About Us

Simcoe Community Services is a charitable, non-profit organization that is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The agency was established in 1953 by parents wishing to offer their children with intellectual disabilities an alternative to institutional placement. Presently, the agency operates a Preschool Services Division, a Community Living Division as well as Regional Housing Support Services.

Simcoe Community Services develops, implements, and maintains a continuous quality improvement plan through the use of; The Child and Family Service Act, The Ministry of Community and Social Services’ Quality Assurance Measures, and Quality Measures as defined by the Council on Quality and Leadership. Focus is on the areas of Basic Assurances, Shared Values, Responsive Services, Community Life and Person Centered Excellence. This promotes quality, personalized supports for individuals and families, fostering environments of continuous quality improvement.

Simcoe Community Services is proud to be accredited by the Council of Quality and Leadership and has entered in its 3rd four year accreditation with CQL. This process validates the agency’s progress in the implementation of the Basic Assurances, Shared Values, Responsive Services, Community Life and most importantly the Personal Outcome Measures. The CQL Personal Outcome Measures help define personal quality of life for individuals and families, and set the benchmark as to how supports and services are to be offered.

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The Simcoe Community Services Foundation was established in 1998. The Foundation raises funds for programs and services offered by Simcoe Community Services where regular funding sources do not exist.

Simcoe Community Services is a multi-service agency that provides a wide range of programs & services to pre-school children and their families including the EarlyON Child and Family Centres in Barrie, Innisfil and Bradford. The agency also supports children, teens and adults who have an intellectual disability and believes that everyone can contribute to their community.

Services are offered in Barrie, Orillia, Bradford and surrounding townships. Infant programs are offered county-wide.

Simcoe Community Services receives its funding from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, the County of Simcoe, the United Way, Trillium and donations.

Simcoe Community Services employs over 550 full-time and part-time staff making it one of the larger employers in Simcoe County. There are six administration sites and 41 residential sites.

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Mission Statement

We support people of all ages and abilities to realize their full potential and to enhance their quality of life.

As a community, not-for-profit, multi-service organization, we provide:

Services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families;

Programs that promote the healthy development of children of all abilities;

Services that respond to community needs.

Principles and Values

Our Vision

“Spark the unlimited potential of all people”

Board Of Directors

Jim McNamara

Jim McNamara
President

Jim McNamara has over thirty-three years’ experience in the Social Services Field and is passionate about working with people with intellectual disabilities.  Jim is also President of Community Living Ontario.  He enjoys time with family, golf, hockey, baseball, and motorcycling.  Jim is a Barrie resident and is married with four children and six grandchildren.

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Valerie Scott
Vice President

Valerie is a sales rep for a food company based out of Toronto. She also hosts a television cooking show in Orillia called Sunshine City Chefs. As well as being a valued volunteer with Simcoe Community Services, Valerie also belongs to The Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia. Valerie is a Severn Bridge resident who enjoys cooking, cross-country skiing and traveling the world.

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Tim Berry

Tim Berry
Treasurer

Tim brings over 30 years of financial expertise as a CPA with an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University. Currently, he is Director of Finance and IT at Ombudsman Ontario. Tim has extensive Board experience having served as Treasurer for the United Way of Greater Simcoe County and the Children’s Treatment Network of Simcoe York. He is currently Treasurer of ShelterBox Canada.

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Roma Czech

Roma Czech
Member

Roma resides in Wyevale on 47 acres and has an Independent Dental Hygiene practice in Midland. She is active at the Executive level at her Provincial Regulatory College and has traveled to the Dominican Republic and Northern Ontario on humanitarian missions. In her spare time, she performs and teaches the Argentine Tango.

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Paul hunter

Paul Hunter
Member

Paul Hunter has over thirty years of Ontario public service experience as a retired Probation Manager with Youth Justice Services and as a senior manager with the Ontario Disability Program.  In retirement, Paul enjoys volunteering with Simcoe Community Services as well as promoting senior’s fitness.  Paul is a Barrie resident and is married with six children and nine grandchildren.

 

Carla Kostiak

Carla Kostiak
Member

Carla has over ten years Marketing and Communications experience along with a non-profit and healthcare background. Carla is currently the Communications Specialist at Headwaters in Orangeville. She has a strong passion for promoting inclusion and creating access for individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Craig Lilley
Member

Craig is a Certified Financial Planner located in central Simcoe County where he has practiced for over 20 years. Craig has previously served on the board of Seasons Centre for Grieving Children, on several boards and committees in the Financial Services sector and is a Fellow of the Financial Planning Standards Council.

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Jacob McNamara

Jacob McNamara
Member

Jacob is a special education teacher with over nine years of experience in education. His passion first and foremost is providing every student with equal access to education in a fun, engaging and meaningful way. He enjoys spending his spare time playing hockey, baseball, volleyball, riding his motorcycle and laughing with his wife and family.

Doug Mein

Doug Mein
Member

Doug is a retired senior executive from the federal public service. He chairs a Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee for the County of Simcoe and a similar committee for the Simcoe County District School Board. In addition, he sits on the Government of Ontario’s newly formed Education Accessibility Standards Development Committee for students with mental health challenges and intellectual disabilities.

Annie St. Louis

Annie St. Louis
Member

Annie is a church leader and a member of the Simcoe Community Services Self-Advocates Council. Annie is outgoing and a team leader who currently works at HomeSense. A graduate of the Life Skills program as well as a coach for five-pin bowling, Annie looks forward to learning new skills and continuing to be an advocate for people with different disabilities.

Miriam Villamil-Pallister

Miriam Villamil-Pallister
Member

Miriam is an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Barrie Crown Attorney’s office. She received her Bachelors of Arts (Honours) from the University of Windsor where she also obtained a Juris Doctor. Miriam was called to the Ontario Bar in 2011. She is passionate about advocating for those with intellectual disabilities. She lives in Simcoe County with her husband and two daughters.

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Deborah Wall-Armstrong

Deborah Wall-Armstrong
Member

Deborah Wall-Armstrong has been practicing law in the Barrie area since 1977 and is a Past President of the Barrie Real Estate Lawyers’ Association.  Deborah is a former long-term care facility operator and is an Honorary member of the Ontario Long Term Association.  Deborah is a mother and grandmother who enjoys playing golf and singing in her church choir.

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Brian Young

Brian Young
Member

Following a thirty-year career as a senior Human Resources executive in manufacturing, Brian began working with various not for profit agencies including Independent Living Services. Brian has volunteered at OASIS (Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs) and held several executive positions on that board including a term as President. Brian is pleased to rejoin the board of Simcoe Community Services.

Board of Directors - Simcoe Community Services

Claudine Cousins, CEO & Secretary to the Board

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