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Senior Staff

Lydia Sai-Chew, Chief Executive Officer

With 25 years of children’s mental health experience, Lydia is responsible for the overall administration and direction of Oolagen operations and clinical services. Her significant leadership experience includes senior roles at Griffin Centre, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre and Peel Children’s Centre. Lydia holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Toronto. She is also Co-Chair of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services Toronto Region Children’s Service System and Consultation Committee.

Ruth Pluznick, Director, Clinical Services

Ruth joined Oolagen in 1987 shortly after receiving her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto. Since 1994 in her current role, Ruth has fostered the development of narrative therapy both at Oolagen and in the broader community. She also provides narrative therapy training to local and international hospitals, school boards and community agencies. Ruth is a founding member and faculty for the Toronto Centre of Narrative Therapy and advisor for the Dulwich Centre teaching program (www.dulwichcentre.com.au)

Caroline Sneath, Director, Development

Caroline’s career comprises senior development and communications experience in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Windsor. An involved Rotary Club of Toronto member, Caroline serves on their Women’s Initiatives Committee and has also been an active community volunteer with various organizations including the Canadian Foundation for Aids Research (CANFAR) and the Canadian Film Centre.

Marilyn Vasilkioti, Manager, Community Services

With an Honours B.A. in Psychology from York University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto, Marilyn has spearheaded and oversees Oolagen’s Walk-In as well as manages the Counselling program and supervises its staff.

Catherine Blocki-Radeke, Manager, Wraparound Process

One of the leading national/international Wraparound trainers, Catherine holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Social Work degree from York University and a B.A. from Guelph University. Catherine has mobilized the community to develop Wraparound initiatives with street youth and homeless young mothers.

Alison Baxter, Manager, Quality Improvement and Evaluation

Alison joined Oolagen in 2013 to fill this newly created role. Prior to Oolagen, Alison gained valuable research and program evaluation experience with Pathways to Education, the Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Alison holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Social Work from York University and a Master of Arts in Community Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University.