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Heather Modlin has worked with young people in residential care for 30 years. She is currently Provincial Director of Key Assets Newfoundland and Labrador, an organization providing residential and family-based care to children and youth. Heather is a former president of the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations and the Child and Youth Care Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, a founding board member of the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada, a board member of the Child and Youth Care Certification Board and the International Child and Youth Care Network, and an editorial board member of the Relational Child and Youth Care Practice journal. Heather has published several journal articles and two book chapters and has presented a multiple national and international conferences. Her areas of interest include residential care, family involvement, child and youth care worker development, supervision, organizational culture, and holding environments. Heather has an MSc in Child and Youth Care Administration from Nova Southeastern University and a PhD in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria, where she is also a sessional instructor. In 2017 Heather received the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Community and Social Development in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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.