Guest Speakers2019-04-17T02:12:54-04:00

Guest Speakers

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Opening Remarks

Camille Quenneville

CEO, CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION, ONTARIO

Camille Quenneville is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division. Before joining CMHA Ontario, Camille channeled her passion for mental health care in senior leadership roles in the educational, governmental and children’s mental health sectors. She served as Director of Policy and Communications at the Children’s Mental Health Ontario, Chief of Staff to Ontario’s first Minister of Children and Youth Services, and Director of Policy at the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. Camille is an alumnus of the University of Windsor and the University of Toronto.

Special Guest Speaker

Hon. Laurie Scott

MINISTER OF LABOUR

Hon. Laurie Scott is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, having been elected five times to represent her constituents at Queen’s Park since 2003.

On June 29, 2018 she was appointed to Ontario’s Executive Council as Minister of Labour.

Laurie was born and raised in Kinmount and credits her late father Bill Scott, the local Federal Member of Parliament for 28 years, with having instilled in her a strong commitment to public service and the importance of giving back to your community.

Laurie has been a tireless advocate for victims of human sex trafficking in Ontario, both inside and outside of the Legislature. She was recognized for her work with the 2017 Champion for Children award by the BOOST Child & Youth Advocacy Centre in Toronto. She is also passionate about encouraging women to get actively involved in public life.

A graduate of Loyalist College, Laurie previously worked as a Registered Nurse, including at the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay.

When she is not working, Laurie enjoys outdoor sports. She is also an animal lover and enjoys riding horses and helping her two teenage nieces in their riding competitions.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

Special Guest Speaker

Hon. Raymond Cho

MINISTER OF SENIORS AND ACCESSIBILITY

Hon Raymond Sung Joon Cho first arrived in Vancouver B.C. in 1967 as a landed immigrant from Seoul, South Korea. As a newcomer to Canada, he worked three jobs simultaneously as a miner, waiter and a janitor, in order to pay for his university education. He earned two Master’s degrees in Social Work and Education, followed by a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Toronto.

After pursuing a career as a social worker with the Catholic Children’s Aid Society, Minister Cho made his first foray into politics in 1991, when he was first elected as a Metro Councillor. He was eventually re-elected a total of 8 times as a Toronto City
Councillor since. He was also elected 4 times as the Chair of Board of Management of the Toronto Zoo and was instrumental in bringing the pandas from China to Toronto.

In September 2016, Minister Cho won a provincial by-election in the riding of Scarborough-Rouge River and became the first Korean born member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

Aside from his public life, Minister Cho is also heavily involved in advocating for humanitarian causes and strives for the fair and equal treatment of all people. In 2008, Minister Cho founded the Global Youth Leaders, an organization that provides international leadership opportunities for high school students. In both 2010 and 2012, Minister Cho led the group to the Philippines to assist with the rebuilding of homes for typhoon victims. He also led students twice from GYL to Jamaica to help orphans and seniors with HIV and AIDS.

Minister Cho and his wife, Soon Ok, have been living in Scarborough for the past 45 years and they have three children and six grandchildren.

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