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Colette Prevost Switches Job

January 31, 2015 permalink

Colette Prevost has moved from heading the Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin to replacing Patrick Lake as executive director of the York Region Children’s Aid Society.



York Region CAS appoints new CEO

Colette Prévost replaces Patrick Lake at helm

Colette Prévost has been named chief executive officer, York Region Children’s Aid Society, board chairperson Jill Moore announced Wednesday.

Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury and Manitoulin executive director, Prévost’s appointment is effective April 1.

She succeeds Patrick Lake who served as the agency’s executive director/CEO for the past seven years.

“We chose Colette because she is a proven leader in the child welfare sector, with a strong organizational vision, and the ability to bring people together,” Moore said. “Colette shares our enthusiasm and commitment to champion the care and protection of children and youth, and the well-being of their families in our community.”

A social worker by training, Prévost has worked in Northern Ontario in the development and managment of social services and mental health services. Her work has ranged from direct intervention, advocacy, coalition building, administration, and she has served as a sessional faculty member at Nipissing University and Laurentain University.

Prévost has worked with many non-profit organizations in the areas of policy development, board governance, staff training, as well as consulting on organizational restructuring. She has a francophone Bachelor of Social Work degree from Laurentian University and a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to join such a motivated and committed organization, one with such a clear and focused vision – thriving children, resilient families, caring communities – in the diverse community of York Region,” Prévost said.

Prévost has demonstrated excellent leadership in her current role, Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies executive director Mary Ballantyne said.

“She has played a key role in representing the needs of children, families and agencies in northern Ontario,” Ballantyne said. “It will be great for the sector to have Colette bring her leadership to southern Ontario.”

Children’s Aid Society of Toronto CEO David Rivard has worked alongside Prévost for more than 25 years.

“She brings a wealth of experience to this position and we look forward to working with her,” he said.

The board acknowledged Lake’s contribution to the society and his successful career in child welfare.

“The agency is deeply grateful for the relationship he has fostered with the Chippewas of Georgina Island and for his integral role in the development of an improved child welfare funding model,” read an society issued release. Under the executive leadership of Colette, York Region Children’s Aid Society is embarking on an exciting new phase of our journey of growth and development. Together, there is a great deal we will be able to accomplish in the care and protection of children, youth and the well-being of their families.

Source: Metroland/ York Region