Lorraine Purdon has been involved with Family Councils for the past 10 years. She is the founding Executive Director of Family Councils Ontario (FCO). Lorraine and the FCO team have created provincial initiatives, developed educational tools, and consulted widely providing guidance and support to Family Council members and the staff who are involved with Councils. Lorraine’s passion is in working with family caregivers and supporting the creation of vibrant Family Councils to create welcoming, inclusive, and safe communities in Long-Term Care Homes. Lorraine is grateful for the excellent work of her FCO team mate Samantha Peck, and as a small team Lorraine and Samantha care deeply and work tirelessly to provide support to Family Councils in Ontario.
Lorraine has a long history of experience working with communities as a practitioner of community development, social inclusion, and as a network facilitator in Canada and abroad. Lorraine had the opportunity to live and work for many years in rural India, Korea, the Philippines, Japan (Tokyo and Osaka), and The United States (Chicago). Previous to joining Family Council work, Lorraine worked in the inner city of Toronto with the South East Toronto Project, a coalition of health and social services who were aligning their services to be more inclusive and accessible for low income, homeless, and marginally housed families.
In her spare time Lorraine enjoys reading and gardening. Her favourite haunts in Toronto are the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Royal Ontario Museum.
Samantha Peck is passionate about helping people and groups achieve their goals. In her ten years with Family Councils Ontario (formerly Family Councils’ Program) she has supported thousands of family members and Long-Term Care Home staff in improving their work to achieve the best possible outcomes. She focusses on communications and education efforts that facilitate knowledge exchange and improve capacity. Samantha holds an Honours B.A. from York University, Advanced Client-Directed Case Management and Volunteer Management post-graduate certificates from Humber College, and is currently working on her Project Management Certificate from University of Toronto.
In her spare time, Samantha is an avid athlete, reader and sci-fi fan.
Natacha Dupuis is a Registered Social Service Worker and has been involved with older adults in Northern Ontario since 2001. She was heavily involved with falls prevention for 12 years and co-chaired for 6 of those years. She started her career in the retirement home atmosphere and transitioned to not-for-profit work in 2007 as the Northern Ontario Area Manager for Osteoporosis Canada. Natacha knows and understands the North and what each committee has to offer in both official languages. In 2015, Natacha joined the Alzheimer’s Society of Sudbury and Manitoulin Island where she was the First Link coordinator and Family Counsellor where she went through extensive training to understand and help people and families deal with Dementia.
In her spare time she is a hockey mom to her young son and enjoys spending time with her family and aging grandmother.