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Board of Directors

Hands is governed by a Board of Directors. Our board is made up entirely of volunteers. 


2021-2022 Board of Directors

Tonia Blenkarn
(Parry Sound) – President 

Susan Hegge 
(East Nipissing) – Vice President

Dawn Lagesten
(East Parry Sound) – Signing Officer

Liam Sangster
(Nipissing)

Chantal Phillips
(Nipissing)

Jean Leblanc 
(West Nipissing) – Signing Officer

Christiné Misch – Secretary
(Nipissing)

Cheryl Sutton
(Nipissing)

James Decker
(West Parry Sound)

Roslyn Bowness
(Nipissing)

Meeting Schedule 2021-2022

Hands’ Board of Directors meets approximately 10 times per year. In addition, the President of the Board of Directors may call special meetings as required. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held every June.

The Board of Directors meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 5:00 pm (see the full schedule below). All meetings are held by videoconference.

Members of the general public are welcome to attend the open session of all board meetings.

To request attendance at a Board meeting, please contact Paulette Jessup, Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board of Directors, at pjessup@handstfhn.ca.

  • August 23, 2021 – 5:00 pm
  • September 27, 2021 – 5:00 pm
  • October 25, 2021 – 5:00 pm
  • November 22, 2021 – 5:00 pm
  • December 2021 – No Meeting
  • January 24, 2022 – 5:00 pm
  • February 28, 2022 – 5:00 pm
  • March 28, 2022 – 5:00 pm
  • April 25, 2022 – 5:00 pm
  • May 30, 2022 – 5:00 pm
  • June 2022 AGM – To Be Determined

Strategy and Performance Team

The Strategy and Performance Team makes decisions about organizational matters and operational planning. 

Chief Executive Officer
Andrea Roberts

Incident Commander
Lexi Deece-Cassidy

Director of Child and Youth Services
Trish Benoit (Acting)
Michelle Dermenjian (On Leave)

Interim Director of Autism and Behavioural Services
Dr. Karen Grattan-Miscio

Director of Adult Services
Matthew Parke (Acting)
Lexi Deece-Cassidy (On Secondment)

Director of Corporate Services
Paul Laperrière

Senior Manager of Human Resources and Communications
Beverly Martin