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Strategic Leadership Team


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:

 

Terri Pelton - Executive Director of Child and Youth Advocacy

Terri Pelton
Executive Director, Child and Youth Advocacy

Terri became the Executive Director of Child and Youth Advocacy in June, 2019. Previously, Terri served as Director of Investigations and Legal Representation for Children and Youth.

Terri has worked within the area of child welfare since 1987. She worked as a front line protection worker, supervisor and analyst at the ministry before 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.

 

Bolu Idowu - Director, Strategic Support

Bolu Idowu
Director, Strategic Support

Bolu joined the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate as Director, Strategic Support on March 22, 2021. She is responsible for leading the provision of a range of administrative and business services in the areas of finance and budgeting, business planning, human resources, administrative and accommodation services, information management and technology, and quality assurance activities.

Bolu has over 17 years of experience in diverse technical and management roles within the private and public sectors. Prior to joining the OCYA, she held the position of Director, Financial Reporting and Operations in the Ministry of Jobs, Economy and Innovation. She is equipped with broad enterprise, business and leadership skills, and brings to the role a solid experience in corporate strategic support.

Bolu is a Chartered Professional Accountant. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Queen’s University. Bolu finds fulfilment in empowering and supporting people around her in the delivery of strategic organizational goals. She is passionate about reassuring key demographics within our society, including children and the youth, that they are capable of achieving great things.
 

Kimberly Spicer - Director of Investigations and LRCY

Kim Spicer
Director, Investigations and LRCY

Kim joined the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate in August 2019 as the Director of Investigations and Legal Representation for Children and Youth (LRCY). She is accountable for the Legal Representation for Children and Youth Division and is also responsible for the public investigations into serious injuries and deaths of young people receiving designated services from the Ministry of Children’s Services and Youth Justice.

Kim has over 21 years of experience in the public service and has worked in a variety of positions with Children’s Services.  Prior to joining the office, she held the position of Senior Manager, Policy and Practice, within Children’s Services. During this time, Kim lead the development and implementation of the Child Intervention Practice Framework.  She was also seconded to Justice and Solicitor General to initiate the Alberta Family Court Project.

Kim brings to the office a strong background in guiding the development and implementation of policy, practice and program.  She has extensive experience building collaborative relationships with staff, partners and community members.

Kim’s formal qualifications include a Masters in Pubic Administration and she is a registered social worker.  Kim is passionate about systems change through the focus on continuous improvement of services and supports provided by government to ensure that vulnerable young people have their needs met.