Ontario Chapter

About the Chapter

Chapter Goals

The Purpose of the Ontario Chapter:

1) Provide forums for networking and sharing of information between supervised child access providers and other professionals involved in providing support to participants who are not living together.
2) Develop and disseminate standards for practice of child access
3) Provide public education regarding the importance of children having safe conflict-free contact with both participants and other family members and the role of child access programs in the continuum of services for divorced and separated families and for children in out-of-home placement.
4) Maintain a directory of supervised child access providers that is available to SVN members, other professionals, families, and the general public.
5) Educate public and private decision-makers regarding the importance of funding for child access service and provide assistance to local courts and/or service providers in accessing funds to provide affordable services to children and their families.
6) Provide any other services and information as may be appropriate.

What's Going On

Thank-you Joe Nullet for your informative presentation at our AGM on May 1st, 2017 about Networks vs. Chapters and the direction of SVN Global. Our Chapter will be looking into this more so our membership can give us direction for our Chapter.

We are excited to welcome Debbie Sliwinski & Robert Louis to our Board of Officers. Olivia Furlonger & Daniella Bozur have agreed to co-Chair our Chapter as Dave Paquin has stepped down to focus on his Northern Region Representation. As well, Ying Lu has agreed to be our Chapter Secretary.


Cheryl Clarke has been the Supervisor of Supervised Access Services for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, Counselling Services of Belleville and District, for the past twenty-five years. Her background as an Early Childhood Educator, Social Worker and Volunteer Manager has served as a foundation with her many years of experience working with volunteers, children and families. She has served on many committees over the years and has offered work experience placements to students, volunteers and helped to train staff. She created the CD and Workbook on How to Supervise Visits and Exchanges and Complete Observation Notes, that was adapted and utilized by the Ministry of the Attorney General programs in Ontario and has offered training opportunities with her colleagues about Supervised Access to new Coordinators and service providers over the years. Over the years she has served on many committees with the Ministry of the Attorney General Supervised Access Program such as the Professional Development Committee, the Anniversary committee and the AODA Committee. She has been a lead on the Peer Review committee and a mentor to many new Coordinators over the years. As part of her work on the AODA Committee she attended with Maribeth at the Ontario Public Service Accessibility Expo in Toronto, presenting on how the Supervised Access Programs within MAG have come into compliance with the customer service accessibility standards. Cheryl has also been a member of the Supervised Visitation Network for twenty five years. She was part of the first group to organize the first Ontario Chapter and served on the executive for many years. She currently sits on the SVN Technology Task Force on the Website Working Group. At her agency she ensures Volunteers are recognized, has provided CPI training and developed the AODA training and process. Locally she attends the Quinte Coordinating Committee Against Violence meetings and has served on that committee for many years sitting on different subcommittees including the Executive and currently sits as chair of the Membership committee responsible for the AGM. She has also in the past served on the provincial selection committee for the Ministry of Citizenship to choose the Outstanding Achievement Awards for Voluntarism and facilitated the support group for many years in Belleville for the Brian Tumour Foundation of Canada.

Training Opportunities


Handy Resources

The Crisis Prevention Institute has an excellent training piece on non verbal cues that may provide the information you are seeking. Also, you may not be aware that CPI has just released a new Hybrid training option that might make completing the training through your agency more manageable. Participants complete a large part of the training on their own time prior to attending the face to face training which saves face to face training time. As it is set up, the CPI Hybrid training requires both the trainer and the trainees to provide examples relevant to the work that they are doing and the role they have . As the hybrid training is completed prior to the face to face training, all staff come to class prepared with concrete examples. You may also not be aware that our own, Farhana Meghji , is a certified CPI trainer and may be available to come and provide the training to your staff. For more information you can go to crisisprevention.com

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