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Board of Directors 2020 - 2021

Interested in becoming a Board Member?

To be a member of the Board of Directors, you must live or work in Lanark County, be over the age of 18 and be passionate about child and youth mental health.  The Board meets the last Wednesday of every month (except July) and in addition, each Board member is expected to  be a member of at least one committee for an additional meeting per month. Please send your resume and letter of interest to admin@opendoors.on.ca

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Chairperson - Abby M. Armstrong (Image and Bio Coming Soon)

Vice Chairperson - Andrew Pratt

My name is Andrew Pratt and I am a proud member of the Board of Directors for Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth.  I have been a Director and member of the Board for 2 years and have taken on a leadership position of Vice-Chair of the Board this past year.  Professionally, I am an educator and have been in the field for fourteen years. I am currently an Elementary School Vice-Principal with the Upper Canada District School Board and started my career as a teacher with the Peel District School Board in 2007.  I am passionate about educating, guiding, caring for, and supporting youth, and have had success in collaborating with Community Partners to ensure that the children in our communities are supported in all aspects of their lives.  I was born and raised in Carleton Place, Ontario and my role with Open Doors is one avenue that I can give back to the community that had a hand in raising me.

Treasurer  - Scott E. McIntyre (Image and Bio Coming Soon)

Board Member - Deanne Carter (Image Coming Soon)

Deanne Carter is a sergeant with the Ontario Provincial Police. She is currently a team lead at the Provincial Communications Center. During her 20 year career with the O.P.P. she has had the opportunity to work all over Eastern Ontario as well as participating in the Northern Deployment Program where she has worked in remote First Nations communities. She possesses a B.A. with a combined major in psychology/sociology/anthropology. She has a strong interest in children’s mental health as well as maintaining an involvement in her community.  She has been a member of our board of directors for approximately three years and is also a member of our Governance Committee.  Deanne currently resides in Mississippi Mills with her spouse. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, riding her horse and sailing Lake Ontario.

Board Member - Angie Storey

I am a retired Registered Practical Nurse (Psychiatric) and Social Worker.  My experience in the field of mental health has taken me along a continuum of working with young children, youths and adults. I am the spouse of a retired military officer and have lived and worked in three different provinces. My personal experiences have led me through family mental health issues, the adoption process (and subsequent biological research), life as a single parent, and through the illness and loss of a parent. My nursing experience was a huge asset in my social work/mental health work.  In my work as a community mental health case worker, I was successful in helping many young people (and adults) with severe and chronic mental illness to better their lives. You should also know that this career also has its tragedies and self-wellness is a necessity for those who choose this path.

I began my volunteer work in the community as a teenager. I have worked as a volunteer in several community organizations such as the Military Family Resource Centres and the Canadian Red Cross.

I am an outgoing mature woman who enjoys reading, gardening and cooking. One of my core beliefs is that educating oneself should be ongoing throughout life.

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Board Member - Lisha Elliston (Image Coming Soon)

Lisha joined the Board of Directors as a Director in 2020, after moving to the area with her family. Lisha is a graduate of Ryerson University with a Bachelor in Social Work. Lisha brings with her experience working in municipal recreation programming, Mental Health and experience working for Family and Children’s Services of Lanark Leeds and Grenville as a Protection Worker. Lisha feels very passionate about getting involved in her community, she believes that communities are stronger and more resilient when children, youth and families are empowered, and their voices are heard. Lisha feels very honored to be working with some of amazing families this county hosts!

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Board Member  - Margie Becker (Image and Bio Coming Soon)