Erica Baker-Tinsley is the newest member of the SOTG. After working at the Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement (BDACI), she joined Loyalist College as a professor in the Developmental Services Worker Program. Erica is a graduate of the Ryerson Disability Studies program and has a Masters in Community Development. She has substantial experience teaching Social Role Valorization within the college and at workshops and is a frequent team leader in PASSING workshops. Erica is a member of the North American SRV Council.
Jane Barken‘s early experiences included working with Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger in the early 1970s when he was a visiting scholar at the National Institute for Mental Retardation (NIMR). This undoubtedly contributed to her lifelong commitment to working to promote better lives for people with intellectual disabilities. Jane recently retired after teaching for many years at Loyalist College in the DSW program. She is currently a board member at BDACI. She has taught SRV both within the college and at workshops and has been a team leader at PASSING. Jane is a member of the North American SRV Council.
Donald Easson retired in 2017 from his role as professor and coordinator in the Developmental Services Worker Program at Centennial College. Like others, he has extensive experience teaching Social Role Valorization within the college and at workshops and has been a PASSING team leader and floater many times. Donald is also involved with many community organizations and has been on a number of boards of directors. Recently, he was involved in a collaborative project between Centennial College and a community agency that is looking at the issue of homesharing arrangements involving disabled and non-disabled people; for this, he recently received an award. Donald is a founding member of the SOTG.
Blair Fewster has a long history of involvement within organizations for people with intellectual disabilities. He, too, recently retired from his role of professor in the Social Service Worker Program at Centennial College. Blair draws on Social Role Valorization in his teaching and has been a team leader at PASSING many times.
Peg Jenner retired two years ago as the coordinator of the Developmental Services Worker at Centennial College. Currently she plays a key leadership role in four-day Social Role Valorization workshops; she organizes, teaches and mentors new and upcoming presenters. Increasingly, Peg is taking on a leadership role within PASSING workshops as well. Peg has been a member of a number of boards of directors, and has served as a consultant to a number of organizations. She is a member of the North American SRV Council.
Donna Marcaccio is currently the Executive Director of Rygiel Supports for Community Living, an organization she joined as a volunteer when she was a teenager – and never left! Donna has played a key leadership role in supporting Rygiel through the process of moving from being an institution to an organization that is truly community-based. Social Role Valorization theory and its implementation has been foundational in this process of transition. Donna has worked to embed SRV within her organization. She has been involved in organizing many SRV events for her staff and has taken on leadership roles in PASSING workshops. She is very actively involved with families and with a family-based organization. For many years, Donna has supported her sister who has an intellectual disability. This support has enabled her sister to experience many valued social roles, including paid employee. Donna is a founding member of the SOTG and is currently the Secretary.
Judith Sandys recently retired from the faculty of the Ryerson School of Social Work. For part of her 26 year tenure at Ryerson, she was Dean of the Faculty of Community Services. In this role, she was instrumental in the development of the School of Disability Studies. She has taught courses to both social work and disability studies students; all of those courses were SRV-based. Judith has been on the board of directors of a number of organizations of, and for, people with various disabilities. She has been involved with SRV for many years, most notably as the organizer and leader of PASSING workshops for over 20 years. She is a founding member of the SOTG and a member of the North American SRV Council.
Beth French died in February 2016. She personally cared deeply about the plight of vulnerable people. She believed that Social Role Valorization was an important theory and a useful framework to address the social devaluation faced by vulnerable people. With this as her constant motivation, Beth was not only a founding member of the Southern Ontario Training Group, but also a driving force in all of our work for 30 years. In her honour, we will continue the work that she deemed to be so important.