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.
Director of Out of Home Care
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.
Director of Children and Family Services
David Martin is our Director of Children and Family Services. Dave is an educator with over 40 years of experience in the field. He graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts (education) and a Bachelor of Special Education followed by a Masters of Education (Guidance & Counselling) from the University of New Brunswick. David spent most of his teaching career in Labrador as a special education teacher and guidance counsellor in the grades 7-12 system. In 1996 he accepted a position as Program Specialist for Student Support Services with the Labrador School District. In 2005, he was seconded by the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Education as Provincial Consultant for FASD. In August, 2009, he joined Key Assets, NL as their Provincial Education Coordinator. The scope of Dave’s role was later expanded to his current position.
Dr. William (Bill) Walters
Director of Out of Home Care
Dr. William (Bill) Walters is our Director of Out of Home Care (Regional) and Learning and Development. Bill has more than 20 years of experience in human services program delivery, strategic planning, program and systems infrastructure development, facilitation and evaluation. Bill has a particular passion for community engagement, consultation and strengthening relationships among beneficiaries, community leaders, professional stakeholders and government officials. Bill also has diverse clinical experience and maintains active registration (RSW). Bill received his doctoral credentials in Community Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) where he also completed a Master of Social Work degree. Currently Bill is an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology and a research Collaborator with The Indigenous Rights and Social Justice (IRSJ) research group at WLU.