Five Counties’ CEO Retiring June 2020

Ms. Diane Pick Retiring June 2020

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will act as the Search Committee for Diane’s successor. Four Corners Group has been retained, led by Ms. Suzanne Clark, to conduct a national search. Suzanne will engage with staff, families, partners and community during October to develop the position profile for the CEO, with a goal to announce the successful applicant in the Spring of 2020, prior to Diane’s retirement in June. Suzanne recently led a successful search for the CEO at the Children’s Treatment Network of Simcoe York, the Executive Director of the Durham Children’s Aid Society and the CEO of the Geneva Centre for Autism.

If you would like more information about the search process or have a comment or question, please contact Ms. Suzanne Clark at Four Corners Group at or call 416-593-0900 ext 2234.

Our CEO Diane Pick is retiring June 2020, after 14 years as Chief Executive Officer of Five Counties Children’s Centre (FCCC). Diane leaves a strong legacy at FCCC and within the children’s development and rehabilitation sector in Ontario. While we will miss her and her outstanding commitment to FCCC’s clients and families, staff, volunteers and community partners, we wish her the very best in this exciting next chapter for her and her family.

Throughout her tenure, Diane has ensured that children and families remain at the centre of our work. Over the last 14 years, as a result of her leadership, FCCC has seen significant transformation and innovation. Under her leadership, FCCC has become known for its commitment to the highest quality service possible and, in 2018, FCCC received a three-year accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)—the highest standard an organization can receive. Diane has also worked closely with community partners to implement the vision of Coordinated Service Planning: One child, One Plan, One Team.  Within FCCC, she has fostered an organizational culture of respect and excellence. As a past client of Five Counties, I am deeply grateful for the way she has always made decisions that have led to better service and better outcomes for children and families.

Over Diane’s tenure as CEO, FCCC has expanded operating out of 5 locations serving Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton Counties. In addition to expanding FCCC’s service footprint, the Centre achieved many milestones related to improved service delivery for our clients and families throughout her tenure, including:

  • A partnership with Northumberland County that welcomed the Special Needs Resource Consultants to the FCCC team.
  • Provincial recognition for the Full Day Kindergarten Pilots.
  • Implementing a best practice model of inter professional service delivery through a partnership with the University Health Network/Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – Advance Practice Leaders.
  • The transfer of the School Based Rehabilitation Services from the Local Health Integration Network to FCCC.

Diane will leave the Centre having developed a strong leadership team and having created a solid foundation of excellence for its success in the future. The FCCC Board of Directors has contracted Four Corners Group to work with them to conduct the search for Diane’s successor.  The Four Corners Group will conduct extensive consultation to develop the qualifications, experience and personal qualities that we seek in our new leader.

We are extremely grateful to Diane for her exceptional leadership and commitment to FCCC and wish her the best as she prepares to transition to an exciting new chapter. The FCCC Board of Directors is optimistic and excited about the future of FCCC, as we continue to work together to achieve our vision of “building abilities for life”.

Adam White, Chair
FCCC Board of Directors

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