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.
Alicia Rogerson, Vice-President
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.
Bruce Somers, Acting Treasurer
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.
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.
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.
Hal Cain, Director
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.
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.
Ryan Nickel, Director
Ryan Nickel brings a wealth of professional and personal experiences to the Resolve Board. He is originally from Alberta of Métis heritage, and has also lived in British Columbia, before moving to Kingston. Ryan brings a genuine and unique perspective to the Board through his various lived experiences, including a past client of Resolve Counselling.
He attributes his professional and personal growth to involvement with dedicated social services professionals who have helped him over his lifetime, as well as his formal education and training in behavioural psychology. His empathy skill-sets developed over a lifetime, and helped to foster the passion when advocating for past, current and future clients.
Ryan has worked in various front-line human services positions across a variety of local not-for-profit agencies and currently works as a consultant. Ryan also has expertise as a former member, steward, and mobilizer of Ontario Public Service Union. He has a passion for at-risk youth in this community and is a former volunteer and employee with the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston.
Michael Taylor, Director
Bio to follow
Patricia (Trish) Appleyard, Director
As Director, Labour Relations for College Employer Council, Trish provides guidance and advice to her clients in the public college sector on a wide variety of labour relations, human resource and human rights issues. Trish has previously worked as a labour and employment lawyer with the law firm of Baker & McKenzie LLP. She relocated to Kingston in 2011 and spent five years at Queen’s University Faculty of Law as the Associate Director, Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace before moving to St. Lawrence College where she was the Associate Director, Workplace Relations.
Trish has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary, and a Master of Industrial Relations and Juris Doctor degrees, both from Queen’s University. She spent 6 weeks in Geneva at the International Labour Organization’s International Organization for Employers in 2010, where she assisted with drafting a guide to the ILO’s conventions. Trish is licensed by the Law Society of Ontario.
In the community, Trish was previously a member of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Kingston and assisted in the amalgamation with the YMCA of Brockville to create the Eastern Region YMCA.
Richard Tam, Director
Richard Tam is a professional accountant who was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree and Graduate Diploma of Accounting from Queen’s University. Since graduating, he has obtained the Chartered Professional Accountant’s and the Certified Fraud Examiner’s designations. Richard has experience providing various professional accounting services such as assurance and damage quantification.
Richard is the Class Giving Coordinator for his graduating class and co-founded the Commerce Legacy Fund for Student Health and Wellness. He is considerably involved with trying to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness by raising awareness through activities such as various interviews and speaking engagements including CBC: The National, CBC Radio, and the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation.
Lincoln Wong, Director
Lincoln Wong is married with three grown children and a long-time resident of Kingston. Prior to his retirement, he had a successful and fulfilling career spanning over 35 years as a senior finance manager in the Federal Public Service sector, directing financial and contract
management. As a strong advocate of prudent management of public funds, Lincoln promoted stewardship of resources and ensured value for monies spent in carrying out the mandates of the organizations he served.
Lincoln has a Master of Business Administration degree from Laurentian University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He had managed a number of diverse and challenging files that required sophisticated negotiations and collaboration with stakeholders while at the same time ensuring the organizational priorities were met. Lincoln sees serving on the Board of Resolve Counselling Services Canada as an opportunity to give back to the community by using his knowledge and professional skills he developed.
Jane Fitzgerald, Executive Director
Bio to follow
Anne Gauthier, Executive Assistant