Cynthia Clark, Chair of the Ontario Family Caregivers’ Advisory Network (OFCAN) and a founding member of Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario (PLEO). She has over 15 years of experience in the delivery of programs to family members of individuals with serious mental illness and was a valued employee of the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario for 12 years. May 2015 she was appointed to the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council. Cynthia was a recipient of the YMCA-YWCA Ottawa Women of Distinction Award in May 2011 and in 2005 she received the Inspiration Award presented by the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group in recognition of individuals who have served as models of hope and inspiration to others.
Angie Hamilton, Secretary, 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).
Klas Bockasten, Treasurer, is a member of the Grand River Family Advisory Council. He has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector as Senior Project Manager and Engineer for a variety of projects. With extensive experience in industrial engineering, he has proven engineering expertise in project management, energy management planning, feasibility studies, capital and operating cost estimating. He has delivered workshops soliciting client and stakeholder engagement and has been involved with carrying out webinars and instructional workshops on various energy topics.
Maureen Hyland, Member-at-Large, is a member of the Advisory Board of Family Outreach and Recovery, and is on the Board of Directors of East York Mental Health Services. In 2015 she chaired a conference, Families Count: healing together, which offered strategies to assist families in navigating the mental health system. She co-founded Howard Park Children’s Centre a school-based day care and, from 1989-2000 served on the Board of Directors of Parkdale Community Legal Services. Maureen has a Masters of Library Science from the University of British Columbia. Her professional career includes employment as academic and law librarian at Humber College and the University of Calgary.
Sydney Graham 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.