Archived Spotlights

Archived Spotlights

Vanier Children's Services is pleased to announce Dr. Jeff Carter in new role, "DIRECTOR OF QUALITY IMPROVEMENT"

On September 29, 2014, Dr. Jeff Carter assumed the senior leadership role as our Director of Quality Improvement.  During the past 14 years, Dr. Carter has practiced clinical psychology, supervised psychology students (Western), residents (London Psychology Consortium), and psychologists in supervised practice (College of Psychologists), overseen research initiatives and partnerships, and has provided strong direction in outcome evaluation/performance management at Vanier.

We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Carter into this important leadership role, as Vanier Children's Services begins its journey as the "Lead Agency for Children and Youth Mental Health" for London-Middlesex County.

Joanne Sherin
Executive Director

Vanier Children's Services has a new Director of Clinical Services!

We are very pleased to welcome Leo Desjardins back into the Vanier fold on February 6, 2013, as the incoming Director of Clinical Services.  Leo previously worked on the Community Mental Health Service Team (formerly the Family School Team) for many years, providing bilingual family counselling services.  During this time, Leo deepened his practice in trauma work, specifically with immigrants and refugees who had experienced political/war trauma.  Leo initiated Vanier's Francophone Crisis-Intake Service and was instrumental in advocating for additional bilingual mental health services for children and families in our community.  He has provided fee-for-service bilingual counselling to the agency during the past year.

Leo Desjardins was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario.  He completed a B.A. in Psychology at Laurentian University and an M.A. in Sexology at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal.  Leo pursued his studies in marriage and family therapy at the Interfaith Pastoral Counselling Centre in Kitchener - Waterloo and at the Family Service Thames Valley in London, Ontario.  Leo brings to Vanier a rich work experience in the area of child, couple, and family therapy.  He has considerable knowledge in the area of male victims of sexual abuse, and fatherhood.  He has also been a strong advocate for the development of French language services and has been a community member with the Mother Reach Coalition.  Leo has worked in the field of children's mental health both in his home town of Sudbury and previously at Vanier Children's Services.  For the past five years, Leo pursued private practice and his artistic endeavours.

The Management and Staff are delighted Leo will be contributing his unique perspectives and clinical acumen to Vanier in February 2013!!

Joanne Sherin, Executive Director


Vanier Welcomes Joanne Sherin as its new Executive Director!

Vanier Children's Services is pleased to announce that Joanne Sherin has accepted the role of Vanier's newest Executive Director, effective immediately.

Joanne Sherin first laid the foundation for her career in public service when she attended at Queen's University in Kingston, King's University College and Althouse College at the University of Western Ontario where she earned her B.A., B.S.W. and M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology).  Since obtaining her professional qualifications, Joanne has dedicated her life, both professionally and as a volunteer, to helping the most vulnerable members of our society.

Joanne practiced clinical social work in community mental health settings for over twenty-five years.  During that time, she specialized in working with survivors of child sexual abuse and woman abuse and provided training services to her fellow professionals in these service areas.  Joanne is also credited with founding a range of Adult Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse therapy services in her private practice in addition to the Adult Survivor Services Coordinating Committee during the early 1980's.

In addition to working on many community initiatives and committees to improve the social services network within London-Middlesex, Joanne has also volunteered her time and expertise to organizations and causes close to her heart.  In 1983, she served as a founding member of the Changing Ways, Inc. Board of Directors.  From 2003 to 2009, Joanne served as Chair and Board Member of the Sexual Assault Centre London.

Not only does Joanne possess an impressive clinical background with a history that exhibits a commitment to volunteerism, she brings a repertoire of relevant management experience.  Joanne began to build on her management experience when she assisted in the opening of Women's Community House's Wellington Street Shelter in 1992.  She also served as Director of Community Counselling at Family Service London (now Family Services Thames Valley) for a number of years prior to focusing her attentions on the Children's Mental Health Sector.

Joanne's relationship with Vanier Children's Services began in 2005 when she accepted the position of Director of Clinical Services.  Since that time, she has served Vanier and its families with an unparalleled level of professionalism, integrity and compassion.

Since becoming Vanier's Interim Executive Director in January of 2012, Joanne has excelled in the role, displaying the combination of compassion and strength of character Vanier was looking for in its new Executive Director.

On behalf of the Vanier Children's Services Board of Directors and the rest of the Vanier community, we wish Joanne all the best as she takes on this new role.  We look forward to working with her in the years to come.

Janice Straub, President, Vanier Children's Services Board of Directors