As a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, the work of OMSSA Members has been forever transformed. The pandemic has demonstrated the vital socio-economic importance of children's services, it has forced a rethink of how employment and income supports are delivered, and it has exacerbated an already strained housing and homeless system.
Through all of this, OMSSA Members have had to rapidly develop new policies and to innovate ways of effectively supporting the services users. Through all this, the course that Members will need to plot is becoming increasingly clear. Alongside all the successes that Members have had navigating these trials, new economic challenges have emerged.
The 2023 Policy Conference, held from November 30 to December 1, is OMSSA's annual forum for discussion and debate focused on the present and future of human services policy in Ontario. This event brings human services leaders and policy experts, together with provincial leaders, stakeholder organizations, and other subject matter experts. This year's conference promises to be packed with relevant content for all OMSSA Members and beyond!
(Chair) Tod Duncan, OMSSA
Tanya Antoniw, City of Windsor
Sutha Balasingham, City of Toronto
Doug Ball, OMSSA
JJ Blower, Parry Sound DSSAB
Chelsea Combot, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
Mina Fayez-Bahgat, County of Simcoe
Christie Herrington, OMSSA
Michael Jacek, AMO
Rob Kirsic, OMSSA
Laura LePine, County of Renfrew
Jennifer McPhee, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
Janel Morrison, Region of Peel
Naama Ofrath, City of Toronto
Jessica Rapcewicz, Manitoulin-Sudbury DSSAB
Nalisha Sankreacha, OMSSA
Darryl Wolk, OMSSA
Registration for OMSSA's 2023 Policy Conference is now OPEN!
OMSSA's 2023 Policy Conference is taking place at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites. OMSSA has negotiated a rate for attendees of $175 per night. The cut-off date to reserve your room is October 30, 2023. Visit our Accommodation webpage for more information.