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Debbie Thompson

Debbie Thompson’s early experiences growing up in Toronto have fostered a commitment to understanding cross-cultural dynamics and working at the intersection of housing, health, and education. This sensitivity has informed successful leadership roles and learning opportunities focusing on strategic policy, partnership, and program development, which have been complemented by educational pursuits, volunteer work, and travel in more than 20 countries. Debbie started her career at Tropicana Community Services in Toronto followed by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Pursing her interests in community development, Debbie moved to British Columbia to oversee the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness. Returning to Ontario, Debbie held a number of management roles within the Ontario Public Service. Currently, she is overseeing Homelessness and Community Programs for the Regional Municipality of York. Debbie holds a MSc degree in Mental Health Services Research from the University of London (UK), a post-graduate diploma in Adult Training and Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto), and a BA (Summa Cum Laude) from York University.

She’s a member of the editorial board for the Advancing justice series.