Debbie is recognized for her inspiring leadership and her solutions-based approach that enabled the Toronto Centre Team at JVS Toronto to perform at a higher level. Through her leadership, the Centre was able to significantly impove their statistics in only three months. She accomplished success by gaining the immediate trust and respect from staff by informing and communicating to them about the agency’s goals and how she planned on attaining those goals through effective change management. Through constant support, communication, recognition, energy and enthusiasm she effected change and had the team 100% behind her. She is a strong leader who listens to her team, who takes ideas into consideration and implements strategies that work for the team which has resulted in building stronger relationships with other agencies in the downtown neighbourhood.
To quote her nominators: “Debbie always tells us that if one wants to lead, they must be willing to learn and if one wants to continue to lead, they must be willing to continue to learn. She is by far the best manager we have on the Team.”