• Our Staff

    Our Staff

    We are a dynamic group of motivated volunteers, coaches, players, doctors, activation therapists and resilient souls, dedicated to building a bridge that surpasses participation barriers to improve the physical and emotional health of our clients.

    Board Member
    Dr. Janet Alice Patterson!

    Medical Lead, Psychiatric Emergency Services, Acute Inpatient Psychiatrist, Ward 10 Tower, and Consult Liaison, In-patient Team – St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
    Assistant Clinical Professor – McMaster University

    Recent Awards:

    1. Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching for the Department of Psychiatry – 2010
    2. AFP Innovation Award for Investigation into “Building Effective Health Care Teams
      Resident Advocacy Award for the Department of Psychiatry – 2013
    3. “Dr. Peder Larsen Consultant of the Year Award” – 2014
    4. AFP Award for Investigation into “Patient Experience in Psychiatric Emergency Services” – 2015
    5. AFP Innovation Fund Competition for Education, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, ON, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience – 2016

    Board Member
    Taylor Ormond

    Taylor received a full athletic scholarship, in addition to an academic scholarship, to play on the Women’s Tennis Team at Baylor University in Texas. Here, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English, French (minor) in 2011 and a Juris Doctor from Baylor Law School in 2014. She practices in the area of criminal law and was called to the bar in June 2017.

    Taylor is from Hamilton and has experience working with the inner city and is passionate about helping those in need. She has spent time writing grants, hosting fundraisers, volunteering, and planning events for charities in Hamilton that cater to at-risk youth and low-income families and individuals, particularly those with mental health issues.

    Board Member
    Dave Picton

    Program Director
    Lisa Stallwood

    Lisa graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology at Western University and subsequently completed her Master of Science in Global Health at McMaster University. Growing up, she played at the provincial level for a Hamilton basketball team, and she always enjoyed playing sports and staying physically active. Lisa is passionate about health equity and is inspired to bridge the gap between mental health patients and accessibility to physical activity services in her local community. As the program director, Lisa has taken on the responsibility to oversee the activation programs for JIF and to manage the clients, while working closely with clients to undertake physical activity sessions of their choice.

    Development Director
    Olivia McGeever

    Olivia graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Cultural Anthropology. Following graduation, she moved outside of Barcelona to teach English. After a year in Spain, Olivia began her 2-year service in the US Peace Corps, developing community health programs in small village in Northern Thailand.
    She moved to Hamilton in 2018 to complete a Master of Science in Global Health, specializing in population health management and eventually beginning her work with JIF. Olivia has worked in different capacities for JIF, both securing funding for JIF’s programs but also working one on one with clients. She is passionate about working within the community and providing accessible resources for all people.