Ashley Bowe, Chair
Ashley is a family member and former Family Engagement Facilitator at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, where she served as the co-chair of the CAMH Family Advisory Committee. Her professional and volunteer experience has focused on working with families in both a supportive capacity and in forming partnerships for improvement in the mental health and addictions system.
Ashley’s background includes working with Canadian Forces Members, Veterans and their families. As a veteran family member herself, Ashley has used her lived experience to inform her work and she supports building strong partnerships between service providers, patients/clients, and families. As the Chair of OFCAN Ashley brings her passion for partnering with families, collaborative spirit and aspirations to continue to grow OFCANs’ reach and impact.
Marilyn Macaulay has been a caregiver for a family member in the addiction & mental health system for 20 years. She is co-lead of the Cornwall & District Family Support Group and served as co-lead and Family Caregiver Advisor for the Embrace Project at Cornwall Community Hospital.
After retiring from managing a family-owned business for 35 years, she is devoting her retirement years to advocating for changes that will improve the experience for patients and caregivers in Ontario’s addiction & mental health system.
Marilyn is a member of several committees at Cornwall Community Hospital including the Addiction & Mental Health Family Advisory Council, Patient & Caregiver Experience Advisory Council, Clinical Research Advisory Group, E-Health Steering Committee and the Caregiver Inclusion Action Group. She also serves on MitoCanada’s Patient & Family Advisory Committee and received MitoCanada’s Trailblazer Award in 2017 for her work in supporting scientific research in mitochondrial function to find biomarkers and novel treatments for bipolar disorder.
Angela Frisina, Secretary & Treasurer
Angela has been an active member of the Family Advisory Council at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Mental Health and Addictions Program for the last 5 years. She has recently retired from Hamilton Public Health Services, where she had a successful record of obtaining funding for community-based research projects.
Angela holds a Master of Health Sciences degree from McMaster University; her nursing career of over 30 years, included employment at Juravinski Cancer Centre, McMaster University and Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.
In 2010, Angela received an Award for Clinical Excellence in Community Health Nursing from the Community Health Nurses Initiatives Group (CHNIG) of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. She served on the Board of Directors of CHNIG (2017-2019) and previously served on the Board of Directors of YWCA Hamilton (2010-2015). Angela continues to hold an appointment with McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Nursing.
Angie is the Executive Director of Families for Addiction Recovery (FAR), a Canadian registered charity founded and operated by parents of those who struggle, or have struggled, with addiction and associated mental health disorders. She is also a member of the National Board of MADD Canada.
With a background as a Tax and Estate Planning Lawyer, Angie is a past member of The Estate Planning Council of Toronto and served on the Board of Directors of Earlscourt Child and Family Centre (now Child Development Institute).
Sydney is a Patient and Caregiver Engagement Specialist and Educator. She has been involved in healthcare, both personally and professionally, for over 20 years. Sydney’s first-hand experience as a patient and family caregiver complements her extensive Patient and Family Centred Care training.
Sydney advises healthcare providers and organizations, academic institutions, government organizations, governance bodies, patients and family caregivers, including: University of Toronto, Health Quality Ontario, Toronto International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians, The Change Foundation, Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, VON, Patients Canada and various hospitals. Sydney also works with (FAR) Families for Addition Recovery and delivers Caregiver Training Seminars.
Peter is Vice-chair of the Family Council at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby. He is also representing families on the hospital Internal Quality Committee.
His journey in mental health started in 2009 when a family member was diagnosed with mental illness. The topic of family support in mental health is very dear to him as it evident that family members play a pivotal role in the treatment and recovery of their loved ones.
Peter is a nuclear engineer M.Sc, M.Eng. and Ph.D. in the area of structural engineering and a member of various technical committees at Canadian Standards Association. He is applying his engineering experience in the field of mental health by adding logic, clarity and order to policies and procedures as well as lived experience. He is also gathering useful information for patients and their families who navigate the field of mental health.
Clayo is the Program Lead for Mental Health & Wellbeing at the Ontario Caregiver Organization where she currently manages various programs that support caregiver mental health. Clayo also focuses her work on engaging caregivers of people with a mental illness and addiction to co-create meaningful supports.
Clayo holds a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, as well as a collaborative program in Addiction Studies. During her studies, Clayo researched the need for an online self-navigational tool for families affected my psychosis, inspired by her own lived experience as a caregiver to a family member with schizophrenia since she was 19 years old.
Her work efforts are focused on developing and implementing innovative programs and services for vulnerable populations, such as developing and implementing a caregiver coaching program for caregivers in distress, a mobile health bus initiative for people experiencing homelessness and planning a supervised injection site. Clayo is passionate about reducing system barriers for caregivers and their families affected by mental illness and addiction.