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Phyllis Lovell, Chief Executive Officer

Phyllis began her career in child welfare as an intake worker in 1980.  She has worked as a service supervisor and a service director.  She was the last Executive Director of both Bruce Children’s Aid Society and Grey Owen Sound Children’s Aid Society.  Phyllis is the founding Chief Executive Officer of 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.  Phyllis has recently completed the Public Sector Leadership Institute at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.  She is a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Phyllis is the Co-Chair of the Provincial Child Information Network (CPIN) Advisory Committee and sits as a member of the Ministry of Child and Youth Services CPIN Executive Committee.  She serves on the provincial Governance Advisory Committee and the Indigenous Zone Champions Working Group.  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.


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. 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 and on the OACAS/Union group as well as the HR Strategic Council.  Kelly had previously sat on the executive of the local human resource association (HRPA) and was responsible for training and professional development for this group.  Located in the Owen Sound office, Kelly leads Human Resources, Finance, Administration, Information Technology and Facilities for the organization.



Julie Lipsett

Julie 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, Legal and Quality services in the organization.  Julie was also a foster parent of teenagers, 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 Equity and Anti-Oppressive Practice at BGCFS.  She is also the co-chair of the Provincial CPIN Business Harmonization Committee and a member of the OACAS Sustainability Council.



Deborah Pope, Director of Service

Deb has a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Social Work from King’s College, University of Western Ontario.  Deb began her career in child welfare in Waterloo as a Family Service Worker in 1985 and started working at the Children’s Aid Society of Grey County in 1988.  Deb has worked for both legacy agencies and BGCFS for the majority of her career holding roles in protection and children’s services department over her career.  In 2012 Deb left the organization to pursue a Director of Service position in Eastern Ontario.  She brings with her much of the learning from that assignment around amalgamation, public accountability and senior leadership to her current role as a director for kin, intake and family support.  Deb is also responsible for the Adult Protection Support and volunteer services programs as well as the implementation of the new CYFSA legislation.  Deb is the mother of four adult children who have grown up and pursued their own career pathways each landing not far from home.