Our Organization

The John Howard Society of Ontario has grown to include 19 local offices and over 700 staff and 750 volunteers. In 1967, the John Howard Society of Ontario obtained its registered charitable status. Together with the other provincial and territorial offices, the John Howard Society of Ontario is a member of the John Howard Society of Canada.

JHSO is accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program for excellence in fundraising, financial accountability and transparency, governance, management and volunteer involvement.

Our Role

The John Howard Society of Ontario performs two complementary functions. The Centre of Research, Policy & Program Development provides cutting-edge non-partisan research, evidence-based programming, policy development, and informative education material.
In addition, we provide administrative support to all of our local offices across Ontario.

Our Staff

JHSO Staff

Executive Director
Paula Osmok

Human Resources and Administrative Coordinator
Maureen Zuniga

Financial Coordinator 
Miranda Queh

Fundraising & Development Officer 
Akiko Takashita

The Centre of Research, Policy & Program Development

Director
Michelle Keast

Policy Analyst
Graham Brown

Researcher and Program Evaluator
Reza Ahmadi

Researcher and Program Evaluator
Sunny Dhillon

JHSO Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the John Howard Society of Ontario consists of 27 community member volunteers from across Ontario. Of this group 8 are “directors at large” and the remaining 19 are nominated by and from each local office of the Society. This system allows for representation from all the communities in which we are located and ensures that their unique needs are addressed. Our Board follows the Carver model of governance and meets four times per year with meetings of our various committees interspersed throughout the year.

Executive Committee

President
Bruce Simpson
Director-at-large
Lawyer
Barnes Sammon LLP
Vice-President
Ken Doan
Local Office Representative – Sarnia Lambton
Land Registrar (Retired)

Treasurer
Brian Cavanagh
Director-at-large
Financial Planner

Executive Committee
John Rives
Member-at-large
Team Leader
Life Line In Reach
Secretary 
Rob MacLellan
Local Office Representative – Toronto
Lawyer, Blaney McMurtry LLP

Executive Committee
Pauline Wainwright
Member-at-large
Local Office Rep – Peel-Halton-Dufferin
Executive Committee
Jim Preston
Member-at-large
U of W Campus Police (retired)

Directors

Director-at-large
Hermon Mayers
High School Principal
Director-at-large
Paul Mundra
Clinical Biochemist

Director
Sheila Arthurs
Local Office Representative – Ottawa
Federal Department of Justice (Retired)
Director
Sharlene Reynolds
Local Office Representative – Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton

Director
Ron Cuthbert
Local Office Representative – Niagara Region
School Principal (Retired)
Director
Gerry Croteau
Executive Director
Local Office Representative – Simcoe & Muskoka

Director
Abb Gilbert
Local Office Representative – Durham Region
Engineer (Retired)
Director
Paul Legacy
Affiliate Representative – Peterborough
Professor, Fleming College

Director
Christina Ninham
Local Office Representative – London
Director
Michael V. Sabo
Affiliate Representative – Sudbury

Director
Wanda Ivic
Local Office Representative – Hamilton
Director-at-large
Trisha Simpson
Lawyer

Director-at-large
Michael Bryant
Lawyer
Director-at-large
Art Young
Partner at the ABY Group: Public Affairs; Marketing; Communications Training

Director
Jean LeDrew Metcalfe
Local Office Representative – Waterloo 
Director
Rob Thibodeau
Local Office Rep – Sault Ste. Marie

Director
Kathleen MacDonald
Local Office Rep – York Region 
Director
Mary Jane Kingston
Local Office Rep – Kingston

Director
Sandy Lychowyd
Local Office Rep – Thunder Bay