Mrs. Susan Conway Williamson, President
For thirty-seven years, Susan has pursued a vocation in education serving in various academic positions culminating in a principal role spanning over twenty years for the Algonquin & Lakeshore District School Board in Kingston. During this time, she has also instructed at Queen’s University, Faculty of Education, which she continues in retirement along with occasional principal contracts.
Her Community Service roles have included Board and Executive positions for the Kingston Gymnastics Club, the Principals’/Vice-Principals’ Association of the ALCDSB, the Catholic Principals’ Council of Ontario and the St. Joseph’s Parish Catholic Women’s League.
Susan is a longstanding Resolve Counselling Services Canada Board Member utilizing her formidable skills in policy development, leadership, mentoring and child and family issues.
Mr. Bruce Somers, Vice-President
A long standing career at Correctional Service of Canada has seen Bruce proudly serve in many capacities including Warden of area institutions and currently as the Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Correctional Operations at Regional Headquarters in Kingston.
Over the years Bruce has travelled extensively in his professional capacity and has been involved in many national and international special projects and activities. He is presently pursuing his interest in local Community Service and brings strong leadership and managerial skills coupled with extensive knowledge of governmental policy and service to Resolve Counselling Services Canada.
Dr. (Colonel, Retired) Franklin Pinch, Treasurer
Dr. Pinch spent over 30 years in the Canadian Forces in logistics, personnel support, and research and development up to senior/executive management levels. Post-service, Frank operated a human resource (HR) management consulting business and taught under-graduate and graduate university courses. Author, co-author and editor of numerous articles and reports on HR issues, he was also involved in policy development within the Canadian Psychological Association.
In addition, Frank was Canadian Chair of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, associate editor of an International Journal, and member of the Board of Directors and the Governing Council of IUS International (over 10 years). As Treasurer of Resolve Counselling Services Canada, Frank provides a broad skill base and notable command of human resource management experience, policy development knowledge and business acumen.
Ms. Stephanie Holmes, Secretary
Mental Health and Child and Youth Work has been the focal point of Stephanie’s lifelong vocation initially as a Unit Supervisor at Thistletown Regional Hospital and then establishing and coordinating the Child and Youth Worker Program at Cambrian College in Sudbury. She taught in the program for over thirty years and completed tenure as the coordinator for the College Centre of Equity.
An extensive Community Board experience has included the Sudbury YWCA, The Sudbury Regional Hospital, North Eastern Mental Health Centre and the Kingston Military Family Resource Centre. She is able to bring strong Board Governance and Policy skills to the Resolve Counselling Services Canada Board along with experience in Community Mental Health issues.
Ms. Gail Fraser, Director
A member of staff at the Royal Bank of Canada for thirty years, Gail spent the initial years in Branch Operations and Administrative Management moving to Personal Banking and Financial Planning. She is currently involved in the Commercial Banking sector.
Community Service involvement has included a Board of Directors position for the LaSalle Baptist Foundation, for over ten years, overseeing the Bay Park Children’s Centre and for Resolve Counselling Services Canada. Her expertise in financial management, operation, and strategy is most effective.
Mr. Guy Ducharme, Director
The financial industry has been Guy’s focus and career for thirty-eight years. He has been a Branch Manager for TD Canada Trust for twenty-one years and has been posted in twelve different cities in Southern Ontario. He has achieved Awards of Excellence with TD for dedication to service and for top producing results.
His professional standing has provided a comprehensive and invaluable experience in finance and management. This coupled with his volunteer positions as Board Member and Executive for Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and Golf Clubs have enhanced his skill base for leadership roles within the community.
Ms. Shirley Cornell, Director
As a Health Care Professional, Shirley has held positions as Manager of Corporate Programs, Brant CCAC, Special Projects Co-coordinator, Brantford General Hospital and numerous progressive managerial roles with the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital.
Volunteer experience has included Board Member responsibility with the Brant District association of Community Living, the Brantwood Residential Centre and the Kingston Seniors Association. She is also a Honourary Member of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Shirley’s experience imparts skills and knowledge in quality assurance and improvement, risk management, analysis, evaluation, strategic planning, accreditation within hospitals, community policy development, and extensive mental health experience.
Mr. Sean Bambrick, Director
With an education background in Criminology, Psychology and a Teacher’s Certificate, Sean joined the Kingston Police Force where he is currently a Staff Sergeant in the Detective Office. For nearly twenty years, Sean has been involved in the Tactical, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse and Major Crime Units and the Patrol Division. These assignments will serve him well in his commitment to the community and counselling services that Resolve Counselling Services Canada offers.
Sean also brings long time experience as a member of the Kingston City Police Association as President and other executive positions and is a part-time professor in the Police Foundations Program at St. Lawrence College.
Dr. Donna Forster, Executive Director
Donna Forster has an MSW MPA and PhD in Rehabilitation Therapy. She has worked in clinical counselling for over 15 years and has gained expertise in grief counselling, cancer care, health promotions and community development as well as employee assistance counselling programs. Donna’s research interests include the areas of compassion fatigue and burnout in rehabilitation professionals. She has published and presented at local, national and international conferences on these topics. Donna also has an interest in teamwork and employee engagement in the work place and a well-established background working with community partners and funding providers.
Dr. Hal Cain
Dr. Cain is an academic and professional counsellor who lives in Kingston, ON Canada. He has over 35 years professional experience including university teaching, conducting research, clinical practice, professional organizational development, and disabilities advocacy.
He earned his Ph.D. in rehabilitation services from The Ohio State University, an M. S. in rehabilitation counseling from the University of North Texas, and a B.A. in psychology form Texas Tech University.
Dr. Cain has published and given numerous presentations, national and international, in areas such as transition from school to adult life for persons with disabilities, identity and professional development, and professional ethics.
In addition, he has been extensively involved with both professional and non-profit organizations; holding Board and Chair positions.
Ms. Jacqueline Bell
As a Senior Development Officer focused on direct mail fundraising for University Hospitals Kingston Foundation, Jacqueline is a part of a team working to achieve a goal of $65 million towards the Extraordinary People, Innovative Health Care Campaign. In 2016, Jacqueline completed the Annual Giving Certificate through the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Prior to her present position, she was a member of Tourism Kingston with the Kingston Economic Development Corporation. Firstly she was a Marketing Assistant and managed the Partnership Services Program. Jacqueline then assumed the role as Manager for Sports Tourism.
Jacqueline has volunteered with Girls Incorporated, Special Olympics and the Association for Fundraising Professionals of Southeastern Ontario. She puts her music degree to work on Sunday mornings as a volunteer pianist at the Church of the Covenant in Lansdowne.
Jacqueline brings to the board her ten years of marketing experience and her passion for fundraising.