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Our Associates

Learn about our Associates by reading their biographies below. 

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Donna Debolt

Social Worker in Private Practice


Donna Debolt is a social worker in private practice who translated her 30 years with Child Protection into working as an outspoken advocate for children and adults who have life long risks for health, development, learning and behavioral difficulties associated with prenatal exposure to alcohol.

In her role as an FASD Specialist, Donna challenges communities through case management, advocacy and training to develop and implement prevention, intervention and management strategies so that families and communities can successfully cope and plan for useful futures for these high needs individuals. Donna developed curriculum for and taught in a unique program at the Lethbridge College specifically geared to preparing professionals to work in this field. She is also providing clinical support to a nationally recognized justice project that does case management work for individuals with FASD who interface with the justice system. She has also been asked by Alberta Child and Youth Services to oversee an innovative program targeting practice standards that is hoped will create expertise in Child Welfare practice, improve outcomes for children and youth diagnosed or suspected as having FASD, test new ideas and act on the new knowledge created.  It is Donna’s belief that most innovative programs are created through collaboration and through sharing experiences and skills we will create improved outcomes for individuals and their families.


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Carolyn Buck

Family Service Worker & Executive Director


Carolyn Buck, MSW, RSW, has had extensive experience within CAS Toronto working in carious capacities and positions ranging from front line Family Service Worker to Executive Director, until her early retirement in December 2007.

As the Director of Service for 15 years, she led a service focused, cohesive, management team of 17 direct reports, addressing major issues such as:  strategic directions, innovative program design and implementation, budget development including principles of equitable allocation, service division re-structuring and reorganization in concert with changing environments and legislative change, leadership development, downsizing as well as expansion, staff turnover, child death reviews and inquests.

As the Executive Director, in concert with the Executive Team and the Board of Directors, she was responsible for directing the overall affairs of the organization with a budget exceeding $150,000,000.00, a staff complement of 1000, 400 foster and kinship families, and 600 volunteers.  Community and government relations, contentious public matters, organizational risk management, negotiations and management / union relationships, as well as audits were significant matters which were managed as part of the child welfare landscape.  Carolyn has also contributed to identification of and solutions related to significant provincial issues in the field of child protection through participation in a variety of committees throughout her career.  In addition, the agency’s evolving relationship with the Children’s Aid Foundation was clarified through negotiations, articulated understandings and contractual arrangements under her leadership.

In her capacity as an Associate with the CAST Institute, Carolyn has acted as a consultant, in partnership with Senior Managers from CAST to provide an organizational review.  The review provided recommendations for organizational restructuring in order to address identified issues.  Her breadth of experience, her knowledge and ability to meet timelines proved invaluable in managing the project.


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Don Hepburn

Retired -
Previous Senior Manager


Don Hepburn, MSW, has 37 years experience with the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, working in various capacities and positions from child protection worker to senior manager, until his retirement in May 2007. 

As a senior manager, he was the Director of Branches in the North York, Toronto and Scarborough communities. As Branch Director, Don was responsible for providing leadership and direction in the delivery of child welfare services to these communities. Don also served as a member of the agency senior management team where he participated in the development and evaluation of agency policies and programs. For over 10 years he also managed the Society’s family support program. During his busy career at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Don always found time to work collaboratively with other community services and agencies to provide needed services and programs to improve the well being of children and their families.

Don is available for consultation, training, coaching and mentoring. He has experience in program development and implementation, restructuring and reorganization, leadership development, facilitation of workshops, review of contentious cases and child deaths, resolution of client complaints and staff/ supervisor conflicts. He has a special interest in providing training to improve cultural practice in the delivery of child welfare services. Since his retirement, Don has done some short term volunteer work at a school in the slums of Nairobi Kenya and has led a team to Rwanda to help build a school. He is currently a consultant and trainer on child welfare/child abuse matters with Winning Kids Inc., a national organization that helps churches and child and youth organizations across Canada create safe environments for kids.


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