Executive Director of Halton Children’s Aid Society Announces Retirement

After 40 years of dedicated service in Child Welfare, Nancy MacGillivray has advised the Board of Directors that she will be retiring to pursue new adventures and spend more time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Nancy will be retiring from the role of Executive Director, a post she has held with distinction for the past 12 of the 18 years she worked with the Halton Children’s Aid Society. Previously Nancy worked at the Hamilton-Wentworth CAS for 22 years.

During her tenure at the Halton Children’s Aid Society, the Society has celebrated many accomplishments including the full implementation of a community-based protection services model that supports early help and prevention programs for families in Halton. Under Nancy’s leadership, the Society took the lead role in being the first Ontario CAS to implement the province-wide Child Protection Information Network (CPIN). Nancy developed innovative approaches to support youth-in-care with the implementation of the Oakville Residence for youth transitioning to adulthood and supported service delivery methods that contributed to permanency within family-based settings. Nancy has been a strong proponent of leveraging data to inform sound decision making and implemented the Society’s first Balanced Scorecard and three subsequent Strategic Plans that were reflective of the voice of the internal and external stakeholders in the Halton community.

Nancy has been active in the provincial Child Welfare sector and supports thinking and working as a system while acting locally. She participated on the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (OACAS) Outcomes and Accountability Committee, Executive Committee and Governance Committee of the OACAS Board of Directors. In Halton, Nancy was instrumental in developing and championing the Our Kids Network (OKN), which promotes healthy development, security and safety of all children, youth and families through collective action. She has supported OKN on various committees and currently is a member of the OKN’s Senior Executive Group, as well as the Co-Chair of the Halton Prevention and Intervention Committee.

Paul Bartu, Board Chair, notes, “On behalf of the Board of Directors and all Halton Children’s Aid Society employees, we would like to thank Nancy for her professionalism, dedication and unwavering commitment to the goals and objectives of the Halton Children’s Aid Society. We wish her the very best and will miss her.”

Over the coming weeks the Board of Directors will be developing a process for recruiting a new Executive Director for the Society and plans to have a new person in this leadership role in June 2018. The Board of Directors and Nancy are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible.

We will be planning an event to recognize Nancy’s contributions to the Halton community in June 2018 to wish Nancy and her family a wonderful retirement.

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