About Us

History

In 1997, the Ministry of Community and Social Services released a policy called Making Services Work for People. This policy was created because the Ministry kept hearing from people and families that finding help for themselves or their family members was very difficult and confusing and that they didn’t know who to call. Another big issue that people and their families identified was feeling stressed and frustrated by having to repeat their personal stories multiple times before someone could help them. Making Services Work for People directed communities to find solutions to these problems so that the system could be improved.

In 1999, after a community process, Contact Hamilton was created to make it easier for people living in Hamilton to get the information and services they needed. On June 1 2000, Contact Hamilton “opened its doors” and became the agency that people called if they wanted information about or access to the following Hamilton-based services:

  • Services for children and youth with social, emotional, behavioural, psychiatric issues or concerns
  • Services for children and youth with developmental concerns including autism
  • Services for adults with developmental disabilities.

In 2008, the Ministry of Community and Social Services passed a new Act called the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act. This marked the beginning of transformation in the adult developmental services sector. Among other things, this new act introduced the following:

  • The creation of single point of access agencies across the nine regions of the province (now called Developmental Service Ontario [DSO])
  • A standardized application process – no matter where you live in the province of Ontario, the process of applying for services and supports should be the same
  • The creation of quality assurance measures and standards to improve the quality of service experienced by people with developmental disabilities
  • The option for direct funding – greater control is given to people to purchase services where they like and to develop their own model of service that is unique and reflective of their needs/wants.

In 2010, following an “expression of interest” process, Contact Hamilton was declared as one of the nine DSOs in the province – the DSO for the Hamilton-Niagara Region. Among other things, what this meant for Contact Hamilton was an expansion of their mandate for adult developmental services from Hamilton to now including the communities within the Hamilton-Niagara region: Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk, Hamilton, Niagara, Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. On July 1st 2011, the DSO HNR “opened its doors”.

Access to children’s services continues through the Children’s Services division of Contact Hamilton and remains focused on Hamilton residents.

In April 2012, Contact Hamilton was identified as the Designated Passport Agency for the administration of the Passport Funding program for the communities of Hamilton, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Previous to this Contact Hamilton was the Designated Passport Agency for the city of Hamilton.

Board of Directors

Contact Hamilton is governed by a voluntary board of directors, operating under a policy governance model. Board meetings occur monthly and are open to the public to observe.

For further information about the meeting dates or to enquire about attending a meeting, please call Dayna Setzkorn at 905-522-3304 ext. 229 or 1-877-376-4674.

We currently have vacancies on our board and are looking for people who are interested in becoming board members. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please call Dayna Setzkorn at 905-522-3304 ext. 229 or 1-877-376-4674. For an application package, please click here.

Member Profiles:

As of June 1 2018

Name Position on Board Term Profile
Matthew Fletcher Chair 2014-2020 Matt lives in Hamilton. Matt is a police officer with the Hamilton Police Service. He is also a family member and represents lived experience.
Miriam Gracey Director 2015-2021 Miriam lives in Hamilton and is the Executive Assistant to the COE at the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Services.  Miriam is a family member and represents lived experience.
Kieu Duong Director 2014-2020 Kieu lives in Hamilton and is the Chief Financial Officer for Associated Paving and Materials.
David Brown Director 2015-2020 David lives in Niagara and is a Communications Consultant.
Joanne Bergin Director 2015-2021 Joanne lives in Niagara and works at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington as a Project Manager in Information Technology. Joanne is a family member and represents lived experience.
Michael Lawlor Director 2017-2023 Michael lives in Hamilton and is a school administrator with the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.  He has undergraduate degrees from McMaster and Brock Universities and a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto.  Michael is particularly passionate about the wellbeing of youth and is a regular liaison between adolescents and Contact Hamilton.
Aurelie Dimandja Director 2017 – 2023 Aurelie lives in Stoney Creek. She is an Occupational Therapist Assistant/ Physiotherapist Assistant at the Brant Community Healthcare System.
April Bilton Director 2017 – 2022 April lives in Hamilton and is a police officer with the Hamilton Police Service. April currently works with youth in downtown area High Schools. Prior to her career in policing April worked as a Human Resources Manager.

*Lea Pollard, Executive Director (ex-officio)

Funding

Contact Hamilton is funded by the following Ministry:

  • Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS)

Vision

Our Vision is:

      Thriving children and youth, empowered adults, strong families, inclusive communities.

Mission

Our Mission is:

To enhance quality of life by providing access to information and available services and supports

Service Principles and Values

Contact Hamilton is a values and principles-based organization and strives to adhere to these through its work and conduct.

To this end, Contact Hamilton’s central IDEA is:

Integrity 

Intégrité, النزاهة, Integrität, integrità, 廉正, integridade, integridad, سالمیت, chính trực

Contact Hamilton board, staff and volunteers will be trustworthy, honest, responsible and will treat people with dignity and respect

Diversity 

la diversité, تنوع, Vielfalt, diversità, 多样diversidade, diversidad, تنوع, sự đa dạng

Contact Hamilton board, staff and volunteers will be inclusive, fair, equitable, welcoming and provide a safe place to request and receive service

Empathy 

Empathie, العطف, Empathie, empatia, 同情, empatia, empatía, ہمدردی, đồng cảm

Contact Hamilton board, staff and volunteers will act with compassion, patience and will provide support and guidance 

Accountability 

Responsabilité, المسائلة, Rechenschaftspflicht, responsabilità, 问责, prestação de contas, responsabilidad, احتساب, trách nhiệm giải trình

Contact Hamilton board, staff and volunteers will be transparent, responsive and strive for service excellence

Strategic Priorities

In 2017 and 2018, the Board of Directors undertook a review of the organization’s Vision, Mission and Service Values and Principles. To support this process, they engaged stakeholders (consumers, families, staff, agency partners and funders). Revisions were made to the Vision, Mission and Service Principles and new Board Priorities were identified.

Governance Priorities

  1. To be a well informed Board
  2. To be a well governed Board
  3. To be a collaborative Board

Broader Public Sector Accountability Act Items

Contact Hamilton is a Broader Public Sector organization. As such, we are required to post our Perquisites Policy, a list of all perquisites offered by the organization (embedded in our Perquisites Policy) and our Reimbursement of Expenses Policy.

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