Cathy Morris, B.Ed., BSW, MSW. RSW, CCPA – Cathy has worked with children, youth and families for more than 32 years in many capacities across Newfoundland and Labrador and assumes the role of Provincial Director following her work in the development of the Child & Youth Advocacy Centre for Newfoundland & Labrador. Prior to joining Key Assets NL in 2019, she was a Program and Policy Consultant for In-Care with the Provincial Department of Children Seniors and Social Development. It was in this position that Cathy had the pleasure of initially working collaboratively with KANL to develop, pilot, evaluate and regulate some of the program that continues to be an important KANL services available to children, youth and families in Newfoundland & Labrador.
Cathy brings a multitude of expertise and experience as an administrator and leader, particularly in supporting families in child protection and in-care at the regional, provincial, and national level. Cathy is highly skilled and knowledgeable in trauma response, assessment, investigations, policy and program development, child protection programming, legislation and regulatory requirement in the provision of services to vulnerable children, youth and families. She was instrumental in developing the first Child, Youth and Family Regulations for family-based and residential care in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2019.
Cathy cares deeply about the well-being of children, youth, and families. She is a provincial, national, and global trauma responder and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association in Canada. Cathy currently volunteers with several agencies and boards both at the provincial and national level and is a member of the national Sexual Assault Investigations Review Committee with the Royal Canadian Mount Police.
Director (Family-Based Care & Clinical Services)
Paulette Kane-Abbott, MA., CCPA., RSW – Paulette assumes the role of Director of Family-Based Care & Clinical Services following 5 years of service with Key Assets as the Manager of Family- Based Care for Metro St. John’s. She comes with more than 20 years of experience working with and serving children, families and individuals in the realm of child welfare, community mental health, hospital and long term care settings, and as a spiritual care practitioner. Prior to joining Key Assets in 2016, she was a child protection supervisor with the Children’s Aid Society of Waterloo, Ontario. She is a registered social worker with the Newfoundland and Labrador Community of Social Workers and member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, with a Bachelor of Social Work from Memorial University, and Masters in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Paulette has long held special interest, training and clinical experience in the areas of community outreach, grief, trauma, and end of life work. In addition to Key Assets, Paulette is a Chaplain who provides pastoral & spiritual care to patients and staff at the Waterford Hospital and within the community.
Director (Residential Services & SNAP Program)
Sherry Hammond-Dawe, B.Ed., BSW, RSW – Sherry joins Key Assets NL from the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development where she spend over 30 years at the regional and provincial level providing services to children, youth and families in several capacities including: Child Protection, Youth Corrections, Youth Services, Kinship Services, In Care and Residential Services. She is a graduate from Memorial University earning degrees in Education and Social Work, and has an affiliation with the University of Manitoba and Memorial as a field instructor.
Sherry is a trained facilitator and has provided both staff and external stakeholder training in many areas of best practice including risk management, and collaborative interviewing. In 2011 Sherry moved into the area of Information Management Services and in 2014 she joined the team that designed, developed and implemented the Departments newest electronic case management system and subsequently took on the role of Manager of Information Services holding the responsibility for the disclosure of departmental records in accordance with legislative requirements.
Sherry has held the position of Subject Matter Expert with the Quality Management division responsible for design of program reports, and ensuring legislative and policy requirements could be measured through reports, as well as completing disclosure requests.
Crystal Well, MSW, RSW – Crystal graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Memorial University in 2009 and has spent the majority of her career working with children and families. Crystal began her career working with the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development. She has worked in diverse roles and capacities that required her skill and expertise in supporting children in care, birth families and foster families. Prior to assuming the role of Clinical Therapist with Key Assets, Crystal spent 7 years with Key Assets where she worked with children and their families, expanding her role to include work with carer families, child and youth care staff, residential programming, and developing and delivering training on topics such as trauma informed care and supervised access. Crystal completed her Masters of Social Work, also from Memorial University. Throughout the Master’s Program, Crystal was able to expand her knowledge and gained experience working with individuals and couples in a therapeutic setting. Crystal’s master’s research focused on developing training and support to strengthen relationships between foster carers and birth families. Crystal continues to be passionate about her work with children, youth and their families and is excited to take on the role of Clinical Therapist with Key Assets.