2017-2018 EXECUTIVE TRAVEL REPORT:  Executive Level Staff Travel-2017-2018

2016-2017 EXECUTIVE TRAVEL REPORT:  Staff MileageMealsAccomodation-2016-2017

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Phyllis Lovell, Chief Executive Officer

Phyllis joinePhyllis Lovelld the Children’s Aid Society of Owen Sound and the County of Grey in 1980 as an intake worker, and progressively advanced, most recently to the position of Executive Director for Bruce Grey Child and Family Services. She holds a Master of Social Work Degree from Memorial University where she was awarded the distinction Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies, prior to earning a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Manitoba, and she is a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Ms. Lovell is the Co-Chair of the Provincial Child Information Network Advisory Committee and sits as a member of the Provincial Executive Committee. She has been involved with the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Society as a Certified Trainer and as a Member of several of the Association’s Accreditation Review Teams. She also served as a Provincial Auditor of service standards at the request of the Ministry of Community and Social Services. In the late 90s, she delivered training in Indiana and Minnesota regarding Child Development.


Anne BesterAnne Bester, Director of Service

Anne Bester has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Dalhousie University. She grew up in the Walkerton area and brings a strong sense of community connections to her work in child welfare. She has had the opportunity to work in every area of the child welfare field since 2001 both during her time at The Children’s Aid Society of the County of Bruce and at Chatham-Kent Family and Children’s Services. Based out of the Walkerton office, Anne brings leadership to Protection Services, which include Intake, Investigation, Family Services and Emergency after Hours Response. Anne is the Chair of the Drug Endangered Child Committee and was instrumental in developing a community protocol designed to identify and protect children who are at risk due to the exposure and presence of street drugs in their homes. In the Fall of 2014, Anne was a guest presenter at the National Drug Endangered Child Conference in Orlando, Florida.


Kelly FerrisKelly Ferris, Director of Corporate Services

As Director of Corporate Services, Kelly Ferris has a Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Services from the University of Western Ontario and is a Certified Human Resources Professional. Since 1993, Kelly has been an active member of the Human Resources Networking group at a Provincial Level and participated for the Employer at the Provincial Discussion Table. Kelly had previously sat on the executive of the local human resource network and was responsible for training and professional development for this group. Located in the Owen Sound office, Kelly leads Human Resources, Administration, Information Technology and Finance for the organization. Kelly is leading the development of administrative services in our new organization and has a key role in preparing the organization’s IT strategy to support the successful introduction of the Child Protection Information Network.
Julie LipsettJulie Lipsett, Director of Service

Julie Lipsett has a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Toronto, and came to The Children’s Aid Society of the County of Grey in 1997.  She has worked in family services, intake and resources, and currently leads the organization’s Family Based Care Department.  She is also responsible for Quality in our organization.  Julie is the adoptive mom of a teenager, and brings her care giving experience to her understanding of the importance of fostering and adoption to a child welfare agency.   Ms. Lipsett is currently involved in the implementation of Anti-Oppressive Practice at BGCFS, the provincial Quality Network  Committee and has the agency lead on the Child Protection Information Network (CPIN), which will launch in 2015.  She is also the co-chair of the Provincial CPIN Service Coordination Committee.