Born and raised in Grey County, I grew up in a small community where everyone knew each other, would look out for one another, and would always lend a helping hand. I feel that this upbringing played a major part in who and where I am today. I have one daughter, Shelby who is my world.
I have worked as an Educational Assistant for 19 years, working in local schools with children and youth. I went back to school in 2014 and studied to become a Certified Addiction Support Worker, where I received my diploma, with honours, and became a member of CACCF (Canadian Addiction Counsellor Certification Federation). I completed my placement at Portage Rehabilitation Center, where I was hired to work afterwards.
I have experience working with teens that have suffered trauma, youth who have been involved in sex trafficking, who are at risk of self-harming, drug trafficking, and gang affiliation, and youth involved in the justice system. In 2018, I became a legal guardian to a 15-year-old boy. I never realized the issues that were relevant to our youth in our community, but having Kyle, I’ve witnessed firsthand the many struggles that so many of our local youth face. In April of 2018, I received a call about a youth who had passed away from a drug overdose. This put the wheels in motion, and I knew that it was my time to help and guide the youth living in my community.
My dream to help youth locally became a goal, that soon became a reality. The Hanley Institute was born and beside me, I have the BEST family supports and board members who contribute so much to our growth and success. Together, our board has a vision to empower our youth and we are committed to helping youth realize their potential.
Rob was born in Markdale and lived his young life in Flesherton enjoying rural life and playing activities of hockey, baseball and music. After attending Macphail Elementary and GHS Schools in Flesherton, he pursued his final 2 years of high school at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora. After receiving a diploma in Funeral Service Education at Humber College in Toronto in 1981 he continued a life long service to the bereavement industry for over 40 years owning funeral homes in Woodville, Coboconk and Flesherton. Rob founded Georgian Bay Cremation Services in 2000 which serves North Central Ontario and the Muskokas providing cremation products and services to over 2500 families per year.
Rob has long contemplated the idea of youth services in the area and along with Jenny Hanley and the The Hanley Institute board of directors and volunteers those dreams are seeing reality. Rob serves on the board in administration and facility management.
He has a family of 5 girls, 1 boy and 10 grandchildren
Grew up in Maxwell, Kelsey attended Grey Highlands in Flesherton. Kelsey has been a Registered Practical Nurse for 10 years. Kelsey currently works at Royal Victoria Hospital on the respiratory inpatient unit. With her experience working on this unit Kelsey gets to see first hand the affects of mental health and addiction. Kelsey wants to help bridge the gaps in our health care and schooling system around Mental Health and addiction. In her free time she is constantly educating herself on up to date treatments and volunteering at a dog rescue.
A board member for The Hanley Institute since March of 2019. Her business and administration skills have been an advantage to The Hanley Institute with developing a business plan, applying for grants and keeping up to date with smart business solutions. She likes to set goals, develop and implement plans to execute the goals. Her role as Administrator and Funeral Director at Fawcett Funeral Cremation Reception Ltd, in Flesherton has given her an inside look at the personal and devastating effects of the mental health and drug crisis facing our communities. She firmly believes in our mission of Educating and Empowering Youth and providing a safe place for them to Connect and develop into Compassionate young people. Bobbi and her husband Joe are currently raising their young family in Flesherton. Bobbi is looking forward to many years of growth and achievement within The Hanley Institute organization.
Living full-time now in the Beaver Valley just North of Flesherton, Ontario after 44 years in various businesses.
Best description; Spirited!
Mother & grandmother to Erin & Scarlett; she has numerous nieces, nephews, greats, and friends’ children in her life regularly. She gets kids.
Meeting Jenny Hanley was a set-up by members of the community who felt her passion for getting involved. One chat later, she’s not looking back. As Recording Secretary to the THI Board of Directors she also volunteers weekly for the after-school programs and is Head of the Center Kitchen!
Laura has been volunteering, donating, and sharing her time & available cash throughout her business development. Mississauga Ontario has been helped by her on-going question; “How can I help?”
In return she grows leaps & bounds bonding friendships. Learning something new each day.
Active in gardening, property expansion, driving for those in need is amoung her contribution to her new society. Long-time member of Beaver Valley Ski Club she describes her ‘down time’ – literally.
Interested in life, Laura follows politics, important policies and Facebook while practicing Buddhism. She’s seen too much to sweat the small stuff. Educated by the school of hard knocks is functional.
Often quoted for “Youth, our future” she will dedicate the best of practices to keep our adolescents guided in wisdom, safe in society, instilled with life skills, upbeat in the education rhythm and at peace with natural love & kindness.
Keep smiling & Namaste!
Erika moved to the area in 2011 after accepting a position at the Beaver Valley Ski Club, where she holds the title of Risk Manager and Human Resources, with 20 years of experience as a professional in the Ski and Snowboard industry. Erika’s skill set combined with education play a key and integral part in her belief in giving back to the community. Erika has volunteered with the Canadian Ski Patrol and is currently the Chair of the Ontario Snow Resort Association Risk Committee. She is passionate about outdoor activities, her 2 Great Danes and being part of the local community.
Garrett was born and raised in Flesherton, attending Macphail and Grey Highlands and playing hockey for the golden hawks. In 2019 Garrett graduated from the University of Ottawa with a honours bachelor of commerce with specialization in accounting. He passed CPA Canada’s common final examination in September 2020 and is currently working on meeting his professional experience requirement in order to become a CPA. Garrett works as a senior accountant at BDO Canada LLP’s Owen Sound office, where he provides accounting and assurance services to small to medium businesses and non for profit organizations. Garrett is our newest board member as he became treasurer in December 2020. Small town volunteering is in Garrett’s blood as his Grandfather, Garnet, was a founding member of The Flesherton Kinsmen and helped start the Flesherton Minor Hockey Association, which both his parents, Kellie and Rob, are still actively involved in today. Garrett joined the Hanley Institute to honour his friends who lost their lives to mental illness and drug addiction by ensuring the next generation has access to the resources and support they need to deal with whatever issues they may facing.