Gary Mack New Shelter House Executive Director

Shelter House is full most nights, and often is turning people away
Shelter House is full most nights, and often is turning people away
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Rotary Shelter House on George Street in Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY – Shelter House has a new Executive Director. Shelter House has announced Gary Mack at the new Shelter House Executive Director effective March 1st, 2016.

Gary has close to 25 years of experience in the field of social work in Thunder Bay. He has a Social Service Worker diploma from Confederation College and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Lakehead University.

Gary began his career working in the City’s Social Services Department which later became Ontario Works. In this role he was well known for maximizing his client’s financial eligibility and developing meaningful therapeutic relationships leading to many positive outcomes. He then moved to the area of mental health and addiction, first at Crossroads Centre and later as a case manager in the Addiction Housing Program at Alpha Court. He has worked in the area of health research at the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research as a project researcher and in the research department at Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital as a data analyst. Gary is currently the Director of Client Services at Elevate NWO.

Gary is passionate about supporting clients on their journeys of healing and personal growth, the power of peer engagement and inclusion, harm reduction, and tailoring services to meet the needs of clients where they are at.

“We are very excited to welcome Gary as the Executive Director at Shelter House and look forward to seeing the impact that he will make through his strong leadership, deep sense of social justices and ability to connect with others,” stated the organization in a media statement. “We would also like to thank Brad King for serving at the acting Executive Director for the past several months.   We are incredibly grateful for Brad’s dedicated leadership and passion for serving our community.”

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