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.
Angela Frisina 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.
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.