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.
Mr. Guy Ducharme, Treasurer
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. Jacqueline Bell, Secretary
An Administrative Coordinator at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University, Jacqueline brings over ten years’ not-for-profit and non-profit experience to Resolve’s Board of Directors.
Her past work as a Senior Development Officer focused on direct mail fundraising for University Hospitals Kingston Foundation as part of a team that achieved a goal of $65 million toward 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.
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 pianist at St. John’s Presbyterian Church on Middle Road.
Mr. Gary Earles, Director
Comprehensive Human Resource Management has been the focal point of Gary’s career gaining experience in health care, post-secondary education and in the public and private sectors spanning four provinces. Currently, this focus now includes Student Services in his role as Senior Vice-President Student Services and Human Resources at St. Lawrence College, Kingston. He is also a long standing part-time faculty online in Business Administration for Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax,NS.
His distinctive professional development and community Involvement has served to intensify proven strengths in organizational design, strategic thinking, collective bargaining, and leadership, all of which will be a compelling resource as Gary continues his community service.
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.
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. 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. Carole Weir, Director
Carole completed her career in Education as Director of Education and Chief Executive Officer of the Superior North Catholic District School Board. Since her retirement she has devoted herself to strengthening public health through policy development, governance, systemic and organizational change in health care organizations.
Carole served for more than 3 decades in education and gained vast experience through a wide range of teaching, administrative and executive roles in the counties of Frontenac Lennox and Addington as well as many communities north of Lake Superior.
During her retirement she has fulfilled the role of Chairperson of the Kingston, Frontenac Lennox and Addington Community Care Access Centre as well as Chairperson of the South Eastern Ontario Infection Control Network. Also, she has been President of the Ontario Physical and Health Education Committee and Vice-Chair of the Foundation Board of the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. Carole has recently completed her service with the Ontario Agency for Health and Protection.
Alicia Rogerson (MSW) is a registered, Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and has over 18 years of experience in this field. Alicia has worked with survivors of child sexual and physical abuse through her work at the Children’s Advocacy Centre and has implemented behavioural therapies for children with Autism. She was an appointed clinical panel member for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and for the last 14 years has worked in child welfare most currently as the Director of Services at Family and Children Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. Community Service involvement has included a Board of Directors position with Girls Inc and volunteer work with Victim Services and United Way. She is fluent in French.
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.