Board of Directors

Michael Dawthorne


Michael Dawthorne

Michael is the Director of Programs and Services Operations at Canadian Hearing Services.  He currently serves on numerous boards and committees related to accessibility, disabilities, and mental health.  He is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario (BA), Mohawk College (Labour Studies) and Lambton College (Community Advocacy).  Much of his time is spent supporting and advocating for his son with Autism, developmental disability, and mental illness.

Chris Guillemette

Vice Chair

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Chris Guillemette is the Director of Support Services with Community Living North Bay.  She has been with Community Living North Bay for 33 years and has assumed a number of roles within the organization during this period of time including overseeing children, youth and adult services. Chris has been with ODEN since its inception and has participated in a variety of capacities including the Board Vice Chair, Chair of Membership, and Secretary to name a few.

Danette Anthony


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With over 30 years of experience and industry certifications, Danette has provided Vocational Rehabilitation services within both the private and government sectors.  She has a breadth of experience as a leader within the field of employment services, and as a member of the board of directors within her professional association.

Rosa Amicarelli

Past Chair

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Rosa is a Director of Supports for Community Living Essex County and has been with the agency for over 27 years. Rosa also oversees Career Compass, the agency’s modernized employment service which provides direction to job seekers searching for meaningful employment and guiding employers in inclusive hiring.

Amani Hitimana

Director at Large

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Amani works as a Program Manager for Christian Horizons in Toronto and has been with the agency since April 2007.

Over the past 10 years, Amani has had the opportunity to work in the field of developmental disabilities, and on the frontlines of a variety of social service settings, providing support to persons with disabilities. He has worked within these settings, because of his commitment to serving the community, and his passion to find social justice solutions for the most vulnerable and marginalized populations.

He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto in Leadership, Higher and Adult Education. During his travels he has picked up 4 languages (English, French, Swahili and Kinyarwanda) and an interest in Portuguese.

Johanne Strome

Director at Large

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Johanne is the Director of Supports and Services with Community Living Prince Edward. Johanne has over 30 years of experience in Developmental Services, supporting children, youth, adults, and seniors with an intellectual disability and their families. Community Living Prince Edward’s mission statement is “To facilitate the full participation, inclusion and citizenship of people with an intellectual disability in the life of community.” Johanne is new to the ODEN Board of Directors, and will help bring a cross-sector perspective to employment issues and resolutions.

Linda Simpson

Director at Large

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Linda Simpson est une conseillère canadienne agréée en réadaptation, directrice et fondatrice de Performance Plus — Soins en Réadaptation. PPSR est une entreprise privée de réadaptation qui offre des services de retour au travail aux personnes ayant un handicap. Elle utilise un processus professionnel d’employabilité pour aider ses clients et ses employeurs à obtenir des résultats positifs. Linda et son équipe chez PPSR sont heureuses d’être vos partenaires de confiance pour aider votre organisation à être plus inclusive dans notre société. Linda est membre du réseau Forbes Councils, où ses connaissances aident à guider les entreprises sur la voie de l’inclusion. Linda est heureuse de travailler avec le conseil d’administration du réseau ODEN pour aider les organisations et les entreprises à être plus inclusives dans notre société.


Linda Simpson is a Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor, Director and Founder of Performance Plus Rehabilitative Care Inc. PPRC is a private rehabilitation company providing return to work services for people with disabilities. They use a professional employability process to support their clients and employers to achieve positive outcomes. Linda and her team at PPRC are pleased to be your trusted partner to assist your organization to be more inclusive in our society. Linda is a member of Forbes Councils, where her knowledge helps to guide business with inclusion. Linda is pleased to work with ODEN’s Board to assist organizations and businesses to be more inclusive in our society.

Ann Szabo

Director at Large

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Sandra Leslie

Director at Large

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Sandra is the Executive Director at META Vocational Services and has been with the agency for just over 3 years.
Sandra has worked in the field of social services for over 25 years, starting in the field of developmental services and now employment. She has an educational background in Business – Human Resources and Not for Profit Leadership.

Frankie He

Director at Large

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Frankie He has a master’s degree in Business Administration and 16 years of experience working with Employment Ontario employment services. He has developed a good understanding of the issues and employment challenges faced by persons with disabilities. Frankie is involved in program management, client services oversight, program evaluation, partnership development, business development, budget management, human resources management, and employment services transformation. Currently, Frankie is working with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario as Manager, Employment Services, in charge of the service delivery of OEAS and ODSP Employment Supports programs.