Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs
Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs

2014-2015 Gerry Sutton Scholarship Winner – Marion Graves

Marion and Gerry

Marion Graves, Simcoe Community Services and Gerry Sutton

As the recipient of the Gerry Sutton Scholarship for 2014-2015, Marion Graves has consistently demonstrated strong leadership through various initiatives – within her own agency, and at a regional level. She has been involved in Ministry planning initiatives for both children and adults for more than 20 years. Marion has offered her expertise and experience to many initiatives including the facility closure, analysis of service gaps, development of best practices and creation of innovative housing support options for the Developmental Services Sector, and support to partner agencies and colleagues.

Marion has invested her energy, enthusiasm and experience in many activities at the provincial level that have benefited all OASIS member agencies and the entire Developmental Services Sector. She has been an active member of the OASIS Labour Relations Committee, the Pay Equity Campaign, she is a key member at the Developmental Services Provincial Discussion Table, a member of the Provincial Network’s Human Resources Committee for many years, participated in the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Technical Advisory Committee, is a supporting Executive Director to the President of the OASIS Board of Directors.

For over 20 years, Marion worked at Madawaska Valley Association for Community Living. She often traveled long hours from her home in Barry’s Bay to meetings in Toronto, often in bad weather – a reflection of her level of dedication to the sector.

Four years ago, she accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer at Simcoe Community Services in Barrie. She quickly established herself as a leader within the developmental services sector in the Simcoe County region and within the community of Barrie.

Throughout all these activities and initiatives, Marion also focused on enhancing her own professional development, recently earning an MBA, with an A+ average.