The OCYA’s Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) promotes integration and collaboration between divisions and sets the strategic direction for the organization. The team is comprised of a diverse group of dedicated professionals who share the same passion for providing quality service delivery to the vulnerable young people we serve.
In addition to Del Graff, the Child and Youth Advocate, who chairs the SLT, the committee members are:
Jackie is a social worker and is the Executive Director of Child and Youth Advocacy for the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate. Previously, Jackie was the Senior Manager of Legal Representation for Children and Youth. Prior to that, she worked for Alberta Children’s Services for 19 years and held various supervisory and management positions, including Senior Manager for Process Reviews where she managed the child death/serious incident reviews for Alberta Children’s Services.
Jackie’s entire career has focused on providing services to children and youth. In her leadership, she encourages an environment of continuous improvement focused on improving the circumstances for children and youth in Alberta.
Her formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary and completion of the Senior Executive Manager Development program for the Alberta Public Service.
Bonnie joined the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate in March 2012 as Director, Strategic Support. She is accountable for the delivery of Business and Budget Planning, Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources, and Administration. Bonnie has over 33-years of experience in the Public Service and has worked in a variety of positions with Children’s Services and Treasury Board/Alberta Finance. Prior to joining the office, she held the position of Director, Internal Audit and Risk Management with Human Services.
Bonnie brings to the office a strong background in policy development, financial reporting, business and budget planning, auditing, risk analysis, emergency planning, contract management and financial systems. As well, she exhibits sound leadership and supervisory skills. Bonnie strongly believes in and demonstrates through her daily work the values of the Alberta Public Service – Respect, Accountability, Integrity and Excellence.
Terri is the Director of Investigations and Legal Representation (LRCY) with the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate. Terri manages the Legal Representation for Children and Youth division and is also responsible for investigations into the death and serious injury of children receiving designated services from the Ministry of Children’s Services and Youth Justice. Terri has worked within the area of child welfare since 1987. She has worked as a frontline protection worker, supervisor and as an analyst at the Ministry until moving to the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate in 2007.
Her formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Regina and completion of the Senior and Executive Management Development Program for the Alberta Public Service. Terri is passionate about her belief that young people are rights-holders and that their voices need to be heard in decisions that affect them. And, when conducting investigative reviews into tragic circumstances, the young person’s experiences are reflected accurately to improve services for other young people.