Edy Cruz-Fuentes Board Member
I have been working as a school based Child and Youth Worker for the last 10 years. I help children and youth who face social-emotional and behavioural challenges. I advocate on behalf of my students by connecting them to their community resources. I have been living in York Region for the last 8 years and noticed an increase of youth homelessness. As a resident, I wanted to know what was being done to help reduce homelessness. The more I looked into yet, the more I wanted to help. I joined SPCYR because I truly believe that York Region will help pave the way to reduce/eradicate youth homelessness.
Yvonne is a Community and Partnership Developer with the Inclusive School and Community Services Department of the York Region District School Board.
Dennis Bailey is the Executive Director of the Community Legal Clinic of York Region. Active in the community, Dennis founded the Social Planning Council of York Region in 2007. Previous to that he had founded a non-profit housing corporation that built 76 townhouses for people of low and modest incomes.
I have been an Anti-Poverty Activist and Community Resource Liaison since November 2004. I help individuals and families to connect to resources and services that may assist them with the challenges they are facing.
Sharon Simpson is employed by Labour Community Services which is a project of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council in partnership with United Way Greater Toronto. Sharon has been working in the not-for profit social services sector since the early 80s.
Lori Yaccato has been a Social Worker and Educator for 25 years. She specializes in supporting women, people with disabilities and low income residents to achieve financial independence and quality of life.
I have been an Elementary Teacher with the York Region District School Board for 25 years. My passion is to see equity and inclusivity for all and to stomp out social injustice. I have chaired and been an active member of many Equity and Inclusivity Committees as well as Social Justice Committees throughout my teaching profession.
Josie Rose is a Social Worker, at York Support Services Network, counsellor, Professor at Seneca College, facilitator of mental health psycho-educational programs and Social activist.
Rebecca Pacheco graduated with a Masters of Social Work from Ryerson University and has lived in York Region for 25 years.
I have been working as a school based Child and Youth Worker for the last 10 years. I help children and youth who face social-emotional and behavioural challenges.