Compassionate, dedicated and experienced staff and volunteers are at the heart of the success of ErinoakKids.
Our Board of Directors and Leadership Team provide accountable governance, and skilled and responsive stewardship that is key to the ongoing effectiveness, innovation and success of our organization in its service to the children and families of Peel, Halton and Dufferin County.
ErinoakKids Leadership Team
Bridget Fewtrell, President & CEO
Pauline Eaton, Vice President, Business Development
Chris Hartley, Vice President, Clinical Services
Danny Sirmis, Vice President, Finance
Kathy Swaile, Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities
Katherine Alyea, Director, Philanthropy
Jennifer Arnott, Director, Communications
Alison Cocking, Senior Director, Information Systems & Corporate Support Services
Karen Fitzpatrick, Director, Organizational and Leadership Development
President & CEO
Bridget is a results-driven professional with extensive experience in health-care management, and a solid background in business. Regarded for her integrity, vision and consultative-style, she has become a trusted partner in the community-based health-care sector to lead delivery of integrated programming and services to children and youth with disabilities and special needs, with a focus on accountability, organizational performance and change management.
Bridget holds undergraduate degrees in clinical social work and political science, and a Master’s degree in public policy and policy analysis. She was also among the first graduates of the Advanced Health Leadership Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and is a member in good standing of the Canadian Council of Health Leaders (CCHL).
Bridget’s longstanding relationship with ErinoakKids began as a health care consultant in 1996, after achieving successes in the business sector, and while pursuing her master’s degree. She formally joined the organization in 1999, as its inaugural Coordinator of Continuous Quality Improvement, Risk and Utilization Management.
In the years to follow, during a period of rapid organizational growth, Bridget assumed roles of increasing breadth and complexity, working as an integral part of its leadership team to provide vision and organization-wide leadership. Her extensive portfolio included business development, implementation of new programs, development of strategy and the creation of frameworks for change and innovation.
In 2006, Bridget was named Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Pursuant to a national search to replace the incumbent (retiring) Senior Executive, she assumed the position of President and CEO in 2008.
Under Bridget’s stewardship, ErinoakKids has grown to become Ontario’s largest CTC, serving over 17,000 children and families each year, with an operating budget of over $100M. Her advocacy was instrumental to garnering approval for its Redevelopment Project to build three (3) new sites to better meet the needs of children and youth with disabilities, and Bridget and her team have spent the past 5 years bringing these purpose-built facilities to fruition. Concurrently, during these busy years, the organization has deconstructed and reconstructed its service delivery model and management structure to remove barriers, streamline efficiencies and ensure availability of a fully integrated continuum of services to its growing client base.
Bridget is deeply passionate about the organization she leads, and the children and families ErinoakKids is privileged to serve. An active volunteer in her community, she is known as a consensus builder who is committed to enhancing community partnerships and collaborative efforts in the pursuit of best outcomes for current and future generations of children and youth with disabilities and special needs, and their families.
Vice President, Business Development
Pauline began her career with ErinoakKids in 2002, as the first Training Specialist in Ontario approved to support the Autism Initiative for Central West Region. Since then, Pauline has taken on a number of progressively senior roles including Education Coordinator and Director, Autism Services.
In July 2013, Pauline was appointed to the newly created role of Vice President, Autism Services. In this role, Pauline oversees all Autism Services streams, and provides leadership to the Central West Regional Autism Services Program in Ontario.
Pauline has strategically led Autism Services to the comprehensive range it is comprised of today. She is a forward thinking collaborator, advancing ErinoakKids partnerships and enhancing services to children exponentially.
Prior to joining ErinoakKids, Pauline worked as a Learning and Development Consultant with the Ministry of Community and Social Services. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Education from University of Toronto. She has also completed a Certificate in Clinical Leadership from Schulich School of Business at York University.
Vice President, Clinical Services
Chris Hartley joined ErinoakKids in 2004 as the Manager of the School Support Program for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Since then, she has taken on a number of roles throughout the organization, currently as VP, Clinical Services. In this role, Chris is responsible for overseeing all Clinical Services at ErinoakKids.
Since joining ErinoakKids, Chris has made a number of contributions to the organization. Notably, she lead the implementation of service integration, and has been instrumental in developing relationships with many community partners.
Prior to joining ErinoakKids, Chris worked for the Regional Municipality of Halton in a number of management roles. Chris holds a bachelor of arts in early childhood education from Ryerson University and a master’s degree in leadership from the University of Guelph.
Chris sits on a number of community boards and committees, and is a parti-time professor at Sheridan College.
Vice President, Finance
Danny Sirmis joined ErinoakKids in January of 2017 to lead the Finance department. He is a seasoned Chartered Accountant who has more than twenty years of experience providing financial and administrative leadership for organizations in both the public and the private sectors.
Prior to joining ErinoakKids, Danny held many senior level positions such as Business Manager & Comptroller, Manager of Operations, Senior Fiscal Policy & Planning Consultant, and Chief Financial Officer. Most recently, Danny was the Director of Finance at Peel Children’s Aid Society.
Danny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commerce from the University of Toronto, and has acquired his professional designation as a Chartered Professional Accountant/Chartered Accountant. He values a strategic and creative approach to financial services through relentless execution of strategy, innovation and continuous improvement of business processes and investing in the development of employees leading to extraordinary results.
Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities
Kathy joined ErinoakKids in 2012 as Director of Human Resources. In 2014, Kathy was appointed Vice President, Human Resources and Facilities. In this role, Kathy leads the Human Resources portfolio and is responsible for the oversight of facilities and the facilities team.
Kathy brought over 20 years of Human Resources experiences in both health and community-based sectors. She began her career as a Registered Nurse, and – immediately prior to joining ErinoakKids – held a management position in Human Resources at Saint Elizabeth Healthcare.
Kathy holds a Nursing Diploma from Humber College, a Human Resources Certificate from Sheridan College, a Diploma in Adult Education from Seneca College, a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Katherine joined the ErinoakKids team in 2018 as a fundraising executive with more than 15 years of career experience and established network connections. As the Director of Philanthropy at ErinoakKids, Katherine leads fundraising initiatives to engage our very generous community of supporters in philanthropic investment towards our long-term strategic plan.
Prior to joining ErinoakKids in 2018, Katherine was the Vice President of Philanthropy for Southlake Regional Health Centre and the YMCA of Greater Toronto. In these roles, she developed key relationships with donors and sponsors to fund major capital campaign initiatives and programs, and contributed to the establishment of systems and processes in the organizations’ efforts to build best practice fundraising shops.
Katherine holds a BA (History/English) from Western University and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).
Jennifer joined ErinoakKids in 2018 to lead the communications team. She is an award-winning senior communications professional with experience in all facets of external, internal, and digital communication/social media. She has devoted more than half of her 20 year career to providing strategic communications and marketing expertise to health care sector organizations.
Jennifer holds the designation of Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) through the International Association of Business Communicators and is an active member of IABC/Toronto. Her educational achievements include an M.A. in Communication Studies and a B.A. (Honours) in Economics and Communication Studies, both from the University of Windsor, along with a Certificate in Spanish Language and a Certificate in Horticulture Science from Humber College.
Senior Director, Information Systems & Corporate Support Services
Alison joined ErinoakKids in 2018 to provide leadership for the Information Systems portfolio, with responsibility for strategic and operational management of the organization’s information technology. In 2019 she added Corporate Support Services to her portfolio.
Alison has more than 18 years of experience with, and knowledge of, integrated systems, data quality, and health information systems. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has completed courses in LEAN methodology with the Institute for Health Care Improvement. Recognized for her strategic aptitude, passion for excellence and strong team-building skills, Alison seeks to create authentic partnerships to support the delivery of integrated systems in advancing client care at ErinoakKids.
Prior to joining ErinoakKids, Alison worked at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital managing their clinical information systems, where she helped implement a fully electronic patient record.
Director, Organizational and Leadership Development
Karen’s relationship with ErinoakKids began in 2008. For seven years she provided professional leadership and management consulting services to the organization, drawing on 20 years of experience in academic, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. In 2015 she formally joined ErinoakKids as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives focused on supporting the planning and coordination of ErinoakKids’ three new facilities and the transition into our new space. As the Director of Organizational and Leadership Development, Karen’s efforts now focus on initiatives related to leadership development, change management and workplace culture.
Prior to joining ErinoakKids, Karen held a variety of leadership positions, including Executive Director of the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre, Director at Healthtech Consultants, and Director of Organizational Development at Grand River Hospital. In each of these roles Karen has drawn on her experience, skills and numerous qualifications and certifications to assist her colleagues and/or clients in leveraging their strengths in support of achieving their strategic goals and objectives.
Karen is extremely proud to be a member of the ErinoakKids family and to have the honour of working with a compassionate, curious and courageous team of leaders in support of a truly meaningful mandate.