also had experience with Pathways as a parent who has utilized their services for her own children. Volunteering as a member of the Board of Directors is her way of supporting an organization she holds in very high esteem.

Dana Petko

Alison Mahon – Vice Chair

More about Alison coming soon!

Gord Currie – Treasurer

Gord has an extensive background in corporate leadership and in the functional areas of finance and accounting. He has over 35 years of industry experience across multiple industries including building and industrial products (EMCO Limited), technology-semiconductor (Gennum Corporation), automotive parts (Wescast Inc.), and petrochemicals (NOVA/Polysar). Since 2000, Gord has held the role of CFO at EMCO, Gennum and Wescast. Since his retirement from full-time CFO work in 2010, he has held roles as a member of the Loan Committee of the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII), and as the independent director of 1056782 Ontario Limited (holding company for Lakeside Process Controls, Arctic Combustion and the Valve Automation Centre). Gord was founder of Participation House Sarnia Region, a charity which developed housing alternatives and paratransit support for physically disabled adults in Lambton County in the 1980s and which are still operating today. Gord received his Masters Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto in 1976 and is also a professional accountant (CPA, CGA).

Gordon Currie

Emma Nicholson – Secretary

Emma is the City Solicitor for the City of Sarnia. She grew up in Sarnia and obtained her Bachelor of Science from Western University and Bachelor of Law from the University of Leicester. She brings experience serving on various local boards including the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre and the Lambton Law Association. Emma met her husband while studying in the United Kingdom, and they both now reside in Sarnia with their son. Emma’s positive experience as a Pathways parent inspired her to join the Board of Directors.

Warren Kennedy – Past Chair

Warren worked for the Lambton Kent District School Board as teacher, secondary administrator and supervisory officer.  After thirty years with the Lambton Kent District School Board, he moved to Windsor to become the Director of Education for the Greater Essex County District School Board. Warren retired as the Executive Director for the Ontario Public Supervisory Officers’ Association and he plans to travel and spend more time with his family.

Derek Stenton

Derek Stenton has lived and worked in Lambton County for 15 years.  For the last decade, he has been an Administrator at Secondary Schools throughout the county, most recently as the Principal of Great Lakes Secondary School in Sarnia.  He is passionate about helping young people succeed in their educational goals, and has seen the impact that the support of Pathways Health Centre for Children can have.  He lives in Petrolia with his wife and two children, one of whom has benefitted from the expertise and care of the Pathways staff.

Ellie Carson

Ellie has lived in Sarnia for over 10 years now but has loved the sandy beaches, family friendly parks, and bridge fries since she was a child. As Sarnia has always held a special place in her heart, it was natural to move here to continue her career in the field of mental health and substance use which has included work in direct client care, education, and eventually a Master’s degree and position in public health.

With the pressures of the pandemic and a growing family, Ellie saw Board service at Pathways Health Centre for Children as an important way to refocus her efforts to support young people and the community. She’s excited to bring her experiences as well as her learner’s mind to this opportunity to serve Lambton County.

Ray Meyer

Ray was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario. He is a Registered Nurse of over 20 years and is currently the Director of Surgery and Maternal Infant Child at Bluewater Health.   He obtained his diploma in Nursing at Lambton College, Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and Master’s in Health Studies from Athabasca University. Ray has previously volunteered with Sarnia Hockey Association as a board member for 6 years, and as a coach for over 12 years. He looks forward to this new opportunity with Pathways and the opportunity to give back to the Sarnia Lambton community.

Sandra Graham

Sandra has held various Branch  Management and Human Resources positions during her career in the Financial Services Industry.  She retired from a local Credit Union where she held the position of Vice President Sales and Service.  Sandra has been involved with many Non-Profit Boards throughout her career and also reported to a Board of Directors while in her position with the Credit Union.  Sandra has been a member of the Rotary Club of Sarnia since 1995, and has had the privilege of holding the Club President position twice.  The affiliation between The Rotary Club of Sarnia and Pathways is something that Sandra is very proud of, and looks forward to supporting Pathways as a Board member.

Sarah Bilagot-Armstrong

Sarah says that she has come to know the diligent and exceptional work that is done at Pathways through her former employment here, as a community partner and as a parent.  Pathways, its growth and future are especially dear to her from these experiences. Sarah feels that her passion for advocacy and desire to give back to her community could not be better suited to an organization.

Sarah is a mother of two, wife, small business owner and community volunteer. While it has been some time since she worked at Pathways, she was excited to learn of the progress and growth that has taken place. Sarah is looking forward to being part of the group that will continue this trend towards a continually inclusive and progressive future through this organization.

Tanya Anderson

Tanya has been employed with The County of Lambton – Social Service Division for over 16 years, and currently on secondment at The Good Shepherd’s Lodge as the Program Coordinator. She prides herself on being an active team member and strong advocate for the clients she serves and those who are unable to do so for themselves.  Her foundation of support consists of her husband, Brad and her two beautiful children, Jessica and Brett. Her connection with Pathways started when her son was diagnosed with Autism at a young age. Due to the wonderful programs and support that her son received from Pathways, it has inspired her to become involved with the agency.

Dr Stoesser

Dr. Stoesser – Pathways’ Medical Advisor

Dr. Stoesser has held the position of Pathways Health Centre for Children’s Medical Director and ex-officio member of the Board since 1992. During his weekly scheduled medical consultation visits, Dr. Stoesser is a great resource to clinical staff and parents by assisting, advising, advocating and educating on matters relating to medical services. He monitors medical consultants and clinics at Pathways and participates in matters pertaining to employee and Centre-wide health issues. Dr. Stoesser is a family physician that holds his practice at 481 London Road, and has active privileges at Bluewater Health. Dr Stoesser is a lifelong resident of Sarnia.

Alison Morrison, Pathways Chief Executive Officer

Alison grew up in Chatham, Ontario and realized a call to service with children early on. She studied Nursing at Western University and later worked in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario. Alison returned to Western to complete a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. A relocation to Sarnia with her husband Pat in 1997 lead to an opportunity to work at Pathways. Care for children and youth has always been a priority for both Alison and Pat – and parenting two children has been their greatest joy. Alison is a competitive cheerleading coach at Bluewater Cheer Athletics and an active member of the Grace United Church community.

Alison’s work with the organization has included Speech-Language Pathologist, Accreditation Coordinator, Supervisor, and Manager of Clinical Services. She is deeply committed to Pathways. “I love the work of this place – the families, our staff, volunteers, Board, and our community. It is an honour to be called to the Executive Director role. I’m excited about days to come – and our strong work to ensure we remain responsive to emerging needs, allowing us to wrap around children and youth with physical, developmental and communication difficulties…to help them be their best!”

Our Mission

Our Board of Directors is dedicated to facilitating the mission and vision of Pathways.  Our Board consists of community volunteers who tirelessly give their time to help staff maintain and improve the services we provide for children and their families living in Sarnia-Lambton.

We seek a diverse governance team.

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Currently seeking a volunteer Director with a skillset in Finance to join our Board in

June 2024 in the Treasurer role. Information Technology experience also an asset. 

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    2023/2024 Board Meetings

    All Board Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to approximately 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. There are no meetings in December, July and August.

    • September 26, 2023
    • October 24, 2023 (NOT the last Tuesday of the month)
    • November 28, 2023
    • January 30, 2024
    • February 27, 2024 (Tentative Board Retreat)
    • March 26, 2024
    • April 30, 2024
    • May 28, 2024
    • June 18, 2024 (NOT the last Tuesday of the month)
    • June 25, 2024 – Annual General Meeting (AGM)