Getting to Know Your Board Members
The VRA Ontario Board is comprised of 12 members.
Meet Danette and Marcel!
With a Masters Degree and industry certifications (RRP, CCRC, MCVP), Danette Anthony has over 20 years of experience working with people with disabilities within both the insurance and government sectors. She has worked extensively as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor and case manager, completing assessment, case coordination, counselling, planning, and facilitating a return to work for clients experiencing a variety of disabling conditions. Her experience and proven skills in assessment, financial management, analysis, problem solving, and negotiation enable her to achieve positive solutions for both clients and funders.
Since 1998 Danette has held leadership positions in the VR field, responsible for the hiring and development of highly effective teams, and maintaining quality service delivery. As of February 2008, she has been the Divisional Coordinator for the Vocational Rehabilitation Division at Northern Lights Canada. In this role, she is responsible for the management of several government projects, including the Ontario Disability Support Program in four regions of Ontario, as well as fee for service work within the private and public sectors throughout the province. This includes coordinating all program delivery to ensure high quality service, planning, forecasting and monitoring the financial aspects of all VR services, marketing and networking in the community, problem solving, evaluating program outcomes, and providing leadership.
Danette has been a member of the VRA Ontario Board since 2009.
My career has consisted of working with people for over 33 years. I have accumulated extensive varied experience in roles from front line staff, to program supervisor to business owner. I am a Registered Rehabilitation Professional and am pleased to belong to the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals. I am a certified Solution Focus Counselor and a certified Program and Community Developer who is fluently bilingual in both French and English.
I have worked in the Social Service field as a Child & Youth Worker and Program Manager in both Ontario and Alberta. In 1990, I opened the first office in Northern Ontario for the Huntington Society of Canada; educating professionals and the communities while providing group counselling and support to individuals and their families.
While living near Sudbury, I accepted a position as a Rehabilitation Case Manager, which quickly became my passion. I worked for various rehabilitation companies helping individuals injured in motor vehicle accidents with their recovery and return to work or to their previous activities of daily living. As the industry changed and many rehabilitation companies folded, in 1998 I was asked by insurance adjusters to continue in the field and to open my own business, something I had never considered. With the support of my wife Mary-Lou, we opened On Track Support Services, which continues to operate to this day. We had the great fortune to work with the Auto and Life insurance companies and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).
In 2010, I received a call from the Ontario March of Dimes in Kingston and accepted a position as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist where I worked helping individuals return to work under the programs of WSIB, ODSP, OW, CCP and Can Vet.
In April 2012, I accepted the position as a Manager of Program and Services for Community Living North Frontenac. The focus is on assisting individuals with needs to be part of an inclusive environment that fosters respect for individuals by having the opportunity to contribute, thrive and meet their full potential. Our goals for the individuals we serve include living independently with support and securing meaningful employment.
I have volunteered for many years on various boards and as a community volunteer. My role as the President of the Verona Community Association from 2005 to 2011 provided me the opportunity to learn and manage various local community activities and programs including the Verona Cattail Festival, Christmas for Kids, Village Beautification, and Music in the Park, etc.
In 2009, I had the privilege to attend and join the Ontario Board of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association. I am very pleased to see various committees working hard to understand the needs of our members and to make positive changes. I am involved with the Education Committee and am pleased with the educational line up again for our upcoming fall conference on November 2nd, 2012. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff at Events & Management Plus Inc. for their ongoing professionalism, knowledge and support they have provided us throughout the years. I continue to be committed to promote and provide opportunities for professional development for all VRA members.
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