BIRGIT SWITILEK   CASE MANAGER, TORONTO WEST INETEGRATED SERVICE TEAM

BIRGIT SWITILEK

CASE MANAGER, TORONTO WEST INETEGRATED SERVICE TEAM

NIBHA VARMA   HUMAN RESOURCES GENERALIST

NIBHA VARMA

HUMAN RESOURCES GENERALIST

TONYA VAN DUSEN   SITE SUPPORT WORKER, BOARDING HOME PROGRAM

TONYA VAN DUSEN

SITE SUPPORT WORKER, BOARDING HOME PROGRAM

KEVIN FORREST   MANAGER, CLINICAL SERVICES

KEVIN FORREST

MANAGER, CLINICAL SERVICES

MARY MODESTE   DIRECTOR, INTERNAL ENGAGEMENT & ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (Co-Chair)

MARY MODESTE

DIRECTOR, INTERNAL ENGAGEMENT & ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (Co-Chair)

OFELIA (FELY) LABRO   SUPPORTIVE HOUSING WORKER, COLLEGEVIEW ABI SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

OFELIA (FELY) LABRO

SUPPORTIVE HOUSING WORKER, COLLEGEVIEW ABI SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

KATHY LABROSSE   EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

KATHY LABROSSE

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

ELENA SALINI   CASE MANAGER, TORONTO WEST INTEGRATED SERVICE TEAM

ELENA SALINI

CASE MANAGER, TORONTO WEST INTEGRATED SERVICE TEAM

CINDI SHOOT   CASE MANAGER, TORONTO EAST INTEGRATED SERVICE TEAM (Co-Chair)

CINDI SHOOT

CASE MANAGER, TORONTO EAST INTEGRATED SERVICE TEAM (Co-Chair)


Making It A Strategic Priority

Cota has formed various committees and task groups in the past that have done some good work in pulling together events to recognize staff, but feedback from staff in the 2015-2016 town hall sessions regarding the development of our new strategic plan highlighted both a desire and a challenge for Cota to do more. What staff were looking for was a sustained focus on staff recognition and wellness and more frequent and diversified events and initiatives. With this in mind, in the spring of 2016 we recruited Mary Modeste as our Director, Internal Engagement & Organizational Development.

Within the scope of her job description, Mary is directly responsible for developing and orchestrating Cota’s staff recognition and wellness initiatives. We did this to ensure that there is an ongoing intentional senior management focus on staff recognition and wellness. In addition, Cota has adopted Investing In Our Staff as a strategic pillar within our 2016-2017 strategic plan.


Our committee goal is to create an environment at Cota where wellness is embedded in our culture and the way that we operate

– Mary Modeste, (Co-Chair)


Recognition & Wellness Programming

Overcoming Challenges

What We Hope to Achieve