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EKO announces the appointment of new board members

November 08, 2022

Empowered Kids Ontario-Enfants Avenir Ontario (EKO) is pleased Headshot of new EKO board member Lisa Coffeyto announce the appointment of Lisa Coffey, M.Ed., MBA and Jessica Sartori, PhD, to the association’s board of directors for a three-year term, beginning November 8, 2022.

A student achievement-oriented educator, Coffey is known for creating learning cultures, monitoring for improvement, and for instituting policies and practices that promote inclusion. A teacher, principal and currently superintendent of education responsible for 17 schools as well as the safe and caring schools policy agenda, Coffey works to support all students, and to implement strategies that eliminate systemic barriers for students and parents.

Headshot of new EKO board member Jessica SartoriSartori joins the board of directors as representative and chair of EKO’s Leadership Council. Before being appointed CEO of the John McGivney Children’s Centre in Windsor, she served as Director of Quality Assurance at the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society, and as Manager of Community Impact and Learning at the United Way Windsor-Essex County. Sartori has also been deeply involved in the local community including as a trustee and as chair for the Greater Essex County District School Board.

“We’re excited to expand our board with new members who bring diverse expertise and insight to our work,” says EKO CEO Jennifer Churchill. “We have worked diligently to ensure EKO’s board and leadership represents a variety of experts from education, child development, education, and social service, as well as individuals with living experience. Our newest board members are no exception.”

“I am personally delighted to welcome such a strong group of new and returning board members, and I look forward to serving with each of them in the coming year,” says EKO Chair Tom Walters. “Every EKO director demonstrates exceptional commitment to advancing the association and its mission.”

EKO welcomes the 2022 Board of Directors:

  • Tom Walters, Chair
  • Nagham Azzam
  • Paul Cantin
  • Lisa Coffey
  • Kevin J. Collins
  • Andra Duff-Woskosky
  • Christina (Tina) Langlois
  • Carole Moore
  • Lois Ouellette
  • Zoran Piljevic
  • Sara Pot
  • Jessica Sartori
  • Susan Vanagas-Cote
  • Dr. Mohammad Zubairi
  • Jennifer Churchill

About Empowered Kids Ontario
Empowered Kids Ontario represents Ontario’s publicly-supported child development and rehabilitation agencies, which provide services and programs to more than 150,000 kids every year, at home, in schools and in the community. EKO members care for kids with childhood disabilities; kids with developmental disabilities—physical, cognitive and communication; kids who are recovering from illness or injury; and kids with complex care needs including cerebral palsy, autism, FASD, and Down syndrome and other neurodisabilities. EKO is a founding member of the Children’s Health Coalition, a collective of eight leading Ontario children’s health organizations, representing expertise in pediatric health care and research, and delivering every kind of care a child could need.

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