AMHS-KFLA has experienced significant change through 2018 to the present and has emerged after this time of transformation as a robust and vibrant organization, well positioned to deliver on its vision, mission, and values.
Agency Leadership, alongside our regional care partners, are working together to build an integrated system of addictions and mental health of care across KFLA.
With the inception of the Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Ontario Health Team (FLA OHT), AMHS-KFLA will form a collaborative policy governance which will oversee the integration of AMHS-KFLA within the FLA-OHT with four key areas of focus:
- Improving the patient and caregiver experience.
- Improving the health of populations.
- Reducing the per capita cost of health care.
- Improving the work-life of providers.
Collaborative governance in this case means Board members come from partner organizations, the AMHS-KFLA Client & Family Advisory Council and the public at large.
The Board will govern according to the Addiction and Mental Health – KFLA Ontario Corporation Bylaws. The Board will fulfill the requirements of Ontario Health Governance structures for Ontario Health Teams.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Scott Semple, Chair
Scott has been a member of the Ontario Provincial Police for over 23 years in various roles and currently serves as the Detachment Commander of Lennox and Addington County OPP.
Scott is a former board member of the Lennox and Addington Addictions and Community Mental Health Services (LAACMHS) agency, which was a legacy agency that amalgamated with others to become AMHS-KFLA in 2015. Read More
Jennifer Foster, Vice Chair
Jennifer Foster has provided legal services to the Kingston community for over ten years. Her practice areas include health and mental health law and policy, as well as wills, estate planning, estate administration, corporate law, and real estate law. Jennifer earned her law degree from Queen’s University in 1999 and has been a member of the Ontario Bar since 2001. Read More
Emily Leslie, Secretary
Emily Leslie is a Registered Nurse with 30 years experience in health care. She has experience in emergency care, endoscopy, community nursing, hospital bed utilization and quality improvement.
Emily has also played key roles in supporting strategic planning and integrations within the health system, including supporting planning and the development of…Read More
Dr. David Messenger, Treasurer
Dr. David Messenger (he/him) is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
He is an academic physician who practices Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Trauma at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre, where he is also the Chief of Emergency Medicine. Read More
Brian G. Devlin
Brian brings a wealth of experience to our team, and has served on the Providence Care Board of Directors since 2014. Prior to joining Providence Care’s Board, Brian served as a member and then President of the Frontenac Children’s Aid Society Board of Directors for seven years. Read More
Pytor Hodgson has been active in supporting youth since his teenaged years. Rooted in a respectful approach that recognizes traditional teachings from his Elders and Grandmothers, Pytor has been able to collaborate and work with more than 50 First Nations and Inuit communities. Pytor is Anishinaabe and based on his own lived experiences whose adoption left a disconnect between him and his culture, over the last thirty years, he has been gifted that spirit connection and today, walks the Red Road. At 17, inspired by his own lived experiences, Pytor helped found the Ottawa-Carleton Homeless Coalition, a street shelter for other homeless youth. By 19, Pytor completed a national speaking tour and had worked for several international environmental and social justice organizations. Read More
Marie-Line has more than 20 years of experience working and teaching in the field of mental health. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health, child development, and inpatient services.
Marie-Line holds a master’s degree in psychology from Laval University and is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario and the Canadian Psychological Association.
Born in Quebec City, she moved to Ontario to learn English on a temporary basis after completing her master’s and enjoyed her time so much that she has never left. Read More
Isabel Cecile Kerr
Isabel is the current Co-Chair of the AMHS-KFLA Client and Family Advisory Council. She brings lived experience as well as professional expertise to our Council and Board of Directors teams. She has held a number of roles in past years, including supporting our elections process as a Poll Clerk, DRO and area manager. Read More
Kim has extensive experience within the healthcare sector. She is a family physician in Napanee and Fellow of the Canadian College of Family Physicians (FCFP), an Associate Professor at Queens University, Department of Family Medicine. as well as Chief of Staff at the Lennox and Addington County General Hospital. Kim is presently the Executive Lead to the Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Ontario Health Team (FLA-OHT). Read More
Board Meeting Minutes
Our past Board Meeting Minutes can be found here: