Interim Provincial Director
Jim Hornell has recently assumed the role of Interim Provincial Director of Key Assets NL after moving back to his native province with his wife of 42 years to be closer to their 3 sons, 2 granddaughters, and an extended family within the province. In the approximately sixteen years Jim was away from the Newfoundland Labrador health system [where he was a Chief Operating Officer with Central Health], he has served as CEO of Cypress Health Region in Swift Current, Saskatchewan; President & CEO of Brant Community Healthcare System in Brantford, Ontario, and CEO of eHealth Saskatchewan based out of Regina. During this time he also served as the inaugural Co-Chairman of Mohawk Medbuy Corporation [a newly amalgamated national shared services and group purchasing entity, based out of offices in Ontario]. He is active as a Team Leader and mentor with Accreditation Canada and assesses health systems and health organizations across Canada and internationally.
Jim has served as a facilitator, presenter, and consultant to a variety of local, provincial, and national volunteer groups, government agencies, boards, and private industry.
Jim completed his longtime volunteer involvement within the sport of hockey where he was Chairman of the Board with Hockey Canada and inducted into the Newfoundland & Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame in the builder category. He obtained his Institute of Corporate Director’s [ICD] designation through the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business. Jim recently achieved the credentials and designation as an executive coach through the International Coach Federation.
Jim is an alumni of Memorial University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and a Bachelor of Education. He also earned a Master of Education (Curriculum Design and Administration) from the University of Ottawa. He was also honored to be awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to the nation.
Director of Out of Home Care
Rob Fildes is Director of Out of Home Care for Key Assets Newfoundland and Labrador, responsible for placements in the St. John’s Metro region and Carer Recruitment and Assessment for the province. Rob has 35 years of experience engaging with communities, families and children in the Metro St. John’s area. During the 1980s and 90s Rob was very involved in residential care programs as a front-line staff, manager/supervisor and community board member. In the middle years of his practice experience Rob provided therapeutic support to children and families in role of Adolescent/ Family Therapist. During these years Rob was stayed highly engaged in youth issues as a community volunteer and community development worker promoting collaborative practice and community based programming for children and families. In the years preceding joining the Key Assets team, Rob worked as a clinical supervisor with the local child protection authority. During Rob’s career he has developed strong facilitation skills, an understanding of the challenges faced by children and families requiring supportive services. Rob is passionate about the potential in having government systems and community services providers strengthening their ability to work collaboratively. Rob a registered social worker with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work.
Director of Children and Family Services
David Martin is our Director of Children and Family Services. Dave is an educator with over 40 years of experience in the field. He graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts (education) and a Bachelor of Special Education followed by a Masters of Education (Guidance & Counselling) from the University of New Brunswick. David spent most of his teaching career in Labrador as a special education teacher and guidance counsellor in the grades 7-12 system. In 1996 he accepted a position as Program Specialist for Student Support Services with the Labrador School District. In 2005, he was seconded by the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Education as Provincial Consultant for FASD. In August, 2009, he joined Key Assets, NL as their Provincial Education Coordinator. The scope of Dave’s role was later expanded to his current position.
Dr. William (Bill) Walters
Director of Out of Home Care
Dr. William (Bill) Walters is our Director of Out of Home Care (Regional) and Learning and Development. Bill has more than 20 years of experience in human services program delivery, strategic planning, program and systems infrastructure development, facilitation and evaluation. Bill has a particular passion for community engagement, consultation and strengthening relationships among beneficiaries, community leaders, professional stakeholders and government officials. Bill also has diverse clinical experience and maintains active registration (RSW). Bill received his doctoral credentials in Community Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) where he also completed a Master of Social Work degree. Currently Bill is an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology and a research Collaborator with The Indigenous Rights and Social Justice (IRSJ) research group at WLU.