As a result of her hard work and determination, in 1996 she became the first female Executive Officer in the OPPA, responsible for the benefit and pension programs. Her main duties included overseeing these two programs and interpreting and applying the applicable legislation, policies, and OPPA Memorandums. She worked with OPP Senior Management, ministry officials and insurance companies to resolve problem situations. Her responsibilities also included researching benefit contracts and policies, providing information in an advisory role to he Board of Directors.
Debbie's pension expertise is held in high regard both inside and outside the organization. Debbie provides support, advice and guidance to OPPA members concerning retirement and pension entitlements. Debbie also sits on a provincial board of distinction, the Ontario Pension Board, an appointment made by the Lieutenant Governor in 1997. As a former member of the OPPA Credit Union Board of Directors, she was awarded a Credit Union Director Achievement Certificate. In 1996, Debbie was appointed as a 'Commissioner for Taking Affidavits' by the Ministry of the Attorney General.
Debbie also has the distinction of being one of the first graduates of the P.A.C.E. (Police Association Certified Executive) certificate program. P.A.C.E. is a partner-sponsored certificate program in labour relations, designed to give Association executive members or those striving for Executive or Board positions the skills and knowledge demanded in those roles.
Debbie was named Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the OPPA in January 2006. The CAO reports to the President and the Board of Directors and oversees all day-to-day operations of the OPP Association Head Office ensuring that the Association's mission and vision are fulfilled. The CAO is also responsible for implementing the Board's directives and performing all management functions as determined by the Constitution and By-Laws, Policy and Procedures and Strategic Plan of the Association. Through management and leadership, the CAO is also responsible for achieving and maintaining fiscal responsibility, productive internal and external relationships, forward-looking programming and constructive growth of the Association.
Debbie brings to the position an in-depth working knowledge of the issues and day-to-day operations of the OPP Association. Skilled at relationship building both within and outside the Association, she has proven networking and conflict resolution skills with Management and members of the OPP. She has comprehensive financial management experience and recognized personal strengths of integrity and loyalty.
Debbie is excited about her new position and the opportunities and challenges that it holds. Her immediate priorities are negotiations, the transitioning, training and building of the new OPPA executive team, and continuing to deliver exceptional service to our membership. She is committed to fiscal responsibility through supervising the day-to-day financial operations of the organization and operating within the established financial budget. Other goals include the development of a comprehensive Strategic Plan for the organization, and the training and development of our membership and the OPPA staff.
Debbie credits her own success to hard work, a dedication to life-long learning, and her commitment to an organization that is genuinely concerned about its members. She is very optimistic about the future of the OPP Association and is dedicated to working tirelessly on behalf of the membership.