Pamela Smit - Veradus Consulting

Facilitation. Engagement.


My clients strive to provide the best possible services and supports for people, to strengthen communities and to work toward positive social change.

Examples of the work I have done:

Support to set clear direction while building adaptive capacity

  • Strategic planning processes for multiple organizations most recently including Children’s Aid Society of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Cornerstone Housing for Women, South East Ottawa Community Health Centre and St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa.
  • Support to shift to a more integrated and adaptive approach to action planning.

Engagements that release the potential for positive impact

  • Forum to celebrate the vibrancy of the community and identify priorities for action as the Ottawa Senior Pride Network evolves.
  • Re-define and rebuild working relationships between 30 local boards and the national organization VON Canada.
  • Consultation and development of a guide to advance family-based care for children and youth living in care across Ontario.

Organizational change that reflects reality - and delivers results

  • Organizational review and restructuring of teams enabling a shift to a more integrated service delivery model at Children’s Aid Society of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
  • Vision for an expanded campus to add affordable supportive housing to serve more vulnerable seniors through St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa.
  • Assessment of readiness and options to amalgamate community support services across three agencies serving rural south Ottawa.
  • Policy analysis and planning support to develop a business case for investments into primary care through the Champlain Community Health Centre Network.

Conditions that support system transformation

  • Developmental support to form the Ottawa Health Team-Équipe Santé Ottawa to strengthen the foundation of primary care and community-based supports within a reorganized health system and to establish the community health team model.
  • Province-wide engagement to respond to the Baldwin Inquest findings outlining how child welfare practice would improve to prevent similar tragedies.
  • Process mapping and support to realign working relationships and enhance accessibility of service for vulnerable seniors through the Vulnerable Seniors Partnership.
  • Operational review to build a more comprehensive and equitable childcare system in Renfrew County.

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