Michelle Pommells, President & CEO
Michelle has more than twenty years experience working in business development and marketing, specializing in product management, project and program management, communications and strategic planning for non-profit and for profit organizations. Past roles include Vice President of Marketing for a multi-national electronics firm, Vice President of Development for a not-for-profit, family-focused charitable organization, Director of Corporate Communications, Market Research & Business Development for a large healthcare informatics and medical imaging organization, and head of a social purpose enterprise operation committed to providing employment for the economically and socially disadvantaged.

Phone number: 905-339-2370

Sharlene Gumbs, Senior Program Manager
Sharlene leads program delivery to HSH participants for our two year ReStart Halton program. She is responsible for the development of HSH program and services by working with HSH staff, volunteers, community partners and other key stakeholders for the delivery and development of programs and services. Sharlene also leads HSH’s highly engaged and effective volunteer committee – the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) which is a group of senior volunteers across multiple disciplines that advise our program team and programs.

Sharlene is a Registered Social Worker of Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, a Registered Rehabilitation Professional of The Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada and holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from York University. She has over seven years’ experience working in social services with agencies such as Ontario Works (OW) and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). She also has gained strong volunteer management experience within the William Osler Health Care System. Prior to becoming Program Manager with HSH, Sharlene held the position of Family Case Manager with HSH in a part-time capacity since May 2011.

Phone number: 905-339-2370 Ext. 560

Joyce Lee, Program Manager
Joyce leads program delivery to HSH participants for our four year Homeward Bound Halton. She is responsible for the development of HSH program and services by working with HSH staff, volunteers, community partners and other key stakeholders for the delivery and development of programs and services.

Joyce is a Registered Social Worker of Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and holds a Bachelor of Social Work from York University. She has over seven years’ experience working in social services with agencies such as Community Living Mississauga and Peel’s Children’s Aid Society.

Phone number: 905-339-2370 Ext. 550

Catherine Lucasan, Program Coordinator
Catherine is responsible for coordinating the administrative aspects of our programs as well as supporting the planning of program events, information sessions, agency visits, children’s summer camp and Pathways to Success 4 Kids (PS4Kids) initiative, our children’s financial literacy program.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in Sociology from Ryerson University.

Phone number: 905-339-2370 Ext. 540

Izabel Rader, Bookkeeper (Part-Time)
Izabel is HSH’s bookkeeper and is the longest standing member of the HSH staff team, having worked for HSH since 2006. Izabel brings a wealth of experience to the agency and consults not only to HSH but also to other small companies and charities in the GTA.

Phone number: 905-339-2370 Ext. 520

Maureen Grice, Events and Sponsorship Manager (Part-Time)

Maureen manages and executes HSH’s signature events, as well as assists with Third Party and other organization events.  She is also responsible for managing our roster of volunteers.

Maureen has over 17 years of experience in events and communications, working with organizations such as Melanoma Network of Canada, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Parachute Canada, German Wines, International Olive Oil Foundation, and more.

Phone number: 905-339-2370 Ext. 530

Carolyn Cancela, Development Officer (Part-Time)
Carolyn has 13+ years of progressive fundraising experience working in the charitable sector engaging with donors and volunteers.  Competent in all aspects of development, Carolyn has worked with The Darling Home for Kids, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, Trillium Health Centre, among others.

Phone number: 905-339-2370 Ext. 570

Program Relief/Support Team

Peggy Smith, Program Consultant (As Needed)
Peggy has played an integral role in developing HSH’s strategic direction for programs and service delivery of the organization. She provided case management leadership and consultation to HSH program staff, while developing an enhanced case management service delivery model that integrates community partnering agencies and provides excellent service and support to participants.

Peggy is a highly respected member of the social services community in Halton Region. She is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW); Member of the Ontario Association of Social Works (OASW); and Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). Peggy holds a Masters of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Arts Summa Cum Laude from McMaster University. She is currently a Member of the Clinical Panel of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer; Clinical Supervisor and Consultant with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Milton; a Clinical Assessor and Parenting Coordinator with Susan Peacey & Associates; a Clinical Supervisor and Therapist with Halton Family Services; and has her own private practice working providing Individuals/Children, Couple and Family Therapy; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Work with Depression & Anxiety; Grief Counselling & Palliative Support; Addictions; Blended Family & Step-Parenting, Separation and Divorce Counselling, Parenting Plans, Education and Coaching.

Mary Ann Bedington (Clinical Supervision)
Mary Ann holds a Masters of Divinity, as well as her B.Sc., and is also registered as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Mary Ann is a Clinical Fellow of the American and Ontario Association of Marriage & Family and has 15 years’ experience in private practice, providing therapy to families, youth, individuals and couples for a wide range of emotional, social, behavioral, and mental health concerns. Also has 6 years’ experience in addictions counseling, including concurrent disorders and serious mental illness, as well as developing, implementing and facilitating support groups on a wide range of issues, including experience in the following areas:

  • Seminars/Workshops/Life Skills facilitator, presenter and teacher
  • Ongoing involvement teaching children in volunteer capacity
  • Initiated a community development project involving service to the homeless


Mary Anne is currently employed as a Counselor for Halton Family Services since 2009. Previously for 5 years she held the position of Addictions Counselor for Addictions Services for York Region.

Michelle DeIrish (As Needed)
Michelle holds a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from the University of Toronto. She is a Canadian Certified Counselor (CCC) through the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association. Michelle currently works as a case manager at the Canadian Mental Health Association – Halton Region Branch (CMHA-HRB) and acts as the agency’s Clinical Lead/Coordinator for the MOHLTC’s Community Mental Health Common Assessment Project. She also sits on the Mississauga Halton LHIN Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) steering committee. Michelle facilitates CBT-based groups, CMHA-HRB’s Therapeutic Anger Management group and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshops.

Over the past 13 years, Michelle has been involved in research, education and the arts. Roles and projects she has been involved with include:

  • Course instructor in the Department of French at the University of Toronto;
  • Research assistant with community health research unit projects on Intimate Partner Violence screening in primary care settings and a family-focused therapeutic intervention for justice-involved youth at St Michael’s Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children; and
  • Autism Consultant with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health/Kerry’s Place Autism Services’ Asperger Social Interaction and Education group through the Child, Youth and Family Program Consultant and researcher for an interactive documentary project on suicide co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada and TVO.