Kathleen Semanyk is a licensed Social Worker and has been a behavioural consultant to Stepping Stones Foster Care Inc since 2006.  

Kathleen focuses her practice on hard to serve and high risk populations, plans for success for foster children with complex needs, conducts home studies and treatment assessments, and provides ongoing training and support to foster parents.  She develops programs and policies that address the needs of high-risk high-need children in care.

Kathleen has worked in jails and prisons with women and youth as an advocate and was the lead consultant who started the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.  She has overseen large organizations as their Executive Director including the Elizabeth Fry Society and Centre 515, a housing community for women with severe mental illness. 

She has many publications and contributions to research projects to her credit, including with Health Canada, the London Centre for Justice, Human Resources Development Canada and was part of the team that designed the award winning Mental Health Framework for Carleton University in Ottawa. 

In leadership Kathleen focuses on change management and strategic initiatives in social services where she is able to bring an efficient, solution-focused framework to the projects she takes on. 

Finally, Kathleen makes herself available to support and counsel children as young as 3 years up to youth who are experiencing challenges associated with family breakdown and tragedy, grief and loss, trauma, and suicide.  She is trained in principled negotiation, critical incident stress management and is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology.