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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.

Bonnie Russel - Director of Strategic Support

Bonnie Russell
Director, Strategic Support

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.

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.